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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.

Fall is a great time of the year--with a chill in the air, football season, and the trees dropping their annual autumn show. As you are beginning to think about the holidays, remember that now is the time to do some planning about your year-end giving and how it may impact your taxes. I know none of us like to think about taxes; however, thoughtful planning now can help you reduce your tax burden while supporting your favorite charities.

Magical things happen when a group of dedicated nonprofits come together to address an issue like underemployment in our Eastern Jackson County communities.

Truman Heartland deeply admires the efforts of our fantastic citizens, and we strive to sing their praises throughout Eastern Jackson County and beyond.

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For charitably minded individuals and families who don't quite make the cutoff to itemize, a bunching strategy could make charitable giving tax effective once again.

For 40 years, Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) has been assisting the generous people of Eastern Jackson County in enriching the lives of students throughout the region.

I have to admit; this is my favorite article to write each year. It's not that I don't thoroughly enjoy writing articles about tax-smart giving and donor advised funds because I actually do. But May is the month where I get to introduce you to Truman Heartland Community Foundation's Toast to Our Towns Honorees and share their inspiring stories of philanthropy with you.

I am in awe of the Ukrainian people. They have fought back against the Russian invaders with such tenacity and unbending spirit; I know I can speak for everyone at Truman Heartland when I say our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine. We are in absolute awe of their resolve.

Although real estate is usually the most significant asset an individual owns, it is often overlooked as a vehicle for giving. The process may be a bit complicated, but donating real estate is an extremely tax-smart way to contribute to your favorite charity. And Truman Heartland Community foundation can walk you through the process.

Sharon was working on her Certified Nursing Assistant certification (CNA) through Job Skills for New Careers, a collaborative community initiative focused on helping hard-working adults gain the skills they need to qualify for better paying, in-demand careers.

As we enter a third year of battling Covid, somedays it’s hard not to be discouraged. The spread of the omicron variant seems out of control. Hospitals continue to be stressed, and our schools struggle to stay open. We all want to be done with the pandemic, but it just keeps on hanging on. We are all longing for some positive news, something to give us hope.

The generosity of our community continues to impress me. Even when times are tough, like dealing with the aftermath of a global pandemic, our community rises to meet challenges with kindness and generosity.


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