A Gift of Time Benefits Many

Front Row LtoR: Tammy Jackson, Marilyn Loganbill, Arlene Garrison, Judy Rittgers, Darla Wilken

Back Row LtoR: Valerie Garver, Natise Vogt, Jennifer Miles, Connie Rickard, Executive Director Respite Care;, Angie Tatro, Executive Director CKCF; Harlan Rittgers, Marge Warta, CKCF Board, Ron Lang, CKCF Board. 

Trinity Heights Respite Care accepted a grant check from Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) during a board meeting October 17, 2017.

Trinity Heights Respite Care’s mission is to provide respite care to families in Harvey and Marion Counties who have special needs children, age birth through 16 years. Trinity Heights Respite Care is a ministry of Trinity Heights United Methodist Church.

The CKCF board had the opportunity to award designated grants from the Kansas Health Foundation – Newton Fund this Fall and awarded three special grants. Trinity Heights Respite Care was among them. “Over the years, CKCF has taken notice of the exceptional work Trinity Heights Respite Care is doing to care for the families and caregivers who have a loved one with special needs,” said Angie Tatro, Executive Director of the Foundation.

Trinity Heights Respite Care is a unique service that focuses on families of children with special needs.  Our service provides periods of relaxation to families to help them rejuvenate, attend to other responsibilities of daily living, and basically give a gift of time to the family.  “Respite care is a temporary rest from the daily challenge of caring for a family member who has special needs, a gift of time,” said Connie Rickard, Director of Trinity Heights Respite Care.

Regularly scheduled respite care allows the child with special needs opportunities to develop ongoing relationships and trust outside the family unit.  Additionally, respite care services, supporting the needs of these select families increases community awareness and acceptance of persons with special needs.  Overall these services are a life saver to families.  When parents/caretakers become stress, this effects the whole family, work, and their health. Richard went on to say, “Our service does more than just provide a short period of care.”

The program requires families pay part of the cost of care, based on a sliding scale. Grants like this one help off-set costs for the families utilizing services. Without the sliding scale, many families could not afford this valuable service.

The Newton community is rich with resources like Respite Care. If you need more information about local charities, please contact CKCF and ask for Brenda Sooter, Program Officer – Grants, at 316-283-5472.

PE Department Gets Grant for Monitors

The Sunset Elementary & Northridge Elementary Physical Education Department has received a $2300.00 grant from the Kansas Health Foundation-Newton Fund, funded through the Central Kansas Community Foundation. The funds will be used for individual heart rate monitors for students to use in physical education.

The PE department had previously hosted two events and received grants to assist in their efforts to raise the funds needed to purchase the monitors. With the  $7242.85 raised, roughly 250 students will benefit from the use of the heart rate monitors each year, while learning the importance of maintaining a health active lifestyle.

The heart rate monitor is a web based tracking and measurement system that uses a heart rate monitor that students will wear during PE class to help them better understand their own health. The student’s daily effort will be recorded, stored over time, and used to analyze the effectiveness of the activities. The data can also be delivered to both teacher and student as soon as class ends. The software provided will allow the teacher to track and correlate physical activity to academic performance and classroom behavior, develop student portfolios from K-12, document Fitnessgram results and attendance, and email daily heart rate activity directly to students and parent’s smart phones. With the purchase of the heart rate monitors, the district will own twenty-eight individual wrist heart rate monitors, a charging station, a classroom reader (transfer data device), and a three-year software license.

Jen Vogts, a committee member of the Central Kansas Community Foundation said it best. “We are excited to see your vision become a reality to incorporate heart rate monitors and the tracking software in PE classes!” This is truly a vision that our schools and community have rallied together to make this a reality for our students. With countless hours of planning, reaching out to the community, and writing on the part of PE staff, district students will now have to opportunity to start monitoring their heart rate throughout each physical education class.


Newton Schools PE Teacher, Mario Nava receives a check from Angie Tatro with the Central Kansas Community Foundation that will be used to purchase heart rate monitors for PE students in the district. 

