CKCF is Making an Impact | Recent News

The Central Kansas Community Foundation has been working very hard to build stronger communities through charitable giving. Please enjoy reading through the latest Foundation news!

A 1995 Annuity Makes Community Impact

In 1995 Margaret E. (Reimer) Friesen recognized the plan to bring Newton Medical Center to Newton, Kansas was important to the community. She and her husband, William, established a single-life charitable annuity fund to support the efforts of the hospital in celebration of her 26-year career as a nurse.

Goessel Community Foundation Awards Scholarships

Two Goessel High School graduates were recently awarded scholarships by the Goessel Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation.

Halstead Community Foundation Awards Grant to the Kansas Learning Center for Health

The Kansas Learning Center for Health (KLCH) is pleased to announce the receipt of a $2,680.85 grant from the Halstead Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Kansas Community Foundation.  According to Carrie Herman, KLCH Executive Director, the grant will be used towards the updating of exhibits to continue inspiring Kansas’ students to make healthy choices.


Halstead CF Recognizes Outgoing Board Members

Community Foundation Recognizes Outgoing Board Members

HALSTEAD Community Foundation Director Mary Kay Bean, far left, and Chairperson Ed Campbell, far right, presented Beth Ann Kingsley, Von Kaufman, Larry Williams and Karen Koehn with plaques Monday night in appreciation for their years of service on the foundation’s board of directors.

Four of the original board members of the Halstead Community Foundation were recognized recently for their years of service to the foundation, as their terms have now expired. Beth Ann Kingsley, Von Kaufman, Larry Williams and Karen Koehn were all board members when the community foundation was first developed six years ago, by then-mayor Kevin Pyle.

Foundation Director Mary Kay Bean and Foundation Chairperson Ed Campbell presented these outgoing board members with engraved plaques commemorating their service Monday night during the Halstead Lion’s Club meeting.

“We would like to thank these founding board members for all the work they’ve done and the leadership they’ve provided to the community foundation,” Campbell said.

Dan Evans and Jalayna Carmichael will both join the board of directors, and the foundation is still seeking people to fill the two remaining vacant positions.

The Halstead Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Kansas Community Foundation, is an avenue to build funds supported by many donors to improve the quality of life for Halstead residents.

By, Jared Janzen

Central Kansas Community Foundation Charges Ahead

Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) located in Newton, Kansas serves the surrounding region as a parent foundation to twenty (20) affiliates, 15 of which are regional rural communities.

The foundation recently celebrated during their annual Board Retreat, Monday, February 27, 2017 a milestone, $20 Million in assets under management. The result of this growth in assets under management, becomes a community benefit as over $1.2 Million in grants and scholarships were awarded in 2016 to local charities and causes. CKCF manages over 20 competitive grant cycles, 64 scholarship applications and oversees designated and donor advised fund distributions.

The mission of this 501 (c) (3) charitable organization is to Build Stronger Communities through Charitable Giving. This mission provides direction for the main purpose of improving the quality of life for generations to come. A community foundations value is not just about today, but tomorrow.

Their history is solid. The Central Kansas Community Foundation was originally founded in 1995. Following a stable history serving a tri-county area the foundation merged in 2009 with the well-established Greater Newton Community Foundation. Today, the CKCF continues to demonstrate a commitment to strengthening communities across the entire Central Kansas region.

Affiliates served by CKCF include the following communities, Butler County, Augusta, Douglass, El Dorado, Elk County, Florence, Fredonia Area, Goessel, Halstead, Hesston, Hillsboro, North Newton, Peabody, Remington Area, Valley Center; plus, non-community affiliates that include: Franklin D. Gaines & Beverly J. Tipton Foundation; Second Century Library Foundation – Newton; Trinity Heights UMC Foundation; Walton Rural Life Center Charter School Foundation and Women’s Community Foundation.

Some may still ask, “What do they do?”, CKCF acts as a steward, protecting charitable dollars donors entrust with the foundation and watch out for those donors’ interests even after their gone. Donor may be individuals, families or businesses. CKCF strives on building relationships with donors, right down to their philanthropic interests, goals and even concerns. To ensure that the gift left to your community through the foundation is always used in the manner you intended and to the best possible effect, they provide hands on attention.

The Foundation prides itself in providing personalized services, 1) tools and resources that fit donor aspirations and community needs; 2) solutions to make giving an easy, flexible and effective process; 3) local expertise and in-depth understanding of community challenges and needs; and 4) community leadership in meeting those challenges and needs.

The long-term goal of your community foundation is to build permanent funds supported by many donors. Currently, the 90-and-counting members of the Kansas Association of Community Foundations have more than $3.9 billion in assets. In 2015 alone, foundation professionals and board members oversaw the reinvestment of $393 million into communities across the state. Through grants to various organizations and causes, community foundations truly make a difference in the lives of Kansans. CKCF is proud to be a part of this statewide effort.

The 2017 CKCF Board of Directors provides stewardship for this thriving community partner. Board Members include: Tim Hodge, Chairman; Jennifer Vogts, Immediate Past Chairwoman; Carrie Herman, Vice Chairwoman; Todd Kasitz, Treasurer; Marjorie Warta, Secretary; Rod Kreie, Finance Committee Chairman; Dr. Colin Bailey; Michael Barron; Brad Bartel; Amy Budde; Delores Dalke; Linda Ewert; Joel Gaeddert; Jason High; Ron Lang; Linda Ogden; NM Patton; James Regier; Melvin Schadler and Kathy Stucky.

Leaders make a difference in their success. They honored in December outgoing board members, Don Patry, Dick McCall and Jay Holstine.

Back Row (L to R): NM Patton, James Regier, Tim Hodge (Chairman), Brad Bartel, Todd Kasitz (Treasurer)
Middle Row (L to R): Rod Kreie (Finance Committee Chairman), Marge Warta (Secretary), Linda Ogden, Dr. Colin Bailey, Joel Gaeddert
Front Row (L to R): Carrie Herman (Vice Chairwoman), Jennifer Vogts (Immediate Past Chairwoman), Kathy Stucky, Linda Ewert, Amy Budde

Not Pictured: Mike Barron, Melvin Schadler, Delores Dalke, Jason High, Ron Lang

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Angie Tatro, Executive Director at 316-283-5474. Together We Can Accomplish Great Things!

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