Foundation Focus SUMMER 2021

Community leaders enjoyed networking and refreshments at JCF’s in-person Parking Lot Lunch in June.

Foundation Programs Inspire Generosity and Connection

The Jewish Community Foundation’s award-winning philanthropic programming heated up this spring and summer with several virtual and in-person events. The 15th annual B’nai Tzedek Shuk, JCF’s youth philanthropy fair, took place on April 22. The Shuk connected teen philanthropists with Jewish community organizations for an evening of education, engagement and fun. Due to COVID-19, the event was adapted to a virtual format where teens and their parents could log on to watch videos contributed by community organizations, participate in a live drawing and raffle for fun prizes, “Zoom” with the B’nai Tzedek Youth Council (a cadre of teens that worked together to plan the event), and make their annual grants online. Dozens of teens and their parents participated in the event, and B’nai Tzedek fundholders donated more than $3,000 to community organizations that evening. In addition, five new B’nai Tzedek funds were opened at the event.

J-LEAD, JCF’s giving circle for adults in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, has granted $22,000 in support of seven important community programs. The group met virtually in April to hear presentations from agencies seeking funding and to learn how their support could make an impact. After robust dialogue and thoughtful consideration, the group made their granting decisions by electronic ballot. The giving circle voted to fund the following programs in 2021: Gan Chabad Torah Center: Kosher Meals on Wheels • JCRB/AJC: School Education Initiatives • Jewish Family Services: Kesher KC Farmers Market • Jewish Federation: Chesed Indigent Burial Fund • Jewish Vocational Service: Emergency Assistance • KU Hillel: Wellness Initiative • Mitzvah Garden KC: Seeds and Plants.

JCF’s Create a Jewish Legacy program hosted the latest installment of its popular “Parking Lot Lunch” series in June. The in-person event, JCF’s first in more than a year, brought together communal leadership in HBHA’s Dan Fingersh Garden to reconnect, network and share positive personal and professional outcomes of the pandemic. Participants shared wonderful anecdotes about the generosity of the community and the resilience and strength of communal partnerships. The gathering was an inspiring reflection of the Foundation’s role in helping bring the community together to create a brighter future through planned giving efforts.

We Look Forward to Seeing You Soon!

Dear Friends,

We are very excited to announce that the staff of the Jewish Community Foundation will be resuming in-person operations beginning on Monday, August 30, 2021. We will have a staggered schedule so that each staff member will be in the office some days and work remotely others, but the office will be staffed five days a week. The Executive Committee of the Foundation has approved safety protocols for staff, visitors to the Foundation’s office, as well as for guests to Foundation meetings and events. The policy will be posted at the office and on our website.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all once again and hope that you will stop by and see us as you too resume your “normal” activities out and about in the community. We all have been through a difficult experience, and we have learned important lessons about the strength and resilience of ourselves, the Foundation and the whole Jewish community. Together, we have supported and encouraged one another and feel ready to meet the next challenge as we move forward into the future.

Be well,

Alice Jacks Achtenberg, President, and Lauren Mattleman Hoopes, Executive Director

Community Legacy Fund Announces Innovation/ Emergency Grants

The Foundation is pleased to announce our Community Legacy Fund innovation/emergency grants for 2021. This grant cycle focuses on funding high-quality, new programs that provide an innovative approach or solution to an existing or emerging community need, or respond to financial or humanitarian emergencies.

“The Grants Committee appreciates that our strategic plan allows us to focus grant dollars on innovative programming as well as emergency needs in the community,” says Linda Lyon, Grants Committee Chair. “This helps ensure that Community Legacy Fund dollars are as impactful as possible for evolving needs.”

Innovation/Emergency Grant Recipients:

  • COVID-19 Emergency Funding
  • The J: Production of “Memphis”
  • JCRB/AJC: Educate to Prevent Initiative
  • Jewish Family Services: Navigator System
  • Jewish Vocational Service: Emergency Assistance for Clients
  • KU Hillel: Mental Health Initiative
  • Union Station: “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.”

For more information about the Community Legacy Fund, contact Beatrice Fine at (913) 327-4618 or bfine@jcfkc.org.

