History and Founding Donors
The Ina Calkins Board has assisted people and non-profit organizations in Kansas City since 1930. Mrs. Calkins, widow of A. W. Calkins, millionaire pump manufacturer, died in 1930 leaving her estate to be administered by ten persons "of high character interested in their fellow man".
Mr. Calkins began as a travelling pump salesman working in western Illinois, Iowa, eastern Nebraska, and north Missouri. He visited Kansas City regularly and in 1880 organized the Kansas City Pump Company.
In her will, Ina Calkins directed that income from the assets of her estate be used by the board to:
- meet the needs of older needy men and women
- provide for the care of needy children
- furnish medical care for disabled children
- provide educational support for students of social work
- provide support for colleges in Kansas City, Missouri
- provide funds for the YMCA or YWCA.
- support organizations that promote abstinence from the use of alcohol
The Calkins Board will make all grant decisions during the fourth quarter of the year. Any 501c3 organization in Kansas City, MO that meets Mrs. Calkins' criteria is encouraged to submit an application no later than September 15th.
The Bank of America in Kansas City is the sole trustee for this charitable trust; however, all grants will be determined by an independent board of ten members.