Community Foundation Hosts Eastern Mennonite University Trainers

Harvey County continues to have individuals and organizations working in the area of trauma awareness. Central Kansas Community Foundation, in partnership with Eastern Mennonite University, the Harvey County Health Department and Offender Victim Ministries are host two training opportunities. Funded by a $50,000 grant from the Funders’ Network to Central Kansas Community Foundation in June of 2018, training in STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resiliency) and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) will be offered in Hesston, KS at Dyck Arboretum of Plain the week of October 8-12th.

Area First Responders, Excel employees, health and human service providers and other invested partners are coming together to gain understanding and skills to use in the work place but also in their personal realms.  “The STAR and ACEs trainers are highly skilled professionals” shared Susan Lamb who is working contractually with Central Kansas Community Foundation to coordinate both trainings, and we are confident our county is ready for the information that will be shared at both events.”

“The relationship with the Funders’ Network with a grant focused on disaster preparedness and response began for Central Kansas Community Foundation early in 2017, and an opportunity to receive additional funding for an extensive project prompted CKCF to apply for support in the area of trauma,” shared Lamb.   “We continue to be committed to caring for our County as individuals and groups continue their journey through the recovery associated with the Excel shooting, but we are also keenly aware of the need to be educated about potential trauma associated with future disasters – be they natural or human created,” commented Angie Tatro, Executive Director for Central Kansas Community Foundation.

Trainers for STAR bring strong experience to their work.  Annette Lantz-Simmons is the Executive Director for the Center for Conflict Resolution in Kansas City, MO, and Katie Mansfield is the lead trainer for STAR at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Local facilitators leading the ACEs training are Lynnette Redington, Director of the Harvey County Health Department and Laurel Woodward-Breckbill, Executive Director of Offender Victim Ministries of Harvey County.  Woodward-Breckbill is also trained in the STAR curriculum.  “We have such a strong community of support for this work and believe that this is another progressive step for our County”, said Lamb.

The mission of Central Kansas Community Foundation is “Building Stronger Communities Through Charitable Giving”, and CKCF is the host foundation for 20 regional affiliate foundations including 15 communities in central Kansas.

Hillsboro Community Foundation Hires Director

Hillsboro Community Foundation and Central Kansas Community Foundation are pleased to announce the hiring of Bonnie Darwin as the Foundation’s new Director in Hillsboro.

Bonnie replaces Cynthia Fleming who served as Hillsboro’s Director from 2015 to 2018 and oversaw the growth of the Foundations assets to the 2.5 million.  This year the Foundation distributed $64,000 in grants to various nonprofit organizations and $9,200 to individuals in scholarships.

After attending Jost family reunions in Hillsboro for the past twenty-five years, Bonnie moved to Kansas. from Sacramento, California to be closer to her extended family. During her professional career in Sacramento, Bonnie worked with rural hospitals at the California Hospital Association and served as the Chief Consultant to the Committee on Aging for the lower house of the California Legislature.

Todd Jost, President of HCF, says “We are thrilled to have Bonnie join us as we strive to expand HCF’s work to enhance and sustain our community. We will miss Cynthia’s experience and knowledge, but we are excited by the passion and different perspective Bonnie is bringing to the post.”

Angie Tatro, Executive Director of CKCF, says “We are delighted to have Bonnie join us to continue the outstanding work of Hillsboro’s Foundation and look forward to the ideas she has to help rural communities thrive.” Tatro went on to say Hillsboro Community Foundation was established to promote and facilitate charitable giving in support of project/programs that enhance the quality of life in Hillsboro, Kansas. Then ended by stating “I am confident Bonnie will contribute greatly to this purpose.”

Health Ministries Clinic Benefits from Area Foundation Grants

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Health Ministries Clinic (HMC) is pleased to announce that it recently received grant funding through several community affiliates of the Central Kansas Community Foundation. “We resonate with the emphasis of the Central Kansas Community Foundation in utilizing locally donated funds to build strong communities,” commented Health Ministries Clinic’s CEO Matthew Schmidt.  “We appreciate the investment of the Hesston, Halstead and Newton affiliates in partnering with us to ensure access to healthcare services for everyone in our community.”

