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Here's What's on Phil's Mind

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Here's What's on Phil's Mind


Truman Heartland Community Foundation
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My experience with charitable giving throughout my 35-year career in philanthropy is that people are not giving just to get a tax deduction. They are giving from the heart because they are passionate about their community.

For the last 36 years, Truman Heartland Community Foundation has given donors with a passion for education the opportunity to support the students in our area. Many of our community’s citizens have taken the step to invest in education by creating a Scholarship Fund through their Community Foundation, which allows them to award scholarships to students who they believe to be most deserving.

We are very pleased to announce three of our honorees for our 23rd Toast to Our Towns Gala on Saturday September 29th.

Although you may feel disdain in dealing with both your taxes and your allergies, my advice is to take a proactive approach to avoid a future headache. You’ll have to see your doctor about how to deal with your allergies, but the prescription for the headache tax-season causes is simple: proactive tax-planning.

At Truman Heartland Community Foundation we are looking forward to getting our annual competitive grants cycle rolling for 2018. This year we had the honor of hosting our second annual Community Grants workshop on Monday, February 26 at Midwest Public Risk. We were excited to see so many new faces among the 60 nonprofit professionals who joined us to learn more about our Competitive Grants process.

How will the new tax law affect charitable giving in the coming future? President and CEO, Phil Hanson, gives his perspective on the changes to come.

We often use this time of year as a chance to reflect on the past year and recall its highlights. As I look back on 2017 and see what is trending on social media or creating headlines in the news, I see a great deal of focus on the things that are dividing us as a country. I think it is important now more than ever that we do not lose sight of the things that are uniting us and bringing us closer together.

There are many things to be thankful for as we reflect back on the past year and what it has brought us. One of the best ways to show gratitude for all of the blessings we share is to give back to your community.

With all the discussion about tax cuts/reform in Washington, don’t be distracted and forget that now is an important time for you to be thinking about year-end tax planning.

As supporters of the Foundation, you have heard me and the team talk in great detail about our new initiative taking place in partnership with our Community for All Ages Coalition and United Way of Greater Kansas City. The wait is finally over, and I am proud to announce the official launch of Boomers Get Connected.

Your Community Foundation has launched an exciting program in Partnership with the United Way of Greater Kansas City called “Boomers Get Connected” that has grown out of the work of our Community for all Ages Coalitions.

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