Our 2021 Annual Report is Now Available

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In another record-breaking year, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors sent more grants out the door from their charitable funds than ever before. Donor-advised funds continue to be our most popular type of charitable fund, providing donors the flexibility to set aside money in a charitable investment account for tax-free growth to maximize donations to nonprofit organizations. See more about …

Navigating Current Challenges and Trends in Philanthropy: A Conversation with Jeremy Tennenbaum of Vanguard

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“I think people, more and more, want to make certain that their money is being put to good use by the nonprofits that they’re giving to.” – Jeremy Tennenbaum In a conversation for both nonprofits and donors alike, Jeremy Tennenbaum, senior nonprofit strategist at Vanguard shares how current challenges and trends are impacting philanthropy. Together with Nicole Stuke, Philanthropic Advisor at …

Holiday Giving…in Summer?

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We see a significant uptick in our donors’ grants to charities during the winter holiday season, usually after Thanksgiving. It’s called “The Giving Season” for a reason. Nonprofits send out year-end reminders to make donations, and our donors respond generously. But…why wait? Because you made the smart decision to organize your giving using a donor-advised fund, you can make grants …

Revitalizing the Rock Island Bridge: A Conversation with Mike Zeller

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“There’s really no bridge like this in modern times. It’s the first of its kind. And also just the unique nature of the public-private partnership and how those two gears can go together in a way that the community wins and investors win.” – Mike Zeller Kansas City will soon be home to America’s first destination bridge. A mix of …

7 Tips for Maximizing Your Online Giving Experience

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The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s work is centered in serving donors and our goal is to provide an easy and joyful giving experience. Our online donor portal is an important piece of that experience where donors can view their fund activity in a modern, user-friendly setting. For donors who utilize the online donor portal, here are seven ways to …

How to Help: Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine

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Philanthropists and humanitarians around the globe are watching the unfolding crisis in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s invasion earlier this week. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the leading expert in helping donors maximize their impact in response to domestic and global disasters, has shared the following information: “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assaults on multiple cities in Ukraine began overnight …

Your FAQs About Successor Advisors

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Successor advisors are important in continuing your charitable legacy beyond your lifetime. Whitney Hosty, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, answers your questions about the role of successor advisors. Q: What is a successor advisor? A: Successor advisors are the individuals from whom our staff will take direction about your charitable fund when you are no longer able to do so, particularly regarding …

Setting Your Philanthropic Intentions for 2022

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A new year offers a moment to consider the past and dream of the future. What are you dreaming about and how might your philanthropy change in 2022? You might consider the following questions when setting your philanthropic intentions for 2022: What excites and inspires you? What are the missions and organizations that align most closely with the values most …

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Connecting With Others This Holiday Season

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Families and friends are preparing to gather with their loved ones to celebrate upcoming holidays, some for the first time in a long while. Whether your family is prompted to dig deeper in conversation after spending time apart, or you’re looking for a way to further your discussion at the dinner table, check out these resources about family philanthropy: Download: …