Growing Your Foundation


One of the main responsibilities of affiliate board members is to grow your community foundation endowments. This is not the same as asking for money, but rather simply telling stories and introducing local options to potential donors. This is also a different from holding fund raisers which we often find take a lot of board energy and time with minimal return.

In addition to the resources linked below, here are some ideas for approaching potential donors within your circle of influence:

  • How to talk to (potential) donors
  • Share the story of a donor in your community in a way that highlights the satisfaction of leaving a legacy for generations to come. Better yet, share your own story!
  • Be ready to talk about grants your Impact Fund has recently given. This can be as simple as planning to answer the casual “what’s new” question with, “Well our community foundation just funded….” Scholarship Awards and grants made from Donor Advised funds (with permission of donor) also make great stories.
  • Make a plan to present a short talk at the local Senior Center, visit with a friend over coffee, or introduce your community foundation to a social club or church group. Again, plan to simply share a few stories of donors and/or grants and introduce philanthropic options available through the foundation.
  • Utilize CKCF Staff to support donor relationships and provide resources for potential gifts. We have a shared role in building relationships.
  • Provide written materials to potential donors, direct them online for more information. Be sure your affiliate webpage is up to date. (Update your page by sending a Word document to Angie with updates for your page and an appropriate photo.



#Giving Tuesday

There are many great resources to help your community foundation prepare for #GivingTuesday. Here are just a few to get you started:

  • The #GivingTuesday website offers many resources! To name a few: #GivingTuesday Youth activities, Giving Circles, a data about how the #GivingTuesday movement has grown over the 10 years since its inception, and find ready-to-use Facebook posts.
  • Ashley Bridgeman, Director for the Halstead and Hesston affiliate foundations attended the September #GivingTuesday regional summit in September 2022.  Slides from the event are available here.


Marketing Kits

These tools are designed to be customized for your local Community Foundation. Please read the Marketing Plan for each kit to understand the strategy for using these tools.  When customization of these materials is requested, all CKCF general information will be updated as well from any of the sample links listed below.  Please allow at least two weeks from the date of your request to receive your customized materials. Thank you!

Funeral Homes

Board Recruitment

Gifts of Grain