Ways to Help

Support our MissionYour confidence and belief in the Center for Practical Bioethics through your financial support is profoundly important - and we are profoundly grateful!

Medical decisions have never been more complicated. Your support helps to:

- ensure that the care people want is the care they receive
- improve how future generations of clinicians communicate with and treat their patients
- create communities where older adults can access supportive services
- educate consumers about healthcare issues that affect families
- develop responses to contemporary and emerging ethical issues


The Center has earned the 2020 Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. To underscore our commitment to transparency, we invite you to visit our Guidestar profile. 



The Center has recognized the importance of corporate financial support to operate since its founding in 1984 as a freestanding practical bioethics center. Aware of the potential for conflict between the interests of corporate sponsors and its own interests, the Center established a Corporate Gifts Policy to make such contributions transparent and accountable.

Medical Organizations

Medical organizations support the Center, and their own ethical endeavors, by joining the Center as an organizational member. Organizational membership offers clinical consultations, ethics training and policy guidelines while also supporting the Center’s national initiatives that influence the day to day delivery of medicine.

Workplace Programs

Business corporations engage the Center to provide advance care planning advice to employees. As employees age, the challenges of caring for elderly parents and the prospect of their own long-term care hold a significant, real economic cost for employers and their distracted or absent employees. The Center offers employers a tailored program to improve decision-making by employees and their families when faced with life limiting and life threatening conditions, episodes of care or remote surrogate involvement. For more information call Linda Ward at (816) 979-1362 or email lward@practicalbioethics.org.


Individuals can support the Center’s work through membership. Members receive invitations to Center lectures and symposia, along with print newsletters and email updates on Center initiatives and national bioethics issues.

Endowed Chairs

The Center for Practical Bioethics has three endowed chairs to advance the Center’s mission. Each is accepting contributions to become fully funded.

• John B. Francis Chair
• Rosemary Flanigan Chair
• Kathleen M. Foley Chair for Pain and Palliative Care

You can learn more about the Center’s mission, leadership and programs by viewing our profile at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

Planned Gifts

Supporters can contribute through Planned Gifts. 
For more information, contact Linda Ward at (816) 979-1362.

Donor Advised Funds

Supporters can contribute through Donor Advised Funds.

Reviewed Greater Kansas City Community

Reviewed Greater Kansas City Community

View Our IRS 990

The Center for Practical Bioethics makes its recent annual IRS 990 Returns “widely available” to the public in electronic format. To download and print copies, please click on this link and scroll down to the Financials section.

The Center also makes its tax returns available for public inspection in person. Individuals may request to review the documents at our office located at 1111 Main, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO 64105. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call the Center at (816) 221-1100 or toll free at (800) 344-3829.



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