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 director@hcfoundationks.org.


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!



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Marion County Leadership Program to begin in September

Thanks to funding from the Marion County Leadership Endowment held by CKCF, Marion County residents have an opportunity to participate in a county Leadership Program, a program designed to teach leadership skills while learning about the county’s needs. The eight-week program will be facilitated by the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) and include tours or the county, and discussions about how to apply learnings at KLC to opportunities and challenges in Marion County.

“The Marion County Leadership program holds great potential to enhance the county’s assets and address some of its challenges. CKCF is proud to partner with KLC in this endeavor to bring local leaders together and cultivate their skills,” said Angie Tatro, CEO of CKCF. She went on to share without initial financial support from the Kansas Health Foundation, this program would not be possible.

More info and an online application may be found at www.marioncoks.net under News and Announcements.


Photo: (Left to right) Bonnie Gaeddert, USD411; Tracy Lowe, Marion County Core Community; Sara Hiebert, Bethesda Home; Lori Soo Hoo, Marion County Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

(Goessel, KS) The Goessel Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, is pleased to announce the recent awarding of four 2022 Community Grants.  Through the generosity of community donations to our Impact Fund, the Foundation was able to “give back to the community” through these local non-profits.  Awards were presented at a Spring Celebration & Recognition Dinner at Goessel Elementary School on April 30, 2022 hosted by the Foundation Board.  A complimentary meal prepared by Goessel Grocery & Deli and a skit “Leave 5 in Goessel” given by Matt Lehman Wiens and Matt Voth were also part of the event.  

$1,100—Bethesda Home $970 from the Goessel Senior Endowment and $130 from the Impact Fund to supplement expenses for the Friendship Meal Program.  The recipients pay for one-third of the cost, with the remainder covered by grants, donations, and Bethesda. 

$1,000—Goessel USD411 for Early Childhood Family Engagement Night from the Impact Fund for family engagement opportunities and education activities for parents of pre-school age children.  It is an evening with many hands-on activities that allow families to get acquainted with resources which can assist educational needs early in life.  

$500—Marion County Core Community from the Impact Fund for a “Getting Ahead Scholarship” for educational opportunities to find solutions for families facing poverty.  Classes are offered to help end the cycle of generational poverty by building resources to lift themselves out of poverty. 

$500—Marion County Dolly Parton Imagination Library from the Impact Fund which provides families with children ages 0-5 a free age-appropriate book each month until the child reaches age 6.  The program provides books, directions, and activities so parents have the means to read, interact, and connect with their children.  

Each year, our Impact Fund continues to grow.  Our goal of reaching $125,000 for our Impact Fund, would allow for larger grants in the future.  To help us reach this goal, donations should be sent to GCF, PO Box 244, Goessel, KS 67053 or on-line at bit.ly/donate-goesselcf.