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Here's What's on Phil's Mind

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Here's What's on Phil's Mind


How will the new tax law affect charitable giving in the coming future? President and CEO, Phil Hanson, gives his perspective on the changes to come.

We often use this time of year as a chance to reflect on the past year and recall its highlights. As I look back on 2017 and see what is trending on social media or creating headlines in the news, I see a great deal of focus on the things that are dividing us as a country. I think it is important now more than ever that we do not lose sight of the things that are uniting us and bringing us closer together.

There are many things to be thankful for as we reflect back on the past year and what it has brought us. One of the best ways to show gratitude for all of the blessings we share is to give back to your community.

With all the discussion about tax cuts/reform in Washington, don’t be distracted and forget that now is an important time for you to be thinking about year-end tax planning.

As supporters of the Foundation, you have heard me and the team talk in great detail about our new initiative taking place in partnership with our Community for All Ages Coalition and United Way of Greater Kansas City. The wait is finally over, and I am proud to announce the official launch of Boomers Get Connected.

By Lauren Pope / August 31, 2017
Our Citizens of the Year are individuals who exemplify a spirit of service to their community and typically have been very quietly making a significant impact in their community through their volunteer and civic engagement for many years.

Your Community Foundation has launched an exciting program in Partnership with the United Way of Greater Kansas City called “Boomers Get Connected” that has grown out of the work of our Community for all Ages Coalitions.

Liz McClure is transitioning into a new role at the Community Foundation. Liz, who has been on the Foundation staff for 23 years will now be working part time, approximately 20 hours per week. I am very pleased that Liz has decided to continue working part time and not retire so we can continue to benefit from her talents, skills, and institutional knowledge.

Last night we had our annual Scholarship Celebration at Adams Point Conference Center. More than 160 people attended including students receiving scholarships and their parents, donors who have made these scholarships possible, and our board members and other volunteers who served on the committees who reviewed the applications. It’s always a fun event and our donors particularly enjoy having the opportunity to meet the students receiving their scholarship.

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.

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