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Rick's Place is a place in the heart. In 1998, a small group of friends opened their hearts following the untimely death of Rick Richter, one of our most talented and respected artists and graphic designers —and Rick's Place was born. With monies raised through our annual art auctions, the Rick's Place Foundation — a component fund of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation — launched pilot programs, while providing short-term financial assistance to colleagues and their families in need. That small group has grown to include many, with board members and volunteers from the full spectrum of Kansas City's marketing communications and graphic arts community:

  • Account Executives
  • Copywriters
  • Designers
  • Pre-press and Printing
  • Photographers
  • Artists 
  • Agency Owners and Principals
  • Public Relations and Media Professionals 
  • Finance and Administration Executives
  • Young talent and seasoned professionals
  • Independent consultants and freelancers




Rick's Place was founded by advertising industry professionals to provide hope through difficult times to colleagues in the Kansas City advertising community. But Rick's Place has much more to offer than simply a safety net. We are developing services and assistance programs that can help head off career crises before they occur. With the participation and support of volunteers and professional organizations across the many marketing communications disciplines, we can create opportunities for skill building and professional growth through:

  • Low-cost seminars and workshops addressing key issues and areas of interest to small businesses and independent professionals (freelancers, consultants, artists and others)
  • Sponsored classes 
  • Scholarships to individual courses (such as computer training, software and design applications, etc.)

Provide networking and other resources through:

  • Existing professional organizations
  • Job postings
  • Resume review
  • Offering short-term financial assistance to bridge transitions and assist through a crisis period.

If you find yourself in the midst of a career crisis, personal health emergency, or other problems affecting job performance or opportunity, turn to Rick's Place. You can reach us by contacting a Rick's Place board member or by sending a written request. Please be open about your career challenge and personal needs. You will be asked to complete a Request for Assistance application for evaluation and recommendation by our Assistance Advisory Board. We are prepared to act quickly if your situation is urgent.

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