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• Eastland Community Foundation

Make your donations count locally Jump-starting healthy lifestyles is a significant focus for Eastland Community Foundation across Eastern Jackson County. At, more than 65 partners from local hospitals, parks departments, community gardens, school districts, cities and nonprofit organizations have compiled the area’s resources, whether it’s finding a 5K run, a healthy recipe, where health

screenings are available or a trails map. The initiative grew out of a needs assessment that the Eastland Community Foundation board of directors had conducted. The Community Foundation serves the eastern and southern part of the Kansas City area, from east of the state line, running south of Interstate 435, up to the Missouri River. This includes Blue Springs. The foundation allows those who are

• Aid for families Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association Address: 3210 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Building 6, Independence, Mo. 64055 Phone: 816-350-0215 Website: Social media: Part of the community for 10 years. Role in the community: MFCAA is the premier children and family charitable solution in the Midwest dedicated to support and advocacy for abused and neglected children and the families caring for them. MFCAA specializes in solving problems for kids and families involved in and affected by the child welfare system in a variety of ways. We are committed to assuring that all children have the opportunity to grow up successful, healthy and happy, despite childhood histories of abuse or neglect. Focused on building long-term relationships founded in experience, expertise and personal service, MFCAA delivers evidence based solutions, dedicated customer service and personal concern through integrity and transparency. Dedicated to sound fiscal operations, client privacy and ethical, honest partnership, MFCAA strives to exceed expectations for its employees, clients, donors and its community, while providing a positive voice for foster and adoptive families in the broader community. More about MFCAA: It provides services to foster and adoptive homes throughout the state of Missouri and beyond. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Funding: MFCAA is funded through private donations, grants and government funds. Major fundraisers: There are two major fundraisers each year. In late April McGonigle’s Market sponsors Ribs for Kids, and in August we have our annual Forever Homes Gala and Auction. Contacts: The office at 816-350-0215 or – Kelly Evenson

interested in giving to organize that generosity through a personal, family or corporate fund. Those who contribute then decide when and where they specifically give their charitable dollars. Or, those interested in giving can form a giving circle with friends and family, pooling smaller donations to make larger gifts. Giving Cards also are an option for birthday or holiday presents. These cards, similar to retail

gift cards, are redeemed to benefit any 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States. The Eastland Community Foundation is part of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation at 1055 Broadway St., Suite 130, in Kansas City. Contact Executive Director Debbie Stark at 816-627-3435 or visit www. for more information. – Adrianne DeWeese

• Helping others Truman Heartland Community Foundation Address: 300 N. Osage St., Independence, Mo. 64050 Phone: 816-836-8189 Website: Social media:!/pages/Truman-Heartland-Community-Foundation/163242623693408 Part of the community since 1982. Role in the community: The foundation works within the community to promote and serve private giving for the good of the public. The foundation works for each cause, passion and charitable goal of the donor partners to ensure their dreams are realized through charitable funds. This includes providing scholarships, establishing family funds, supporting faith communities, creating international programs, forming new charities or raising support for existing charities. More about the foundation: The Truman Heartland Community Foundation has the National Standards Seal, indicating official confirmation from the Community Foundations National Standards Board that the foundation has met most of the standards in philanthropy and affirms that the grantmaking process is open and competitive. The foundation has also created the Community for all Ages Coalition, the Shared Care Free Heath Clinic and the Youth Advisory Council to expand its mission from providing annual grants to nonprofit organizations and creating young philanthropists. Funding: The foundation receives its funds from donations. Major fundraisers: Toast to Our Town gala is an annual event that honors the foundation’s thousands of donors. Area citizens are also recognized during this event. Contacts: Contact the foundation at 816-836-8189. – Kelly Evenson

Blue Springs City Guide 2012  

2012 Guide to Blue Springs, Missouri

Blue Springs City Guide 2012  

2012 Guide to Blue Springs, Missouri