Impact KC Announces Grant Finalists, Presentations Scheduled for Jan. 17


Impact KC is pleased to announce its grant finalists for 2017 — we received applications from numerous, well-deserving causes throughout the community and while we wish we could fund them all, we are hoping you will help us fund as many as possible!

With that in mind, please join us at Grants Night at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Affäre (RSVP here). The event will feature free food as we hear from each finalist on their cause and request. In turn, all members will vote on which causes to support!

This year’s grant finalists include:

Coterie, Inc.
Episcopal Community Services, Inc.
LaunchCode Foundation
Miles of Smiles, Inc.
Turn the Page KC

In total, these nonprofits have requested $56,000 in support from our organization, and we would love to be able to fund the entire amount. That said, in order to do so, we need your support!

If you If you have not already done so, please join Impact KC today so that we can have as large an impact on these causes as possible.

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Impact KC Announces 2017 Grant Application Deadline


Impact KC is pleased to announce the opening of its 2017 grant application process, which provides Kansas City non-profit organizations an opportunity to be considered for one-time grants ranging between $5,000 and $15,000.

“Since its inception, Impact KC has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to local causes, and we are excited to continue with the same spirit of giving that motivated our organization’s founders more than 10 years ago,” said Burton Taylor, president of Impact KC. “Our organization was created by a group of young, civic-minded friends with a commitment to making an impact on our community.”

If you know a non-profit organization in Kansas City that may have a need we can help meet, please encourage them to apply. You can learn more about the application process here. The deadline for submitting applications is Aug. 1, 2017.

Impact KC has emerged as the most dynamic giving circle in Kansas City – there is no better way to invest $1,000 in our broad community. With that in mind, as we announce the opening of our grant application process, we also encourage you to consider joining our cause!

Please Renew.  Our impact this year begins with our past members renewing their commitment to our cause. Thank you for your past support, and please consider renewing your membership here. Also, consider asking your employer about sponsoring your membership or matching your gift. Many local employers have been receptive.

Refer New Members.  We are excited to share our simple idea with others who are interested in making a difference in our community. If you have a friend or colleague who may be interested in Impact KC, please send their contact details to membership chair Heather Oberrieder at hoberrie@hotmail.com.

Engage.  While Impact KC‘s model remains simple – $1,000 = 1 membership and 1 vote – we encourage members who want to be more regularly involved to join our board or a committee. To learn how you can increase your involvement, please contact Burton Taylor at btaylor@proventusconsulting.com, and please join us on LinkedIn or Facebook to keep up to date on our current involvements.

Impact KC to Host Summer Social at Tom’s Town Distilling


TomsTown

Please join us for free food and cash bar at Tom’s Town Distilling, 1701 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108, in the historic Kansas City Crossroads District on June 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., as we kick off the 2017 campaign.

The first five people to join as Impact KC members at the event will receive a complimentary bottle of Tom’s Town Pendergast’s Royal Gold Bourbon as a token of our appreciation for your support.

We’re excited to see you next month and tell you more about ways you can Impact KC!

Please register here!

Impact KC Awards $27,000 to Local Nonprofits in 2016


Impact KC is pleased to announce that our local giving circle will award $27,000 in grants to three local charities as a result of member contributions made in 2016.

“We are very fortunate to have outstanding members who share our passion for improving the lives of those in the Kansas City community and we are pleased to continue to make an impact on our city,” said David Wetzel, 2016 Chair of Impact KC’s Grants Committee. “Together, our members have cast equal votes that will fund a variety of nonprofits in the area and hopefully make a meaningful difference as they pursue their mission of helping those in need in our community.”

Impact KC’s 2016 grant recipients are:

Sleepyhead Beds

$15,000 will benefit its mattress donation program that provides clean, recycled beds and bedding for children and their families.

Journey to New Life

$10,000 will assist its post-prison transitional program that serves men and women in the community.

Lazarus Ministries

$2,000 will provide support to its volunteer program which helps meet the unmet needs of Kansas City’s urban core.

