Philanthropy


50 Kansans You Should Know: The Class of 2020

The 50 individuals you’ll meet in the following pages bring to an even 500 the number of Sunflower State residents from all walks of life who have been singled out for their over-sized contributions to business success, civic engagement, philanthropic… more

Big Slick 2020 raises big

The annual Kansas City fundraiser for Children’s Mercy had a bit of different twist this year, turning to online streaming and taking the name “Big Slick At Home” as a result of COVID-19 concerns. Donations were generous this year despite… more

KS, MO Fared Better Than Most States With PPP

Kansas and Missouri both did relatively well in receiving funds from the $350-billion Payroll Protection Program COVID-19 relief bill, at least compared to most states. Kansas came in nine per capita of all states for funding, while Missouri was ranked… more

Greater KC, Wyandotte County United Ways Merging

The United Way of Greater Kansas City and the United Way of Wyandotte County are set to merge. The boards of both organizations have decided to combine on July 1 after studying the measure for a year. The United Way… more

KC Fed Encourages Shrinking Digital Divide

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City recently launched a program called the Employer Laptop Challenge, a community development program that encourages companies and other organizations to donate used computers and other devices to nonprofits, schools and firms that refurbish… more

Singer Owner Partners With KC Sewing Non-Profit

SVP Worldwide, the owner of Singer, Viking and other sewing-machine brands, has partnered with Rightfully Sewn, a Kansas City-based non-profit that provides seamstress training. SVP donated 30 sewing machines to the organization, which has made a switch from fashion apparel… more

Veterans Groups Choose Troost Corridor for Headquarters

Three veterans-services groups have chosen the Plexpod Westport Commons office complex as their temporary headquarters and are setting up a new organization, called Center for Military and Veterans Reintegration (CMVR), which aims to help veterans transition into civilian life. The… more

Mayor Lucas Issues State of Emergency

Mayor Quinton Lucas has issued a State of Emergency in Kansas City that will last for an initial 21 days in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. One of the main conditions of the order issued prohibits… more

KC Area Leads Kansas Job Growth

Kansas counties in the Kansas City metropolitan area led the rest of the state in job growth over the past year, according to the recently released Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) 2019 Kansas Economic Report. Total employment in the area,… more

Bloch Family Keeps Giving, $21M Donation Goes to UMKC

Henry Bloch may have died earlier this year, but the H&R Block co-founder's spirit lives on in the world of philanthropy. The Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation is giving $21 million to the University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation, focused… more