Each year, Truman Heartland recognizes individuals whose generosity in charitable giving and volunteerism tremendously impacts the region we serve. We are privileged to recognize those whose philanthropy makes our community a better place to live and serve.
The 2022 Heartland Humanitarians of the Year are Joan and Steve Israelite
Both Steve and Joan are positive, energetic, insightful, and selfless in their lifelong goal of bettering the community. Whether it be the impact of art, urban revitalization, empowerment through education, or Jewish heritage, Steve and Joan are dedicated to helping others by giving of themselves.
Starting as Peace Corps volunteers, both Steve and Joan have dedicated countless hours to board service, volunteering their skills and expertise throughout their lifetime of achievements. Joan is a former Presidential Appointee to the National Council on the Arts, a Founder of Arts KC, and currently a development consultant for the Kauffman Center for the Preforming Arts. Meanwhile, Steve is a former regional director of HUD, founder and former CEO of the Jewish Heritage Foundation, former Urban League board member, and current board member for KC Scholars and Englewood Arts.
Most recently, this dynamic couple has spent many hours working to help revitalize the Englewood community in Independence through their support of Englewood Arts. Together, they continue to give back to the community by spreading their passion and enthusiasm for the arts and urban development as they give generously to others in the community.