As the year draws to a close the Truman Heartland Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council is excited about another year of philanthropy!  Late November, students on the 65-member council came together for their monthly meeting to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Foundation’s Youth Council.

 As the year draws to a close the Truman Heartland Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council is excited about another year of philanthropy!  Late November, students on the 65-member council came together for their monthly meeting to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Foundation’s Youth Council. 
 A youth board that began with 10 students from two high schools in 1998 has grown to 65 student leaders from 12 area schools including Blue Springs, Blue Springs South, Fort Osage, Grain Valley, Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North, Lee’s Summit West, Raytown, Raytown South, St. Mary’s, Truman, and William Chrisman.  The Community Foundation expects to add students from Van Horn High School after the first of the year.  The Youth Council is led under the direction of Henri Goettel, retired administrator from the Independence School District.
Students are actively engaged in assisting the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee with funding decisions that arise through the Community Grants Program.  Students are also actively engaged in community service and endowment building.  To date, YAC members have added nearly $20,000 to their charitable fund!  Apart from receiving support from area donors including Centerpoint Medical Center and the Kauffman Fund for Greater Kansas City, student leaders have also been able to, most recently, win the support of Comcast Foundation.  Comcast’s support will propel the young people into their next decade charitable giving.
Dr. Thomson, President and CEO, says “At the Truman Heartland Community Foundation we work to improve area communities by increasing charitable giving.  The Youth Advisory Council is a great way to involve our future generation of student leaders in the charitable work of the Community Foundation.  Through the years, we’ve been able to engage hundreds of student leaders in the power of philanthropy.  It’s a privilege to celebrate this milestone year with a special grant from Comcast Foundation.”
Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to “improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good”.  After 26 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets reaching $35 million and annual grants surpassing $4 million.  THCF provides a wide range of services to donors and grant seekers alike.  For more information  www.thcf.org.