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Shadow Day Nonprofit Connect

Shadow Day

Now more than ever, the nonprofit sector is in need of emerging talent. After a hiatus since 2019, we are thrilled to bring this event back for 2024!

Shadow Day matches college students interested in the sector with local nonprofit professionals for a day of learning and networking. The event allows undergraduate and graduate students to experience a workday in their dream job and develop connections in the nonprofit community.

This event attracts over 100 students from local colleges and universities participate in Shadow Day. You want to be a part of this event!

Shadow Day 2024

Friday, February 23 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

8:30 - 10:00 AM | at the Kauffman Foundation

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Shadow Day at host organizations

For Nonprofit Professionals

Calling all nonprofit professionals! This is your chance to share your experience and inspire the next generation of nonprofit leaders. We need a wide variety of organizations and departments to host students for Shadow Day.

The deadline to host a student has passed, but you can learn more about Shadow Day, view the timeline leading up to the event, view sample itineraries and more by reading the Host Guide below.

For College Students

The registration deadline for Shadow Day 2024 has passed, but you can learn more about the event and review the student guide below.

Shadow Day begins with a networking breakfast and young professionals panel at the Kauffman Foundation and continues as you head to your host organization and participate in your host's workday.

2024 Host Organizations

Thank you to our 2024 Shadow Day hosts! If you are a nonprofit organization interested in hosting students in 2025, please email

Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation

Amethyst Place, Inc.

ArtsKC - Regional Arts Council

Big Brothers Big Sisters KC

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

Camp Encourage

CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties

Charlotte Street 

Children International

Children's Mercy Hospital - Philanthropy

Community Housing of Wyandotte County

Cross-Lines Community Outreach

Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City

Healing House, Inc.

Healing Towards Wellness

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

Hillcrest Transitional Housing

Inclusion Connections/PawsAbilities

Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City (JFS)

Journey to New Life

KC Pet Project


EarlystART (formerly known as United Inner City Services)

Global Ties KC

Great Plains SPCA

Lead to Read KC

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, JCCC

Project C.U.R.E.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City


The Children's Place

The Hope Center KC

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

The Peace Pavilion

Union Station Kansas City

Wayside Waifs


2024 Participating Colleges and Universities

Thank you to our participating Colleges and Universities! If you are a student interested in  Shadow Day in 2025, please email

Avila University 

Johnson County Community College

Kansas City Art Institute 

Kansas State University 

MCC-Blue River 

MCC-Penn Valley 

Northwest Missouri State University 

Park University 

The University of Kansas 

University of Central Missouri 

University of Missouri - Columbia 

University of Missouri - Kansas City 

University of Saint Mary 

Washburn University 

William Jewell College 

Why should you participate?


For questions about Shadow Day, please contact Hannah Bernardini at


To browse available nonprofit job opportunities in the Kansas City region, click here.

2024 Sponsors

Hosted in partnership with