Leaders of CKCF: Carrie Herman



Carrie Herman is a graduate from Halstead High School and obtained her Bachelor in Business Administration from Pittsburg State University.  When not working or serving the community, Carrie and her husband Clint enjoy watching their two sons (Cole 15, Connor 10) in multiple sporting activities and also spending time at the lake.

Carrie has been the Executive Director at the Kansas Learning Center for Health in Halstead since July 2016.  Prior to that she spent almost nine years at Asbury Park where she was most recently the Vice President of Operations.

A previous Board Member introduced Carrie to CKCF and invited her to become a part of a wonderful, growing foundation.  Her passion is to see the scholarships and grants continue to flourish, giving back to the surrounding communities in wonderful ways.  This is possible by promoting the Community Foundation and helping others invest in the causes that are near and dear to their hearts.

In addition to serving as the Board Chair of CKCF, Carrie serves as the Vice President of P.E.O. Chapter AK and as a Past President of the Newton Lions Club.  Carrie is also involved with the Healthy Harvey Coalition, Healthy Harvey Drug Free Communities Coalition, USD 440 All School Alumni Committee, and the AFP Greater Wichita Chapter.

After college, Carrie enjoyed traveling across the US on a promotional tour hosting pre-concert events for the Rolling Stones.

The Three Parts of Victory

There is a lot we can learn from the power of training for a triathlon. To win, a competitor must be an excellent swimmer, bicyclist and runner. The athlete must master not only these stages of the race but also the transitions between these disciplines.

In life, we all have a finish line, we just never know when we will cross it. A triathlete’s goal is to cross the finish line first. However, we don’t have to finish first to have a successful future. Everyone has the power to win.

While a triathlete can be finely tuned and train for life, he or she may still only come in second place. Unlike the triathlete, we don’t have to train, and there are no sacrificial diets or exercise regimens. The cost for having an estate plan is minimal compared to the investment a triathlete makes, but the rewards are remarkable.


Like the triathlete, the first step in estate planning is always the most difficult: Starting. To help you begin and even give you a head start, we have free tools that make getting started easy. Once you have them and use them, you have already completed step two—preparation.

You are 2/3 of the way to victory! The final step is easiest—completion. It comes when your attorney combines your preparation into a solid, thoughtful plan that follows and preserves your wishes. What could be easier or more rewarding than that? Call or email us and ask us for our free, no-obligation tools we have for you.

CKCF Mission Moment

Mission Moment from Angie Tatro, Executive Director

Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) is a nationally accredited community foundation. The accreditation process for National Standards is not mandatory. We chose to go above and beyond by affirming our commitment to excellence and accountability. Our accreditation provides assurance that we have sound policies and practices in place. In short, it means we meet the highest standards for local giving.

Scholarship Spotlight: Kaden Buer

Kaden Buer

  • I am currently working toward a Graduate degree at FHSU.
  • After graduate school, I plan on working as a fisheries biologist.

Gift Amount: $5,000 for four years

The Scholarship

Mr. Wayne Willis was born in eastern Kansas and spent part of his youth in Maryland and Virginia. In both environments, he was constantly exposed to the sportsman’s life and spent every available moment hunting, fishing, and in the outdoors sketching and drawing wildlife.

Wayne’s remarkable aptitude for painting stemmed from his desire to recapture his experiences in the field, for he was an ardent sportsman and conservationist. He ranked among the top wildlife artists in the country and is considered by many to be the premiere quail painter.

In 1992 former Kansas Governor Mike Hayden, Community Leaders in Kansas, and the Willis family created the Wayne Willis scholarship fund, later known as the Wayne Willis Wildlife Foundation, partially funded by the annual Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt and auction. Scholarships were established to support university students enrolled in Wildlife Management programs. In the Fall of 2012 the Wayne Willis Foundation, Inc. arranged the on-going management of this scholarship with Central Kansas Community Foundation Butler County, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation.

Community Impact

Thanks to the Willis Scholarship and the affordability of tuition at Fort Hays State University, I was able to earn my bachelors degree in Fisheries Biology without acquiring any student loans.

Gifts Anyone Can Afford

Have you ever wished you could help us in our work, but thought you couldn’t afford to make a charitable gift? Perhaps you are concerned that giving may adversely affect your cash flow or your family’s financial security.

You can support our mission without impacting you or your family.

Contact us and talk with your attorney or advisors to learn more about the many easy, affordable ways to give back and make a difference.

CKCF Mission Moment

Mission Moment from Angie Tatro, Executive Director

The Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF)  provides personalized services, tools and resources that fit donor aspirations and community needs. We are committed to providing solutions to make giving an easy, flexible and effective process. We pride ourselves in our local expertise and in-depth understanding of community challenges, trends and needs. And our team is engaged in community leadership in meaningful ways that provide us the capacity to work with donors on project and initiatives that will make a lasting impact.

Personal Planner: Zero-Tax Cash and Trust

Zero-Tax Cash and Trust

About 15 years ago Linda’s father passed away. As her inheritance, she received a commercial lot that was a mile outside of town. At the time she received the inherited property, it was worth about $100,000.

During those 15 years, the town has grown and there are now commercial buildings on both sides of her lot. Her lot is worth $400,000 and could be sold to a developer who would build a commercial building.

During the past few years, Bill and Linda have talked about selling the property. They have not received any income and have had to pay the taxes on the property. As the property value has increased, so have the annual property taxes.

They decided to stop and visit with their CPA Clara to discuss options for the property.

