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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.

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This is a time for creativity and action, and one way your Community Foundation is responding is by accelerating our competitive grants cycle to offer flexibility and funding to nonprofits when they need it most – now.

In the past few weeks, as nonessential businesses shuttered to observe stay-at-home orders and efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus, millions of Americans lost their jobs. With the help of our donors, the Job Skills for New Careers initiative is one-way Truman Heartland is helping our community endure this crisis.

There is a lot of uncertainty in our lives right now. It’s disruptive and unsettling. And while we cannot predict how things will unfold in the weeks and months to come, I have faith that we can count on each other.

While the higher standard deduction has not brought about the dramatic decline in charitable giving that was predicted, it has changed the tools and strategies that people are using to reach their philanthropic and financial goals.

The implications of the new SECURE Act will vary for each person, but now is a great time to review your estate plan and talk with your financial advisor about smart ways to accomplish your goals under the new rules.

As we head into 2020 – a new year and the start of a new decade – we are looking back on our last ten years and the impact our donors have made on charitable giving in Eastern Jackson County.

As you consider the ways your year-end gifts to nonprofits can make a difference, make time to talk with your family members about the traditions and values that are important to you.

Last month, the Truman Heartland Board voted to launch our Job Skills Training initiative and create a collaborative partnership with four organizations working in this arena.

Do you know what our QB Patrick Mahomes and RMDs have in common? Fall is a critical time for optimum performance. We have some charitable giving plays you should discuss with your financial advisor before the clock runs out.

On Friday, we had the honor of recognizing the seven 2019 Citizens of the Year at the Heartland Citizens’ Reception. Graciously sponsored by Centerpoint Medical Center and hosted at the beautiful home of Dr. Steven and Beth Silverstein, it was a wonderful celebration of these deserving community volunteers

The numbers are in on charitable giving in 2018 and I’m pleased to report that the sky is not falling. In January 2018, I shared my contrarian views on the impact that the 2017 tax law changes would have on charitable giving.


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