ImpactKC awards 2012 grants of more than $85,000

On Thursday, November 15, Impact KC (www.impactkc.net) awarded five grants totaling $85,260. Out of eighty eight applicants, the following six charities were selected to receive grants: Child Protection Center, HappyBottoms, Lazarus Ministries, The Rehabilitation Institute, Sheffield Place Homeless Services, and Seton Center.

Child Protection Center will use its $5,000 grant to improve the facilities where it serves victims of sexual or severe physical abuse. HappyBottoms is Kansas City’s only diaper bank and they will use their $10,000 grant to improve their warehouse and distribution facilities. Lazarus Ministries’ $20,000 grant will fund updates to their kitchen so they can more efficiently feed more than 29,000 meals to the hungry of the Kansas City community each year. The Rehabilitation Institute will use its $14,260 grant to expand work opportunities for people with disabilities in their book de-binding and recycling program. Sheffield Place Homeless Services’ $25,000 grant will be used to purchase transportation to help the homeless women and children they support to find and sustain employment. Finally Seton Center will use the $11,000 grant it received to expand its dental services to more adults and children that do not have access to dental care.

Lisa Mizell Chief Executive Officer of the Child Protection Center said, “We are so happy to be a recipient of an Impact KC award this year. When families come to see us, it is always a traumatic event that brings them in our door. The funds from Impact KC will provide toys and books to help children and their families feel welcome during a trying time. In addition, we will be able to update some of the required equipment to provide our services. CPC is very grateful for Impact KC and their contribution to us and the community.”

“Grant support from Impact KC is also creating employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities while also supporting the environment” says Don Harkins, President of the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC). “RIKC is proud to be working with libraries, universities, MARC and, now, Impact KC to keep thousands of unwanted books and materials from landfills. ImpactKC’s grant will improve our recycling operations with the acquisition of an industrial baler. This project is a win-win-win; good for the community, the environment, and for our participants. We greatly appreciate the interest and support being provided by ImpactKC.”

Impact KC is a group of nearly ninety philanthropic and civic-minded professionals who seek to further their understanding of philanthropy in Kansas City through education, volunteerism, and direct funding. The membership-based organization pools individual donations into sizable grants for a greater impact on the Kansas City community. ImpactKC partners with Greater Kansas City Community Foundation to track membership, host educational and recruiting events, and house the membership’s donations.

Since its founding in 2004, Impact KC has made grants totaling more than $ $695,860 to area charities including: Don Bosco Community Centers, Catholic Charities, Children's Place, Community LINC, the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, Children’s TLC, Niles Home for Children, CASA, Episcopal Community Services, Front Porch Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Charities, restart, Kansas City Hospice, Child Protective Services, the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, Habitat for Humanity, the Ivanhoe Neighborhood, Literacy Kansas City, Truman Medical Center, and the Women’s Employment Network.

"We're happy to report that, despite the challenging economy, Kansas City-area agencies that provide valuable services can still count on the philanthropic community to pull through for them. We are thrilled to award grants to five agencies that came to us with funding requests - we only wish we could help them all," said Amy Henson, Impact KC’s president.

Contact:www.impactkc.net Amy Henson, Impact KC President, amymcraig@yahoo.com Patrick Hosty, Impact KC PR, patrick@valdesmoreno.com

Grant information: Greater Kansas City Community Foundation http://www.gkccf.org/grant/impact-kc

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