JB&A’s Jennifer Furla was quoted in last Friday’s Kansas City Star. “American generosity yields outpouring of donations for Haitian quake relief,” by Debra Skodack, examines Americans’ rapid outpouring of generosity in the wake of the devastating Haitian earthquake. Philanthropic professionals are amazed at the response, which matches donations after the 2005 Asian tsunami, when the U.S. economy was more robust than it is now.
Also noted in the article is a measure which passed congress last week allowing taxpayers to write off donations made to Haitian relief on their 2009 taxes.
During the week leading up to the Kansas City presentation of Giving USA, JBA’s Jennifer Furla joined in a discussion about philanthropy in Kansas City on KCUR’s news talk show, Up to Date.
Here is the program summary, as described on the KCUR online archives:
There’s no debate that times are tough with foreclosures and lay-offs everywhere you turn. However, even though this year witnessed the first decline of charitable giving in decades, people still manage to give to charitable causes. In fact, Kansas City is one of the most giving cities in the nation.
Steve Kraske talks with Patrick Rooney, the executive director of the Center on Philanthropy, Jennifer Furla, the executive vice president of Jeffrey Byrne & Associates, and Jaclyn Steiner, the Assistant Vice President of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. They examine how although national giving has declined slightly, things may be on the upswing in Kansas City as the city’s average high-income individual giving is twice the national average.
Listen to the program here: Up to Date – A discussion about philanthropic giving in Kansas City and the nation [Source: archive.kcur.org]