Affiliate Spotlight: Hillsboro Community Foundation

(L to R) Marisa Javier (HCF Board Member), Laura Delaney (Parkside Homes CEO) and Max Heinrichs (HCF Chairman)

In 2020, the Hillsboro Community Foundation (HCF), an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, set up the Helen and Laurine Schafer Charitable Fund. Helen proactively had made arrangements prior to her death, directing part of her estate to HCF for the establishment of a charitable fund, benefiting health related projects in Hillsboro. In the fall of 2021, the HCF board of directors designated a grant of $5,000 to both Parkside Homes and Salem Home.

Starting in 2022 the fund’s spendable balance will be part of the annual grant cycle.  We look forward to utilizing this fund to support future health related projects in Hillsboro, fulfilling the charitable intent of these generous donors.

(L to R) -Max Heinrichs ( HCF Chairman), Marisa Javier (HCF Board Member), Lisa Donahue (Public Relations and Marketing) and Peter Mungai (Salem CEO)

CKCF Receives National Accreditation

On January 15, 2022, CKCF renewed our national accreditation with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.  We are very pleased to have received this validation for our organization quality and the positive impact we have on our communities. This is a 3 year  accreditation process. Here is an excerpt from our acceptance letter.

Dear Central Kansas Community Foundation, 

Congratulations on your community foundation’s accreditation with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®. Thank you for your work, dedication, and patience during the accreditation process. The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® accreditation program represents your foundation’s commitment to go above and beyond federal and state law requirements to demonstrate accountability and excellence to communities, policymakers, and the public.

Kind regards,

Kevin van Bronkhorst and Stephanie Audain
on behalf of the Community Foundations National Standards Board

Giving Tuesday Recap

Here is a brief recap of several Giving Tuesday events from last month and a chart that shows approximate totals from each affiliate’s campaign.

  • Goessel hosted an event with local charities at their Community Center.
  • Hesston invited donations at the Lincoln Perk; donors received a coffee gift certificate—Give a Little Give a Latte!
  • Hillsboro hosted an event with fund holders at Hillsboro City Hall.
  • Remington Area board members set up at the Whitewater Memorial Library and invited donations to their Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
  • Peabody hosted local charities at Peabody-Burns High School and presented teacher grant awards.
  • Women’s CF presented grant awards at Newton Recreation Center.
  • Pie Auctions were held in Halstead, Peabody and Valley Center.

Gratitude Abounds

Our Central Kansas service area is overjoyed and grateful to our donors, partners, volunteers and friends every day of the year, but it’s great to have one day to spend the whole day counting our blessings. Thank you for being a part of our mission for building stronger communities through charitable giving.

Wishing you a bountiful holiday as you spend it with your family and friends.

Sky’s the Limit – Online Auction Date Announced

Building Stronger Communities Through Charitable Giving is the mission of Central Kansas Community Foundation, host to 19 affiliate foundations within our service region. Our Board of Directors and staff along with our generous donorship are dedicated to serving our communities for needs today and tomorrow.

The possibilities for our communities are boundless!

We believe possibilities are limitless when we come together.

The Sky’s the Limit!

Please join us in marking your calendars for our Sky’s the Limit: CKCF’s Online Charity Auction.  We are so excited to offer a vast array of desirable items up for bid in order to secure the funds needed for CKCF to continue Building Stronger Communities for and with all of their affiliates.

WHEN: July 21-27

WHERE: Online (We will announce when the link has been released)


North Newton Community Foundation Honors Founding Member

Jim Goering, founding member of the North Newton Community Foundation, retires.

The North Newton Board expressed appreciation for his generosity and leadership throughout the years at their December board meeting when Goering’s retirement was announced. The following reflection from Goering was shared with the board and community via Facebook. Please read his encouraging words!

I am honored by your request for some reflections from me on the NNCF.

