Giving Students a Better Start

For Gene and Joanne Cable, there’s no better feeling than seeing students succeed. They are in the position to directly impact the lives of young people through two philanthropic endeavors with Truman Heartland Community Foundation: a donor advised fund opened in 1998 and the Gene and Joanne Cable Scholarship, established in 2011.

Although they have provided dozens of grants to children’s organizations over the years, their passion lies with the college scholarships. “We want to see children and young people get off to a good start in life,” said Joanne.


Since 2011, 18 college scholarships have been made to seniors at Van Horn, Truman and William Chrisman high schools. “In some cases, we have continued the scholarship support for students through college as well,” said Gene, adding that college is often a financially stressful time for these students.

The Cables settled in Kansas City in the mid-1950s when Gene purchased a Chevrolet dealership that became Cable Chevrolet (today, Cable Dahmer Chevrolet). Over the years, the business grew and became a family affair with their children Steve and Cindy (Cavanah) working at the dealership as well. Throughout the years, the Cables passed on their values of community support to their children.

“I learned the benefits of giving back with your time as well as your treasure,” said Cindy, who also has a donor advised fund at THCF.

Both Gene and Joanne emphasized the valuable role of THCF. “We could not manage all of our giving activities on our own,” stressed Joanne. “The staff helps coordinate the scholarship program and brings ideas to us as well as handles all of the administrative work.”

“In the end, helping others succeed has been most fulfilling,” said Gene. “It’s gratifying to see the results of our support and the impact made in the community we’ve lived in so many years.”

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