Donor Connection | January 2023

Stay the course: Intentional philanthropy is critical in a downturn

Your family may be among those who are taking their charitable giving budgets more seriously this year, given the stock market’s challenges, rising interest rates, economic concerns, and anticipated cash crunches.

At the same time, not surprisingly, community needs tend to rise during uncertain economic times. As 2023 gets into full swing, inflation, housing challenges, and economic uncertainty are pressuring people who are already vulnerable due to financial insecurity, illness, or disability. Nonprofit organizations serving these populations need additional resources—and even more support from charitable giving—to meet the escalating demands.

A budget has benefits

Here are a few steps to consider in building a 2023 budget for charitable donations that can help you continue to support your favorite causes and remain fiscally cautious.

–Review all your charitable donations from the last three years and compile totals for each organization. This can be an easy exercise for people who use a donor-advised fund at the community foundation because the data can typically be pulled directly from the community foundation’s donor portal or requested from the community foundation’s team.

–Carefully review the list of organizations you’ve supported over the last three years. Regardless of your donation levels, which are the most important to you? Are you serving on the board of directors of any of these organizations? Do you regularly volunteer at any of them? Is there a personal connection?

–Are there any organizations on your list that you supported primarily because the organization was raising money for a capital campaign, or because you were helping out a friend who is involved with that organization? These may be organizations to possibly put on hold and then revisit supporting in future years when the economy picks back up.

–Add up your total giving over the last three years and then divide it by three to get your average. Is that number doable this year? If not, reduce it to a level that fits within your financial situation to arrive at your tentative 2023 giving budget. Remember to consider the value of publicly-traded stock gifts you could make this year if preserving cash is a priority.

–Consider whether to keep certain organizations at historic levels of giving, such as those you’re personally involved with. Or on the flip side, you may decide to temporarily reduce your level of giving to organizations for which you are providing other types of support, including volunteering or board service.

–Review the list to see if there are any organizations you’ve supported that you’d like to learn more about. The team at the community foundation is extremely knowledgeable about nonprofits in our region and would be happy to provide information on how a particular organization spends its money and how it measures impact.

–Finally, do the best you can to set targets for the amount of support you’d like to provide to each organization—and perhaps even set targets for the timing of your gifts. You can change these targets at any time, of course. The point here is that the planning and budgeting process is a great way to create more intentionality around your giving. Intentional giving is not only more rewarding for you but is also likely to increase your level of engagement with the recipient charities and enhance your understanding of how dollars are being deployed to meet the mission. This, in turn, helps your favorite organizations get better at carrying out their programs and serving those who rely on their work.

Consider taking a year-long view of your giving 

As compelling as year-end giving may be, perhaps even more compelling are the reasons for planning and launching a charitable giving strategy early in the year, starting with January. Benefits of a year-long giving strategy include:

–Helping nonprofit organizations meet their budgets all year long, which can save them from worrying as much about whether constituents’ ongoing needs can be addressed.

–Leveraging employer matching gifts programs early in the year when dollars are available and there is plenty of time to process the paperwork.

–Increasing predictability of cash flow and therefore being proactive, not reactive, in supporting the causes you love. You might even consider setting up automatic contributions to a donor-advised or other type of fund at the community foundation by working with your financial advisor to formalize this component as part of your ongoing plan.

–Taking advantage of plenty of time to learn more about the charities you plan to support so that you can be an even more informed and impactful donor, including fully utilizing the community foundation’s expertise and resources.

–Giving yourself time to include children and grandchildren in the charitable giving conversation as a learning experience for the whole family.

–If you are over 70 ½, being able to avoid the year-end scramble to process a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA directly to an eligible charity by executing a QCD in the first quarter.

–Leaving enough time to explore options for more complex giving tools that might provide tax benefits as well as meet your charitable goals, rather than waiting until the last minute when it may be hard to get on the calendars of your attorney, financial advisor, and accountant to map out the best strategy for your situation.

As always, the community foundation is here to help. Please reach out to our team to learn more about how you can make the biggest difference with your charitable dollars, including how you can use an existing or new donor-advised fund, or other type of fund, to carry out your 2023 charitable wishes. You’ll be glad you planned ahead to help your favorite organizations fulfill their missions throughout the entire year, as well as maximizing your own tax benefits and avoiding December’s crunch time.

Invest in impact built on trust

If you’ve supported a particular charitable organization for many years, and perhaps even served on its board of directors, you are likely familiar with some basic concepts of “trust-based philanthropy,” even if you didn’t know that’s what it is called.