The NNCF had its origins in discussions in the office of John Torline, then North Newton City Administrator, during the summer of 2011. It was noted that several surrounding communities–Hesston, Hillsboro, Hutchinson and others, had created community foundations with seemingly positive experiences! John, based on his extensive experience with the Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) emphasized the flexibility of the CF concept to accommodate diverse philanthropic interests of community members. The NNCF was legally established on December 11, 2011 and I became Board Chair shortly thereafter.

The first donation to the NNCF was a very thought and exceedingly generous gift in 2011 of $5,000 from Sher Klaassen Neufeld, then the North Newton City Clerk and now deceased. That donation was the financial base of the Sher Klassen Neufeld Endowment, now with a value in excess of $25,000!

The mission statement of the NNCF emerged from thoughtful deliberation by the first Board of Directors; It stated The NNCF supports efforts that enhance community well being through the expansion of educational opportunities, cultural enrichment and the improvement of human health and the physical environment!

Our first Board was also strongly influenced by the thinking of Andrew Carnegie, creator of the world’s largest foundation which bears his name, who noted that a foundation should have the goal of “…doing real and permanent good in the world” and that it should “…create ladders on which the aspiring can rise”!

My own thinking about my role as Board Chair derived from several sources, including one from the Good Book, viz. Luke 12:48: “To whom much is given, much will be required”! That bit of wisdom describes to a considerable degree my circumstances: I was given an opportunity to get a good education– from grade school through a PhD! I had a profoundly thoughtful father who once remarked to me, “Jim, I hope one of your objectives in life is to leave this world a bit better than when you found it!”

Over time I have been attracted to several quotes of wisdom, from the Good Book and elsewhere, which provided useful guideposts along life’s way! There was a quote from Helen Keller that true happiness in life does not result from the abundance of one’s material possessions; but rather, the extent to which one uses those blessings to assist those less fortunate. The words of Andrew Carnegie continue to resonate strongly, viz. “A foundation should do those things which are of real and permanent good and which create ladders on which the aspiring can rise!” Those are certainly worthy future guidelines for the NNCF!

In closing, permit me to share two more “wisdom phrases” that come out of the experiences Shirley and I have had in teaching English in Southeast Asia during the partial summers of 16 years! The first relates to our teaching in Vientiane, Laos in the summer of 2015. On this occasion I was saying good-bye on the last day of class of Laotian university students. It was a bittersweet occasion for me because I almost certainly would never see these courteous and committed students again! In these circumstances I was seeking some final words of guidance and encouragement, The phrase which came to mind, and which I shared with them, was, “The greatest fear of life should not be fear of failure; but, rather, of succeeding at things that don’t really matter!”

Now I fast forward to the summer of 2017. Shirley and I were teaching English to middle school teachers in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, in the far northeast of Asia. (A report of that summer’s experiences is attached.) During that unforgettable 5-week period of teaching the “aspiring teachers of the grasslands” we were housed in the temporarily vacant apartment of an American missionary on home leave!

Taped on the refrigerator door of the apartment, along with numerous Bible verses, was the quote of great profundity to me and perhaps others: “The purpose of life is not to arrive at one’s grave in a perfectly-preserved body! Rather, it is to slide in sideways, totally exhausted, and shout, “Holy Cow! What a ride!’ What a wonderful philosophy to guide us in our sunset years!

The North Newton Community Foundation will remain in my mind, my prayers and my plans! Thanks again for this privilege of sharing a meaningful segment of my professional career,

With admiration and respect,
Jim Goering

“In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action!” -Dag Hammarskjold, UN Secretary General; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Foundations in the Spotlight

Menocause: Ignite Valley Center Fund issued $23,250 in grants to 10 various community projects in Valley Center!

Hillsboro Community Foundation issued $25,400 in grants to 15 various community projects in Hillsboro!

Remington USD 206 was awarded a grant of $75,873.74 to support the Remington Wellness Center!

The charitable funds making these awards possible include:
Menocause: Ignite Valley Center Fund, Hillsboro Impact Fund, Hillsboro Community Foundation Arts Fund, Kansas Health Foundation Fund – Hillsboro, Marga Ebel Health Fund, and the Remington USD 206 General Endowment Fund (Klaassen Athletic Memorial).

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