A $3,000 grant funded through the Hesston Community Foundation will be used to ensure that Hesston area residents have access to primary care at HMC, regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status.

An $800 grant from the Newton Area Health Fund was funded through the Kansas Health Foundation Fund-Newton. HMC will use the funds to assist Newton area residents to obtain primary care services when they can’t afford their care.

A $1,000 grant from the Halstead Community Foundation will purchase a pulse oximeter to measure blood oxygen and a wheelchair for HMC’s Halstead clinic. Health Ministries has operated the clinic at 126 Main, Halstead since 2015. In 2017, HMC provided primary care services for 670 patients from Halstead and the surrounding area.


CKCF Kids FUNd Awards 11 Charities

Pictured L to R: Angie Tatro (CKCF), Jessie Kaye (Prairie View), Brenda Sooter (CKCF)

Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) is pleased to announce the 2018 Central Kansas Community Foundation Kids FUNd grantees which are funded from proceeds from the L. Marie Haun Charitable Fund for Children.

Since 2005 the Kids FUNd has been supporting local projects and programs serving kids. Originally this fund was supported by the Sand Creek Station Pro/Am Golf Tournament. After 2012 the Pro/Am completed their support of the fund and the Haun Charitable Fund was started as a means of continuing the provision of making grants to kid serving charities. The L. Marie Haun Charitable Fund for Children has awarded over $227,000 since 2013 to organizations who have interest in children’s behavioral research, child welfare, teaching parent skills, and/or strengthening families.

This year $30,500 was given to 11 organizations that are providing programs and projects that are supporting area children and families. Here is the list of the organizations who received funding this year and are doing amazing work within our local communities:

  • Kansas Children’s Service League- “Period of PURPLE Crying Shaken Baby/Abusive Head”
  • Harvey County DV/SA Task Force, Inc.- “Building Better Lives for Children and Youth”
  • Prairie View, Inc. – “Mental Health Awareness, Intervention & Prevention Presentations & Consultation”
  • Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation – “Sunshine Children’s Home”
  • Rainbows United, Inc. – “Strengthening Parenting of Children with Special Needs
  • Mirror Inc. – Youth as Resources”
  • Offender Victim Ministries – “Caring Dads Curriculum Development”
  • Special Families – “Lending Library Parenting Project”
  • Wichita Fellowship Club, Inc. – “101 Club Fundays for Kids”
  • Partners In Education Foundation, Inc. – “Please Pay Attention”
  • Communities in Schools – “CIS of Mid-America Program at El Dorado Middle School”

“I know that Marie would be very satisfied with the selection of the projects that are supported this year for area children,” stated Wynona Haun, Newton, sister in law to the late L. Marie Haun.  Wynona has served on the grants review committee the past 5 years and enjoys reviewing the applications each year.  “This year there was a total of 34 applications asking for  $133,000.00 in support.  There is so much need in our local communities for our children, it is hard to determine what projects/programs to support because they are all worthy causes to support.”

Central Kansas Community Foundation hosted an award ceremony on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at  Norm’s Coffee Bar, Newton.

Valley Center CF Raises $500,000 for Library

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The Valley Center Community Foundation (VCCF) and affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) could not be more proud than to be a part of the community dream for building a new community center that includes an updated Library.

The VCCF established a Fund for the Friends of the Valley Center Library to hold contributions for this project, beginning in 2014. “The opportunity to hold funds for a cooperative community project like this is a wonderful example of how larger projects can be achieved when a public, private partnership is established”, said Angie Tatro, CKCF Executive Director.

Today VCCF is publicly presenting the Friends of the Valley Center Library with a distribution of over $500,000 for this project. The Foundation was a great partner in this project as their array of giving services for donors wishing to invest in this project allowed not only cash gifts but also gifts of stock and IRA rollovers. Donors that might not have given, gave in a variety of ways. The foundation gives tremendous credit to the generosity of the Valley Center community. Gifts small and large made this project happen.