Join Us Now for 2017

Impact KC is a giving circle. Each year we start with zero members and zero dollars. We recruit members to pool $1,000 each. Our mission is to identify niche local needs and provide funding to achieve maximum impact. Through our committees, outreach, and grant presentations, we are able to learn a lot every year in the process. Every dollar raised is distributed annually to the charities selected and voted on by our members. Costs are paid out of pocket by Impact KC’s board of directors. To learn more about Impact KC, please visit www.impactkc.net.

Join us or renew your membership today by clicking here.

Impact KC Awards $40,000 to Local Nonprofits in 2015


Impact KC is pleased to announce that our local giving circle will award $40,000 in grants to local charities as a result of member contributions made in 2015.

“As Kansas City’s most dynamic giving circle, our members have again maximized the impact of their individual giving by pooling our gifts to fund organizations who are doing amazing things in our local community,” said Andy Funk, who served as president of the organization in 2015. “Each member of our organization has cast an equal vote to fund a diverse group of nonprofits throughout Kansas City.”

Impact KC’s 2015 grant recipients are:

Jackson County CASA:

$10,000 for its Safe at Night Project which provides beds and bedding for children removed from their homes.

Ozanam:

$6,000 to refurbish its PATH transition house, which gives safe housing and supportive services for young adults.

PACES Inc.:

$4,300 to refurbish the PACES Play Therapy Room. PACES is an agency dedicated to helping kids with emotional and behavioral health concerns.

Spofford:

$20,000 to replace the nearly 40-year-old fire alarm system at its facility. Spofford provides therapeutic services and a temporary home for children.

Join Us Now for 2016

Impact KC is a giving circle. Each year we start with zero members and zero dollars. We recruit members to pool $1,000 each. Our mission is to identify niche local needs and provide funding to achieve maximum impact. Through our committees, outreach, and grant presentations, we are able to learn a lot every year in the process. Every dollar raised is distributed annually to the charities selected and voted on by our members. Costs are paid out of pocket by Impact KC’s board of directors. To learn more about Impact KC, please visit www.impactkc.net.

Join us or renew your membership today by clicking here.

Vote for Grant Finalists by Jan. 15


Thank you for your support of our efforts in 2015! Impact KC is pleased to announce that voting for grant finalists is now open through Jan. 15.

If you were not able to join us for grants night, as you have time, please take a moment to review the below grant requests, and vote by ranking the grant finalists and emailing your votes to me, Andy Funk at andrew.funk@gmail.com. You may also view video presentations made by finalists here.

Cast Your Vote

Please rank the finalists from 1 to 10, with 1 being your first choice, and 10 being your last. You do NOT need to rank all finalists, but if you choose to rank only a subset, you must rank them sequentially (i.e. if you choose to rank only three finalists, you must rank them 1, 2, 3, not, for example, 1, 4 and 6). Again, please email your votes to me, Andy Funk at andrew.funk@gmail.com.

Finalists

HALO Foundation – Seeking out youth in the greatest need and serving as their family. HALO is requesting $25,000 for equipment for their social enterprise project for youth to create natural body and home products using healthy ingredients and market them to the greater Kansas City area.

Inclusion Missouri – Inclusion Missouri’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities through increased participation in recreation and leisure opportunities. Inclusion is asking for $20,000 to purchase 10 sport wheelchairs, which will be made available to groups across Kansas City.

Jackson County CASA – Jackson County CASA’s mission is to be a child’s voice in court. CASA recruits, trains and supports lay volunteers who act as advocates on behalf of the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA is requesting $19,900 for the Safe at Night Project to provide beds and bedding for children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.

Jewish Family Services – Jewish Family Services supports and strengthens lives throughout Greater Kansas City. JFS provides essential human services for people facing challenges in everyday life or times of crisis-regardless of faith, age, culture, and lifestyle. JFS is requesting $30,000 for a walk-in freezer/refrigerator for its food pantry in the Brookside/Waldo area.

