HCF Encourages a Giving Spirit on Giving Tuesday

After the excitement of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, enjoy the thrill of making a difference in the community during Giving Tuesday! Join the Halstead Community Foundation Tuesday, Dec. 3 for a come-and-go soup luncheon (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at the Neighbors Store (263 Main Street) as donations are collected to benefit the Halstead Community Impact Fund.

“Our ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ Giving Tuesday campaign aims to show how the support of area individuals and businesses can help impact the entire community,” said HCF Director Macey Mueller. “This is a great opportunity to keep your charitable dollars local and invest in the future of Halstead.”

The Halstead Community Impact Fund has been used to grant more than $25,000 to area nonprofits, churches, schools and civic groups to assist with projects and programs that focus on meeting a need or enhancing Halstead.

Recently funded community initiatives include:

  • the purchase of new tables and chairs at the Halstead Senior Center
  • internal and external LED lighting at the Halstead Public Library
  • the purchase of a hand held pulse oximeter and bariatric wheelchair at the Halstead Health Ministries Clinic
  • a fresh fruits and vegetable program at the Neighbors Store
  • the gaga ball pit at the Halstead Middle School

“The donations received during our Giving Tuesday campaign will help increase the funds available to assist these and other 501(c)(3) organizations in our community,” Mueller said. “We are excited to expand our granting capabilities and continue a legacy of charitable giving.”

For more information, please call Mueller at 316-680-6271. Giving Tuesday contributions may also be mailed to the Halstead Community Foundation, P.O. Box 4, Halstead, KS 67056 or made online at givehalstead.org/giving-tuesday.

CKCF Hosts Affiliates for 2018 Affiliate Summit

The 2018 CKCF Affiliate Summit truly placed the power for community change and foundational growth in the hands of our affiliate organizations.

The foundation experienced a very successful year in 2017. Foundation grants funded 138 programs with a total impact of $184,553. The need was far greater, in the amount of nearly $500,000. $313,614 in grant requests were not funded. CKCF awarded 110 scholarships in the amount of $108,933. Several new accounting procedures and foundation policies were implemented to continue to operate within National Standards and industry best practices.

A general tone of a relational focus was sprinkled throughout the Summit. The Central Kansas network of foundations has a tremendous opportunity and responsibility for shining the light on needs, while also engaging donors with charitable intentions. Partnerships and alliances are growing stronger in our region, demonstrating the strength of rural Kansas and that it has citizens who wish for a better tomorrow for future generations.

Consultant Terry Woodbury empowered and encouraged foundations to bring together the Education, Government, Business and Social Service sectors to impact change within the communities served by affiliates. It is only through partnerships between these sectors that meaningful change and community growth can happen. His hands-on small group exercises encouraged participants to listen to the needs in the communities, to identify and evaluate the strengths of each sector in the group and come up with ideas to solve a communal problem they each individually identified. He partnered participants with individuals form other communities as a means of building support and accountability. This “buddy” relationship will be in place for this coming year!

Ashley Bridgeman with the Bridgeman Group continued the momentum by discussing

how affiliate foundation volunteers can use integrated marketing and fund development to achieve their strategic goals and increase their community impact. The power of the affiliate organization lies in the creativity of its planning, which is becoming increasingly more important as we move to a more developmental approach to build community endowment. Development is the idea that we create and hold onto relationships with potential donors through meaningful outreach and interactions, with a goal of philanthropy. A good integrated marketing plan supports a strong development plan. In the coming months this will be integrated into board discussions as plans are designed for local needs and goals.

As we move forward, CKCF will partner with each affiliate organization to identify high level goals and put a development plan in place to have a guide to create relationships, grow funds, increase giving and emerge as recognized community leaders.

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 thr


ough 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 approx


imately $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 milli


on 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.