Donors From All Walks of Life Made Mo. Arts Center Possible

The 2012 Philanthropy 400

Donors From All Walks of Life Help Build Mo. Arts Center 1

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“We didn’t want to be elitist,” says Jane Chu, Kauffman’s top fundraiser. Over 1,000 people gave $1,000 to add a child’s handprint to a commemorative wall.

The shimmering glass face on the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is designed to send a clear message to Kansas City’s residents that it’s not an institution only for the city’s movers and shakers.

“The board wanted people to be able to look inside and see what is going on,” says Jane Chu, the Kauffman Center’s chief executive. “We didn’t want to be elitist and closed.”

That same communitywide approach was a key to