Effective Communication on Race, Equity and Inclusion

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Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors and community leaders recently gathered for a discussion on race and equity led by Glenn Harris, president of Race Forward. Race Forward is a social justice nonprofit organization that helps people take effective action toward racial equity. It is the largest organization of its kind in the country. Race Forward works to involve community …

Tara Raghuveer on Evictions in Kansas City

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For the past five years, Tara Raghuveer, Founder and Director of the Kansas City Eviction Project, has researched housing and evictions across the country, but more specifically in Kansas City. At a recent Donor-to-Donor, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors were invited to attend a presentation of Tara’s findings on the local housing and eviction crisis taking place in the …

Charitable Giving Exceeded $400 Billion in 2017 According to Giving USA

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Charitable giving in the United States continues to rise. Last year broke a record with more than $410 billion donated to charities across the country. As a part of Nonprofit Connect‘s 501(c) Success National Speaker Series, Dr. Patrick Rooney from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy presented the Giving USA Annual Report of Philanthropy for the Year 2017. Giving …

An Evening at the Kansas City Zoo

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More than 100,000 gallons of saltwater filters through a large pump room every 30 minutes beneath the Helzberg Penguin Plaza at the Kansas City Zoo to keep the nearly 70 birds on exhibit happy and healthy. Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors and their families had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the penguins up close and on the ice at …

The Role of Philanthropy in Rural Communities

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The word “rural” can be hard to define. For many, the word conjures up images of rolling hills and vast farmland, tiny towns steeped in deep history and tradition. For some, it might mean the decline of a close-knit community brought on by advances in technology and the draw of bigger towns and cities nearby. A fluid definition is fitting …

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 …

Tax Reform and Its Impact on Nonprofits

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Corey Ziegler, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Vice President and Corporate Counsel, recently sat on a panel hosted by Nonprofit Connect and ArtsKC to discuss the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and how it impacts local nonprofit organizations. Corey was joined by three other local professionals well-versed in the latest tax reform. Chris Hoyt, Professor of Law at UMKC School …

Exploring the Museum Visitor Experience

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Kansas City is lucky to have several accommodating and innovative museums across the metropolitan area. At a recent Donor-to-Donor, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors gathered to hear from several Kansas City museums that are in various stages of capital campaigns and are working to provide the best possible experience for visitors. Representatives from the National World War I Museum …

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What You Need to Know

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law at the end of 2017 has made many significant changes to both corporate and personal tax laws. These changes, including the nearly doubling of the standard deduction for both individuals and couples, has many contemplating how they can still take advantage of the tax benefits associated with charitable giving. Charities that …

10 Children’s Books About Giving

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Charitable giving is sometimes hard for little ones to understand. However, when introduced with entertaining illustrations and language that is easy to understand, children are more likely to catch on. Here is a short list of books that introduce the concept of giving and generosity to add to your child’s book collection. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein This short …