Grand Central Inc., Newton’s local Senior Center, established a fund with Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) as part of a strategy to ensure long term sustainability of this local charity.
Grand Central Inc. was established in1987 and has a mission to serve the needs and interests of Newton area citizens age 55+ as part of a range of opportunities available to this population.
With an aging adult population Grand Central Inc., like other organizations serving seniors, is positioning themselves for organizational longevity. In 2016 more than 360 participants engaged in more than 15,000 visits. Already in 2017 over 590 participants have been served. Serving more is expected to continue.
During the signing of the Memorandum of Understand with Angie Tatro, Executive Director of CKCF, Betty Lanzrath, Grant Central Inc. Board Chair said, “Grand Central Inc.’s Board of Directors goal in collaboration with CKCF seeks to preserve our commitment to the senior population.” She went on to say this partnership will allow Grand Central Inc. to provide services to enrich, engage and enlighten those we serve now and in the future.
The economic climate as it relates to state and federal funding for charities has brought growing recognition to not-for-profit agencies to see opportunities for private donations. This new fund will do just that. The purpose of this fund is to provide a resource to Grand Central for general operational needs if needed but more importantly would be an accessible resource for building maintenance needs and other unexpected expenditures that an annual budget often doesn’t plan for.
If you would like to contribute to the Grand Central Inc. Fund please make your check out to The Grand Central Inc. Fund and mail it CKCF, 301 N. Main, Suite 200, Newton, KS 67114. Or contact CKCF for other non-cash gift options at 316-283-5474. Leslie Runnalls, Director of Grand Central can also be reached at 316-283-2222.