2021 Annual Report

Our 2021 Annual Report is now available.  We hope you enjoy learning not only about our financial standings in 2021, but also about many examples of the impact CKCF made in various communities in 2021. Click the picture to view the full report.

 

Grant Writing 101

A Grant Writing Seminar was held  Friday, September 9th in partnership with Harvey County United Way. It was a huge success. The Porch venue in downtown Newton was utilized to host this well attended event of nearly 50 participants. Kaely Burgess with Health Ministries provided the presentation and did a phenomenal job. Her presentation included the importance of building relationships with funders, the art of storytelling, key dos and don’ts of grant writing, a process to vet requests for proposals, and funder research techniques. A lot of valuable information was shared by Kaely as well as participants in the room.

CKCF WELCOMES BETHEL INTERN

Introducing:
Cristobal Goldberg

“I’m an international student from Chile. I attend Bethel College, where I play for the Men’s Soccer team, and I’m studying Business Management and Social Work. I’m a Senior, and I’m doing my internship, for both degrees, at Central Kansas Community Foundation. I received a scholarship offer from Bethel in 2019 to come here to play soccer and study, originally I was only studying Business, but I found myself liking and enjoying Social Work classes, so with the help of an amazing professor I decided to double major.”

Newton Public Library Close to Goal

Newton Public Library Foundation, a CKCF affiliate, has reached 90 percent of its goal for the WHERE COMMUNITY CONNECTS Campaign to help construct a new Newton Public Library to benefit Newton and surrounding communities.

The campaign, with an October deadline, has a goal of $2.7 million to augment funding from the City of Newton and Newton Public Library for the $10 million project. The new library will be built adjacent to the existing library, and is designed to be a place for reading, learning, creating, and connecting. Features such as an updated children’s library, a dedicated teen area, private study rooms, an additional meeting room, and an indoor/outdoor seating area will provide an inviting space for traditional library experiences and new opportunities. By making the library accessible, up-to-date, and inviting, we can ensure that Newton Public Library can continue to provide quality service for generations to come.

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If you wish to explore alternative ways of giving, please contact Angie Tatro, CEO, to learn more about IRA gifts, gifts of securities, tax credit opportunities and more. She can be reached at angie@centralkansascf.org or 316-239-9451.

Hillsboro Community Foundation Names Director

August 1, 2022, Max Heinrichs will be joining Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) as the Director for the Hillsboro Community Foundation (HCF). HCF is an affiliate of CKCF.

Max retired in June from USD 410 after a 6-year tenure as Superintendent. In all he worked 39 years in education, 29 of those working in some capacity for USD 410.

Though not born in Kansas, Max has lived in Hillsboro for most of his life and considers it his hometown. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1979 and from Tabor College in 1983 with a physical education degree. He received three additional master’s degrees: educational psychology from Emporia State University (1987); leadership/administration from Kansas State University (2000); superintendent from ESU (2008).

A bridge to this position is his involvement with Hillsboro Community Foundation as a member at large and, for the past 3 years, Chairman of the Board. This experience will provide the community a director that already has established relationships and familiarity with the work of the foundation.

Max and his wife Krista have three grown daughters and 2 granddaughters and 3 grandsons.

Max Heinrichs, HCF Director, can be reached at director@hcfoundationks.org.

Peabody Community Foundation Engages Housing Issue

The Peabody Community Foundation (PCF) is exploring community improvement, especially as it relates to housing, as part of an opportunity through the Kansas Association of Community Foundations experiment to apply the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the rural Kansas context.  PCF is one of five community foundations in the state to participate in the SDG project.

The effort is being led by five local influencers, selected for their community involvement and leadership:  Tom Spencer, Peabody Mayor; Ron Traxson, PCF board member; Becky Nickel, PCF Director; and community leaders, Lynn Berns and Susan Mayo.  This group is making housing their primary focus and anticipates procuring funds for research and the implementation of housing projects.

In addition to conducting dozens of stakeholder interviews, the SDG Team hosted a public meeting facilitated by WSU’s Community Engagement Institute on July 11, all in an effort to solicit input about the housing needs and priorities in Peabody.

“Our SDG Team is energized about the potential of working within the SDG framework to address our community’s needs.  There are 17 SDG goals and we’ve narrowed our focus to Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities,” said Nickel.  “Each goal has several targets under it.  The first target under Goal 11 is adequate, safe and affordable housing which is a real need in Peabody.”

At its April planning session, the PCF Board of Directors named community improvement as a goal for the foundation, which aligns with the SDG goal for Sustainable Cities and Communities. The Board anticipates close collaboration with the SDG Team and the Peabody City Council toward this goal.

