Support the Kansas City Community Builders to Watch

The 2021 class of Kansas City Community Builders to Watch is filled with changemakers. They’re building a future for Kansas City that’s equitable and inclusive across sectors — but they can’t do it alone.

You can support the future of their work by making a donation below.

Cornell Ellis, Brothers Liberating Our Communities (BLOC)

Cornell Ellis, Brothers Liberating Our Communities (BLOC)


BLOC (Brothers Liberating Our Communities) is a professional network of Black men working in education to uplift our communities through this important work.

Armed with a focus on the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, BLOC is dedicated to advancing the connecting, development, and engagement of Black men working in education.

Click here to donate now. 


Maxfield Kaniger, Kanbe's Market

Maxfield Kaniger, Kanbe’s Market

Kanbe’s Markets

There is plenty of nourishing food to go around. Yet, over 400,000 residents in Kansas City are without reasonable access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods. Kanbe’s Markets is on a mission to change that.

By providing innovative food delivery systems that are more inclusive, enhance small businesses and empower individuals to make healthy choices, we step closer toward an equitable future of food.

Click here to donate now.



Deanna Munoz, Latino Arts Foundation

Deanna Munoz, Latino Arts Foundation

Latino Arts Foundation

Latino Arts Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to bring forth the fiercely authentic voice of the underrepresented artists through their diverse stories, cultures, and beliefs creating an artist-based space of their community, for their community.

Click here to donate now. 




Charon Thompson and Dan Smith, The Porter House KC

Charon Thompson and Dan Smith, The Porter House KC

The Porter House KC

The Porter House KC resolves to assist in the representation of entrepreneurs of color by providing an affordable business space that can be used to grow an idea to a full-fledged business. The plight of the minority entrepreneur is one with many struggles and hardships, and very few victories. PHKC aims to reverse that trend and help the entrepreneurs grow in victory, and reduce the losses. 

Click here to contact PHKC about making a donation.



Because of its structure as a city office, direct donations to KC BizCare are not accepted. Click here to learn more about its services. 

Donate $50, Get a Kansas City-designed Tee

Startland News has partnered with three local designers — Kearra Johnson, Kevin Garrison and Whitney Manney — to celebrate the entrepreneurial, creative and innovative spirit of Kansas City in a wearable way. Donate $50 to our annual reader support drive and you’ll receive your choice of T-shirt (locally printed at Kansas City’s own Oddities Prints) — and a portion of the proceeds will be returned to the designer or a local charity or nonprofit organization of their choosing.

About Startland News call for reader support

Startland News is continuing its mission in 2022 and the publication is asking for your support as it works to tell 800 stories about Kansas City entrepreneurs, makers, creatives, risk-takers, and innovators in the year ahead.

Our goal: raise $100,000 from readers and supporters to further power the community-focused, solutions-based journalism you’ve come to love and expect from us over the past 6.5 years.

Your donation to Startland News fuels community-focused, solutions-based journalism that spotlights these groups and often serves as the first piece of local news that covers their startup, small business, non-profit, project, or idea — effectively serving as one of the metro’s leading discovery platforms for new and innovative ideas and the talented people making them a reality.

Click the “Buy Now” button to be redirected to our giving page, then choose the $50 option (or higher). Once your donation is processed, we’ll ask for more details on your shirt size and design of choice. 


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