No. 18: Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

The aim is to improve the Kansas City metropolitan area

UNITED STATES - £159m

The story goes that the founders of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation passed around a hat in 1978, collecting $200 and some spare change and that’s how this enormous charity was begun, with the idea that charitable giving should be the responsibility of the many, not just a select few.

Projects granted by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation aim to improve the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The foundation manages more than £1.3bn in assets and houses more than 3,500 charitable funds established by individuals, families and businesses to support the charitable causes that are important to them.