Ignite a brighter future

Our work is made possible by the generous support of individuals, businesses, and grant funders investing in our mission.

Help us positively impact communities through education and empowerment. You can be a spark that makes a difference!



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Inspiring People, Organizations, and Communities to Thrive

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

Building a better region

Think of the difference we could make if everyone committed to do just one thing to make our communities better.  We believe it could make a world of difference.

What’s one way you like to give back to your community?

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

    emPowerU Adult Council Volunteer

  • “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 Student

  • “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.”

    emPowerU Teacher Participant


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.

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Facility Rental

Looking for a place to host your next business meeting or community event?

Heartland Foundation offers innovative spaces available for rent at our St. Joseph and King City locations.  Facility rental fees help fund programs and initiatives within our mission of championing education and empowering people.

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