2021 Honoree - Summit Homes

2021 Spirit of Philanthropy Award - Business

Summit Homes is truly the pinnacle of philanthropy in the home building business in our community. For more than a decade, Summit Homes’ leadership has invested time, talent and resources, including a robust employee community and charitable program, in the greater Kansas City community as they seek to care for at-risk youth, furry friends, pediatric healthcare, victims of violence and those struggling with food insecurity. Among the scope of their generosity, Summit Homes has given $1.6 million in financial donations to Drumm Farm and supported their employees as they volunteered for the organization’s special events, including the Benefit Dinner, Golf Classic and Hoedown. The team also invests their time, talent and resources toward the development of new home floor plans, building materials, and services for updates in existing homes on campus and furnishings for nine apartments for youth in the COMPASS Program. Through its partnership with Hope Haven, Summit Homes committed to raising $2,000,000 for a new emergency shelter serving Cass County. Thanks to this response, victims of domestic and sexual violence have a safe place to heal and recover. Additionally, the organization has provided significant monetary support toward Wayside Waifs and their life-changing “No More Bullying!” anti-violence curriculum program as well as serving as a sponsor for the annual Fur Ball. And, beyond that, Summit Homes’ partnership with Harvesters has deepened their engagement in our community’s fight against hunger since their first gift to the food bank in 2012. In less than a decade, the builder has invested more than $470,000, helping to provide 1,410,000 meals for hungry families, children and seniors across our 26-county service area. Every year, some 90 Summit team members volunteer together at the Harvesters warehouse to pack BackSnacks for kids, sort food or back food boxes, an annual tradition that Summit staffers cherish and just the tip of the iceberg for all Summit Homes is doing to make a difference in our community.