As a devoted supporter of the nonprofit organizations you love, you know that an organization’s chances of success are greatest when the organization’s leadership and talented staff are able to deploy the organization’s resources in the ways they believe will best fulfill the mission. This, in turn, sometimes translates into the organization placing a high value on what are called “unrestricted” donations, meaning that the organization can use the dollars in whatever way it sees fit. An example of this, grossly oversimplified to illustrate the point, is when a donor writes a check to a food pantry and instructs that the money be used to purchase canned goods, but the food pantry’s leadership knows that what they really need at the moment is to fix the roof or hire a staff member to help with sorting food before the pantry will be in a position to accept more canned goods.

Unrestricted gifts are only one component of the overall trust-based philanthropy concept. The broader model is designed to increase the impact of philanthropy by encouraging collaboration, communication, and information-sharing among all stakeholders, including not only donors and the nonprofits they support, but also the community as a whole.

Trust-based philanthropy has become somewhat of an academic phenomenon, and it is not without some controversy. Still, the fundamentals make sense, such as listening to community stakeholders and lifting some of the administrative burdens on nonprofit organizations who receive funding.

Trust-based philanthropy is nothing new to the community foundation. In many ways, the community foundation’s mission already embodies these principles: Deeply understanding the needs of the community, building strong relationships across all stakeholders, helping donors maximize the value and impact of their charitable giving, establishing permanent support for the community to address whatever needs may arise, connecting donors more deeply to the causes they care about through personal service and education, and leading on critical community issues.

We look forward to working with you as you get even more involved with the causes you care about.

Ring in the new year with new charitable giving tax laws

If you’ve been tracking federal legislation, you’re likely aware that on December 29, 2022, President Biden signed a $1.65 trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 (“CAA”).

A component of this legislation, known as “SECURE 2.0,” includes many provisions that make it easier for people to build retirement savings, ranging from required enrollment in employer-sponsored 401(k) plans to larger “catch up” contributions to enable workers nearing retirement to add more to their retirement accounts each year.

Three of the new law’s provisions are particularly interesting to people who give to charities, especially related to a planning tool called the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). Many charitable individuals who are 70½ or older have already been taking advantage of the QCD. This technique allows a taxpayer to make an annual transfer of up to $100,000 from an IRA to a qualifying public charity such as a field-of-interest fund, scholarship fund, or unrestricted fund at the community foundation. The taxpayer does not need to pay income tax on the distribution and, for taxpayers who must take RMDs from their retirement plans, the QCD counts toward that year’s RMD.

Here’s what’s new, thanks to SECURE 2.0:

More time to accumulate retirement assets

Under the new law, the required minimum distribution (RMD) age (previously 72) increased to 73 on January 1, 2023. RMDs are the IRS-mandated distributions from qualified retirement plans. The RMD age will further increase to 75 beginning on January 1, 2033. This provision is a boost to retirees’ financial plans and may mean more dollars available for charitable giving, especially in the form of a tax-savvy beneficiary designation of retirement plans to charity.

Note that the age for QCD eligibility is still 70½, and, still, donor-advised funds are not eligible recipients of a QCD.

“Legacy IRA” opportunity

SECURE 2.0 makes QCDs even more attractive because taxpayers may now make a one-time $50,000 QCD transfer to a charitable remainder trust (CRT) or other split-interest gift such as a charitable gift annuity (CGA). These components of the new law are called the “Legacy IRA” provisions.

Bigger QCDs

The annual per-taxpayer $100,000 QCD cap is now slated to be indexed for inflation, which will allow taxpayers to give even more from their IRAs directly to charity.

The team at the community foundation would be happy to talk with you about how the new laws can enhance your charitable giving plans. Reach out anytime!

This newsletter is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended as legal, accounting, or financial planning advice. 

Be Ready, Be Resilient

In late August, Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) hosted a convening at Butler
Community College for affiliate leadership, community partners and other interested parties to
share information and opportunities associated with the most recent grant from the Funders

Presenters for the event included: Jeff Kohler, Mennonite Disaster Service, Cari Cullen, Center
for Disaster Philanthropy and Julie Stimson, Sedgwick County Emergency Management.

One important area of emphasis for the conversations that day was the emerging need for our
communities to be aware of marginalized populations who are under-served during a time of
disaster. Good conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion took place.

Represented affiliate foundations/communities learned about their eligibility for a $1,000 grant
to use for within their area to support this important work.

Grant awards will be used as follows:

Bethel College/North Newton CF
Invest in 22 emergency supply kits-Red Cross 3-day Emergency Pack for Bethe College residential halls which includes Haury and Voth Halls and Warkentin Court. Resident assistants in the buildings will be responsible for securing the supplies.

Butler County
Work with city managers in Butler County towns along with area landlords to collaborate on
increasing the number of renters in the county who hold renters’ and comprehensive auto
insurance. Utilize an informational campaign on multiple platforms to educate area renters on
the risks of being under-insured.

