Empowering Student Success Beyond High School: A Conversation with Jade Valdez and Ben Richardson

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The Hispanic Development Fund (HDF), a regional affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, was founded in 1983 to improve the quality of life of Latino families in Greater Kansas City by engaging the Latino community in philanthropy to build stronger communities through grantmaking and scholarship support. Today, HDF oversees several successful community programs and in 2020 alone awarded …

Disaster Response and Relief: A Conversation with Heart to Heart International

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In response to the recent catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, Heart to Heart International CEO Kim Carroll and Director of Disaster Response Heather Lee shared how the global humanitarian organization responds to disasters around the world. Philanthropic Advisor Kelli Doyle discusses how philanthropy plays a critical role in disaster relief and response. A transcription of the episode can be found below. …

Supporting Postsecondary Education Dreams with Gene Balloun

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Many years ago, Gene Balloun and his wife Sheila became foster parents and entered the world of foster care and adoption. Gene, a lawyer by trade, often served as a wealth of knowledge about the legal aspects of adoption for other foster and adoptive parents. Gene began conducting pro bono public adoption cases through his employer, Kansas City-based firm Shook …

Giving Team Spotlight: David Anderson

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David Anderson, Director of Investments, considers his work with professional advisors one of the highlights of his job. David works with financial planners, wealth managers, accountants, attorneys and other professional advisors to help donors manage their charitable giving. David oversees all investment activity of our donors’ donor-advised funds including funds that participate in our Financial Advisor Program. With a donor-advised …