2015 Leave a Legacy


“Come Together” in 2015

Bringing our community together for its betterment takes all of us. We invite you as we
Come Together on October 23, 2015.


Leave a Legacy is a public awareness campaign designed to inspire people from all walks of like and income levels to think beyond their lifespan when doing good works.

To make a difference in the lives that follow, find a charity to support through your will or estate. If you want to learn more about local charities, contact Angie Tatro, Executive Director of Central Kansas Community Foundation at angie@centralkansascf.org or 316.283.5474.

We Americans are a generous people. More than 70 percent of us make charitable contributions during our lifetimes. Yet only six percent will provide ongoing support through wills or estate plans. Leave a Legacy wants to change that.

SAVE THE DATE:   October 23, 2015 from 11:45 am – 1:30 pm at the Meridian Center




Keynote Speaker: Robert Swanson

 PHOTO ROBERT SWANSON FOR LAL 040115-page-0The Power of Philanthropy: To Build Community

Robert G. Swanson is President & CEO of Swanson House, Inc., a Kansas based fundraising consulting firm.  He and his fellow consultants have helped many community leaders and volunteers harness the power of philanthropy to do great things for their communities.  Whether it’s an historic theatre in Arkansas City, an arts center in Emporia, a hospital in Pratt, a child abuse center in El Dorado or projects in hundreds of other communities, Robert has a unique experience in how local donors and nonprofit leaders have changed their communities for the better.  Robert will present “The Power of Philanthropy to Build Community” at our annual meeting October 23, 2015.

Robert G. Swanson is President & CEO of Swanson House, Inc., a full-service fundraising consulting firm. He and the his consultants work with a wide-range of nonprofits including those in higher education, health and human services, youth development, disaster relief, social justice, and arts and culture. Nonprofits across 24 states have been served by Swanson House consultants.

Robert is known for his admonitions that “consultants must have courage for their clients”; “charitable gifts are created and not found” and that “communication is the essence of donor appreciation.”  He and his fellow consultants believe in the power of philanthropy to change lives for the better and empower communities to chart their own futures. 

Robert is a speaker and writer.  He has presented to dozens of nonprofit associations including AFP International, Salvation Army, YMCA, Girl Scouts, Council for the Advancement & Support of Education, Boy Scouts, Feeding America, CASE and the Big-12. He concluded his nonprofit career as President & CEO of the Emporia State University Foundation.  He is a native of Marshall County Kansas.   robert@swansonhouse.com

2014 – 2015 LAL Committee

Merresa Akers
Angie Tatro
Susan Lamb
Eric Litwiller
Tina Payne
Ed Shafer
Shana Smith
Derek Yoder
Jennifer Vogts
Marilyn Wilder

Encouraging Legacies…

Newton area Leave a Legacy is part of a licensed national program created by the National Council on Planned Giving and sponsored by Central Kansas Planned Giving Roundtable. The program promotes philanthropy through wills and estate plans. The Newton community was the first in Kansas to offer a Leave a Legacy program.

Through our public education program that encourages planned giving, we seek to bring together communities, donors and estate planning professionals. Not sure where or how to start exploring your estate planning. Contact CKCF to learn more about a free consultation for estate planning. Click Here to learn how to start your process.

Continuing your financial support through estate planning is critical if your favorite charities are to flourish and grow. For years to come.


Our annual month-long public education campaign offers a variety of activities to encourage planned giving and to raise awareness of the various planning strategies available to you.

At the heart of the campaign is our Speakers Bureau – professionals who make presentations to local organizations on estate planning. Our speakers include attorneys, financial planners, accountants, estate planners and others with expertise in this area.

Any group may request a speaker.

Paving the way…

Leave a Legacy is not seeking support for any particular group, or for organizations in a specific area. We only want you to realize the potential that lies within each of us to make a startling difference in the lives of others.

Learn more about becoming a donor: Click Here.