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News and Updates from President & CEO Phil Hanson

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.

I know that we are all ready to put 2020 behind us, but as I look back on the year, I am encouraged and inspired by the amazing ways our community came together to make a difference.

Unprecedented may be the most overused word of the year, but there is no denying its accuracy in describing 2020. As our community braces itself for another coronavirus surge, this year continues to throw us more curve balls than any of us desire. But in the spirit of Thanksgiving, your Community Foundation is reflecting on all that we have to be grateful for this year and the exceptional response we have seen from our community.

During this Covid-19 year, teamwork has never been more important. Your Community Foundation has certainly had to call many audibles at the line of scrimmage to make our new initiative a success.

By Web Development / October 2, 2020
For 25 years, Truman Heartland Community Foundation has been bringing people and businesses from our region together annually to celebrate the community servants and philanthropic organizations who make a difference in Eastern Jackson County. In this time filled with crises, distress and divisions, this year’s event was a celebration and a call to action.

Now is clearly a crucial time for our community to come together, support each other and for those who are able, to support nonprofits in our community assisting our neighbors. Our nonprofit organizations play an important role in bringing us together and creating community. Let’s not let this pandemic tear us apart.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of our Toast to Our Towns Gala and on September 26, 2020 we will host a Gala like no other in our organization’s history.

Like many events, the Community Foundation’s annual scholarships program was canceled due to coronavirus safety concerns. While we may not be able to celebrate in person this year at our traditional ice cream social, support for our students reached an all-time high.

This is a time for creativity and action, and one way your Community Foundation is responding is by accelerating our competitive grants cycle to offer flexibility and funding to nonprofits when they need it most – now.

In the past few weeks, as nonessential businesses shuttered to observe stay-at-home orders and efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus, millions of Americans lost their jobs. With the help of our donors, the Job Skills for New Careers initiative is one-way Truman Heartland is helping our community endure this crisis.

There is a lot of uncertainty in our lives right now. It’s disruptive and unsettling. And while we cannot predict how things will unfold in the weeks and months to come, I have faith that we can count on each other.

While the higher standard deduction has not brought about the dramatic decline in charitable giving that was predicted, it has changed the tools and strategies that people are using to reach their philanthropic and financial goals.


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