Joyful Giving: A Conversation with Ann Harbin

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Ann Harbin works as the Senior Study Director at International Agriculture Research Inc. and has traveled around the world with her work, opening her eyes to many opportunities to give back. Ann and her husband Don are passionate about making education attainable and accessible. They choose to use their donor-advised fund to help support the education of students in Kansas …

Innovative Approaches to Postsecondary Education

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At a recent Donor-to-Donor, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors gathered to hear from postsecondary education advocates who are working to help make postsecondary education more attainable for more students in the Kansas City metro area. Panelists represented organizations that are newly established and rely heavily on financial support from individual donors. Donors first heard from Dr. Beth Tankersley-Bankhead and …

Florence: How You Can Help Now

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Tropical Depression Florence has impacted thousands on the east coast and continues to create damage as it makes its way inland. As it creeps slowly along its path and as the land becomes increasingly saturated, conditions are expected to worsen. For those looking to help with damage and recovery efforts, supporting local community foundations is an effective use of relief …

Unexpected Encounters: An Exhibit of Generosity

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Giving back to your community comes in many forms. Some donate their time by volunteering, while others give charitable assets to specific causes or organizations. This summer, visitors to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art experienced the generosity of donors through Unexpected Encounters, an exhibit highlighting works of art gifted to the museum by generous donors within the past nine years. …

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 …