National Expert in Family Giving Featured in Upcoming Events Series

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Later this month, Sharna Goldseker, a nationally recognized expert in multigenerational engagement, will lead several interactive sessions about how different generations approach their wealth and their philanthropy. Sharna Goldseker is the executive director of 21/64, an organization serving philanthropic and family enterprises across the country. The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation staff has worked closely with Sharna and her team …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Behind-the-Scenes at Union Station

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Union Station, sitting in the heart of Kansas City, was the gathering place for a recent behind-the-scenes event for Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors. Families with children and grandchildren of all ages gathered to explore the architectural masterpiece and hear the complex history of Union Station. The event began with brief remarks from George Guastello, President and CEO of …

Joyful Giving: A Conversation with Ann Harbin

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Ann Harbin works as the Senior Study Director at International Agriculture Research Inc. and has traveled around the world with her work, opening her eyes to many opportunities to give back. Ann and her husband Don are passionate about making education attainable and accessible. They choose to use their donor-advised fund to help support the education of students in Kansas …

Innovative Approaches to Postsecondary Education

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At a recent Donor-to-Donor, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation donors gathered to hear from postsecondary education advocates who are working to help make postsecondary education more attainable for more students in the Kansas City metro area. Panelists represented organizations that are newly established and rely heavily on financial support from individual donors. Donors first heard from Dr. Beth Tankersley-Bankhead and …

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 …

Unexpected Encounters: An Exhibit of Generosity

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Giving back to your community comes in many forms. Some donate their time by volunteering, while others give charitable assets to specific causes or organizations. This summer, visitors to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art experienced the generosity of donors through Unexpected Encounters, an exhibit highlighting works of art gifted to the museum by generous donors within the past nine years. …

Supporting Postsecondary Education Dreams with Gene Balloun

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Many years ago, Gene Balloun and his wife Sheila became foster parents and entered the world of foster care and adoption. Gene, a lawyer by trade, often served as a wealth of knowledge about the legal aspects of adoption for other foster and adoptive parents. Gene began conducting pro bono public adoption cases through his employer, Kansas City-based firm Shook …