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 Will to Succeed Foundation
 is an umbrella organization that not only directs and supports specific existing initiatives, it also develops and maintains its own unique programming.  Our efforts to support these groups and programs include the donation of cash, clothing, books, school supplies, and many other items. We also provide nurturing, hands-on experiences when appropriate.


All of the Foundation's activities coincide with our mission statement however, we target three major areas:

  • Abused/Neglected Women & Children's Agencies

  • Literacy and Scholarships

  • Improved Creativity

 ► Operation Breakthrough


Will To Succeed most actively supports and is involved with St. Vincent's Family Service Center's Operation Breakthrough, Kansas City, MO.  St. Vincent’s, a non-profit day care and social service center, serves 700+ of the poorest children in the city ranging from age six weeks to 12 years.   

  • Daily, Operational Support
  • Adopt-a-Family Program
  • Back-to School Program
  • Seeing a Brighter Future
  • NFL Computer Lab
  • Library Program
  • Christmas Party
  • and more!

Founder, Will Shields comments:


"I'm an artistic person. I want to engage and challenge the creative side of children. When an individual develops their creative side, their self-esteem grows. When self-esteem grows, there is an increased desire to strive for new challenges and higher goals."

We have been or continue to be
involved with the following Organizations & Programs:


Other Children Related Initiatives
Marillac Center
Children’s Place
Niles Home for Children
Good Samaritan Boys Ranch

Other Initiatives & Involvement
First Down for Downs Syndrome
M.A.D. D.A.D.S. of Lincoln, Inc.
KU Medical Center – Burn Unit
Kansas Special Olympics
Annual Football Camp
Keys Youth Services
America’s Promise
Synergy Services 

I’ve Got Heart

Will to Dream
Hope House 

Drink Milk

Ed First

Abused & Neglected Women & Children Centers
Sheffield Place

Academic Involvement
Team Esteem - Argentine Middle School
Achievement Matters Scholarships

Reading & Book Initiatives

Reach Out & Read Kansas City
Reading for a Brighter Future
St. Monica’s Library
St. Anne’s Library
Will to Read