Resources for Nonprofits
How We Work with Charities and Donors Who Support Them
The Community Foundation has granted more than $6 billion to nonprofit organizations in Kansas City and beyond throughout its history. But we cannot take all the credit. The vast majority of our grants are driven by our donors. These are individuals, families and companies making grants from their funds to the organizations and causes that are important to them.
Working with Donor-Advised Funds
Most of our assets are held in donor-advised funds. Individuals and organizations that establish donor-advised make their own decisions regarding which nonprofits they want to support via grants from their funds. Some donors may choose to work with one of our Philanthropic Advisors for additional guidance and research.
The Community Foundation's role is to ensure that grants are made to 501(c)(3) public charities, including educational, religious and government institutions, following IRS rules. We primarily work for donors here in Kansas City, but we also serve donors across the country through our national entity, Greater Horizons.
We encourage our donors to provide their personal information to nonprofits that are receiving grants. Our grant checks include the name of the fund that directed the grant, and the donor can also choose to share their name, email and other contact information on the check stub. It's rare for donors to choose to grant anonymously, but it does happen occasionally. See a sample grant check and get to know your donors who choose to give to your nonprofit via donor-advised funds.
Learn more by reading our Donor-Advised Fund FAQs with information specifically for nonprofit organizations.
Request a Grant History Report
If you'd like to receive a list of all of the funds at the Community Foundation that have made grants to your organization, please complete our short request form on this page. A member of our team will follow up with a report within a few business days.
The grant history report will include every grant to your nonprofit since 1994. You will also see:
- the fund name, unless the donor chose to make an anonymous grant
- the amount of the grant
- the purpose of the grant, if the donor designated a specific purpose
Our donors grant to thousands of nonprofit organizations each year, but it is possible that your organization may not have ever received a grant from one of our funds. If this is the case for your organization, we will let you know.
Explore Funders and Opportunities
Some of our donors look to the Community Foundation for assistance administering their competitive grants for nonprofit organizations. In addition, the Community Foundation administers a number of competitive grants for external foundations. See all of the Community Foundation’s Competitive Grant Opportunities and while you're there, sign up to receive our monthly email with upcoming grant application deadlines.
Update Your Public Profiles
The Community Foundation's Nonprofit Search provides in-depth information about 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations headquartered in the 15-county Kansas City metro area. All information is provided via GuideStar (now known as Candid) based on information generated by the IRS and self-reported by nonprofits.
Also consider reviewing your organization's profiles on Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau to ensure your information is up to date.
Explore Setting Up an Agency Fund
Many nonprofits work with the Community Foundation to establish agency funds, a fund set up by a charity to benefit the specific charity. Learn more about agency funds and how your organization can build long-term assets, establish a home for reserve funds, and enjoy low-cost investment options and third-party oversight of assets.
If you already have an agency fund, you can find helpful information to manage your agency fund.
Does your nonprofit serve students?
The Community Foundation administers many scholarship opportunities for high school and college students. Scholarship applications open in December. More information is available at www.growyourgiving.org/scholarships.