Established in 1974, The H & R Block Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life by responding to the needs of people and communities through thoughtful, innovative, and responsible philanthropy. The Foundation provides grants through three distribution areas:
H&R Block Associates
Since inception, the Foundation has supported H&R Block associates' community involvement. In 1975, the Matching Gift program was launched to supplement associates' commitment to education by matching their contributions to private secondary schools, colleges, and universities. Recognizing that not every associate can make monetary donations, in 1993, the Foundation launched the Cash for Champions program recognizing volunteerism by providing a cash donation to honor associates' commitment to nonprofit organizations.
Additionally, in 1985, the Foundation started presenting Outstanding Community Service Awards to H&R Block headquarter associates for their volunteer commitment to non-profit organizations in Kansas City. In 2000, the program was expanded to recognize associates from across the country for their service to their communities. In 2020, the program was renamed the Make Every Block Better Volunteer Awards and recognizes H&R Block associates who provide outstanding volunteer efforts that connect neighbors and support small business owners.
Its commitment to serving low-income, underserved individuals and improving the quality of life in Kansas City is evident in the Foundation's community grantmaking. The Foundation has provided millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations in the following areas:
- Arts & Culture - improve access to the arts for all people
- Neighborhood Revitalization - build stable neighborhoods and communities
- Education - offer diverse learning opportunities for all ages
- Health & Human Service - increase access to services that respond to individuals' physical and emotional needs
In 2001, in honor of Henry's retirement from the board of H&R Block, Inc., the Foundation presented two gifts to Kansas City. First, was the Henry Wollman Bloch Fountain, which is a fountain located in front of the Kansas City icon, Union Station. Second, was the Henry W. Bloch Scholars program. Each year, this program provides a total of 90 non-traditional urban students the opportunity to earn their associate degree at MCC-Penn Valley or Donnelly College, and then transfer to University of Missouri-Kansas City to complete their bachelor's degrees. In 2019, the program was expanded to allow students to start and complete their undergraduate education at UMKC.