Giving Kansas City its Due
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Most of us who live or have lived in or around Kansas City understand what a wonderful metropolitan area it is, even if those on the coasts scoff at the notion that we’re more than just “flyover country.” Just last month, Overland Park native and Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis appeared on The Late Show, and David Letterman asked Jason if his hometown was “like the prairies.” (Fortunately Jason explained that was not the case, and he then went on to discuss his love of KU basketball and the Royals.)
But lately it seems that outsiders, too, are taking notice of Kansas City’s many offerings. Earlier this week, Jason Grill wrote an article for The Huffington Post, telling readers to “take a chance on Kansas City,” citing the globally recognized Kauffman Foundation, the top-ranked Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMKC, the highly anticipated Google Fiber network, the state-of-the-art Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Sporting KC’s home, LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.
Also this week, Kansas City Star columnist James A. Fussell reviewed two current national commercials from brand powerhouses Apple and Nike that feature Kansas City.
So what’s the deal with Kansas City? Here at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (and our non-regional brand, Greater Horizons), we like to think it has something to do with our deep-rooted Midwestern values, the idea that one should work hard and give back. The city, one of the most philanthropic cities in the nation, wouldn’t be what it is today without generous donations from Kansas Citians – some well-known names, and others who prefer to remain under the radar.
And we’re proud to say that since 1978, the Community Foundation has had a role in countless charitable transactions that helped make Kansas City great. (Since the Royals’ home opener is today, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Community Foundation’s role in ensuring that Ewing Kauffman’s beloved team remained in Kansas City.) With more than 3,500 charitable funds under our umbrella, our donors, who hail from 45 states, continue to use the Community Foundation’s charitable giving services to support the causes that mean the most to them, right here in Kansas City and beyond.
So, Kansas Citians, continue to take pride in your hometown – the food (BBQ, anyone?); the culture; the hardworking, innovative spirit; and, of course, the giving. For those who still aren’t sure what all the fuss is about, I’d recommend a trip sometime soon. After all, as the male star of that so-cute Nike commercial exclaims, “It’s the Paris of the Plains!”
Authored by: Leanne Breiby, Communications Manager