KSN Weather Team Supports Be Ready, Be Resilient Initiative in Schools

This week more than 500 students in 25 different classrooms across the CKCF affiliate region received materials for our BE READY, BE RESILIENT Severe Weather Education initiative supported by a generous grant from our partners at the Funders’ Network in Coral Gables, FL. Teachers received a presentation designed to spark discussion, after which the students are encouraged to take the information home and present the information to their family as well as connect with another household who could use the information. Included in the materials for each student are two BE READY, BE RESILIENT magnets to serve as a reminder of the information and a Family Emergency Kit checklist that can be used when gathering supplies for the suggested preparedness kit.

We believe that CKCF has enough supplies to support our schools in delivery of this information again in the spring of 2021, and we will continue to look for funding support to ensure the long-term sustainability of this initiative.

KSN Weather Team Supports Be Ready, Be Resilient

Central Kansas Community Foundation is parterning with Chief Meteorologist, Lisa Teachman and the KSN Weather Team to schedule visits of the Storm Tracker vehicle to as many of our participating schools as possible. This addition to the project helps students make an additional and ongoing point of connection with a reliable resource that can provide severe weather information to keep families safe.

If you have not discussed severe weather preparedness in your household, now is the perfect time!

Free Preparedness SafetyFair for Families March 7

Central Kansas Community Foundation has made a mini-grant to Harvey County Emergency Services from our most recent grant award from the Funders’ Network. The Harvey County Emergency Services team is holding a SafetyFair which will promote community education in the areas of safety and preparedness.  This FREE event will be held at the Chisholm Trail Center on Saturday, March 7th from 10:00-2:00 and will feature information about weather, home safety, preparedness and more. County vehicles, booths and other fun features will be onsite.  This is a great way to engage your family in conversations on these important topics.

CKCF Partners with Foundant Technologies

Central Kansas Community Foundation staff has been busy working with Foundant Technologies staff to transition accounting and fund management functions to their program, CSuite for Community Foundations.

CSuite is a comprehensive fund, accounting and donor management system. It will feature a new and improved way of accessing donor funds online and accepting donations through our website. Internally, the Foundation staff will have the enhanced ability to establish and manage events, interact with donors and charities and pay vendors, all for the sole purpose of better serving the groups and individuals that are so important for making what we do, possible.

We will be hosting five in-person and online tutorials for learning how to interact with the new system, beginning at the end of February. Please see the list of locations below. Donors, Fund Advisors (previously known as Fund Representative), Nonprofit Organizations that have funds with CKCF, Affiliate Board Members, & Staff are encouraged to attend!

  • February 25, 2020, 4:00 PM, Peabody | Peabody Library Ann Potter Room, 216 N Walnut – Enter on the north side and go downstairs. It is accessible with an elevator from the north entrance.
  • March 3, 2020, 5:00 PM, El Dorado | El Dorado City Commission Meeting Room in the Administration Building at 220 E. 1st St. – Enter through the front door and turn right into the room.
  • March 5, 2020, 11:00 AM , Howard | Howard United Methodist Church, 815 E. Randolph St.
  • March 10, 2020,7:30 AM, Newton | Hutchinson Community College, 203 E Broadway St.
  • March 10, 2020, 5:00 PM, Hesston | Hesston Public Library, 300 N Main St.


KACF Membership Dues Due Feburary 15

The 2020 Membership Drive for the Kansas Association for Community Foundations is well under way. We want to remind you that your dues are due to the KACF by February 15, 2020.

KACF has mailed a MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL LETTER from your peer – KACF Chair Conny Bogaard at the Western Kansas Community Foundation to your Foundation leadership and has provided some information in a 2020 REPORT TO FOUNDATIONS.

Thank you for your Membership! We are stronger with our Association!

