2014 Leave a Legacy


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 Sandi Fruit, Executive Director of Central Kansas Community Foundation at sandi@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:   Luncheon Date:  October 10, 2014 from 11:45 am – 1:30 pm at the Meridian Center




2014 Keynote Speaker:  Nancy Okerberg Kerr

KerrNancyNancy Okerberg Kerr, daughter of Juanita and Okie Okerberg, is a graduate of Newton High School.  She earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Vocal Performance from Wichita State University.  Nancy is married to former Kansas Senate Majority Leader Fred Kerr.  They have two children and two grandsons.

Nancy and Fred have lived their married life of 48 years in Pratt, Kansas where Fred operates a grain production business and Nancy is a retired music teacher.  In 1994, they were on the founding board of South Central Community Foundation along with Sandi Fruit who was the foundation director at Pratt Community College.  Since its beginnings, the Kerrs have both served on the board and on various committees within the SCCF.  They feel very strongly about the important role community foundations play in facilitating local philanthropy.

2013 – 2014 LAL Committee

Merresa Akers
Sandi Fruit
Cindy Janzen
Susan Lamb
Eric Litwiller
Tina Payne
Ed Shafer
Shana Smith
Jennifer Vogts
Kris White
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.