Give Success. Direct your United Way donation to Lead to Read KC.

Martha ConradtSept. 1, 2021

A child’s ability to read proficiently by third grade is a major predictor of high school success and life outcomes. Yet today in Kansas City, only 25 percent of third graders within Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) boundaries are reading on grade level. National studies are showing significant learning loss due to extended COVID-19-related school closures

Now more than ever, students need the personalized reading and mentoring support Lead to Read KC provides. A tremendous number of schools are requesting our services to help students catch up and keep up with their reading skills. You can help!

Here’s how to direct your donation:

  1. If you’re making a donation of $50 or more, you can direct all or part of your contribution. If you’re using an online form, click the Donor Direct link. Or, ask the United Way campaign coordinator at your workplace if they can provide a Donor Direct form. 
  2. Indicate you want to direct your donation to Lead to Read KC, and note the amount you want to direct. 
  3. Include Lead to Read KC’s mailing address: 6022 N. Strathbury Ave., Kansas City, MO 64151 AND Employer Identification Number (EIN) 82-1256215.  
  4. Submit your online form, or return your Donor Direct form to your workplace’s United Way campaign coordinator. Lead to Read KC will then receive your donation from United Way—thank you!

Thank you for considering supporting Lead to Read KC with your United Way donation. 

If you have questions about directing your donation, email Sarah Gaikwad at

“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.” 
― Joshua Shipp, Youth Advocate