CKCF Announces 2019-2020 Regional Board of Directors

CKCF Annual Meeting October 28, 2019

2019-20 Slate of Officers and Members at Large


Immediate Past Chair, Carrie Herman (Halstead), Kansas Learning Center for Health

Chair, Joel Gaeddert (North Newton), Flint Hills Designs

Co-Vice Chair, Jennifer Vogts (North Newton), Wild Prairie Event Center

Co-Vice Chair, Amy Mitchell (Newton), Intrust Bank

Treasurer, Todd Kasitz (Newton), Newton Medical Center

Secretary, Brad Bartel (Hillsboro), Emprise Bank

Finance Chair, Jason High (Newton), Farm Bureau

Members At Large

James Regier (Whitewater), Remington School District

Tim Hodge (North Newton), Adrian and Pankratz

Amy Budde (Newton), Citizen’s Bank

NM Patton (Peabody), Peabody Community Foundation

Marge Warta (Newton), United Methodist Church

Ron Lang (Newton), Midland Bank

Linda Ogden (Marion), Retired

Jon Zerger (Newton), Excel Industries

Rachel Swartzendruber Miller (Hesston), Hesston College

Becky Wolfe (Andover), Andover Chamber of Commerce

Myron Schmidt (Goessel), Goessel Community Foundation

Anthony Roy (new) (Hillsboro), Hillsboro Community Foundation

Staff and Volunteers Attend KACF Conference

Foundation staff and board attended the 2019 KACF National Conference on Growing Community Foundations last week, Sunday-Tuesday in Wichita, Kansas. We learned how to improve our operations and keep the “Unity in Community”.

Pictured Back Row L-R
Anthony Roy, Hillsboro Community Foundaiton; Jacob Schmill, Peabody Community Foundation; Angie Tatro, CKCF; Carrie Herman, CKCF; Melinda Newell, CKCF; Susan Lamb, CKCF; Becky Nickel, Peabody Community Foundation & CKCF; Ashley Bridgeman, CKCF

Pictured Front Row L-R
Macey Mueller, Halstead Community Foundation; Virginia Martens, Hillsboro Community Foundation; Kristie Diller, CKCF; Michelle Critchfield, CKCF; Carol Reimer Duerksen, Goessel Community Foundation

Our Partners: Adrian & Pankratz Law Firm

Throughout the years, we have put down roots in the communities we serve and are honored to grow our communities alongside valued and trusted community partners. The following series features businesses and individuals who have stood by our side in serving our mission to build stronger communities through charitable giving. Thank you dearly for being partners in our charitable work – it wouldn’t be possible without your friendship and support.

This week, we honor Adrian & Pankratz, Attorneys at Law, their commitment to helping us serve our charitable mission in South Central Kansas.

Foundation Seeks New Board Members

The Central Kansas Community Foundation is seeking active and engaged board members to serve on the regional volunteer Board of Directors. We encourage you to reach out if you are interested! For more information, feel free to browse our website and check out the following resources for board members.

If you or someone you know would be interested, please contact Angie Tatro, Executive Director at 316-283-5474 or angie@centralkansascf.org! She will gladly answer any questions your might have.

Board of Directors Job Description

Newton Community Foundation celebrates first birthday

The Newton Community Foundation recently celebrated their first birthday with a morning brunch celebration at one of the hottest locations in Newton – Prairie Harvest’s recently renovated Mezzanine. Congratulations on a wonderful first year – We look forward to the years to come and the difference NCF will make in the Newton community!

Check out their Facebook page for more details about the event!

CKCF Welcomes Michelle Critchfield as new Grants Officer

The Central Kansas Community Foundation recently welcomed Michelle Critchfield to the team.  She will serve the CKCF and its affiliates as the Program Officer ~ Grants.

Most recently, Michelle worked for Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, Inc. as a traveling chapter consultant.  In her two years in this role, Michelle traveled around the United States to support the operational needs of 18 individual Alpha Chi Omega chapters.

Michelle grew up in Hesston and is excited to be back in the area.  Outside of work, Michelle is pursuing a master’s degree in history and serves as a volunteer for Alpha Chi Omega.  She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, biking, and watching movies.

Michelle is looking forward to serving central Kansas communities in this role, through overseeing the grant processes for the CKCF and its affiliate partners.

Hillsboro CF Welcomes New Director

The Hillsboro Community Foundation, affiliate of CKCF, recently welcomed Virginia Martens to their team. She will serve as Director of the affiliate foundation.

Virginia previously worked for Tabor College for 41 years in the Business Office in various positions, starting as data entry clerk and finishing as Controller, a position she has had since 1995.

She is married to Jim, a retired welder, for 47 years, and they live in Hillsboro. They have two adult children and four grandchildren who have live in Central Kansas. In her spare time, she loves to read, works in the yard and garden, bowls in a weekly league, and spends time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is looking forward to using her acquired knowledge and experience to assist the Hillsboro Community Foundation in its effort to receive and administer funds for the betterment of the Hillsboro community.