Fredonia Area CF Grants $35,000 back to the Fredonia Community

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the Fredonia Area Community Foundation held their annual “Appreciation and Awards Dinner” at Fredonia Junior / Senior High School.  The members of the advisory board of the Community Foundation recognized community members for their contributions to Fredonia and announced the 2017 grant winners.  The aim of the grant cycle is to support charitable organizations with projects or programs that directly impact communities across the Fredonia area.

The Fredonia Area Community Foundation was able to grant $35,000 during this competitive grant cycle!  This year’s recipients included the following:

Recipient and project

  • Fredonia Child Care Center – Relocation of the child care center
  • Fredonia Adopt A Family – Adopt a Family 2018
  • Shoes For Kids – Fredonia Shoes for Kids
  • Fredonia Regional Hospital – Ambulance Fund
  • Fredonia Public Library – Protect the Books Project
  • USD #484 School Health – Vital Sign machine
  • USD #484 – Composting Program
  • USD #484 – Greenhouse Program
  • Wilson County Health Department – Stroll and Read Family Night

Additionally, the Fredonia Seasonal Light Fund, the “I Am Fredonia campaign”, and an upcoming collaborative grant program with USD #484 were discussed as ways for community members to make tax-deductible gifts to benefit the community.

This is the third year that the Community Foundation has held a formal grant cycle and hopes to continue to give back to the community each year with the support of the Fredonia community.  Since its establishment in April 2012 as an affiliate of the Central Kansas Community Foundation, the Fredonia Area Community Foundation has distributed over $110,000 in local charitable grants.  Funding for these grants comes from donations, the Community Foundation’s annual Shamrockfest fundraising event held each year in March, and earnings and income from the Fredonia Area Community Impact Fund Endowment and Kansas Health Foundation Grow II Grant – Fredonia.  If you would like to contribute to the Impact Fund, you may send your tax deductible donation to P.O. Box 97, Fredonia, Kansas 66737.  You may also contact us at FACF@twinmounds.com.  You can find more information at https://centralkansascf.org/affiliate-foundations/fredonia-area-community-foundation/ .

GROW II Main Focus of CKCF Affiliate Summit

The impact of the GROW II matching grants has brought tremendous awareness and growth for those served by the Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF).  Building stronger communities through charitable giving was front and center at the recent annual Affiliate Summit this past week hosted at the Kansas Learning Center for Health, Halstead, Kansas.

The Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) GROW II matching grant program is about improving the lives of Kansans through both healthier people and stronger communities. It was designed to increase philanthropy in Kansas, to improve the health of Kansas children and to develop a network of local partners, including Foundations like CKCF.

CKCF Executive Director Angie Tatro reported the Foundation has grown from $8 Million under assets to $18.8 Million under assets since the award in 2011. She attributes the growth largely to the awareness generated from the matching grant opportunity.

Specifically, the CKCF and its affiliates, Halstead, Hesston, Peabody, Hillsboro and Butler County, raised more than $6 Million in eligible match during the grant, and Kansas Health Foundation then matched more than $1.7 Million for health initiatives in Kansas and Halstead still has a chance through the remainder of 2017 to meet their match.

Halstead Community Foundation was awarded in 2012 a $300,000 matching grant from KHF, to date they have approximately $120,000 in remaining matching opportunity. Tatro said, “Halstead is a community like all of ours that will benefit greatly by fulfilling this match opportunity.” In all participating GROW II communities a KHF Public Health Fund and a Foundation Operations Endowment are established by the matching funds.

Grant recipients are funding grants for playgrounds for kids to get exercise, better access to healthcare through clinics in rural areas and emergency kits with supplies for use by law enforcement during a crisis.

“Back in 2012 the Hesston EMT applied for a $250 grant to develop an emergency kit, complete with medical supplies, a tourniquet and keys to the school and other government buildings.” Susan Lamb, Hesston Community Foundation director shared. “During the Excel shooting February 25, 2016, the kit was employed and the tourniquet was used to save the life of at least one individual. This grant was funded through the KHF- Hesston Fund, established with matching funds.”

According to KHF President and CEO Steve Coen, GROW II has allowed the KHF to leverage more than $42 million across Kansas to meet the health needs of Kansans.

