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How to Support Systemic Change for Racial Equity

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The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s leadership work centers on racial equity, specifically focusing on addressing systemic and institutional racism through philanthropic investments. If you are interested in donating to organizations that are working to advance systemic change, here are some options you can consider. Local Organizations ACLU of Kansas Foundation “We work in the state legislature, the courts, and …

CARES Act: Charitable Deduction Summary

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The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, includes provisions that affect both individual and corporate donors. Specifically: 60% of AGI Limit Suspended for 2020 For the 2020 tax year, individuals can deduct any cash contributions made to qualified charitable organizations, up to 100% of their adjusted gross income (AGI). Deductions for cash donations were previously limited to 60% …

Philanthropy’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

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As individuals, companies, and government agencies around the globe try to grapple with the outbreak of COVID-19, private philanthropists have given more than $9.1 billion to response and relief efforts. Candid, a leading data and research hub on nonprofits, has been closely tracking the donations from leading philanthropists and the world’s largest companies. You can dig into that data online …

Supporting Australian Wildfire Relief

How to Support Australian Wildfire Relief

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More than 46 million acres of land have been burned by the wildfires raging across Australia. With an early start in September, the 2019-2020 wildfire season is unprecedented. The catastrophic fires have already claimed at least 33 lives with the death toll expected to rise. More than one billion animals, including many endangered species, are estimated to have also lost …

Supporting Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

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Hurricane Dorian has wreaked havoc throughout the Bahamas and along the east coast of the United States, causing extensive flooding, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands, and even claiming several lives. The full extent of the damage is still undetermined as relief workers make their way to the hardest-hit areas. A number of community foundations and organizations have compiled …

A Conversation with Ray Kowalik of Burns & McDonnell: Four Ways to Support Corporate Giving

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At a recent Corporate Giving Network event, representatives from companies around Kansas City were invited to discuss how to create a culture of giving in the workplace. Burns & McDonnell chairman and CEO Ray Kowalik and Foundation director Julee Koncak shared several tried-and-true ways to support philanthropy in the workplace. 1. Empower employee giving. “The power of people being proud …

Introducing the 2018 Annual Report

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Our 2018 Annual Report is now available online. More robust than ever before, the report details a full picture of all the charitable vehicles and services our donors utilize to maximize their charitable giving. In 2018, our donors reached a major milestone, granting more than $4 billion to charities since our founding in 1978. The 2018 Annual Report takes a …

Philanthropy is for Everyone: A Conversation with Anthony Shop of Social Driver

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Social Driver, a small digital agency headquartered in Washington, D.C., was recently named one of D.C.’s 18 most charitable companies. Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Anthony Shop joined us on the Grow Your Giving podcast to talk about how even as a small company, Social Driver is able to give back and make an impact. Social Driver supports both local …

Corporate Giving Success Story: McCownGordon Construction

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  Founded 20 years ago in 1999, McCownGordon Construction is responsible for the development, planning and building of many construction projects across the country. The 100% employee-owned company focuses on its three core values of integrity, relationships, and performance. McCownGordon partnered with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation more than a decade ago to establish the McCownGordon Charitable Foundation. Since …

Creating a Culture of Giving Back: A Conversation with Austin Hall of Pro Athlete, Inc.

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With just over 50 employees, Pro Athlete, Inc., an online retailer selling baseball and softball bats and gloves, was recently named a Best Place to Work and one of Kansas City’s healthiest employers by the Kansas City Business Journal. Boasting top-notch facilities and amenities, Pro Athlete offers an employee experience unlike any other. While the benefits and perks make for …