What we do

in rural.

Committed to your community.

The Patterson Family Foundation, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is a family-led foundation that extends the legacy of Neal and Jeanne Patterson. The Foundation’s mission, “Working together to help rural communities thrive,” is carried forward through strategic grantmaking and other collaborative initiatives that serve rural counties across Kansas and western Missouri. 

Strategic Priority
Health Care


Economic Opportunity


Thriving Rural Communities


Working together to help rural communities thrive.


Your communities.

Your success.

Our rural communities have always worked hard. We’re here to make sure that hard work pays off.

2023 Charitable Gifts

These were our major gift categories in 2023.

How can we help?

From funding opportunities to strategic collaboration, we’re here to help any way we can.

“Create value and good things will happen.”

Neal Patterson

“Every opportunity is the result of a problem.”

Neal Patterson

“It’s all hard, complex and ambiguous at best.”

Neal Patterson

“Leading through vision is how you move the boundaries of an organization.”

Neal Patterson

“Live good lives. Be bold. Be brave. Don’t be a wimp.”

Neal Patterson

“The future can be changed in the present.”

Neal Patterson

“You have to have fun along the way. You can’t wait for it.”

Neal Patterson