Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus
The Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus (GKCWPC), founded in 1972, is a multi-partisan grassroots organization whose mission is to recruit, train, and elect individuals that support equal rights for all women. The GKCWPC is affiliated with the National Women’s Political Caucus based in Washington, D.C. The GKCWPC consists of three organizations: the Women’s Political Caucus (WPC), a 501(c)(4) organization that is dedicated to outreach and membership; the Political Action Committee (PAC), which makes direct and indirect campaign contributions to individual candidates; and the Education and Endowment Fund (EEF), a 501(c)(3) organization that is designed to educate the general public on the importance of women’s issues. The three organizations work together to increase women’s political participation and education in the Kansas City area. The GKCWPC provides its members with tools and resources to engage politically within their communities. Monthly newsletters inform members of bills in the House and Senate and spread awareness of issues related to women’s rights like abortion, equal pay, and women’s political leadership. They have partnered with organizations such as Planned Parenthood and Missouri ProVote (Progressive Vote). The GKCWPC Political Action Committee (PAC) is made up of several different Political Action Groups (PAG) that are based in specific locations in the greater Kansas City area. The PAC’s main fundraiser is the annual Torch event, which includes a dinner, silent auction, prominent political guest speakers, and an awards ceremony. They also endorse candidates. The GKCWPC Education and Endowment Fund (EEF) hosts events such as the Girl’s Leadership Training event, tailored to middle school girls with an interest in politics. Such events encourage women to explore the political sphere. The EEF continues to donate money in the form of grants to the Caucus for such educational programs.