Now Hiring! Special Projects Associate

FIRE seeks to hire a Special Projects Associate to perform duties related to grant writing and research, conference/event planning, communication with stakeholders and affiliate partners, fund raising, donor relations and community outreach. The Special Projects Associate is a part-time (up to 25 hours/week) position and reports to the Executive Director. The Special Projects Associate will help the Foundation accomplish strategic goals and is expected to demonstrate resourcefulness, creative problem solving and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Successful candidates should be service-focused, friendly, and able to work independently, as well as collaboratively. Attention to detail is essential. This position is best suited for an individual who thrives in a mission-driven environment.

Through fundraising and advocacy,

FIRE lights the way for children with special needs to share in the opportunities that Catholic schools provide.

Our Mission

To provide children with special needs the opportunity for an inclusive Catholic education in their home parish schools.

FIREBall Helps Light The Way For God’s Children
By Marty Denzer
Catholic Key Associate Editor

KANSAS CITY — Not so long ago, 22 years to be exact, children with special needs often were unable to attend their home parish schools with their siblings and friends mainly because the schools didn’t have the resources to welcome them, including para-educators.

In 1996, five families with children with special needs, founded the Foundation for Inclusive Religious Education and raised the needed funds to enable three children to attend Visitation and St. Peter’s schools. Since its beginning, FIRE Foundation, as it is now known, has invested nearly $5 million in inclusive education in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. FULL ARTICLE


FIRE Foundation wins Support Kansas City's “Excellence In Nonprofit Leadership” Award
Support Kansas City Announces “Excellence In Nonprofit Leadership” Award Winners

Mission, KS (May 15, 2018) — Support Kansas City, a nonprofit that provides business and development support services to Greater Kansas City nonprofits, has announced the winners of its prestigious Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Awards. The 2018 awards were granted to the FIRE Foundation for an agency with a budget of $1 million or less, MOCSA for agency with a budget greater than $1 million, and Harvesters for agency with a budget greater than $10 million. Read Full Media Release

Check out our 2017 FIRE Video HERE. Please enjoy our story of a little boy headed off to Kindergarten with his brothers. This is the gift of inclusive education that our Founders wanted all kids in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese to have.