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Here's What's on Phil's Mind

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Here's What's on Phil's Mind


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.

By Lauren Pope / August 31, 2017
Our Citizens of the Year are individuals who exemplify a spirit of service to their community and typically have been very quietly making a significant impact in their community through their volunteer and civic engagement for many years.

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.

Liz McClure is transitioning into a new role at the Community Foundation. Liz, who has been on the Foundation staff for 23 years will now be working part time, approximately 20 hours per week. I am very pleased that Liz has decided to continue working part time and not retire so we can continue to benefit from her talents, skills, and institutional knowledge.

Last night we had our annual Scholarship Celebration at Adams Point Conference Center. More than 160 people attended including students receiving scholarships and their parents, donors who have made these scholarships possible, and our board members and other volunteers who served on the committees who reviewed the applications. It’s always a fun event and our donors particularly enjoy having the opportunity to meet the students receiving their scholarship.

It’s peek scholarship time at your Community Foundation. Our Board Scholarship Committee is actively reviewing the applications for the 13 scholarships they are responsible for with over 200 applications to read and review. Plus, we have over 60 other scholarship review committees that are actively reviewing the applications for their particular scholarship. Our thanks go to board member Dr. Kirk Nooks and his 12 member committee of board members and advisory board members for all of their efforts as well as the hundreds of other community members serving on scholarship review committees.

Today I want to share some ideas on a retirement planning tool for charitably minded baby boomers that may already be maximizing their contribution to their IRA. For those who would like to leave a legacy and include a gift to charity in their estate plan, a Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity is a powerful tool for you to consider.

On Wednesday February 22nd we had the opportunity to meet with over 60 representatives from area charitable organizations for a forum regarding our upcoming community grants process. Our grants committee is getting geared up for our Annual Community Grants process this year and Letters of Interest are due on Thursday April 6th. We also discussed a relatively new grant program, the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education with applications due on May 25th. Applications are made online at our website at www.thcf.org, where you can find more information about these grant programs. Please help us spread the word about this opportunity to nonprofits serving our Eastern Jackson County Community.

Your Community Foundation was very productive in 2016. Total contributions to the foundation from generous donors like you totaled $5.7 Million up 14% and grants made from all funds to numerous charities totaled $3.3 Million, which is up 7% from 2015. We had 34 new funds established bringing the total to more than 600 funds.

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