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News and Updates from President & CEO Phil Hanson

Updates from Truman Heartland's President & CEO

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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.


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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.

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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.

These last two years have been extremely challenging for everyone. But as we approach the holiday season, it seems like things may be returning closer to normal. We all look forward to family and friends gathering once again to celebrate the holiday season.

The whole Covid experience has somehow warped time for me. It feels like just a few weeks ago my wife and I were hiking through Glacier National Park on one of the hottest days on record, and now it’s nearly Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe we are now in the fourth quarter of 2021, but the chill in the air and fading daylight are sure signs the year-end will be here before we know it. The year-end holiday season is always the big charitable giving season, and many nonprofits depend on strong support during this time.

We are excited to announce the 2021 competitive grants awards through the Jelley Family Foundation for Children’s Education and Community Grants programs. This year, a new unrestricted grantmaking fund from the Willa L. Fancher and Martha A. Taggart endowment added more than $80,000 to our grantmaking budgets, producing a new record in THCF’s grantmaking, with 62 grant awards totaling $336,582 awarded to agencies serving Eastern Jackson and Cass counties.

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