Charitable Giving Trends Continue to Propel Philanthropy Forward

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In 2018, individuals, families and companies contributed $427 billion to charities. At a recent Nonprofit Connect event in Kansas City, Dr. Patrick Rooney from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy presented the Giving USA Annual Report of Philanthropy for the year of 2018. The Giving USA report shows how tax changes in 2017 created three trends in giving: Continued …

The Role of Philanthropy in Opportunity Zones

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A panel of experts recently joined Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors and community leaders to discuss the role of philanthropy in Opportunity Zones. Still largely unregulated, Opportunity Zones provide the chance for investment in community development projects in typically disinvested areas. What are Opportunity Zones? Opportunity Zones are designated as economically distressed communities. There are more than 8,700 Opportunity …

Charitable Giving Tax Strategy: Bunching Donations in a Donor-Advised Fund

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Tax season is in full swing, and as taxpayers are completing their tax returns, they are seeing first-hand the effects of the tax law changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Many individuals and families have had to rethink their giving strategy to ensure they can still take advantage of the tax benefits associated with charitable giving. The standard …

Celebrating $4 Billion in Charitable Giving

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We are thrilled to share that our donors have granted more than $4 billion to charitable causes since our humble beginning in 1978. “This is a huge milestone for our donors,” says President & CEO Debbie Wilkerson. “We are honored that so many generous individuals, families and businesses choose us to help them carry out their charitable legacies.” As we …

Create a Charitable Legacy this Holiday Season

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As each year comes to a close, we often find ourselves run-down by the stress of last-minute holiday shopping and finishing up year-end projects at the office. Sometimes, we get so caught up that we forget to enjoy the spirit of the season, and the next thing we know, we’ve flipped the page in our calendar without enjoying what some …

Ways to Help Those Affected by the California Wildfires

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As three wildfires burned across the state of California, many lost their lives and thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. Shaping up to be one of California’s worst years for wildfires in recent years, strong winds and dry air created difficulty for firefighters to contain the fires. For those looking to support communities affected by the wildfires, several …

Florence: How You Can Help Now

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Tropical Depression Florence has impacted thousands on the east coast and continues to create damage as it makes its way inland. As it creeps slowly along its path and as the land becomes increasingly saturated, conditions are expected to worsen. For those looking to help with damage and recovery efforts, supporting local community foundations is an effective use of relief …

Charitable Giving Exceeded $400 Billion in 2017 According to Giving USA

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Charitable giving in the United States continues to rise. Last year broke a record with more than $410 billion donated to charities across the country. As a part of Nonprofit Connect‘s 501(c) Success National Speaker Series, Dr. Patrick Rooney from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy presented the Giving USA Annual Report of Philanthropy for the Year 2017. Giving …

The Role of Philanthropy in Rural Communities

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The word “rural” can be hard to define. For many, the word conjures up images of rolling hills and vast farmland, tiny towns steeped in deep history and tradition. For some, it might mean the decline of a close-knit community brought on by advances in technology and the draw of bigger towns and cities nearby. A fluid definition is fitting …

Philanthropy and Disaster Relief with Lori Bertman

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The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation exists to serve donors and help them give to the causes they care deeply about. We know that donors’ passions are exacerbated in a time of greater need, as is the case during and after a disaster or tragedy. Donors come to us to determine how they can help when disaster strikes, and we’re …