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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.

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.

It is my pleasure to share with you the honorees for the year’s Toast to our Towns gala on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

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, 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.

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.


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