Grants & Giving Opportunities Focus on the Kansas City Jewish community
The Foundation’s Grants Committee recently awarded its second round of grants this year from the Community Legacy Fund. The Fund is comprised of permanent endowments that are used to support our Jewish community. The Community Legacy Fund has two major priorities and granting cycles: Innovative/Emergency Needs, which occurred in June, and Core Grants, which just recently occurred in September. Core grants focus on operational expenses that organizations need for everyday functions. Grants may be made for rent, utilities, software, and to help make organizations more stable. The following organizations received Core grants:
Avodah • BBYO • Community Kollel of Kansas City • Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy • The J • Jewish Community Campus • JCRB/AJC • Jewish Family Services • Jewish Vocational Service • Community Mikveh • Kosher Meals on Wheels • KU Hillel • Midwest Center for Holocaust Education • Mizzou Hillel • Moishe House • Orthodox Union • Overland Park Eruv • Rabbinical Association • Vaad HaKashruth • Village Shalom
For many years, the Foundation has circulated agency wish lists to fundholders. Beatrice Fine, Director of Funder Services and Education says, “ I have found it to be very gratifying to see the response to our communications about community needs this year. Our donors are very generous individuals who wish to have an immediate impact on the organizations they choose to support.” In response to these communications, fundholder Marcia Karbank made a generous grant to Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy to purchase microphones, webcams, tripods and USB hubs to aid students in distance learning.
For a list of giving opportunities, visit jcfkc.org/CurrentNeeds.
For more information about the Community Legacy Fund or current community needs, contact Beatrice Fine at (913) 327-4618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legacy Learning Goes Virtual
On Thursday, August 27, the Foundation hosted one of its regular Parking Lot Lunch programs to engage and motivate the community professionals and volunteer leaders involved in agency or synagogue planned giving efforts. Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Stamford, Connecticut presented live via Zoom on the topic of “At the Heart of What Matters: Helping Others Fulfill Their Legacy.” Rabbi Cohen spoke about the meaningful nature of conversations surrounding one’s charitable legacy and how valued these dialogues are by both donor and fundraiser.
The program was well-received by the attendees who represented numerous local Jewish agencies and synagogues. There was notably robust attendance from the Jewish Federation and The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah, both of whom have expressed renewed commitment to this endeavor and partnership with the Foundation. The Parking Lot Lunch series, funded by the Sam and Lucy Gould JCF Program Fund, is part of the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to supporting the local agencies and synagogues in their planned giving and general development efforts.
For more information on the Foundation’s Create a Jewish Legacy initiative or leaving your own charitable legacy, contact Josh Stein at (913) 327-8121 or email@example.com.
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Honor Your Loved One with a JCF Fund
A JCF fund is a wonderful way to memorialize or honor a loved one. The Foundation stewards numerous memorial and tribute funds, many of which have received hundreds of contributions from people across the country.
“My parents supported many worthy causes, so establishing a memorial fund meant that we could continue that effort in their names, over time, according to the most urgent needs. Also, it was very meaningful - and frankly, convenient - to be able to direct friends and loved ones who wanted to give in their memory to a single fund that bore their names,” says Victor Wishna, who opened the Jeanette & Sheldon Wishna Memorial Fund in honor of his parents.
For more information, please contact Josh Stein at (913) 327-8121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.