The Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts: A Conversation with Randy Cohen

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On the most recent episode of the Grow Your Giving podcast, Whitney Hosty, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, hosts Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research at Americans for the Arts. Whitney and Randy discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected arts organizations and artists across the country. Listen to Whitney and Randy’s conversation online, in the iTunes store and on Google …

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How to Support Systemic Change for Racial Equity

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The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s leadership work centers on racial equity, specifically focusing on addressing systemic and institutional racism through philanthropic investments. If you are interested in donating to organizations that are working to advance systemic change, here are some options you can consider. Local Organizations ACLU of Kansas Foundation “We work in the state legislature, the courts, and …

Moving Forward for Change

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I have a long title, Vice President of Grantmaking and Inclusion Initiatives. The first part of my title is self-explanatory. I work alongside an amazing team of professionals dedicated to providing best-in-class grantmaking services to our donors and foundation partners. The second part, “and inclusion initiatives” refers to the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s leadership work, which centers on racial …

Integrating Arts in Education: A Conversation with Susanne Shutz and Martin English

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Senior Philanthropic Advisor Whitney Hosty sat down with Community Foundation donor Susanne Shutz and Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) Executive Director Martin English on the most recent episode of the Grow Your Giving podcast. They discussed the latest trends in arts education and integration and explored how philanthropy plays a role in engaging students of all backgrounds in the arts. Susanne …

A Legacy of Giving Time, Talent and Treasure

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Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors Carol and Tom Barnett both grew up with parents who instilled in them the golden rule: treat everyone the way you want to be treated. Raised to never place judgment on others and always lend a helping hand, Carol and Tom were both taught to help others whenever possible, even when that meant they …

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Named Best Place to Work

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The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation is proud to be named one of Kansas City’s Best Places to Work in 2019. The Community Foundation offers a robust benefits package to all employees, but what truly sets the Community Foundation’s workplace culture apart is the work we do to help donors achieve their charitable goals. Community Foundation employees are smart, agile …

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Behind the Scenes at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

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Just hours before becoming an official construction site, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum before it closed to the public for the next year to undergo extensive renovations. The Library and Museum, one of 14 presidential libraries in the country, is administered by …

Collaboration and Partnership: Advancing Pediatric Cancer Research through Philanthropy

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In early September, to coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors gathered to hear from local experts on how transformational gifts are advancing pediatric cancer research and offering hope of a future to children in the metro and around the world. Deliece Hofen, Founder and President of Braden’s Hope, shared the heart-wrenching story of her …

Supporting Cristo Rey Kansas City Students Through Scholarships

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The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation administers 250 scholarship funds. During the 2018-2019 school year, donors provided $3.3 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students. LaVon Colhour recently sat down with several guests on the Grow Your Giving podcast to discuss a local scholarship making a difference in the lives of students in Kansas City. LaVon was joined by …

A Catalyst for Community Giving: A Conversation with Dr. Marjorie Williams

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We recently welcomed Dr. Marjorie Williams, a driving force in Kansas City’s philanthropic community, on the Grow Your Giving podcast. Known widely in the community as “Dr. Marj,” she recently received the 2019 Spirit of Philanthropy Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid America Chapter. In celebration of Black Philanthropy Month, Dr. Marj sat down with Pat Macdonald, Senior …