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Community Legacy Fund

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The Community Legacy Fund is comprised of contributions to the Foundation to help fund the community’s needs. Grants are awarded from the Community Legacy Fund to community agencies after review and evaluation by the Foundation’s Grants Committee and approval by the Board of Trustees.

The Community Legacy Fund awards grants which will enhance and maintain the quality of Jewish life in the Greater Kansas City area, and respond to emergency need in Jewish communities around the world. Beginning in 2018, the majority of grants made from the Community Legacy Fund support the general operating expenses (core expenses) of Jewish agencies in the Kansas City region. 

Community Legacy Fund Objectives

In an effort to have the greatest impact upon the Jewish community, the Community Legacy Fund maintains the following objectives:

  • To provide financial support for safety net services
  • To nurture a strong Jewish community by providing  underwriting for Jewish education, community relations, and cultural arts
  • To provide financial support for seed programs which meet an identified community need
  • To purchase equipment which enhances an organization’s general operations or programs
  • To provide core support for Jewish communal agencies
  • To provide support for programs which are essential to Jewish life in Kansas City

To make a gift to the Community Legacy Fund, contact Josh Stein at (913) 327-8121.

Community Legacy Fund Grants: Innovation/Emergency Cycle 2023: $75,040

  • Jewish Community Relations Bureau/AJC: Fighting Antisemitism in the Workplace
  • Jewish Family Services: Refrigerated Lockers for Food Pantry Hour Expansion
  • Jewish Federation: PJ Library in the Neighborhood
  • Jewish Vocational Service (JVS): Intrater Scholarship Fund to Benefit JVS
  • KU Hillel: Advocating and Educating Against Antisemitism
  • National Council of Jewish Women: Period Project
  • Sasone: Community Study

Community Legacy Fund Grants: Core Cycle 2023: $391,007

  • Gan Chabad TLC: Kansas City Kosher Meals on Wheels Audit
  • Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy: Educational Needs; Scholarships
  • JCRB/AJC: Operational Support and Staffing
  • The J & Jewish Community Campus: Utilities
  • The J: Property, Liability, and Casualty Insurance
  • Jewish Family Services: Chaplaincy Program; Pantry Rent & Technology; Priya
  • Jewish Federation - Sasone: Support for Jewish Institutions
  • Jewish Vocational Service: Office Space Rent & Furniture
  • Kehilath Israel Synagogue: Community Mikvah
  • KU Chabad: Texting Hotline
  • KU Hillel: Accounting Services
  • Midwest Center for Holocaust Education: Rent
  • National Council of Synagogue Youth: Jewish Student Union
  • Overland Park Eruv: Operational Support 
  • Rabbinical Association: Part-Time Administrator
  • University of Missouri Hillel: Staff Salaries, Benefits & Facility Upkeep
  • Vaad HaKashruth: Kosher Supervision Staffing
  • Village Shalom: Financial Assistance Program

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