Community Capital Fund


July 2015 Newsletter

Neighborhoods Rising Fund Grantees Celebrated at Awards Breakfast

  On June 26, Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF) grant recipients gathered for the first annual NRF Awards Breakfast to commemorate and celebrate the first-ever grants awarded under the NRF grant program – over $76,000 for the 2015 grant year! Roughly 65 representatives from the 31 grantee organizations attended the event, which was held at the Mohart Multipurpose Center. The Awards Breakfast was a great opportunity for the funders and grant recipients to meet in person and for grant recipients to network and share information about their projects.

  NRF Grant Co-administrator and Greater Kansas City LISC Program Officer, Ed Linnebur, kicked off the event with a short address, which was followed by a keynote from NRF Legacy Funder, Samuel Bennett, Foundation Program Manager with the William T. Kemper Foundation. Samuel spoke about the importance of the grant recipient’s work and investing in their neighborhoods, and shared a personal story of living in the Squire Park neighborhood since the 1990s. Other Legacy Funders Cora Storbeck with the Hallmark Corporate Foundation and Hillary Beuschel with the H&R Block Foundation were also in attendance to celebrate the grant awards.

  Each organization’s name and project was announced and a representative was invited to come to the front of the auditorium to pose for a check award photo with CCF Program Manager Amanda Wilson and Ed Linnebur. As each project was read, the attendees were able to get a sense, for the first time, of what neighborhoods on both sides of the state line are doing for their community. Adding to this sense of community was grantees posing for a large group picture alongside funders and staff.

  “We commend each of our grant recipients on the work they are doing and the time and money they each put in to make their neighborhoods better,” Amanda said in her closing. “We congratulate all of the grantees and look forward to seeing their projects come to fruition this summer.”

  Photos from the Awards Breakfast can be found on the Community Capital Fund’s Facebook page here.


  The NRF is a funding collaborative that provides grants up to $3,000 for high impact community projects and neighborhood revitalization efforts and is supported by legacy funders William T. Kemper Foundation, H&R Block Foundation, and the Hallmark Corporate Foundation with additional support from the KCMO CDE, Dunn Family Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, and Sosland Foundation. CCF and Greater Kansas City LISC are partnering to manage and administer the new fund. More information on the Neighborhoods Rising Fund can be found here.

Support CCF Grantee Musketeers Civic Group in their Youth Entrepreneur Program

  Community Capital Fund (CCF)-backed and -supported Musketeers Civic Group (MCG) recently launched their crowdfunding campaign for their Entrepreneurial & Character Youth Development Program to raise a portion of their Neighborhood Opportunity Grant award. Learn more and consider making a donation on their crowdfunding page here.

  The Entrepreneurial & Character Youth Development Program has three major objectives:

  1. Improve neighborhood appearance by providing low-income seniors and/or physically disabled homeowners free or reduced cost lawn care;

  2. Promote the benefits of physical activity to youth in maintaining good health;

  3. Instruct youth participants in the basic fundamentals needed to establish and operate a business.

  The Musketeers Civic Group was founded in 2001 “to serve our community in a civic nature through initiating and/or assisting various projects for the betterment of the city with special emphasis on the youth and elderly population.”

  Learn more and consider making a donation on their crowdfunding page here. 100% of campaign donations of will go towards equipment and youth salaries.


  To learn more about CCF’s Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Program, contact Amanda Wilson at or (816) 502-9584. To learn more about the Entrepreneurial & Character Youth Development Program, contact Charlie Robinson at

Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Round Opens August 28

  The Fall 2015 round of CCF’s Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Program will open Friday, August 28 and will close Friday, September 25 at 5pm. The grant application will available on our website on the first day of the grant round.

  Neighborhood Opportunity Grants provide $5,000-$20,000 in funding to support projects and programs that build neighborhood capacity where residents are empowered to leverage their collective skills, knowledge, and resources to achieve what they want for their community. To qualify, applicants must be a 501c3 nonprofit organization and be located in the CCF focus area (see eligibility map here).

  Grant recipients are required to fund a portion of their grant award with a crowdfunding campaign to develop their own technical capacity while raising even more friends and funds than a traditional grant alone.

  Organizations interested in applying for a Neighborhood Opportunity Grant are encouraged to:

  1. Attend one of the grant information sessions (both sessions will present the same information) on Tuesday, August 25 from 5-6pm OR Wednesday, August 26 from noon to 1pm

  2. View the descriptions of previously funded projects here

  3. Refer to CCF’s grant scoring sheet here

  Note that starting in spring 2015, the former “Tier 1” small grants program (up to $1,000) is now the new Neighborhoods Rising Fund. The former “Tier 2” grant ($5,000-$20,000) is now being offered as the Neighborhood Opportunity Grant.