Elk County CF
Educate the community’s knowledge of emergency preparedness, response and recovery through distribution of an informational magnet with important contact details and a QR code that links to a website. Purchase a Heiman Viper Gallonage Nozzle for the Longton Volunteer Fire Department.

Goessel CF
Utilize the services of an engineer to explore the options for flood control and/or prevention in
the community of Goessel.

Halstead CF
Partnering with local organization, The Neighbors Store, the foundation will offer the opportunity for a pillowcase project for underserved populations. Supplies will include non-perishable items and a binder for essential documents.

Hesston College
Purchase six Bleeding Control Stations and five NOAA Weather Radios for placement in the residential areas of the college. Provide education to all students on proper usage of the new equipment.

Hesston CF
Partnering with Hesston Fire/EMS give community members with opportunity to create “GO BAGS” to be used by families in the event of a disaster. Bags will be backpacks that have File of Life documents, LED flashlights, phone chargers and water-resistant document folders.

Hillsboro CF
Working to enhance emergency preparedness in their community, the foundation will provide emergency site drone training and upgrade the body vests for law enforcement.

Newton CF
Partnering with the Harvey County Community Chaplain Response Team, the foundation will continue to grow their program for educating and supporting the Hispanic members of the community.

Peabody CF
Collaborating with students from the Peabody Middle and High Schools and the Peabody Fire Department, the group will work to clean curbs and paint house numbers on them for easier recognition by emergency responders.

Valley Center Police Department
Valley Center Police Department will purchase traffic barricades to assist during high traffic- pedestrian or vehicular-to keep citizens safe during a critical incident.

Wilson County
Partnering with Elk County, the Emergency Management department of Wilson County will provide a magnet with emergency information and a QR code. The public will have an opportunity to obtain the magnets at local partners, including city halls, libraries, senior centers and at community events.

Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) has worked in partnership with the Funders
Network of Coral Gables, Florida for five years as a part of a cohort of community foundations in the Midwest to increase our understanding of the role that philanthropic partners, especially community foundations, play in disaster education, preparedness, response and recovery. Over the years we have received several generous grants from the Funders Network that CKCF has used to support our affiliate foundations in this important work.

2022 Annual Meeting

October 24, 2022: Central Kansas Community Foundation hosted its Annual Meeting. In attendance were CKCF and Affiliate Foundation Board Members, Community Partners, Charity Leaders and Other Friends. We celebrated with a toast for what has been and what is to come. Pictured below are those we recognized at the event.  You can also review the presentation given and read the fascinating success stories in our 2021 Annual Report. This event was hosted at the Wild Prairie Event Center in Newton, KS. 





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.

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.



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 or 316-239-9451.

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.




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:

“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.

Are you interested in growing your scholarship programs? View this SAMPLE LETTER from a fund advisor in Fredonia, KS.

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


  • 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

Grant for World’s Robotics Competition

The Hesston Community Foundation board of directors voted unanimously to grant $2,000 to team 7862D, Jones Braker and Madi Tozier, to attend the World’s Robotics Championship in Dallas, TX May 5-7, 2022. As the program is outside the scope of school support and funding, the team sought funding in the amount of $3,000 from community sources, including the Foundation, to cover the cost of their team registration and travel expenses.

The duo recently won the Innovate Award at the State Competition. Shortly thereafter, VEX invited Jones and Madi to participate in the World Competition. Their team is the only one from Hesston attending the World Competition. Considered an opportunity of a lifetime, they are the only team to go to worlds in three years from Hesston.
Madi and Jones are sophomores at Hesston High School. Jones is a sophomore, and this is his 2nd year in robotics. He joined the team to exercise his ability to think three-dimensionally in order to create something tangible, something you can see at work. Madi is also a sophomore and is grateful for the opportunity to have attended state and excited to attend World’s. She joined robotics because her brother talked highly of it and it sounded challenging and fun. She has quickly excelled in the program.

The members of the team are perfectly matched. Their innovative robot has a symmetrical design with a claw lift, goal lift and ring scoring technique. Together, they have overcome many obstacles including coding, building, win-point and driving. Their work has qualified them for six awards, including an out-of-state award. The Innovate Award, which qualified them for the World’s Championship, was given to them for a specific, unique piece of engineering that exemplifies thinking outside the box and innovative engineering design.
We wish them the best of luck next week!

State of the Foundation


This spring we held our virtual “State of the Foundation” address on March 16, 2022.

Angie Tatro, CEO of Central Kansas Community Foundation, provided information regarding current events and statistics. CKCF’s Primary Investment Manager, Graystone Consulting, provided a report on the investment pool and also share market considerations. You can watch the recording of the address below. And remember, you can always access our financials at a glance HERE.