Working with the Community Foundation

Who We Are

In 1978, the founders of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation passed a hat, collecting $200 and some change. The Community Foundation was thus begun with an extraordinary idea: Charitable giving should be the responsibility of many, not just a select few.

Since then, we have grown to one of the largest and most entrepreneurial public charities of our kind, managing more than $3 billion in assets and ranking among the top 1 percent of over 700 community foundations in the country for more than a decade. In the 1990s, our innovative spirit led us to become the first and only charity to receive, hold and, in 2000, sell a major league sports team – the Kansas City Royals. In 2004, we created Greater Horizons to serve those who wish to use our services under a national entity.

We work with professional advisors (wealth managers, financial planners, accountants, insurance professionals, attorneys and other advisors) across the country to maximize their clients’ giving.

What Sets Us Apart from Our Peers


We know that donors – your clients – set up donor-advised funds and other charitable giving accounts because of you, the advisor they trust. Our job is to arm you with succinct, effective solutions for your clients and future generations that will carry on charitable legacies.

Beyond donor-advised funds, we offer a comprehensive platform of charitable tools. We help donors navigate all of their options, which might include scholarship funds, designated funds or field of interest funds.


We provide world-class service to all our donors, no matter the size of their account. Donors have access to a team of professionals dedicated to promptly answering calls and emails. Donors are able to conduct their giving in a confidential and secure environment.


Giving should be easy. Donors like to use their donor-advised funds for all of their giving, and they do not want to be constrained by unnecessary limitations and minimums. We support charitable giving at all levels. We recognize that every gift, no matter the size – whether $25 or $25 million – will make a difference.

  • No minimum initial contribution.
  • No minimum additional contribution.
  • No minimum grant amount.
  • No minimum account balance required to name an external investment manager.
  • No limit to the number of successor advisors or charitable beneficiaries.


Donors expect us to be forward-thinking. We think carefully with donors and their advisors about succession planning, so future generations can continue to give in perpetuity. As a community foundation, we are governed by an independent board and are not connected to a commercial enterprise that can be sold, merged or dissolved. We will exist to serve generations to come.