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 …

Paint, Pottery, and Postsecondary Education Goals

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In 1991, Paul Dorrell founded Leopold Gallery to showcase the work of regional artists. After a successful 15 years in the business, Paul felt it was time to start helping others. In 2006, Paul paid a visit to Paseo Academy, a local charter school, and was devastated by what he saw in the art classrooms. “These were intelligent kids making …

Corporate Giving Success Story: Honeywell

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Honeywell, which manages the Kansas City National Security Campus for the U.S. Department of Energy, is ramping up its efforts to support key community initiatives, including workforce development. Honeywell and its predecessor companies have been part of the Kansas City community for nearly 70 years. Honeywell has a long history of supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to …

Building Successful Workplace Volunteer Programs

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With younger generations entering the workforce, an increasing number of employees expect companies to play a part in giving back to the community. Volunteer programs can help businesses make a difference and increase employee engagement with the company. At a recent Corporate Giving Network, representatives from companies around the Kansas City metro gathered to discuss workplace volunteer programs and hear …

Hurricane Michael: An Update on How to Support Recovery Efforts

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Shortly after Hurricane Florence made landfall on the east coast, Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm that has affected communities across the southeastern United States. For those looking to support long-term recovery efforts, several community foundations in the affected areas have established and activated relief funds: The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee: Music City Cares …

VMLY&R Foundation Celebrates $2 Million in Giving

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VMLY&R, a global marketing and advertising agency headquartered in Kansas City, established the VMLY&R Foundation at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation in 2005. The VMLY&R Foundation recently surpassed $2 million in giving back to the communities where VMLY&R employees live and work. This incredible milestone comes at a special time of year for the VMLY&R Foundation. September serves as …

Engaging Employees In Corporate Giving

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Corporate giving programs are common among businesses and organizations, and many want to ensure that the joy of charitable giving stretches across their company to every employee. Recently, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s Corporate Giving Network hosted representatives from organizations across the Kansas City metro area to discuss how they can better engage their employees in charitable giving programs. …

Corporate Giving Success Story: Terracon

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Terracon, a consulting engineering firm headquartered in Olathe, Kansas, has worked to make giving back part of the everyday company culture. In 2007, the Terracon Foundation was established as a corporate donor-advised fund at Greater Horizons, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s national entity, and has evolved into an expansive corporate giving initiative. In just over a decade, the Terracon …

Philanthropy and Disaster Relief with Lori Bertman

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The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation exists to serve donors and help them give to the causes they care deeply about. We know that donors’ passions are exacerbated in a time of greater need, as is the case during and after a disaster or tragedy. Donors come to us to determine how they can help when disaster strikes, and we’re …