Every Gift Makes a Difference

Every Gift Makes a Difference

Laura McKnight & Clay Barker

Laura McKnight & Lindy

Laura McKnight, former president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, leads a charitable lifestyle around the clock. She and her husband, Clay Barker, deliberately choose to make charitable giving part of their lives.

Together Laura and Clay enjoy a busy household with five daughters. One day, daughter Lindy, just two-years-old at the time, was admitted to Children's Mercy Hospital for an outpatient procedure and suffered severe complications.

"Philanthropy has created a margin of excellence at Children's Mercy Hospital that enables it to hire the best and the brightest," Laura said. "Unquestionably, the technical proficiency of the staff at Children's Mercy is why Lindy is here today."

Laura and Clay support Children's Mercy and all of the organizations they are passionate about through the very modest but mighty Laura McKnight and Clay Barker Fund, established at the Community Foundation in 2001. They love Kansas City and they give back because they know that every gift — even a small gift — makes a difference.