The SDG project is supported by the C. S. Mott Foundation and implemented by the Kansas Association of Community Foundations in partnership with the WSU Community Engagement Institute.  PCF, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, is a member of the Kansas Association.

In addition to working locally, the five Kansas SDG teams are learning about efforts around the world where the SDG goals are being applied to issues like poverty, education, and hunger.  PCF, like many community foundations, is already working to reduce poverty and promote healthy lifestyles by granting funds to local charities with programming in these areas.  The SDGs provide a blueprint for asset development, community engagement, and investment strategies.

The two-year Kansas SDG project began in September 2021.  Learnings from the Kansas experiment will be shared with community foundations across the nation, as well as abroad, to inform and encourage more community foundations to incorporate SDGs into their work, regardless of their size or location.  The other Kansas foundations participating in the project are Rice County Community Foundation, Legacy-A Regional Community Foundation, Western Kansas Community Foundation, and Bird City Century II Community Foundation.

 

AUCTION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Online registration is now open for this year’s “Sky’s the Limit” Charity Auction.  There are many benefits to pre-registering.  Click the button to get started!

 

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2022-2023 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

THE STATISTICS

Pictured above are the presenters and recipients of this years’ Women of the Year Scholarship Cycle (left to right: Casie Powell, Lauren Anton, Kaitlyn McMullin, Savannah Hunsucker, Jennifer Vogts and Ada Schmidt-Thiesen)

65 Total Scholarships

118 Scholarship Recipients

Scholarhip Ammounts:
$250 – $5500 each

Total Amount Awarded:
$127,700

“This year’s scholarship cycle was finalized in May. The scholarship award letters have been sent out and it has been fun to see what the recipients have chosen to do in the next phase of their lives. We wish them all the best as they move forward!”  -Kim Stahly, CKCF Scholarship Program Officer.

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He is strategically engaging a targeted people (alumni of a specific graduating class) and successfully connects with them in one very specific way.  The proof of their success is in the amazing growth the fund has seen over the years.

If you have more interest in how CKCF assists with scholarship programs, please contact Kim Stahly, CKCF Program Officer, Scholarships.


Here is the 2022-2023 Scholarship Awards List across all CKCF Affiliates.

Scholarship Awardees 2022-2023

Augusta CF

Chelsea Gerbitz Scholarship

  • Halle Ramsey
  • Jaiden Ingram
  • Kassie Kinniburgh
  • Tristan Olive
  • Joshua Manahan
  • Abby Strouth
  • Isabelle Loucks
  • Kendal Vinson
  • Hunter Jones
  • Jake Brown

May Gruver Scholarship 

  • Tommie Schaffner

Sally Annette (Souder) Puckett Scholarship 

  • Tristan Olive

Vada-Vida Fletcher/Ketch Business Scholarship 

  • Sydney Scott

Walter and Sidney Ewalt Scholarship 

  • Tommie Schaffner

Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF)

Andover Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

  • Cara Brockmeyer 
  • Nicole McIlvain

Margaret L Smith Decker Scholarship

  • Amie Yoder

Seeds of Opportunity:  Richard and Leah May Ross Memorial Scholarship for Continuing Education 

  • Hannah Agee 
  • Christopher Ward

Douglass CF

Dellsea Nachbor Memorial Scholarship 

  • Natalie McCosh

Galen Haaga Memorial Scholarship

  •  Brianna Wasson

Jeremy Allen Taylor Memorial Scholarship 

  • Justin Martin 
  • Brady Roberts

Rusty Allen Inkelaar Scholarship

  • Kaitlyn Seiwert

El Dorado CF

Collin and Sally Rowell Memorial Scholarship

  • Erin Johnson 
  • Ethan Manke

Clifford and Rubye Angleton Scholarship

  • Leslie De La Rosa
  • Jaysi Mertz
  • Victoria George
  • Jillian Rockley

George Trimble Special Need Scholarship

  • Victoria George
  • Kara McLaren
  • Presley Johnson
  • Ethan Manke

Jenny Sundgren Baker Memorial Scholarship 

  • Trena Garcia

Wayne Willis 

  • Kiowa Stark
  • Audrey Van Zelfden
  • Caleb Hinck
  • Christopher Cain
  • Lily Hilgenfeld
  • Erin Johnson