Lazarus Ministries of Grand Avenue Temple – The mission of Lazarus Ministries of Grand Avenue Temple is to offer unlimited compassion while providing for the unmet needs of Kansas City’s urban core through volunteer programs. Lazarus Ministries is requesting $8,600 to support Emergency Women’s Shelter Equipment Improvements. Impact KC funds would provide beds, storage bins, and clean laundry to more than 60 women each year for the next 4-5 years.

Literacy Lab – Literacy Lab’s mission is to advance literacy within the Kansas City region through direct services, advocacy, and collaboration. Literacy Lab is requesting $15,000 to embed 20 rigorously trained tutors at high-need elementary schools and early childcare centers in the Kansas City Public School (KCPS) and Hickman Mills C-1 School Districts. The tutors will provide research- and evidence-based literacy interventions to 440 students who are at-risk for reading failure during the 2015-16 school year.

Ozanam – Ozanam provides safe and nurturing environments so at-risk youth and young adults can be successful. Ozanam is requesting $6,000 to refurbish its PATH transition house, which gives safe housing and supportive services for young adults who are not ready to live on their own but for whom state resources are coming to an end. They all must learn how to live independently with very little or no family support.

PACES Inc. – PACES is an agency dedicated to helping kids with emotional and behavioral health concerns and their families. PACES goal is to help kids, heal families and create hope on the road to recovery. PACES is requesting $4,300 to refurbish the PACES Play Therapy Room with best practice, multicultural toys, games and materials to enhance play therapy services for children. PACES therapists use play therapy with children and their caregivers to decrease distressing symptoms and emotional triggers.

Spofford – Founded in 1916 as an orphanage, Spofford has evolved into a leading provider of preventative and therapeutic treatment services for children ages 4 to 12 who are suffering the effects of physical or sexual abuse, neglect or early onset mental illness. Spofford is requesting $25,000 to replace the nearly 40-year-old fire alarm system at its facility, including replacement of the main fire panel and all smoke detectors, strobe lights, and pull stations throughout the facility. Spofford provides therapeutic services and a temporary home for up to 40 children ages 4 to 12.

We would also love it if you would begin your 2016 giving by clicking this link and renewing for next year: Join Impact KC 2016. You can pay a lump sum or $90 per month.

Thank you for your support in increasing our impact in Kansas City!

Impact KC Grants Record $152,000 to KC Nonprofits


Jan. 23, 2015 — Impact KC has announced that all 10 of its finalist nonprofit applicants will receive full funding this year, in part, due to a generous donation made by a single member of its organization.

“Our giving circle is incredibly grateful for this act of awe-inspiring generosity. We also thank each of our members for their support,” said Dan Nelson, Impact KC’s president. “Impact KC aims to achieve more impact as a group than we could as individuals. Choosing grant recipients is the hardest part. This donation allows us to fully support all 10 worthy causes.”

Checks will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at Julep, 4141 Pennsylvania Ave. Donors, recipients and community are invited to join for the occasion.

Impact KC will award $152,000 in grants to local charities, including $93,000 raised through member recruitment, plus a last-minute contribution of $59,000 by an anonymous member who felt compelled to see that all of the deserving finalists would be funded.

“When we tallied the votes, one of our members came forward determined to make sure each finalist would receive a check from Impact KC,” Nelson said. “She attended the site visits and heard the finalist presentations, and she wanted all the worthy applicants to receive their needed funding. There is no doubt that she raised the bar, and we will accept her challenge by working to exceed our impact in 2015.”

For $1,000 annually, each member earns a vote to rank finalists chosen from a diverse group of Kansas City nonprofits. Members hail from every part of Kansas City’s public and private sectors, and across state and municipal lines. Applications are received by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, and are narrowed by a grants committee composed of any interested member. Any local nonprofit can apply each year.

