Stewart and Joy Koesten

We feel blessed to be able to support multiple lifetime charitable interests and leave a legacy gift through the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Having had the opportunity to surround ourselves with a strong Jewish community in which to raise our own children, we understand the importance of paying it forward. Having lived through our own family’s mental health crisis we feel responsible to not only work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness, but also to help other families who may not have the resources to get the care they need. Finally, we value the idea of educating our children and grandchildren about the importance of tikkun olam through the act of charitable giving and living a life grounded in Jewish tradition.