“When the Kansas Health Foundation started the Giving Resources to Our World (GROW) program in 1999, our goal was to help build the capacity of community foundations and encourage healthier communities,” said Coen.  “We are very proud of the Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) and its affiliates who continue to grow their resources and help provide local grants for the unique, health needs of their residents.  We appreciate the generosity of individuals and families who give to the CKCF to support stronger, healthier communities across Kansas.”

If the health of Kansans is important to you, consider a donation to the Halstead Impact Fund, this fund will generate a 50% match, the highest available, for helping HCF meet their GROW II match opportunity. Please send your tax-deductible contribution to Halstead Community Foundation, P.O. Box 4, Halstead, KS 67056. If you have other interests for your charitable contributions, please contact CKCF at 316-283-5474 or angie@centralkansascf.org.

Pictured above L to R: Tim Hodge, CKCF Chair; Angie Tatro, CKCF Executive Director; JaLayna Carmichael, Halstead Director; Becky Nickel, Peabody Admin Assistant; Cynthia Fleming, Hillsboro Director; Susan Lamb, Hesston Director; Steve Coen, President and CEO Kansas Health Foundation.

About the Halstead Community Foundation (HCF)

The Halstead Community Foundation became an affiliate member of the Central Kansas Community Foundation in December 2010. Their mission is to enhance community well-being through expansion of educational opportunities, cultural enrichment, and improvement of human health and the physical environment. For more information please go to, www.givehalstead.org .

About Central Kansas Community Foundation

Central Kansas Community Foundation mission is “Building Stronger Communities Through Charitable Giving.” Founded in 1995 Central Kansas Community Foundation based in Newton, Kansas is an intermediary between donors and charities, the community foundation helps donors establish funds that financially support meaningful, charitable programs and services in their community. Central Kansas Community Foundation also host numerous affiliate community foundations throughout Central Kansas.  www.centralkansascf.org

Community Foundation Introduces New Funds

Read the Article on the Harvey County Independent 

Posted 8/17/2017

HALSTEAD—The Halstead Community Foundation has had a busy summer and is pleased to announce the addition of three new funds to benefit our community and schools.

The first, the USD 440 Endowment Fund, will be used to support the students, faculty and general district needs of USD 440.

“In the past, alumni have often contacted the district looking for ways to give back to the school that gave so much to them,” Superintendent Tom Alstrom said. “This fund will allow for an easy way to do that.”

A committee for the endowment fund will look at ways to enhance the school system, and together with the school board will fulfill needs or assist with projects otherwise not possible because of budget constraints.

The second, established with the Halstead Alumni Association, is the USD 440 Alumni Scholarship Fund. This scholarship aims to celebrate the tradition that many families share of having multiple generations of Dragons. Recipients must be graduating seniors who are the descendants of USD 440 Alumni, and they will have the opportunity to apply for this beginning in the spring.

Lastly, along with the family of Rex Fleetwood, the community foundation is proud to announce the Fleetwood Scholarship.  Fleetwood was a 1969 graduate of Halstead High School who loved debate class and math.  The Fleetwood family believes strongly in the support of education and that anyone should have a chance to take the next step, whether in college or trade school.

In setting up the fund, Donna, Rex’s wife, shared that even as he traveled around the world for business and pleasure, he never forgot his roots in Kansas and Halstead.  Rex’s sister, Ann Cuevas, said, “The family established this scholarship fund to give back to the community that helped us be successful in our own lives.”

Look for the Halstead Community Foundation at the Halstead Alumni Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 12, as well as at Riverside Park on Sunday, Aug. 13 when it will present this year’s grant recipients. To stay up to date on all the exciting opportunities from the Halstead Community Foundation, “like” us on Facebook.

For questions on these or any of our other funds, contact JaLayna Carmichael at 316-680-6271 or jalayna@givehalstead.org.

Hesston Community Foundation Director

The quarter-time position for the director of the Hesston Community Foundation (HCF) is open.

Primary Responsibilities

Raising funds for the HCF endowment, managing grant opportunities and building relationships with grantees, engaging with HCF board of
directors and Hesston community and work as the liaison between HCF and host foundation-Central Kansas Community Foundation

Applicant must be a self-starter with strong written/oral communication skills and proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite.


