Our History

Olathe is blessed with an exceptional quality of life. But even here, too many children struggle to have their basic needs met: food, shelter, clothing, medical/dental services and school supplies. Our dedicated board members work with our generous community leaders, business owners, and neighbors to ensure these children have the resources to reach their full potential.

More than 20 years ago, the Olathe Noon Optimists raised money selling Christmas Trees. Their success grew as they built a sled, served cookies and cocoa, and invited the public to visit with Santa. The donations collected were the first to go toward the Mayor’s Christmas Tree fund.

The sale of trees stopped, but the holiday celebration and collection continued. The fund also began to receive donations from the Community Prayer Breakfast, which continues to be held each year the Friday before Thanksgiving.

Recognizing the greater capacity of Olathe’s philanthropic spirit, an endeavor was launched to broaden support for the fund. In 2007 Mayor Michael Copeland created a board of “big-hearted bigwigs.” Since then, the fund’s impact has grown exponentially. It is the most successful Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund in the metro, having raised more than $1.5 million and bettering the lives of thousands of local kids and their families.

In 2020, the fund’s name was changed to the Olathe Mayor’s Children’s Fund. The mission remains the same: to meet the basic needs of all Olathe children.

Make a Difference in the Lives of Our Children

Each year, the Olathe Mayor’s Children’s Fund campaign runs from October 1 to December 31. A few weeks later, Mayor Copeland and the board then present the money to local charities, supporting their efforts to help kids in need.

You can donate today to the fund. Click on the “Donate Now” button, or send a check to: Olathe Mayor’s Children’s Fund, City of Olathe, Office of the Mayor, P.O. Box 768, Olathe, KS 66051-0768.

Thanks for your support. Your tax-deductible donation will help us touch the lives of countless children, giving them hope for a brighter tomorrow!