Our Approach

Building thriving communities through education and empowerment

There are two worlds in which we can choose to live. One is called Behind; the other Ahead. Our choice is clear. We believe that each of us is progress, each of us is potential, each of us is possibility, but only if we Think Ahead.

We hope to encourage people of all ages and walks of life to live, work, play, and stay in our America’s heartland.

WHO WE SERVE
NEW BOOK RELEASED

Come Together, THINK AHEAD!

Read the inspiring story of the best practices Heartland Foundation has uncovered in our journey that you can apply in your community.

I recommend you use it as a guiding light in your community.
–Leland R. Kaiser, Ph.D., health futurist and founder of the Kaiser Institute

 

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What’s ONE THING you can do to improve your community?  Share your story with us!

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  • “I liked feeling I was important and not just a kid who can't change the world. I think anyone can change the world if they show a random act of kindness.”

    emPowerU Youth Participant, Bessie Ellison School, St. Joseph, MO

  • “The importance of education and lifelong learning is at multiple levels…it’s very important for communities, families, and all of society.”

    Jeanne Daffron, Provost & VP Academic Affairs, Missouri Western State University

  • “I believe this is a great opportunity for our small town kids. They are outside of their box.”

    Shauna F., Rockport R-2 Teacher, Rockport, MO

  • “I am fascinated that an organization cares enough about youth to teach these important lessons.”

    Jeff B., emPowerU Adult Council Volunteer

RESOURCES

Helping Difference Makers Take the Next Step

We understand that applying what you learn at Heartland Foundation can take a little help. We offer competitive grant funds available for youth service-learning projects, innovative education and workforce development ideas, and elementary school fitness programs.

2017 GRANT CYCLE NOW OPEN
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