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Investor gives Overland Park Jewish orgs $2M gifts to combat antisemitism

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A local philanthropist and real estate investor has given multi-million dollar gifts to three Kansas City-area Jewish charities, including two based in Overland Park.

Why it matters: Stanley Bushman, 94, cited the need to combat rising antisemitism for giving $2 million each to Village Shalom and Jewish Family Services, as well as Jewish Vocational Service in Kansas City.

  • The gifts were announced at a private luncheon with the leaders of the organizations earlier this month.

Key quote: “They do so many good things in the community,” Bushman said. “With antisemitism what it is today, it is really important that we show that we care about the general community as well as the Jewish community.”

What the money is for: The funds, which were given through the Stanley J. Bushman Charitable Supporting Foundation, are unrestricted, allowing the charities the freedom to use the money as they see fit.

Thoughts from Jewish Family Services: JFS CEO and Executive Director Don Goldman said that while his organization will take some time to consider exactly how to use the donation, he is “sure this financial gift will help assure the long-term success of the agency for years to come.”

  • JFS has helped serve both Jewish and non-Jewish people alike by providing social and spiritual services, including a food pantry, to the community.
  • Founded 120 years ago, the donation is the largest in the agency’s history.

Thoughts from Village Shalom: “We are extremely grateful for the life and legacy of Stan Bushman and are honored to be a beneficiary of his generosity,” said Village Shalom’s President and CEO Matt Lewis.

Food pantry at Jewish Family Service in Overland Park.
Food pantry at Jewish Family Service in Overland Park. File photo.

Background of Stanley Bushman

A past president of the Jewish Community Foundation, Bushman has been pivotal in giving to many organizations throughout his lifetime.

  • This includes a donation Bushman previously made to Village Shalom, which helped the organization build its senior care facility near West 123rd Street and Nall Avenue in 2000.
  • “I feel privileged to do this,” Bushman said. “My hope is that it may encourage other people to step forward and do this, too.”

About the author

Nikki Lansford
Nikki Lansford

Hi! I’m Nikki, and I cover the city of Overland Park.

I grew up in southern Overland Park and graduated from Olathe East before going on to earn a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. At Mizzou, I worked as a reporter and editor at the Columbia Missourian. Prior to joining the Post, I had also done work for the Northeast News, PolitiFact Missouri and Kaiser Health News.

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