Create a Plan as Unique as You

The Foundation has consistently looked to the silver linings that emerged from the pandemic. One of the silver linings that stands out has been the opportunity to work closely with many donors to craft unique strategies - helping them implement current charitable plans, or especially plans that will fulfill their desired charitable legacies. Many people used the slower pace and introspective time of the pandemic to address some housekeeping items such as estate planning and in particular, their long-term charitable plans.

While each plan is unique, these plans often include mechanisms for supporting future charitable activity of their children and other family members, as well as ongoing support for specific causes or organizations. These plans can include provisions that will ensure their funds can be adapted should there be changes to the nonprofit landscape, or in some cases, to meet future communal needs as they arise. “The greatest part of this process is the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue and to help each donor focus on their particular concerns and develop strategies that meet their goals,” says Josh Stein, Director of Philanthropy. These plans can be adapted over time and can be scaled based on the capacity of the planned gift and what the donors seek to accomplish. “My sense is always that donors feel relief and satisfaction once they have put plans in place, and the exercise itself is illuminating and fulfilling,” says Stein.

The Foundation crafts strategies for donors at all levels and helps them support their most important Jewish and secular causes. To begin a conversation about how the Foundation can help support your current or future charitable goals, contact Josh Stein at (913) 327-8121 or jstein@jcfkc.org.

Get to Know the Foundation: Leadership Spotlight

Name: Sandi Fried

Position: Trustee

Years of service: Six

Committees: Grants Committee

How does JCF help you give smarter? JCF helps me give smarter by my not having to keep track of all the receipts that come in that my CPA then needs to individually calculate for taxes. I can make almost all donations this way. It also allows me to be anonymous if I choose. Most of all, it’s setting up a donation pattern for the future so that my kids can see how we have been philanthropic and hopefully, continue the pattern.

How does JCF serve our community? JCF has the power to affect our community by adding dollars to programs that might not otherwise be funded through the typical agency funding mechanisms. If there are ideas of programs, a Donor Advised Fund can fund it possibly sooner than going through a committee process. In the same way, with the pandemic and sudden emergencies, a donor can ask JCF for grantmaking guidance and they can deploy funding immediately.

Name: Antoinette Wells

Position: Administrative Services Manager

Years of service: Nine

What is your role at JCF? I work closely with the Board of Trustees, executive director and staff in all aspects of their professional endeavors with the Foundation. I also have the pleasure of interacting with our fundholders and community agencies on a daily basis.

How does JCF serve our community? JCF’s role in the community is one of great importance. Our fundholders, both youth and adults, are able to use their funds to make charitable gifts. These gifts help to sustain our community. The grants that were made during the pandemic from Foundation funds were a true testament of JCF’s role in getting money to the agencies and organizations that need them.

Why do you enjoy working for JCF? I enjoy working for JCF because of our mission and the great team that I work with!

This summer, refresh your fund - or open a new one - with a gift of appreciated stock!

Giving appreciated stock (held for one year or longer) is simple, convenient, and offers greater tax benefits than donating cash.

  • Receive an income tax deduction for the full market value of the stock (up to 30% of your adjusted gross income)
  • Avoid paying capital gains taxes
  • Generously support the charities that are important to you

For more information contact Kevin Taylor at (913) 327-8134 or ktaylor@jcfkc.org.

New Funds

Donor Advised Funds

  • Bradley & Taly Friedman Donor Advised Fund
  • Dan & Kim Goldberg Donor Advised Fund
  • Jeremy M. Sandler Donor Advised Fund
  • Jerold & Barbara Shapiro Charitable Fund

Restricted Funds

  • Richard Ellis Scholarship Fund
  • Ann & Isak Federman Jewish Federation Endowment
  • Ann & Isak Federman Kehilath Israel Endowment
  • Ann & Isak Federman MCHE Endowment
  • Doreen Leifer PACE Fund
  • Joshana Offenbach Fund

Custodial Funds

  • Kansas City Hospice Lore & Mel Mallin Employee Excellence Fund
  • Theater League Fund