Supporting the KCBS Foundation

The Kansas City Barbeque Society Foundation is a 501c (3), so all donations are tax deductible.  Funds raised are used to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are children of KCBS members or KCBS members under their own name.  It’s easy to support the KCBS Foundation with the following types of donations:
  • Direct via check, credit card or PayPal – tax-deductible
  • A Qualified Charitable Donation (QCD) from your IRA
  • Memorial
  • Amazon Smile
  • Facebook Fundraiser
Donate Directly:  This can be done via check, credit card, or PayPal.
  • Check - mail to Kansas City BBQ Foundation, 2519 Madison Ave, Ste 100, Kansas City, MO 64108.
  • Credit card - call our office directly at 1-800-963-5227 or email to set-up a donation (please don’t include a credit card number in the email).
  • PayPal donations, send PayPal to
Donate Using a Qualified Charitable Donation (QCD) from your IRA:  Under IRS rules, individuals over a certain age with non-Roth IRAs must take a Required Minimum Distribution which is considered taxable income.  However, if the individual chooses, they can work with their IRA administrator to make a QCD to an eligible 501c (3) organization.  The administrator sends a check in the amount chosen by the individual directly to the 501c (3).  The amount donated counts towards the individual’s RMD for that year but does NOT count as taxable income nor is it tax-deductible.  This is a win-win scenario – you get to support your “favorite” 501c(3) and reduce your taxable income at the same time.
Donate in memory of a lost loved one:  A donation to the KCBS Foundation in memory of someone is a meaningful way to pay tribute to KCBS members who have passed away by making donations available in their honor to the Foundation.  To learn more about this special way of honoring a lost loved one, please click here.

Donate by shopping with Amazon Smile: Giving through AmazonSmile is an easy way to support the KCBS Foundation and doesn't cost you a thing.  AmazonSmile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile and select the Kansas City Barbeque Foundation, you’ll find the exact same prices, selection, and shopping experience as, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the KCBS Foundation.
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile on your Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone (found under settings on your app).  Then search for and select “Kansas City Barbeque Foundation” as your AmazonSmile charity.  Always remember to do your Amazon shopping with AmazonSmile so the KCBS Foundation gets a donation.  You may want to bookmark and be sure to check for the “AmazonSmile” logo to ensure you’re activated for AmazonSmile if using the app.
Donate by creating a Facebook fundraiser:  Perhaps you’ve seen friends doing fundraisers for their birthdays or to celebrate other milestones.  Now you can do the same for the KCBS Foundation.  We’ve set up the KCBS Foundation on the list of non-profits within Facebook for making fundraising donations.  It’s super simple to set up and promote.  You can set and adjust fundraising goals over time; sharing to your friends and public.  After the fundraiser is complete, Facebook will send the funds to KCBS Foundation
To create a fundraiser on Facebook, go to  Click on “Select Non-Profit”, then enter “Kansas City Barbeque Society Foundation” in the search bar.  Facebook will then prompt you with instructions on how to complete the set-up. 
You can set the goal amount you are trying to raise, determine the end date of the fundraiser, add a personal explanation of why you are asking people to give, and include an image to display.  It will then post to your timeline for others to see and then donate. 
Sometimes Facebook will send you a notification a few weeks before your birthday asking if you want to set-up a fundraiser.  Just follow the prompts and enter “Kansas City Barbeque Society Foundation
The funds raised will be collected through Facebook and automatically sent to the KCBS Foundation.  You don’t have to do a thing.  When friends click to donate, they are shown a new screen where they can enter a donation amount via credit card or PayPal.  They will get a receipt and email confirmation.
We recommend a personal explanation about why you are asking people to donate.  Here is an example from CEO Emily Detwiler that she created for her birthday:
“BBQ is family! For my milestone birthday this year, I'm raising money for the Kansas City Barbeque Society Foundation! All money raised will go toward scholarships for kids within the Barbeque community, as well as community outreach to drive education and love of barbeque! Since we can’t all celebrate together (yet), I’d greatly appreciate if you help me help others with a donation.”
It’s a great idea to include a photo, too (i.e., pictures with your family, your BBQ family, at a competition, in school, or other appropriate images).
Contact our office directly at 1-800-963-5227 or email if you need further assistance.