  Please contact Amanda Wilson at 816-502-9584 or for more information.

CCF Brings On New Board Members

  CCF recently welcomed 7 new members to our Board of Directors, bringing the total number to 14. Our board members represent a diverse set of skills, talents, experiences, and backgrounds that are all dedicated to building the capacity of Kansas City’s historically under-invested and under-resourced neighborhoods. With expertise in banking, law, marketing and communications, small business ownership, philanthropy, and community development, the new board members include:

  • Steffany Hedenkamp, Red Quill Communications

  • Sidney King, Liberty Bank and Trust

  • Mike Macias, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) - National Educational Service Center (

  • Eze Redwood, Wings Café and Twenty30CEO

  • Jessie Schiele, Jerusalem Farm

  • Denise St. Omer, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

  • Paige Strack, GravesGarrett Law Firm

  “We are extremely proud of and grateful for the work that our inaugural board members accomplished to create a new organization and develop it into the successful community-based funding organization that it is,” said CCF Board President, Rob Givens. “We are very excited to bring on these seven outstanding board members to grow CCF and our programs so we can continue to lead in community-based philanthropy and community development.”

  The new board members will build on the achievements made by the inaugural board that launched CCF in 2012 through a generous grant from our sister organization, the KCMO CDE. Inaugural board members that are renewing their service include:

  • Dr. Kathleen Boyle Dalen, Kauffman Foundation

  • Gary Cortes, retired, Hoffman Cortes Contracting Co.

  • Tiffany Drummer, City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Regulated Industries

  • Bianca Gates, OG Investment

  • Robert Givens (CCF Board President), retired, Mazuma Credit Union

  • Margaret May, Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council

  • Susan Stanton, retired, Operation Breakthrough

  Outgoing board members including Dan Cranshaw (with Polsinelli), Cici Rojas (with Central Exchange), and Jean-Paul Chaurand (with Guadalupe Centers, Inc.).


CCF Board Member to Join Kauffman Foundation

  CCF board member, Dr. Kathleen Boyle Dalen recently announced her new position as the Kauffman Foundation’s Chief of Staff, effective July 27. Kathleen will leave her position at PREP KC (Partnership for Regional Educational Preparation Kansas City), where she has been Vice President for over 10 years.

  “Working as part of the PREP-KC team has been a deeply rewarding experience; I will continue to be a champion for the great work of PREP-KC and I wish the team ongoing success in the future,” she stated. “The mission of the Kauffman Foundation is one that I find personally inspiring and compelling and I’m energized by the deep commitment Kauffman has made to Kansas City and to improving lives and communities through education and entrepreneurship.”

  Kathleen has been a CCF board member since its inception in 2012 and has been instrumental in determining the direction and focus of the Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Program.


Community Resource: Free Neighborhood Streets Workshop by BikeWalkKC

  BikeWalkKC’s Neighborhood Streets Workshop series helps neighborhoods successfully advocate for a safer, equitable transportation system. BikeWalkKC seeks to train neighborhood associations in order to improve KC’s streets so that walking, biking, and public transportation are viable, safe options for residents. Training sessions are led by a BikeWalkKC’s nationally certified bicycling instructors and certified transportation professionals and train will train attendees on:

  • What is a “Livable Street”?

  • Elements of great Livable Streets

  • Sidewalks and crosswalks

  • Bicycle facilities

  • Economic, health and social benefits

  • Building your campaign

  • How to get funding for your street improvements

  • How local streets and sidewalks are managed

  This series is available free of charge to neighborhood organizations of Kansas City, Missouri with other entities welcome to join on a fee basis. Please contact BikeWalkKC for more information and to request a Workshop for your neighborhood on their website or at 816-205-7056.


Community Resource: Heartland Community Connection

  The HCC is a “group of organizers and neighborhood leaders strengthening the Kansas City community through networking and partnering.” This network of organizations and individuals was established to address shared issues, identify best practices, and to bring diverse perspectives to common problems. In addition, HCC serves as an advocate for grassroots issues.

  HCC’s next monthly meeting is on Thursday, July 23, from 1-4pm and will be hosted by the KCMO CDE at the Mohart Multipurpose Center located at 3200 Wayne Avenue, Kansas City, MO.

  HCC meets at a different location each month so if you are interested in either hosting or attending, please contact Leigh Blumenthal at and like the HCC Facebook page.




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