Dianne Cleaver

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The Kauffman Foundation and the Hall Family foundation will donate more than $1.5 million over two years to the Kansas City Neighborhood Academy, a new charter school serving East Kansas City.

The Kauffman Foundation is donating $1 million while the Hall Family Foundation is donating $600,000.

“This is a tremendous vote of confidence for our new school,” says Urban Neighborhood Initiative Executive Director Dianne Cleaver. UNI was created by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in order to revitalize Kansas City neighborhoods.

Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

Two years ago, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce led a community-wide brainstorming session to generate five "big ideas" for improving our metropolitan area. One of those "big ideas" is to revitalize our urban neighborhoods.