Supporting Australian Wildfire Relief

How to Support Australian Wildfire Relief

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More than 46 million acres of land have been burned by the wildfires raging across Australia. With an early start in September, the 2019-2020 wildfire season is unprecedented. The catastrophic fires have already claimed at least 33 lives with the death toll expected to rise. More than one billion animals, including many endangered species, are estimated to have also lost …

A Conversation with Ray Kowalik of Burns & McDonnell: Four Ways to Support Corporate Giving

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At a recent Corporate Giving Network event, representatives from companies around Kansas City were invited to discuss how to create a culture of giving in the workplace. Burns & McDonnell chairman and CEO Ray Kowalik and Foundation director Julee Koncak shared several tried-and-true ways to support philanthropy in the workplace. 1. Empower employee giving. “The power of people being proud …

Philanthropy is for Everyone: A Conversation with Anthony Shop of Social Driver

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Social Driver, a small digital agency headquartered in Washington, D.C., was recently named one of D.C.’s 18 most charitable companies. Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Anthony Shop joined us on the Grow Your Giving podcast to talk about how even as a small company, Social Driver is able to give back and make an impact. Social Driver supports both local …

Corporate Giving Success Story: McCownGordon Construction

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  Founded 20 years ago in 1999, McCownGordon Construction is responsible for the development, planning and building of many construction projects across the country. The 100% employee-owned company focuses on its three core values of integrity, relationships, and performance. McCownGordon partnered with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation more than a decade ago to establish the McCownGordon Charitable Foundation. Since …

Creating a Culture of Giving Back: A Conversation with Austin Hall of Pro Athlete, Inc.

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With just over 50 employees, Pro Athlete, Inc., an online retailer selling baseball and softball bats and gloves, was recently named a Best Place to Work and one of Kansas City’s healthiest employers by the Kansas City Business Journal. Boasting top-notch facilities and amenities, Pro Athlete offers an employee experience unlike any other. While the benefits and perks make for …

Corporate Giving Success Story: Honeywell

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Honeywell, which manages the Kansas City National Security Campus for the U.S. Department of Energy, is ramping up its efforts to support key community initiatives, including workforce development. Honeywell and its predecessor companies have been part of the Kansas City community for nearly 70 years. Honeywell has a long history of supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to …

Giving Team Spotlight: LaVon Colhour

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LaVon Colhour, Manager of Corporate Services at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, helps businesses of all sizes create and expand corporate giving programs. She knows that maintaining a culture of giving back is important, and the Community Foundation’s custom corporate giving programs help businesses do just that. LaVon and her team help companies set up corporate foundations, make grants …

Building Successful Workplace Volunteer Programs

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With younger generations entering the workforce, an increasing number of employees expect companies to play a part in giving back to the community. Volunteer programs can help businesses make a difference and increase employee engagement with the company. At a recent Corporate Giving Network, representatives from companies around the Kansas City metro gathered to discuss workplace volunteer programs and hear …

Hurricane Michael: An Update on How to Support Recovery Efforts

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Shortly after Hurricane Florence made landfall on the east coast, Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm that has affected communities across the southeastern United States. For those looking to support long-term recovery efforts, several community foundations in the affected areas have established and activated relief funds: The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee: Music City Cares …

VMLY&R Foundation Celebrates $2 Million in Giving

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VMLY&R, a global marketing and advertising agency headquartered in Kansas City, established the VMLY&R Foundation at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation in 2005. The VMLY&R Foundation recently surpassed $2 million in giving back to the communities where VMLY&R employees live and work. This incredible milestone comes at a special time of year for the VMLY&R Foundation. September serves as …