Hello! My name is Patty Mellinger. I grew up in the Hutchinson area and graduated from Buhler High School. I received my bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bethel College. Most of my working years were with Harvey County Parents as Teachers. I worked for 15 years as a parent educator, serving families in Newton, Hesston, and Halstead.

I have been married to John for 31 years and we have two grown daughters, Lauren Miller (Dalton) and Courtney Stucky (Kyle). We are blessed to have our family living close, Lauren in Topeka and Courtney in Newton. We also have a funny dog that is a Schnauzer/Havanese mix, named Winston.

I am excited to be the Program Assistant with the Central Kansas Community Foundation! I have been working in the “for profit” sector in Wichita for the past few years, and I look forward to being back in Newton in the non-profit world again, serving the Newton community and Central Kansas.


Megan Smith is founder and owner of G2 Solutions, LLC specializing in non-profit consulting along with custom marketing and communication solutions for non-profits and small businesses.

She has 15 years of non-profit and small business experience and brings a broad background and skillset to the table when collaborating with partners. The focus of her contract with CKCF in 2023 will be cultivating donor relationships, coordinating the new CKCF Spring Soiree and rolling out a new opportunity for affiliate foundations.

Megan enjoys the opportunity to work creatively and build relationships with local organizations. She is a graduate of Hesston High School and Baker University; Megan and her family live in Hesston.

Newton Area Women of the Year Nominations Open


The Newton Area Women of the Year organization has a longstanding, honorable tradition of recognizing and celebrating noteworthy women who freely give of their time and talents to make our community a better place. These women, who have been recognized each year since 1956, have served our community above and beyond in business, education, healthcare, religion, and civic service.

Who will the next deserving women be to receive this honor? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Newton Area Women of the Year! Click the link to nominate an exceptional woman from the area today.


You can support this organization, so they can continue to serve our community in a meaningful and sustainable way. Please donate to the Newton WOY Scholarship or Operational fund today!



Hesston CF Casino Party

Friday night, November 11, Hesston Community Foundation hosted their first Casino Party fundraiser! There were approximately 100 people in attendance at the event. Wichita Casino Parties flawlessly executed the evening’s entertainment. The dealers were knowledgeable about the games and encouraged enthusiasm among the players. Because the games were simply for entertainment and education, everyone was a winner!

Chip counts were totaled at the end of the night and players entered to win the prize raffles, which included Apple AirPods and a 55’’ television. Heavy hors d’oeuvres were catered by Water’s Edge Restaurant and Catering and the evening featured a silent auction. Local sponsors responded generously to our call for support.

The highlight of the evening was gathering with our foundation family and new friends to support the organization. Former directors and board members as well as fund advisors and our donors were in attendance to enjoy the evening. The program called attention to their contribution to the foundation and highlighted recent successes. Russ Buller with Hesston Fire/EMS gave a short speech regarding the foundation’s purchase of their saws in the most recent grant cycle. Overall, the evening was very well received, and it looks like we might just have to put a date on the calendar for next year!

Butler County Memorial Planned

The El Dorado Community Foundation is accepting donations to make  the “Butler County Law Enforcement Memorial” a reality.  Please read about these courageous individuals and the plan to honor their memory in the Facebook post below.

You can help with a donation made payable to The El Dorado Community Foundation. We ask that “The Butler County Law Enforcement Memorial” be written in the memo line of checks.

If you would prefer, CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE.

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.



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.”

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


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!



When you pre-register on our auction host site, you can preview our exciting items up for bid, securely save your payment information for easy bidding, and even send a donation prior to the auction beginning.

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