Welcome, Melinda and Becky!

Central Kansas Community Foundation is excited to announce the addition of Melinda Newell and Becky Nickel to our staff team. We are looking forward to a greater opportunity to serve both our affiliates and our donors.
Melinda Newell is an Accounting Clerk at Central Kansas Community Foundation.  She will work primarily with deposits, but will also be in a supporting role for Brenda Eitzen with many other accounting duties.  Melinda will work closely with affiliates in making sure all forms and details are being handled correctly and will be present at all CKCF board and finance meetings for recording purposes.

Melinda graduated in 1998 from Wichita State University with a Business Administration major and a Management minor.  She has worked in sales, bookkeeping and administration in the past.  Melinda and her husband Pete live on a farm outside of Newton and have four children ranging from age 19 to age 5 and has been fortunate to be able to spend most of the last decade at home raising them.  Now that her children have reached school age, Melinda is very excited to be taking on this part-time position as a support role for CKCF.
Becky Nickel has been working with Peabody Community Foundation since 2016.  She co-founded and co-owned Prairie Harvest Market & Deli 2000-2014.  She has two adult children.  Becky enjoys being active, especially riding bicycle and gardening, but spends most evenings in winter reading near the wood-burning stove.

The Affiliate Liaison position at CKCF allows Becky to meet people on affiliate boards who are engaged in bettering their communities, something she finds fascinating.  She is excited to learn more about what Affiliates have been doing and hopes to be helpful to them in their endeavors.

CKCF Leader Series: Amy Budde



Amy graduated from Newton High School and Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. With her husband Mike they have two kids, Lane 14 and Logan 12.  When they are not at a sporting event for the kids, they enjoy spending family time working on their little hobby farm. Their kids show horses and pigs in 4-H, and they raise a few cattle.

For the past 12 years, Amy has worked at The Citizens State Bank, currently serving as Market President. 

Bill Hake, Amy’s former boss, asked her to join the board of CKCF after he retired from the bank.  She has really enjoyed learning about CKCF  and finds it is wonderful to be a part of an organization that helps many other non-profit organizations in the Newton community and surrounding communities.

She serves on the USD 373 endowment committee and is a member of Newton Young Professionals.

Merry Christmas, Friends.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year in 2019. We are grateful for your commitment to CKCF through the year as a donor and a volunteer and look forward to a successful year making a charitable difference in the communities we serve.

To help us increase our impact, there are a few ways to give back this Christmas and into the New Year. 

Benevolence & Beyond Campaign
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Donate Online

Amazon Smile
Select Central Kansas Community Foundation to receive the benefit from your Amazon purchases.

Dillon’s Community Rewards
Log into your online shopper account and select CKCF to receive a benefit each time you use your Dillons card.

Holiday Hours

CKCF offices will be CLOSED the following dates.

December 24
December 25
January 1
The office will be OPEN December 26, 27 and 28 (until 4PM) and December 31 from 9AM-12PM. Please feel free to visit us or bring your end-of-year donations by during this time.

Mail donations, postmarked by December 31 to:
301 N Main, Suite 200
Newton, KS 67114

IRS Announces 2019 Tax Rates

IRS has announced the 2109 tax rates, standard deduction amounts and more. Forbes magazine has posted the information in a very easy-to-read format.

FORBES MAGAZINE: IRS Announces 2019 Tax Rates, Standard Deduction Amounts And More

We encourage you to discuss charitable giving with your tax professional. If you are interested in giving a donation to the Foundation, please contact Angie Tatro at 316-283-5474.

Benevolence & Beyond
The end of the year is an excellent time to give charitably. Donate to the CKCF Community Impact Operating Fund as part of our $100,000 giving campaign, Benevolence & Beyond.

Learn More
Donate Online

#givingtuesday: Thank You!

Thank you for your show of support during the 2018 #givingtuesday event – we love our donors and volunteers!

There is still time to donate to Central Kansas Community Foundation. A gift to the CKCF Community Impact Operations Fund as part of our Benevolence & Beyond campaign will ensure the Foundation’s continued growth for greater community impact!!


CKCF Leader Series: Joel Gaeddert


CHAIRMAN, 2018-2019

Joel did not grow up in Newton, but had a lot of family from this area. He attended Bethel College where he met his wife, Crystal Enz, and decided to start a family in Newton. They have two boys, Collin and Brett. Joel spends most of his free time building his business, Flint Hills Design.

Joel started Flint Hills Design a little over ten years ago, mainly designing websites for local organizations, one of the first being the website for CKCF. While he remains loyal to his roots in website design, he has shifted the primary focus of the business to museum exhibit design and fabrication. He finds the work fun and rewarding, certainly a gift.

He got involved with CKCF at the request of another board member. While he was familiar with the work the Foundation had been doing in the Newton area, he didn’t realize the extent of the impact until considering joining the board. He was surprised to learn about the amount of money given back to the community every year, and it encouraged him to get involved in hopes of further promoting the organization and the good work CKCF is doing.

During his tenure as chair, Joel would like to see increased awareness of the work done by the Foundation, not only in the Newton area but in each of the areas covered by the 21 affiliate foundations. CKCF has a compelling mission and story – he hopes to build that story in a way that engages an even broader segment of the population. It will be good for the foundation, the organizations it supports, and ultimately the people and communities it impacts.

In addition to serving as board chair for CKCF, Joel is involved with a few other organizations in the area, most notably as a board member on the Harvey County Economic Development Council and as a co-owner of Prairie Harvest in downtown Newton. The thread that connects his work with each of these organizations is quite simple: He is passionate about making this place we call home the best that it can be. He wants to do work, here, that has a real impact, now.

CKCF attends the KACF National Conference for Growing Community Foundations

Central Kansas CF staff and affiliates attended the Kansas Association of Community Foundations 2018 National Conference for Growing Community Foundations. Among many topics, staff attended sessions regarding legal and compliance, management, board development, grants and marketing and communications. We are very excited to implement the ideas garnered from the sessions to create a stronger community foundation serving your community. In addition, we recognize Angie Tatro, CKCF Executive Director, for her leadership as conference committee chair. Many long hours went into planning for a successful conference with cutting edge information and ideas.

CKCF Mission Moment

Mission Moment with Angie Tatro, Executive Director

Customized Giving that leads to your legacy. Consider establishing your own fund. You may wish to start a new endowment fund to benefit the charity or charities important to you, support a particular field of interest, or provide scholarship monies. The fund may be named in memory or honor of a loved one or influential person in your life. Individuals, families and businesses can establish personal charitable funds.

CKCF Leader Series: Todd Kasitz



Todd is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Newton Medical Center. He serves as Treasurer for the Central Kansas Community Foundation. When not using his talents to serve his community and create a better hospital experience for Newton and surrounding communities, he enjoys spending time with his wife Debra and their four boys, ages 14-22. He is happy to be involved in community organizations that make a difference!