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About  Us


Kansas City G.I.F.T is a movement dedicated to cementing a better future for all. Founded in 2020, we have fought for impactful change for families, our communities and our city. We strive to be an actionable step after all the protests have ended, and to educate and empower others to take action. We work to ensure that we close the racial wealth gap, reduce poverty related crime and reverse the effects of systemic racism in our city.


Due to the discriminatory practices of Redlining in the 1920’s and 1930’s in Kansas City, Troost Ave. has long been seen as the dividing line between Black and white people of Kansas City, and the dividing line between high and low income communities. Zip codes: 64109, 64110, 64127, 64128, 64130, and 64132, located east of Troost Ave. have the highest populated low income communities in Kansas City. Collectively they have a population of 107,398 residents and a poverty rate of 36%. Of those 107,398 residents, 75.18% of them are Black. Zip codes: 64113, 64114, 64118, 64119, 64151, and 64152, located west of Troost or in Northern Kansas City, have the highest populated high income communities in Kansas City. Collectively they have a population of 145,554 residents and a poverty rate of 5.03%. Of those 145,554 residents, 91.82% of them are white. Investing in Black owned businesses in low income communities is a proven method of increasing the economic prosperity of the community. However, banks often hinder that prosperity by discriminating against African American and other entrepreneurs of color seeking small business loans. A 2017 study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition found that banks were twice as likely to provide business loans to white applicants than Black ones, and three times as likely to have follow-up meetings with white applicants than more qualified Black ones.


Generating Income For Tomorrow’s goal is to create a clear path to economic prosperity and wealth for the African American community in Kansas City. We are doing this by providing grants to Black owned businesses in Kansas City, with a specific interest in businesses that operate in low income areas. We know that this creates more jobs and potentially converts an economically disadvantaged area into an area of economic opportunity. Investing in Black-owned small businesses has been shown to be good for the local economy as a whole. 48% of small business purchases are recirculated locally compared to only 14% of purchases circulated by chain stores. Supporting Black-owned businesses supports families, employees, and other business owners, as well as attracts community investors who provide banking services, loans, and promote financial literacy--all things that build economic strength. Black-owned small businesses are also likely to hire from the local community, supporting them has been shown to foster the job opportunities people need to achieve financial stability. ​ After many hours of conversations, we feel strongly that we can have the greatest impact on the community by providing grants rather than loans to the business that we fund. Success will be determined by business growth, job creation, and positive impact on the community. By doing this, we are reducing the transportation barrier, that prevents those who live in a community of high concentrated poverty from being able to get to good paying jobs, we can increase the wealth of the residents that already live in the community, thus having the potential to transform an entire area.

Kansas City G.I.F.T.'s Grant Program is a cornerstone initiative designed to foster economic empowerment within the Black community of Kansas City, focusing on businesses that are not only Black-owned but also situated in historically underserved and economically disadvantaged areas. Launched in May 2020, this program has rapidly become a catalyst for economic growth and opportunity, providing substantial financial support to Black-owned businesses. By the end of its third fiscal year, the program had awarded a total of $1,237,000 in grants to 63 businesses, leading to the creation of 108 new job opportunities with an average hourly wage of $16.06. This financial assistance is aimed at stimulating business growth, increasing revenue, and fostering local job creation, with the recipients experiencing an impressive average revenue growth of 254%. The grant program offers two types of grants: growth grants of $25,000 & $50,000 for business expansion, and startup grants of $10,000 for new enterprises. This strategic financial support not only aids in business development but also plays a crucial role in bridging the racial wealth gap, reducing poverty-related crime, and reversing the effects of systemic racism by ensuring more equitable economic opportunities.