Recipients are: Amethyst Place Inc., Benilde Hall, Charlie’s House Inc., Don Bosco Community Center, Gillis Center Inc., Heart-to-Heart International Inc., Hope Faith Ministries Inc., Inspired Minds of Kansas City Inc., Turner House Clinic Inc., and Young Audiences.

Impact KC Announces Grant Finalists


Aug. 25, 2014 — Impact KC is pleased to announce that 10 organizations have been selected as finalists for funding in this year’s campaign. Each year, Impact KC members vote to support a variety of local, charitable organizations that positively impact the lives of Kansas City area residents and their communities. This year’s finalists include:

Amethyst Place Inc. — Funding would provide capital improvements to create a welcoming child care area for this community of recovering addicts and their children.

Benilde Hall — The funding request is to purchase a van — replacing an older vehicle — to transport homeless veterans from the organization’s VA Safe Haven facility to the Kansas City VA medical center.

Charlie’s House Inc. — In league with the Physician’s Alliance Program, Charlie’s House wants to provide home safety features, free of charge, to families in need — 1,000 television straps, 5,000 medicine cabinet locks, and 5,000 outlet safety plugs.

Don Bosco Community Center — Seeks funding to install new doors for bathroom stalls, which currently provide privacy merely with shower curtains, and three new drinking fountains.

Gillis Center Inc. — Gillis has undertaken a renovation of cottages for disturbed and abused boys, and it is seeking funding for renovation of two bathrooms.

Heart-to-Heart International Inc. — Funding will support one point-of-care (POC) clinic, which allows medical staff to test, evaluate, and begin treatment for vulnerable clients on-site.

Hope Faith Ministries Inc. — Seeks funding to replace four used washers and six used dryers with heavy-duty machines to serve homeless clients.

Inspired Minds of Kansas City Inc. — A new organization, Inspired Minds seeks funding to provide infrastructure for two administrative offices, one in the Kansas City Public Library’s Bluford branch, to provide individual and group therapy for uninsured adults and children.

Turner House Clinic Inc. — Currently, Turner House tracks electronic medical records for its uninsured clients with aging computers, and it wants to upgrade to continue quality of care.

Young Audiences (Kansas City Chapter) — Renovation of the Black Box Theatre will provide space to create a multipurpose room that will accommodate dance, theater, and visual arts classes.

If you would like to support these local charities, please join us and cast your vote Oct. 29.

President’s Letter: Join Us for Impact KC’s Kick-Off Celebration


Impact KC has emerged as the most dynamic giving circle in town – there is no better way to invest $1,000 in our broad community.  And it’s fun.

Created by a group of young, civic-minded friends with a commitment to improve Kansas City, 10 years later, our motivation remains the same, only our group of friends has grown larger.  In total, we have raised more than $775,000 for grant funding to support 42 non-profits in our community.

Once more, we ask for your help.  If it’s been a while, please join us again this year.

Please Renew.  Our impact this year begins with our past members renewing their commitment to our cause.  Thank you for your past support, and please consider renewing your membership here.  Also, consider asking your employer about sponsoring your membership or matching your gift.  Many local employers have been receptive.

Refer New Members.  We are excited to share our simple idea with others who are interested in making a difference in our community. If you have a friend or colleague who may be interested in Impact KC, please send their contact details to membership chair Heather Oberrieder at hoberrie@hotmail.com.

Engage.  While Impact KC‘s model remains simple – $1,000 = 1 membership and 1 vote – we encourage members who want to be more regularly involved to join a committee. To learn how you can increase your involvement, please contact me at dan_nelson555@yahoo.com and please join us on LinkedIn to keep up to date on our current involvements.

Kick-Off Celebrations: Please save the date and bring a friend to our KCMO and JoCo Kick-off Celebrations.

  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. on May 6 at hip new Barrel 31 (400 E. 31st St. in the former Velvet Dog space)
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. on June 12 at Bank of Kansas City in Olathe (12112 Metcalf Ave.)

Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to make IKC an asset to our community.

Sincerely, go Royals,

Dan Nelson