Supporting Cristo Rey Kansas City Students Through Scholarships

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The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation administers 250 scholarship funds. During the 2018-2019 school year, donors provided $3.3 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students. LaVon Colhour recently sat down with several guests on the Grow Your Giving podcast to discuss a local scholarship making a difference in the lives of students in Kansas City. LaVon was joined by …

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 …

Celebrating Legacy on Grandparents’ Day

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Every year, we honor grandparents by celebrating Grandparents’ Day in early September. For many grandchildren, it is a fun-filled day with some of their greatest role models, their grandparents. For many grandparents, it is a very meaningful day with some of their favorite people, their grandchildren. Passing along family values to grandchildren is an important life goal of many grandparents. …

A Catalyst for Community Giving: A Conversation with Dr. Marjorie Williams

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We recently welcomed Dr. Marjorie Williams, a driving force in Kansas City’s philanthropic community, on the Grow Your Giving podcast. Known widely in the community as “Dr. Marj,” she recently received the 2019 Spirit of Philanthropy Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid America Chapter. In celebration of Black Philanthropy Month, Dr. Marj sat down with Pat Macdonald, Senior …

Charitable Giving Trends Continue to Propel Philanthropy Forward

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In 2018, individuals, families and companies contributed $427 billion to charities. At a recent Nonprofit Connect event in Kansas City, Dr. Patrick Rooney from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy presented the Giving USA Annual Report of Philanthropy for the year of 2018. The Giving USA report shows how tax changes in 2017 created three trends in giving: Continued …

Combating Human Trafficking: A Conversation with Victor Boutros

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Victor Boutros, CEO of the Human Trafficking Institute recently joined us on the Grow Your Giving podcast to discuss the global epidemic of human trafficking. We recently hosted Victor and other experts at a Donor-to-Donor event to explore the issue of modern slavery and how philanthropy can support efforts to end human trafficking. Take a listen as Victor and Whitney …

Combating Human Trafficking

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With more than $150 billion in profits expected next year, human trafficking is the fastest-growing crime in the world. Outperforming Walmart, Exon, Microsoft and Apple’s profits combined, the trafficking industry has unquestionably reached epidemic proportions. At a recent Donor-to-Donor event, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors were invited to hear from a panel of experts on the changing landscape of …

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 …

Behind the Scenes at the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy

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Earlier this spring, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy. With support from Major League Baseball and generous donors, the Academy opened in March of 2018 as one of only eight state-of-the-art facilities in the country focused on empowering youth through baseball and softball. In 2006, …

The Role of Philanthropy in Opportunity Zones

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A panel of experts recently joined Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors and community leaders to discuss the role of philanthropy in Opportunity Zones. Still largely unregulated, Opportunity Zones provide the chance for investment in community development projects in typically disinvested areas. What are Opportunity Zones? Opportunity Zones are designated as economically distressed communities. There are more than 8,700 Opportunity …