Grant Program

The G.I.F.T. Business Center is another pivotal program offered by Kansas City G.I.F.T., providing a comprehensive range of free services to support Black-owned businesses. Operating from Monday to Friday, the Business Center is designed to address common business needs beyond funding, offering a suite of technical assistance in key areas such as business coaching, accounting, marketing, and legal services. This initiative is an integral part of G.I.F.T.'s mission to not only provide financial support but also ensure the sustainability and growth of Black-owned businesses through ongoing mentorship and resources. The Business Center stands as a testament to Kansas City G.I.F.T.'s commitment to creating a nurturing ecosystem for Black entrepreneurs, where they can access the necessary tools and knowledge to navigate the challenges of business ownership, scale their operations, and make a lasting positive impact on the community.

Business Center

The Black Business Market, presented by Kansas City G.I.F.T., is an innovative platform aimed at elevating Black-owned businesses by providing them with greater visibility and access to consumers. This initiative supports a wide array of businesses, from product-based ventures to service-oriented and food-related enterprises, along with nonprofit organizations. By featuring these businesses in a curated directory, the Black Business Market not only facilitates community support for Black entrepreneurs but also fosters economic development within Kansas City's Black community. This market is not just a directory; it's a movement towards creating a thriving ecosystem where Black-owned businesses are celebrated, supported, and patronized, thereby contributing to the economic revitalization of historically marginalized communities. Through this platform, Kansas City G.I.F.T. aims to drive significant traffic and business to these entrepreneurs, helping them to grow, scale, and ultimately contribute to the closing of the racial wealth gap.

Black Business Market


Reflecting on Our Journey: The 2023 Annual Report

Dive into our comprehensive 2023 Annual Report, a testament to our year's achievements, challenges, and growth. This section showcases the milestones we've reached together, highlights from our key projects, and our strategic vision moving forward. Gain insights into our impactful work, collaborative efforts, and the transformative initiatives that define us. Join us in celebrating our progress and exploring the stories that shaped our year.


The genesis of Kansas City G.I.F.T. (Generating Income For Tomorrow) emerged from a profound realization shared in a Facebook post: the systemic barriers Black entrepreneurs face in accessing funds to grow their businesses in the inner city. This moment of clarity sparked a movement, proposing a community-driven solution where each individual's small contribution could cumulatively empower a Black-owned business monthly. The founder's ambitious vision extends beyond financial aid, aiming to bridge the racial wealth gap, diminish inner-city crime, enhance equity for Black residents, and beautify Kansas City for all. Despite the universal challenge of securing necessary capital, reflective of the broader Black community's struggle, this initiative has flourished into a testament to unity and collective action's power. Kansas City G.I.F.T. is not merely a funding program but a beacon of hope and resilience, showcasing how communal support and solidarity can transform systemic challenges into pathways for prosperity and equity.

Brandon Calloway


Cornell Gorman


Christopher Stewart


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Karris Harrington

CPO / Executive Board Member

Ryonda Hall


D'Juan Love

Board Chair

DeShawn Burton

Board Member


Our Staff

Jackelyn Daniels

Marketing Manager

Darrell Johnson

Executive Assistant to CEO

Jordan Alford

Programs Manager

Briana Reed

Office Manager

Our Sponsors

Bloch Family Foundation


Sunderland Foundation


Hadley Project


Lead Bank


The Summit Church




Husch Blackwell


Boulevard Brewing


American Century


Menorah Heritage  Foundation


Francis Family Foundation




Schumaker Family Foundation


Schumaker Family Foundation


Sisters Of Charity Of Levenworth


Blue Cross Blue Shields




JE Dunn


Country Club Bank


Arvest Bank


Commerce Bank


Cynthia Benbow

Board Member

Rick Leathers

Board Member

Eze Redwood

Board Member

Kauffman Foundation


Health Forward Foundation






Donate to Kansas City G.I.F.T.

Your support goes beyond a mere donation; it's a powerful statement of belief in our mission and vision. Every contribution fuels our initiatives, empowering us to make lasting impacts where they're needed most. By clicking our "Donate" button, you're not just giving funds; you're joining a community committed to making real, tangible change. Let's create a brighter future together. Your generosity is the cornerstone of our progress, and together, we can achieve remarkable things.

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