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Philanthropy

Using our KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and RESOURCES to help people increase their capacity to LIVE and to GIVE

Phi·lan·thro·py noun \fə-ˈlan(t)-thrə-pē\: the practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people

We try to live by the principles that we preach, and this includes contributing five percent of our gross revenues to support philanthropic causes that are important to our clients and us.

As our budget has grown, we have seen the importance of becoming strategic in our philanthropic efforts. It is easy to give money; there are plenty of people and organizations willing to take it. It takes careful thought to make an impact. Accordingly, McDaniel Knutson Financial Partners has identified key areas where we can partner with our staff and organizations to make a difference 

Our Philanthropic Vision – To Inspire Others and be a Partner

Our vision is to inspire philanthropy in others and to help our clients' increase their capacity to live and to give. We can help you develop a plan that can make a real difference in the world. The following SAT Talks demonstrate how we embrace giving. We invite you to take a few minutes to view these to learn more about our unique approach.


Our goal will be to work with you to build an extraordinary legacy for your loved ones and the causes that matter to you. Working together, we will help you make the most of:

  • Your Personal Wealth: Your experiences, values, and stories make you who you are today. We want to learn what is important to you. This knowledge will help us direct others to your important causes.
  • Your Social Wealth: Every action you take; from volunteer work to mentoring to charitable giving will make a lasting impact on the world.
  • Your Tangible Wealth: Building your financial assets to give you the life you want and create a legacy for your loved ones and those causes that are important to you.

Our Primary Philanthropic Partners:

McDaniel Knutson Financial Partners works with Significant Matters to research and facilitate sustainable transformation.  Significant Matters is a 501(c) (3) Christian-based organization that facilitates structured collaboration. They work locally, and internationally, to address community development and more complex societal issues in sustainable ways.

Global Poverty: We live privileged lives, so we believe in doing what we can to help battle poverty. We have partnered with the India Gospel League, an indigenous Indian non-governmental organization. Our goal was to bring hope and opportunity to thousands of people in villages located in the province of Tamil Nadu, India. We fell in love with their holistic approach to providing education, healthcare, economic development, jobs training and much more. We adopted our first village in 2007, and the results were so encouraging that today we continue our sponsorship. We returned in 2016 and found ourselves overjoyed at their progress. We hope you enjoy this video as much as we enjoyed our trip.

Environment: We have such a beautiful planet, and we believe we should be good stewards of her. For this reason, we have partnered with Green Wish Lawrence, and are also its primary sponsor. Green Wish Lawrence collaborates with local environmental organizations to raise funds to support their efforts.

Arts: We have always believed the arts play an essential role in enhancing the quality of life in a community. We are proud of our partnership with Theatre Lawrence, and our sponsorship of a play every season. We find it especially appealing that Theatre Lawrence provides local schools and the community opportunities and projects designed to help children and adults realize their creative potential.

Education: McDaniel Knutson Financial Partners believes in quality education and provides support for two private schools, Veritas and Kansas City Christian School.

Healthcare: Providing accessible and affordable healthcare is more important today than ever. McDaniel Knutson Financial Partners is proud to support Heartland Community Health Center and the Pregnancy Care Center.

The Heartland Community Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center dedicated to "holistic, integrated health care - a health model that focuses on physical health as well as emotional, social and spiritual health."

The Pregnancy Care Center exists to provide compassionate counsel for women of all ages, for situations regarding possible pregnancy, adoption, abortion, prenatal care, parenting classes, and abortion alternatives.

Additional Philanthropic Involvement

Local: We are active members of the Economic Development Council of Lawrence and Douglas County, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, and Lawrence Rotary

Disaster Relief: When natural disasters strike, we respond through contributions to organizations such as the Red Cross and Hope International.

Partnering with Clients: We have also provided gifts to organizations on behalf of our clients with contributions to the Lawrence Humane Society, the American Cancer Society, the Dole Institute of Politics and many more.

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