Corporate Giving Network: Homegrown Giving Programs

Hear how companies in the Heart of America are inspiring a sense of pride and purpose both in and out of the office.

In the City of Fountains, we are all connected by the generous spirit of our town. The expectation for businesses, small and large, in Kansas City is to give back here.

Join us at our upcoming Corporate Giving Network, where we’ll hear about homegrown giving programs that make Kansas City better. Not only do these programs inspire a sense of pride throughout our city, but they also instill a sense of purpose for employees. We will hear from:

Headshot of Jen Houston, H&R BlockJEN HOUSTON, H&R BLOCK
As Senior Manager of Community Impact for H&R Block, Jen knows what it takes to engage employees in the workplace. In her role, she oversees H&R Block’s Make Every Block Better community impact platform, which focuses on making communities more vibrant by connecting neighbors and supporting small business owners. Because H&R Block’s associates are the driving force behind the movement, they are on pace to reach 1 million volunteer hours by 2025.

Headshot of Chase McAnulty, Charlie HustleCHASE MCANULTY, CHARLIE HUSTLE
Being the CEO and Founder of Charlie Hustle, Chase strives to instill connectedness inside and outside his company. With his team, Chase developed the Heart of KC Foundation and the beloved Communi-TEES program, which creates custom tees that highlight national and local Kansas City charities and give back proceeds to support the causes. By featuring important organizations in Kansas City through their well-established brand, Charlie Hustle and its employees are giving a microphone to causes in Kansas City, one tee at a time.

Headshot of Macaela Stephenson, Blue KCMACAELA STEPHENSON, BLUE KC
Wearing many hats as Blue KC’s Director of Community Relations and Investment, Macaela is committed to the well-being of Kansas Citians. Through Blue KC’s WellStocked program, Macaela is focused on targeted partnerships to reduce food insecurity and increase access to healthier food in our community. Providing opportunities for their employees to connect to their mission both at the office and out in the community contributes to their culture and strategic success.

As a partner to hundreds of companies in Kansas City and across the country, LaVon has over a decade of experience working with companies that give back. In her role as the Director of Corporate Services for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and its national entity Greater Horizons, she has seen what works and what doesn't work when companies are scaling up their corporate philanthropy. Serving as a wonderful connector, LaVon knows corporate philanthropy is stronger when we learn from each other.

    Wednesday, June 14
    8:30 to 10 a.m.
    8:30 to 9 a.m. Optional Breakfast and Networking
    9 to 10 a.m. Discussion
    10 to 10:30 a.m. Optional Networking & Community Foundation Tour

    Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
    1055 Broadway Blvd., Suite 130
    Kansas City, Missouri

    Who is this session for?
    Any and all corporate charitable givers are invited. To strengthen the peer group of corporate funders, these sessions are not intended for nonprofit professionals or individuals focused on fundraising.

    Registration is free, but please confirm your attendance using the form below.

    Questions? Contact Sidney Peterson at or 816.627.3414.

    What is Corporate Giving Network?

    Our Corporate Giving Network conversations are designed to help employers learn from their peers. Discussions are focused on how companies can develop a healthy workplace culture through corporate charitable giving and other purpose-led initiatives. Any and all corporate charitable givers are invited, so feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues who would like to connect with fellow corporate philanthropists.

    We strive to host inclusive, accessible convenings that enable all individuals to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Sidney Peterson at or 816.627.3414.