Bill: “Thank you for meeting with us today, Clara. Linda and I have been talking about our lot at the edge of town. As you know, the town has moved that direction and it is now surrounded by other commercial buildings. I think we could sell it and get a good price.”

Linda: “Yes, since I inherited it 15 years ago from my father’s estate the value has gone up. We put a value of $100,000 on it at the time, but it may sell for up to $400,000 today. We’ve had two or three inquirers who have suggested that $400,000 could be a pretty good price for the property.”

Clara: “Well, this is a very good year to sell the property. But there are fairly high capital gains rates due to your other income and the growth in value. Because you have a large gain of $300,000 in the property, you could pay a large tax.”

Bill: “Yes, we’ve heard that there is a large potential tax. We would actually like to sell this lot and pay zero tax. Is there a way to sell without tax?”

Clara: “You could do what is called a ‘zero tax’ sale and unitrust. A charitable remainder unitrust is a special agreement. It allows you to bypass the gain on the property transferred to the trust, provides increased income and gives you a charitable deduction. The benefit of the plan is that you can place part of the property into the trust and sell that part tax free. Then you are able to use the tax savings from the charitable deduction on that part to offset the tax on the cash you take out. If we do this correctly, you can sell, have part of the value in the unitrust and the balance in cash – all with zero net tax.”

Bill: “Clara, please explain a little more about how that might work. How much of the property would we put into the trust and how much would we keep out?”

Clara: “That’s a great question. Let’s consider first the part that is transferred to the trust and the benefits of that part and then the cash out and finally we will explain how the agreement is created.”

Charitable Trust

Bill and Linda could transfer approximately $240,000 in value to the charitable trust. This would be transferred by a deed of that percentage of the property to the trustee of the trust. If they desired, they could self-trustee the trust and select a company to do the trust accounting. Alternatively, a charity or a commercial trust company could serve as trustee.

After the trust is funded with part of the property, the trustee then can conduct a joint sale with Bill and Linda, who still own the balance of the property. The benefit of the charitable trust is that it is tax exempt if the rules are followed. It can sell the $240,000 in property and pay no tax. This could save approximately $42,000 in capital gains tax on that portion.

The trust amount then will be invested and could pay income to Bill and Linda for their two lifetimes. They selected a 5% trust because their financial planner recommended a distribution of 4% to 5% as the “safe payout” amount. Because the unitrust minimum was 5%, they selected that amount. Bill and Linda will receive an estimated $350,000 in income over their 26-year life expectancy.

In addition to bypassing gain on the property of the trust and receiving a very substantial income over their lifetimes, Bill and Linda receive a charitable deduction of about $79,000. Clara suggested that this deduction would be used over about three years and will save $31,000 in income tax.

Cash Received

Assuming that the property can be sold for $400,000, with $240,000 in value transferred by deed to the trust the cash balance is about $160,000.

This $160,000 will be transferred at closing to Bill and Linda. Because the appreciation was about 75% of the value, they would ordinarily owe a large capital gains tax on this amount. The capital gains tax could be over $28,000.

However, they are able to offset the capital gain with the charitable deduction. While the capital gain is taxed in the first year and their deduction savings are spread over three years, over time the approximate amount of savings equal the approximate amount of gain. The net result is that they have received $160,000 with essentially no net tax.

Benefits for Bill and Linda

Bill and Linda were very pleased with the plan that Clara suggested. They are able to keep the entire $400,000 in their home area and not send any significant amount to their state or federal tax authorities. The $240,000 in the trust will pay them income for two lives and eventually benefit two favorite charities. While there will be a substantial charitable gift in the future, the added income from investing all $400,000 for their lifetimes will replace a substantial part of the planned gift. In addition, they had always wanted to do something in the future to benefit their two favorite charities.

Scholarship Award Spotlight: Christine Conway

Christine Conway

  • I plan to complete my undergraduate degree at Friends in two years and then go on to the Physical Therapy graduate program at Wichita State.
  • Clifford and Rubye Angleton Scholarship

Gift Amount: $12,000 for three years

The Scholarship

The Clifford & Rubye Angleton Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in May 2009, through the Central Kansas Community Foundation – Butler County, for the education of doctors and nurses of Butler County. Clifford and Rubye Angleton were lifelong Butler County residents. Rubye was born and raised on a ranch southeast of Rosalia, Kansas, and attended Rosalia public schools. For many years, she worked for McClure Motor Company in El Dorado as a bookkeeper. Clifford was born in Towanda, Kansas and attended Towanda public schools. He, likewise, worked for McClure Motor Company. The Angletons later decided to go into business for themselves and opened the Angleton Kunkel Garage at 347 North Main in El Dorado, which later became the Angleton Garage and still is known by that name today. Clifford & Rubye had no children and lived frugally all their lives. It was their desire that their thrift would aid in the education of the future doctors and nurses of Butler County.


This scholarship has been instrumental in allowing me to attend a private four year institution. I receive little aid from the government and my parents have two children in college so they are limited in the funds they can supply. This scholarship means I can stay at Friends University and live on campus with my friends.

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What’s Your Passion?


Health and wellness is often on our minds as we approach the summer season. Considering resolutions for positive change. Your health and that of your community may be your passion. Health can mean so many things to different people. That is the beauty of establishing a fund at the community foundation. We can tailor your fund to fit your passion. Not interested in establishing fund, maybe you would like to donate to one of our established funds focused on keeping our communities in Central Kansas healthy. Consider Hesston High School Baseball Fund, KHF – Health Fund Newton, Kansas Learning Center for Health, Hillsboro Splashpad Fund or the Hillsboro Basketball Courts Fund among many.