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Updates from Truman Heartland's President & CEO


Phil Hanson shares information on charitable giving trends and how the Truman Heartland Community Foundation is partnering with individuals and organizations across the region to benefit the Eastern Jackson County community.

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The New Year is a great time to catch our breath from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, remember what is most important to us and reconnect with our priorities. Many people make New Year’s Resolutions that ideally are related to our priorities and what’s truly important in our lives.

During Holiday Season we are reminded to pause and remember the many things we are thankful for and count our blessings. Here at your Community Foundation we are most thankful for our hundreds of generous donors who have established scholarship funds, donor advised funds, field of interest funds or funds designated for a specific charity. It’s our privilege to serve these individuals and partner with them as together we strive to improve area communities through their charitable giving.

Where has 2016 gone? It’s hard to believe that November in upon us and we will soon be into the holiday season. The holiday season is an important time of the year for charitable giving and I am sure you will be making gifts to your favorite charities during this time.

Many of you joined us and were among the 600 plus attendees at our September 17th Toast to Our Towns Gala. Thank you for attending our celebration of people and organizations that make this such a great community.

By Truman Heartland Community Foundation / September 6, 2016
The Foundation’s Annual Citizen’s Reception was a great success on Friday, August 26. It’s one of my favorite events of the year where the focus is on the Citizens of the Year selected by the Mayors of seven Eastern Jackson County communities. It’s always very uplifting to hear from the Mayors the impact these Citizens of the Year have made in their communities.

There is a seemingly endless stream of bad news as our 24 hour news cycle moves from one crisis to the next; the latest shooting, airplane crash or government budget crisis. And personal attacks on people’s character seem to be the latest trend, particularly in this election year. I want to share some thoughts this month on the personal character of some people in our community who make our community such a great place. Join me in celebrating people of great character and creating a positive news cycle.

May was the height of graduation season and many families were busy with graduation festivities. Parents and grandparents felt a sense of pride of their graduates for all they accomplished and learned. It’s the same for us here at the Truman Heartland Community Foundation.

“April showers bring May flowers” is the traditional saying and we got lots of showers last week. Spring is a time of new life and growth, so it’s appropriate that its scholarship season here at your Community Foundation. The scholarships provided by our donors, just like the water from spring rains, provide the opportunity for growth for the students receiving this support.

At Truman Heartland Community Foundation our volunteers are getting geared up for our Annual Community Grants process. Our Board of Directors has the responsibility to make grants each year from endowed funds established by numerous donors over the years, many through planned/estate gifts.

2015 will be remembered as a very volatile year in the stock market. In August we experienced a formal correction, defined by a 10% or more drop in the market, and fortunately some of that was regained by year end. The market volatility certainly impacted the retirement accounts of millions of Americans who are already retired as well as all of us Baby Boomers who are working and saving to secure a comfortable retirement.

Happy New Year! For me it still has to sink in that 2015 has officially come and gone. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Holiday Season. I also want to thank each of you for your support this past year which enabled your Community Foundation to continue to make a big impact in our community.


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