Established by Will Shields, former Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro Right Guard, the Will to Succeed Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, operating within the Kansas City Metro area, facilitates programs, provides assistance and resources to individuals, families and other charitable organizations who have little or no access to other aid. Most specifically, "Will to Succeed" seeks to inspire, guide and improve the lives of abused, battered and neglected women and children.



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The 2008 Shield Award will be presented during the Celebration 2008 event Monday, November 3.  The selected recipient will be notified by the end of the day, Monday, October 27, 2008


The 2008 Nomination Period Is NOW OPEN.
To be considered, submissions must be received by
FRIDAY, October 24, 2008 
E-mail Submission

Do you know someone who is deserving?

Will to Succeed Foundation - Shield AwardThis award is given annually by the Foundation in recognition of one local individual for his or her generous donation of time and resources to one of Kansas City’s social service agencies.

The winner is given the privilege of directing a $3,000 cash award, provided by the Foundation, to the charity of their choice!

Nominees must exemplify the qualities that best describe Will, Senia and The Will to Succeed Foundation?

  • Philanthropist
  • Organizer
  • Hands-on
  • Fund Raiser
  • Consistent charitable history
  • Consummate Volunteer
  • Lover of children
  • Generous

When Submitting a Nominee Please Include:
(Attachments should be MS Word or PDF Documents)

1) Name, address and contact information of person “submitting” the nomination
2) Name, address and contact information of the individual that is being nominated
3) Brief descriptive paragraph of nominee’s charitable actions & attributes, plus resume
4) Minimum three (3) letters of support 


Please E-mail Submission


The 2008 Nomination Period Is NOW OPEN.
To be considered, submissions must be received by
Friday, October 24, 2008


With admiration of her charitable spirit & dedication,
the Will to Succeed Foundation announces...

Will to Succeed Foundation - Shield Award

Katherine Neet


2007 Shield Award Recipient!


Katherine Neet has been a volunteer with Camp Fire USA Heartland Council for 26 years. She began working with Camp Fire in 1981, serving as an assistant leader to her daughter’s Camp Fire club. Soon she became a club leader and gradually began taking on additional volunteer responsibilities to benefit her child, kids in her club and throughout Camp Fire in the Kansas City area.


Katherine Neet - 2007 Shield Award RecipientShe has assisted in numerous administrative functions including two terms on the Camp Fire USA board of directors An active member of several other committees and work groups including the planning of outdoor events and the training of other volunteers to provide kids with educational outdoor experiences.


In addition to her work with Camp Fire, Katherine Neet has been a long term volunteer with American Field Service (AFS). Since 1995, she has hosted seven exchange students and provided temporary housing for other students when they were in transition from one host family to another. In addition, she arranges transportation for all arriving exchange students and organizes fundraisers to raise AFS scholarship money.


What others say about Katherine Neet:


“She has opened her home and heart to many students and of whom she continues to keep in contact with.”

“She has volunteered with Camp Fire for many many years and is extremely dependable and highly skilled in a number of areas.  Camp Fire is very fortunate to have her dedication.  The youth benefit from having her in their lives.”

Katherine is definitely a “hands on person” and is also a person who has made a big difference when it comes to our Council and Camp Fire USA.”



Selected from a large pool of deserving nominees, the 3rd annual Shield award winner was picked from several deserving nominees.  In behalf of Katherine Need, the Foundation donated $3,000 to Camp Fire USA.