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I ON PHILANTHROPY

Philanthropy MATTERS

To learn more about becoming a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Kansas City Chapter, please visit afpkc.org. The Independent is proud to be the exclusive media partner of AFPKC. Ross Pfannenstiel is a native of Kansas City. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college. As a student at Rockhurst […]

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The Loop KC

The Loop KC brings together similar yet unique minds to create genuine friendships and ignite the next generation of business leaders in Kansas City. Members of The Loop KC are required to give back to local non-profit organizations. Learn more about The Loop KC, here.  Paige Engle is the event engagement manager for Big Brothers […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! Donna Jacobson

Donna Jacobson has devoted the last 13 years to volunteering for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. With her background in social work, she gravitated towards helping the families of sick children navigate the difficult world they were entering. Donna has been a housewarmer volunteer, a house dog walker, a special events volunteer, and, […]

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2022 Class of Rising Stars – Keith Stanfield

Keith Stanfield is a multi-faceted leader with a passion for engaging with his community and providing opportunities for others to experience the power of music. This talented, accomplished, and classically trained violinist is the artistic executive director of the Opus 76 Quartet, concertmaster of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and the Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra, and […]

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The Jewel Ball – 2022 Honorary Chairman

Mary Jane Young Barnes (Mrs. Bryant Page Barnes) is serving as the honorary chairman of the 2022 Jewel Ball. She was the chairman of the 1995 Jewel Ball, following in the footsteps of her mother-in-law Margaret Ott Barnes (Mrs. Frederic Page Barnes), who headed the event in 1958.  Originally from Illinois, Mary Jane attended Northwestern […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! Steve Denny

Steve Denny is a wonderful volunteer for Jackson County CASA. He visits the children and is a great resource for many older youth. Steve also helps with and attends the events for CASA volunteers. Elizabeth Lee, Jackson County CASA; said, “Steve is always willing to teach, mentor, and give lessons to older youth on changing […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Rachel Rindner

Rachel Rindner started volunteering at a young age. She was only eight years old when she served as a peer model at Camp Determination, an overnight camp for youths with autism. Kelly Lee, who directed the camp, was impressed by Rachel’s “sweet nature, sensitivity, and kindness.” When Kelly founded Camp Encourage, Rachel was eager to […]

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Johnson County Library Foundation – 2022 Library Lets Loose

September 17th is the date for Johnson County Library Foundation’s 2022 Library Lets Loose event, which will be held at the newly-renovated Central Resource Library. Senia and Will Shields will serve as the honorary hosts. Partygoers will enjoy drinks, delicious fare, and music. Proceeds will support resources for lifelong learning programs at Johnson County Libraries.  […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! Debbie Brock

Debbie Brock has been a wonderful volunteer with Wayside Waifs for 10 years. She is a dog socializer, works the reception desk, and helps at the front desk in Adoptions. Debbie also trains new volunteers, helps with shy and fearful dogs, and is a foster parent to cats and dogs. Thank you, Debbie, for sharing […]

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