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August 22, 2020

Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) is pleased to announce more than $310,000 in grants have been awarded to 48 nonprofits serving the community.


“This is a critical time for our nonprofits and agencies who work with those most vulnerable in the community,” said Phil Hanson, Truman Heartland President and CEO. “In response to the current crisis, we fast-tracked the review process for this year’s competitive grants program, expediting funding and providing flexibility nonprofits need to meet the ever-changing needs of our region.”

Lee’s Summit Meals on Wheels

Each year, Truman Heartland Community Foundation awards competitive grants to nonprofits that serve Eastern Jackson County, awarding grants in five interest areas: Arts and Culture, Community Betterment, Education, Health and Human Services and Wildlife Conservation in Missouri. Awards range from $2,000 to $25,000. This year, $48,600 in additional contributions were provided from Truman Heartland’s Youth Advisory Council, the Junior Service League of Independence and multiple donor advised fundholders at the Community Foundation.


The following organizations are receiving grant awards from Truman Heartland Community Foundation:
Angel Flight Central (Wings Over Easter Jackson County)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (One-to-One Mentoring)
BikeWalkKC (Local Spokes)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City (Project Learn) (SMART Moves)
Cancer Action (Nutrition and Prescription Assistance)
Child Abuse Prevention Association (School-Based Prevention Education Programming)
Coldwater of Lee’s Summit (No Hungry Kids! BBQs)
Community Services League (Student Stability Program)
Developing Potential (Mobile Computing Technology)
Drumm Farm Center for Children (Educational Support at the Duvall Campus)
Gilda’s Club Kansas City (Cancer Education and Support)
Hands of Grace (Traveling the NICU World)
Harvesters (BackSnack)
Heartland Chamber Music (String Sprouts K.C.)
Heritage Philharmonic (76th Concert Season)
Hillcrest Transitional Housing (Housing for Homeless)
Hope House (Crisis Needs Project)
Hope Network of Raytown (Low-Income Assistance)
HopeBUILDERS (Accessibility Solutions and Critical Home Repair)
Independence Meals on Wheels (Meal Subsidy Relief)
Independence School District (Nowlin Middle School Guitar Class)
Junior Achievement of Middle America (Powering Possibility in Raytown Quality Schools)
Kansas City Community Gardens Cultivating Health: Home and Community Gardens)
Kansas City Hospice (Pediatric and Palliative Care Support)
Lee’s Summit Social Services (Food Delivery Program)
Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra (2020-2021 Concert Season)
Lee’s Summit Underwater Recovery (Rapid Deployment Equipment Replacement)
Marian Hope Center for Children’s Therapy (Reading Recovery Program)
Meals on Wheels of Lee’s Summit (Meal Delivery)
Mid-Continent Public Library (Lone Jack Reads)
Mother’s Refuge (Project Attach: Early Intervention Education)
Music/Arts Institute (Music Scholarships)
OATS Transit (Bus for Services in Lee’s Summit)
Peace Partnership (In-School Counseling Program)
Play to Learn Ministries (Roots & Wings Tuition Assistance Fund)
Powell Gardens (Festival Education Workshops and Events)
Puppetry Arts Institute (Developing Communication and Creative Arts Skills Through Puppetry)
Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP Annual Audit)
Reach Out and Read Kansas City (School Readiness Program)
Rotary Club Youth Camp Association (Summer Meal Program)
School of Economics (School of Economics Market)
Shepherd’s Center of Raytown (General Operating Support)
Sleep In Heavenly Peace – MO-Kansas City SE Chapter (Community Bunk Bed Build Day)
The Literacy Lab (Literacy Tutors in the Classroom)
The Summit Church – Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church (Summer Lunch Program)
Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity (Operating Assistance)
Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation (Neonatal Therapist Training)
Visiting Nurse Association (Preventative Health Screenings).

Under normal circumstances, the Community Foundation hosts a Grants Luncheon in November, during Community Foundation Week. Due to the coronavirus crisis, Truman Heartland canceled the event and accelerated their grant review process to award funding through this year’s competitive grants program in June and July.

Hope Network of Raytown

To learn more about the Community Foundation’s competitive grants program visit

Lee’s Summit Underwater Rescue & Recovery

Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) is a public charity committed to improving area communities by promoting and serving private giving for the public good. Founded in 1982, THCF serves the region with assets of more than $50 million and annual grants surpassing $4.8 million. THCF serves individuals who, through their private giving, wish to support the public good and helps them do it in the most tax-wise and effective manner. Through the Community Foundation, donors can set up their own donor advised funds, scholarship funds, field of interest funds, endowment funds, charitable gift annuities and many other charitable vehicles, which utilize shared resources of the Foundation to maximize the impact of their philanthropic dollars. In addition to donor services, the Community Foundation provides asset development for nonprofit organizations, awards grants to nonprofits, assists organizations in planned giving and serves as a leader in addressing community issues. For more information on charitable giving, visit or call THCF at 816.836.8189.