Elk County CF

Ernest Frank Horn Jr, Endowed Scholarship

  • Alanna Walker

Florence CF

Florence High School Association Endowed Scholarship 

  • Gracie Mackey

Fredonia CF

Fredonia High School Class of ’63 Legacy Project Scholarship 

  • Erin Frenk
  • Shaley Sommer
  • Jordan Smith
  • Ian Sommer

Goessel CF

JNCCC

  • Rachael Zogleman 
  • Kaleigh Guhr

Nelson Galle Scholarship Endowment

  • Caiden Duerksen

Dustin Thiesen Student Opportunity Fund for Goessel High School

  • David Johnson
  • Chevy Gagnon
  • Dominic Englestad
  • Chole Smith

Halstead CF

Bernice Wedel Memorial Scholarship 

  • Leah Weber

Charlsen Insurance Agency Scholarship

  •  Leah Weber 
  • Isabelle Loucks

Delores Sexton Memorial Scholarship 

  • Isabelle Loucks

Fleetwood Scholarship

  • Leah Weber
  • Coleton Herman 
  • Chandler Drake

Halstead Public Service Scholarship 

  • Daizy Wilkinson

Larry and Alma Herl Scholarship

  •  Shea Inlow

Nightingale Family Scholarship

  • Leah Weber

Robert B Baumann Memorial Scholarship

  • Duncan Haury 
  • Christopher Ward

Rupp Lawson Scholarship

  • Korbin Black

Hesston CF

Donna Schadler Scholarship

  •  Harley Ferralez

Excel Industries, Inc. Scholarship

  • Andrew Barron 
  • Coleman Eason

G51 Scholarship  

  • Faith Elliott
  • Brynn Johnston 
  • Max Werner

Hillsboro CF

CM Sextro Memorial Math Scholarship

  • Malorie Hein

Demarius Lives Scholarship

  • Frank Wichert
  • Duncan Duell 
  • Malorie Hein

Earl and Mary Lee Wineinger Memorial Scholarship

  • Mickelly Soyez

Free Press / Joel Klaassen Journalisn Scholarship 

  • Samantha Saunders

Gehring Family Tech Scholarship 

  • Thomas Smith

Rod’s Tire and Service Scholarship 

  • Eli Dalke 
  • Jaxxon Hanschu

Newton CF

Brian Arellano Scholarship 

  • Madelynn Hamm

Denise Lynn Oursler Memorial Scholarship 

  • Hallie Watkins

E.S. Sanderson Scholarship 

  • Kaden Anderson
  • Caleb Garber 
  • Nikolas Lampman Thompson

Jean and Virginia Coleman Scholarship 

  • Kaden Anderson

Katherine Hanna Education Trust Endowment

  • Kaitlyn McMullin

Newton Area Women of the Year Scholarship 

  • Savannah Hunsucker
  • Kaitlyn McMullin 
  • Lauren Anton

Newton Lions Club Scholarship

  • Lauren Anton

Nygaard Family Scholarship

  • Hayley Loewen 
  • Jordyn Regier

Snapp Family Scholars

  • Ethan Neufeld
  • Kaitlyn McMullin 
  • Benjamin Friesen Guhr

Peabody CF

Ewert Family Scholarship 

  • Noal Reynolds

Keith and Marilyn Harsh Scholarship

  • Carly Deines
  • Samantha Saunders

Marilyn and Keith Harsh Memorial Scholarship

  • Noal Reynolds

Sharlene L Brooks Memorial Fund

  • Talyn Stahlheber

Vernon and Laura Slocombe Memorial Scholarship

  • Ariana Marcenaro

Remington CF

Edna and Mae Mertz Scholarship

  • Lily Hilgenfeld
  • Jackson Bumgarner 
  • Alli Willour

John Edwards Scholarship 

  • Ellie Van Zelfden

Keith Sommers Scholarship 

  • Evan Claassen

Larry Brown Memorial Scholarship 

  • Jackson Bumgarner

Pat Halabi Memorial Scholarship

  • Willow Blackfox

RD Allen Scholarship

  • Zach Jenkins

Tina Jo Wedel Burton Scholarship

  • Alli Willour 
  • Lucy Brown

Valley Center CF

Riley Greenwood Memorial Scholarship 

  • Madison Moses

Marion County Leadership Program to begin in September

Thanks to funding from the Marion County Leadership Endowment held by CKCF, Marion County residents have an opportunity to participate in a county Leadership Program, a program designed to teach leadership skills while learning about the county’s needs. The eight-week program will be facilitated by the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) and include tours or the county, and discussions about how to apply learnings at KLC to opportunities and challenges in Marion County.

“The Marion County Leadership program holds great potential to enhance the county’s assets and address some of its challenges. CKCF is proud to partner with KLC in this endeavor to bring local leaders together and cultivate their skills,” said Angie Tatro, CEO of CKCF. She went on to share without initial financial support from the Kansas Health Foundation, this program would not be possible.

More info and an online application may be found at www.marioncoks.net under News and Announcements.