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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 commual 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:Core Cycle 2022: $329,430

  • Avodah: KC Community Initiative
  • Chabad at KU: Ambassadors of Strength and Texting Hotline
  • Gan Chabad TLC: Kansas City Kosher Meals on Wheels Audit
  • Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy: Scholarships
  • The J and Jewish Community Campus: Common Space ROE
  • The J: Property, Liability, and Casualty Insurance
  • JCRB/AJC: Youth Programming
  • Jewish Family Services: Chaplaincy Program; Pantry Rent and Technology; Priya
  • Jewish Federation: Security Initiative 
  • Jewish Vocational Service (JVS): Administrative Support Staff and Strategic Plan
  • KU Hillel: Accounting Services
  • Midwest Center for Holocaust Education: Rent
  • Mikva Association/KI: Community Mikva
  • Orthodox Union: Jewish Student Union
  • Overland Park Eruv: Operational Support
  • Rabbinical Association: Funding for the Part-Time Administrator
  • University of Missouri Hillel: Staff Salaries, Benefits and Facility Upkeep
  • Vaad HaKashruth: Kosher Supervision Staffing 
  • Village Shalom: Financial Assistance Program

Community Legacy Fund Grants: Innovation/Emergency Cycle 2022: $77,640

  • Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy: Security Upgrades
  • Jewish Community Campus: Campus Emergency Manual
  • Jewish Family Services: Kesher KC Mobile Food Pantry
  • Jewish Federation: Ukraine Relief
  • Jewish Student Union: Kansas Relief Mission Trips
  • Jewish Vocational Service (JVS): Emergency Assistance for Clients
  • KU Hillel Antisemitism Initiative
  • Mitzvah Garden KC: Farm Coordinator
  • Sasone: Religious School Peer Mentorship Training
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