Janice Sharp, Director, of the Valley Center Library went on to share, “Our association with the Foundation enabled the Friends to concentrate on fundraising rather than on the placement of our funds for maximum growth.  Our Friends also benefited from a grant awarded from Menocause: Ignite Valley Center.” The future looks bright as the library is “The Place to Discover, Connect and Escape,”

The Community Center and Library are great examples of building stronger communities. Yet there is always more to do for our community. The Foundation is poised to assist not only with special projects like the library but also provides service in setting up and managing Donor Advised Funds, Scholarship Funds, Agency Funds and others charitable vehicles that benefit your community. Local Board Members include Spike Anderson, Chair; Tom Bartel; Mike Bonner; Howard Botts; Jerry Hawkins, Jodi Kirkland, Mike Porter; Trisha Schmidt; Katrina Rubenich, Secretary; and Anita Tideman.

If you want to get involved or inquire about ways to give or receive, contact Angie Tatro at 316-283-5474 or for general information about the new Library, contact Janice Sharp, Director, at 316-755-7350.

Don’t Miss Our Signature Event!

Everyone is invited to join us for our annual appreciation event – the 2018 CKCF “Dessert First” Open House! We will feature Community Better’mint’ ice cream from the Salted Creamery, showcase the very good works of our affiliate organizations and honor the Frank and Geneva Spangler Charity Award recipient.


Hiring: Hillsboro Director

Hillsboro Community Foundation (HCF) is hiring a quarter-time director.

Primary Responsibilities
Raising funds for HCF endowment, managing grant opportunities, building relationships with grantees, engaging with HCF board of directors and Hillsboro community, and work as the liaison between HCF and Central Kansas Community Foundation.

Applicant must be a self-starter with communication skills and proficiency in computers.

Please contact Bill Hake at or call Central Kansas Community Foundation at (316) 283-5474.

Community Foundations Prepare for Response and Resiliency

Early in 2017 Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) received an opportunity to join a cohort group (PPREP) of Midwestern community foundations. The cohort group is formally led by the Funders’ Network through a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Funders’ Network provides both financial and technical support to the group.

The purpose of the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Partnership (PPREP) is to create and support a community foundation disaster preparedness and response learning cohort in a ten state Midwestern region of the United States, roughly correlating with the watershed of the Missouri River.

By the conclusion of the cohort program, the goal is that more community foundations in the ten state service area will have the knowledge, skills, tools and capacity to improve how their communities prepare for and respond to natural disasters and strengthen overall community resilience. The partnership also brings together a region of leaders that can call upon one another in times of a disaster.

Since entering the PPREP cohort, representatives from CKCF have attended four meetings with other community foundation leaders in four different host communities:  Lincoln NE, St. Louis MO, Dubuque MI and Springfield, MO.  During these 2.5 day convenings, group members engage with the host community by learning about various community features, organizations or local opportunities that are working in the areas of disaster recover and resiliency building.  Additionally, professionals working in the field share with the group on topics specific to low-attention disasters, mission related investing, gift management and buyouts.

Directly tied to the work in the PPREP cohort, Central Kansas Community Foundation held a Winter Summit, February 3, 2018, BE READY; BE RESILIENT, for the CKCF affiliate leadership members during which Susan Lamb, PPREP Grant Facilitator, gave an overview of the impact a disaster, natural or manmade, could have on a community and the role of community foundations in responding after a disaster.

Depending on the magnitude of the incident, a community foundation could potentially be significantly impacted by an influx of charitable funding. Each CKCF affiliate is now more prepared for informed and timely response after an incident.  Community Response Fund Agreements have been established for half of the affiliates and the others are finalizing their document as this will allow immediate activation following a local incident. If this topic is of interest to you there will be additional conversations and training opportunities at the Kansas Association of Community Foundations conference coming up October 14, 15 and 16th in Wichita, KS. Contact Susan Lamb at .