Community Involvement

Susan R. Black DigniCap Memorial Fund

Susan R. Black’s battle with cancer ended September 2019, a legacy of generosity continues in her name. The Susan R. Black DigniCap Memorial Fund was established to enable cancer patients to receive scalp-cooling treatments to help recipients keep their hair during chemotherapy. Preserving one’s hair during cancer treatment helps many patients feel more like themselves during a very stressful and challenging time. It can also boost self-esteem, as well as provide personal privacy, as they choose with whom and when to share their diagnosis.  

Alex's Lemonade Stand

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is a national childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.

JDRF Kansas City

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.

Vision: A world without type 1 diabetes

Mission: Accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications

Don Bosco Centers Kansas City


The Don Bosco Centers have been providing free English classes to adult immigrants and refugees from over 75 countries and vastly differing life situations, who benefited from the English as a Second Language (ESL) Center. Through our partnership with the Independence School District, the ESL program has grown to be the largest in Kansas City region, and offers an eight-level English program that teaches vital language and life skills.

The Don Bosco Senior Center has been helping seniors age 60 and over and adults with disabilities maintain independent living by providing meals, transportation, fellowship and activities that promote health, education, and recreation. Based on Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) guidelines the Don Bosco Senior Center is the largest, most comprehensive senior center in the Greater Kansas City area.

Church of Nativity Leawood

The Church of the Nativity is a living expression of the Roman Catholic Church which seeks to involve everyone in the life and mission of Jesus Christ by providing spiritual growth and faith formation for its parishioners and outreach to others.

American Heart Association

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives. Our nationwide organization includes 156 local offices and more than 3,000 employees. We moved our national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization's stroke-related activities.

What We Do: To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We're the nation's leader in CPR education training. We help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. We provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to their patients. We educate lawmakers, policymakers and the public as we advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.

Down Syndrome Guild

The Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the professionals who serve them. DSG seeks to provide the entire community with information and education to broaden awareness and foster positive attitudes regarding people with Down syndrome.

Catholic Charities USA

The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.

Run for Little Hearts

A local organization that supports hundreds of families in the metro area affected by CHD. They provide funding for an Inpatient Fund at Children's Mercy, care packages for children undergoing open heart surgery, support meetings for parents, and more, including Camp Systole.

National Foundation for Transplants

What began as a local group's desire to help a member of their community, has grown into a nationally recognized enterprise that has generated $82 million in fundraising and support for more than 4,000 transplant patients every year.

Heros for Hospice

Our mission is to raise awareness and support for Hospice and Palliative Care, specifically benefiting those at Kansas City  Hospice & Palliative Care and Midland Care Hospice of Topeka and Lawrence. Since the 2011 inaugural race, Heroes for Hospice has raised and donated a net $97,000 to the two hospice houses!

Darol Rodrock Foundation

Over 300 kids and 13 foster care organizations received help through the Darol Rodrock Foundation last year. The Foundation has provided area foster kids personal hygiene items, school supplies, food, transportation, bedding, clothes, dorm room supplies as well as mentoring and emotional support. In addition, over 175 backpack donations were provided.

Supporting Kids Foundation

Founded in 2009 by neighbors and friends in Lenexa, Supporting Kids Foundation is dedicated to helping Kansas City area families battling childhood cancer. We want to make sure parents focus on being by thier child's side during treatment and not worring about the bills that pile up at home.

Restore Kids Camp

Our Mission

  • Help people find their way back to God
  • Mobilize Christ followers to change the world
  • Reproduce leaders, artists, & churches

Best Day Foundation

Best Day Foundation is a volunteer organization that helps children and young adults ages 4 -24 with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities like surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, snow sports, and more. Please join us in creating special days for children with Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, blindness, cancer, spinal cord injuries, and other physical and developmental challenges.

United Way

We all have a stake in what befalls our fellow man. We all benefit when a child succeeds in school, when someone finds a job that will help them provide for their family, or when more people are able to access quality, affordable health care.

Susan G. Komen Foundation

In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen® organization and the beginning of a global movement. What was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world's largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, we've invested more than $2.9 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Our efforts helped reduce deaths from breast cancer by 38 percent between 1989-2014 and we won't stop until our promise is fulfilled.

Saint Thomas Aquainas High School

The mission of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School as a Catholic Faith Community is to challenge and nurture young men and women to develop their God-given spiritual, intellectual, social and physical potential, and to help them become life-long learners and responsible citizens guided by Catholic values.



ALSF Lemonade Stand

Alex's Lemonade Stand



John A Black, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®
Wealth Management Advisor



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