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Embracing Authentic and Intentional Giving in 2024

Sarah NavranIndividual & Family Giving

Late in 2023, Merriam-Webster announced that their word of the year was “authentic.” According to Merriam-Webster, the term had an increase in searches “driven by stories and conversations about AI, celebrity culture, identity, and social media.” Perhaps people were inspired to become more authentic because of the significant events and cultural moments that shaped 2023. While we can’t know what …

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2024/2025 Scholarship Opportunities Are Now Open

Sarah NavranCommunity Foundation News

A Note from Rosisella Blakney, Senior Manager, Scholarship & Grantmaking Services:   It’s that time again when scholarship opportunities for the next school year open. Every year, I am amazed by our donors’ generosity in providing opportunities for educational advancement for students in Kansas City and beyond. Scholarship support is more important than ever as the cost of post-secondary education increases. …

Wealth Advisors: There’s Still Time to Help Your Clients Give in 2023

Sarah NavranProfessional Advisors

When it comes to financial planning, the relationship between wealth advisors and their clients can extend deeper than money. As the architect and partner in your clients’ financial journeys, you can also support your clients’ vision of the future for themselves, their loved ones and their legacies through their philanthropy. One vehicle you can recommend to your clients is a …

Ready, Set, Give: Getting Started with Your Donor-Advised Fund

Sarah NavranIndividual & Family Giving

If you have recently opened a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation or are eager to learn more about the opportunities that come with your fund, this blog post is for you! By opening a donor-advised fund, you have unlocked a world of possibilities and advantages that will amplify your philanthropic impact. We like to break down the donor-advised fund process into three simple …

Spark Conversations About Generosity This Giving Season

Sarah NavranIndividual & Family Giving

December is often filled with feelings of hope, gratitude and kindness to others. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the role everyone can play in making the world a better place. For us at the Community Foundation, December also means “The Giving Season” is in full swing, which is a time when we help many philanthropists set up new …

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With Giving Numbers Down in 2022, Donor-Advised Fund Giving Still on the Rise

Sarah NavranIndividual & Family Giving

Despite a decline in overall charitable giving (according to Giving USA), inflation, and a challenging year for U.S. financial markets, the 2023 Donor-Advised Fund Report compiled by National Philanthropic Trust, shows donor-advised funds continued to be one of the most reliable funding sources for charitable organizations. Grants from donor-advised funds have grown every year since 2009 and more than doubled …

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Disaster Philanthropy: Hear from Leaders in the Field

Sarah NavranCorporate Charitable Giving, Individual & Family Giving

When disaster strikes, many philanthropists ask: How can I help? Senior Philanthropic Advisor Whitney Hosty was joined by Patty McIlreavy, the President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Suzanne Ehlers, the Executive Director and CEO of USA for UNCHR, the UN Refugee Agency, to discuss disaster relief giving. Together, they explored philanthropy’s role in supporting communities facing …

Cultivating Employee Engagement through Philanthropy

Sarah NavranCorporate Charitable Giving

 How does organizing your company’s giving under one structure promote employee engagement? Employee engagement has become a “buzzword” amidst our current corporate landscape. Now more than ever, companies recognize their role in cultivating a sense of belonging and social impact within their organizations. By creating a corporate foundation, companies can streamline and organize their philanthropic giving, which creates a fulfilling …

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Planning for 2023 Year-End Giving

peterson@growyourgiving.orgCommunity Foundation News

It’s giving season! As we approach the end of the year, our team at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation is all-in to help philanthropists establish new charitable funds, contribute to their funds and process year-end grants to nonprofits. Here are our tips for giving this year-end. Opening a New Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation We’re here to help …

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Family Ties, Giving Back & Making a Difference

Sarah NavranIndividual & Family Giving

There’s something special about sharing experiences with your family, whether it’s the one you were born into or the one you’ve chosen. The joy of these shared moments creates meaningful bonds and unforgettable memories. In addition to annual vacations or life milestones, consider adding family philanthropy to the list of experiences. Giving as a family unites multiple generations through a …