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 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


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!