Please contact Angie Tatro at angie@centralkansascf.org or call Central Kansas Community Foundation at 316-283-5474.


Kids FUNd Awards to 14 Charities

Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) is pleased to announce the 2017 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. L. Marie Haun left a lovely legacy to support organizations not only in Harvey County, but in any service area of CKCF and their affiliates. The fund is eligible to those who have interest in children’s behavioral research, child welfare, teaching parent skills, and/or strengthening families.

This year $30,000 was given to 14 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”
  • Kids Need to Eat, Inc. – “Kids Summer LunchBox 2018”
  • Mirror, Inc. – “Youth as Resources/Empowered Youth Creating Positive Change”
  • Harvey County DV/SA Task Force, Inc. – “Building Better Lives for Youth”
  • USD 440 Halstead/Bentley School District – “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library”
  • EmberHope, Inc. – “Building Trauma Informed Care Capacity”
  • Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation – “Sunshine Children’s Home”
  • Communities in Schools of Mid-America – “CIS Program at El Dorado Middle School”
  • Kansas Learning Center for Health – “Kids FUNd Corner”
  • Peace Connections – “Harvey County Circle of Hope – Youth Development”
  • USD 402 Augusta Public School District – “Ewalt Elementary Social/Emotional Learning Information and Support”
  • Augusta First United Methodist Church for Special Families – “Lending Library Program”
  • Community Playschool, Inc. – “Learning About Emotions Curriculum”

“I know that Marie would be so happy to see all the wonderful projects she has supported with the legacy she left”, stated Wynona Haun, Newton, sister in law to the late L. Marie Haun.  Wynona has served on the grants review committee the past four years and enjoys reviewing the applications each year.  “This year there was a total of 31 applications, and it is hard to determine what projects/programs to support because they are all worthy causes to support.”

Organizations were presented their awards at an award ceremony on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the Old Mill Plaza, 301 N. Main, Newton @ 4 pm.

Central Kansas Scholarship Recipients Honored

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 hosted the 2017 Regional Scholarship Award Ceremony at our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton, KS on Friday night, July 21, 2017. CKCF was celebrating 86 scholarship recipients for the 2017-18 academic year. Over 170 guests participated in the event that highlighted donors who make these scholarships possible.

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. What could be more fitting than a celebration for students that will be the workforce of tomorrow. Angie Tatro, Executive Director said, “Investing in our youth is an investment in our Future.” She went on to say of the 86 recipients most will be attending higher education institutions in Kansas, however six students will be going out of state.

Scholarships distributed this year ranged in size from $500 to $3,400. Nearly $100,000 is being given this year through competitive and designated scholarship. CKCF manages 69 competitive scholarships and 12 designated scholarships. This specialized area of funds makes up about ten (10) percent of total assets under management at the foundation.

To bring home the meaningful nature of scholarships, Jacque Sundgren shared her family’s legacy of their daughter, Jenny Sundgren Baker. Steve and Jacque Sundgren lost their daughter in a car accident in 2003. They had a desire to keep her legacy alive. Jacque shared how their family has done this by establishing a donor advised fund (DAF) in Jenny’s name at CKCF as well as a scholarship fund for graduates of Flinthills High School, located in Rosalia, KS. Jenny had a fondness for the older population and annually the DAF distributes to the Butler County Department on Aging among other charities. This year the Flinthills high school scholarship recipient, Gina Brown, will be going to Wichita State University. Tatro said, “the Sundgren family has turned tragedy into triumph.”  Jenny’s legacy lives on as many, nearly most of the scholarships under management at CKCF. While not all scholarships are memorial funds, many are. “It is important that our students are aware of the source of their gift”, Tatro said.

In closing Tim Hodge, Chair of the CKCF Board, said “folks this is a special night, coming together as a region for a positive celebration.” He went on to congratulate the recipients and further express how CKCF is able to do this work because of community support and generous donors.

The event was sponsored by The Citizen’s State Bank, Edward Jones, Everence Financial, Office Plus, Stucky Investments, Peabody Community Foundation and Waddell & Reed.

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, 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.

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