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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 …

Moving Forward for Change

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I have a long title, Vice President of Grantmaking and Inclusion Initiatives. The first part of my title is self-explanatory. I work alongside an amazing team of professionals dedicated to providing best-in-class grantmaking services to our donors and foundation partners. The second part, “and inclusion initiatives” refers to the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s leadership work, which centers on racial …

Census 2020: Ensuring an Accurate Count

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Have you filled out your 2020 census questionnaire? It’s critically important that every person living in the United States responds to the census to ensure that our communities receive federal funding to finance public services and programs. For the first time, you can answer the 2020 census online, by phone or by paper through the mail. This major technology integration …

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 Sustainable Agriculture: A Conversation with Virginia Clarke

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Senior Philanthropic Advisor Gwen Wurst recently sat down with Virginia Clarke, Executive Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF). SAFSF is the nation’s only collaborative group for grantmakers and philanthropists with the common goal of supporting sustainable agriculture and food systems. At a recent Donor-to-Donor education event, Virginia joined other food systems and conservation experts to share how …

Philanthropy and Flourishing Food Systems

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Agricultural production has changed dramatically in the past century. Population growth, lack of food access, environmental changes and evolving industrial approaches all affect how and why we grow food. At a recent Donor-to-Donor, experts in the field of sustainable agriculture gathered to share their expertise with Community Foundation donors while discussing how philanthropy plays a role in supporting just food …

Carrying Out Your Charitable Legacy

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Have you thought about what will happen to your charitable fund after your lifetime? For over 40 years, we have worked with donors and their families to carefully develop charitable plans for both during and after their lifetimes. Our team of philanthropic advisors can help you determine the best option and document your plans. We offer a variety of options …

Integrating Arts in Education: A Conversation with Susanne Shutz and Martin English

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Senior Philanthropic Advisor Whitney Hosty sat down with Community Foundation donor Susanne Shutz and Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) Executive Director Martin English on the most recent episode of the Grow Your Giving podcast. They discussed the latest trends in arts education and integration and explored how philanthropy plays a role in engaging students of all backgrounds in the arts. Susanne …

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 …