Mueller Brings Experience, Passion to New Role with HCF

HALSTEAD—As the new executive director of the Halstead Community Foundation, Macey Mueller says she is excited to build awareness of the great things the organization is doing in Halstead.

“We do a lot of great things in Halstead, but I don’t know that everyone knows how they get done, so just letting people know how the foundation works and what we’re here for and then encouraging them to get involved—I think that’s a big mission of ours, right now,” she said.

Mueller took over as director at the beginning of March. So far, she’s spent her first few weeks getting acquainted with the foundation’s board members and with staff of the Central Kansas Community Foundation.

“I work with them very closely on all aspects,” she said of CKCF. “They manage our funds and they help with our scholarship and granting cycles, so I’ve been meeting with them and figuring out what’s going on.”

Mueller’s background is in communications and public relations. She brings previous experience volunteering and fundraising for non-profits, as well as coordinating events. She also keeps busy farming and writing freelance articles for agricultural publications.

While she hadn’t been seeking a new job, she decided this role with the foundation was too good to pass up.

“I’ve loved being a farm and ranch wife the last few years, but I just really thought this would be a great opportunity for me to use the skillset that I’ve developed in my professional career to really benefit the Halstead community,” Mueller said.

Her husband, Josh, is a fourth-generation farmer in the area and she said she wants to ensure that the Halstead community will be a place where the fifth and sixth generations of their family want to continue living.

“I want to make this a place that they want to come back to and raise their kiddos, too. So, it just kind of fit that I had this experience and it was something I was already passionate about and was getting involved with,” Mueller said.

She noted that she had served on the foundation’s grant selection committee, last year, which had shown her some of the great things the foundation was doing.

The foundation will be opening its grant cycle later this spring. Mueller expects it to be able to award a similar amount of funding to community projects as they did, last year.

“About $10,000 was what we awarded last year and that does depend on how the funds are doing, market-wise. So, we’ll get those numbers and know what we have to work with,” she said.

In addition, scholarship selection committees are currently meeting to determine which students to award various scholarships to that the foundation manages.

At the end of 2017, the foundation’s total assets under management surpassed $1 million, and Mueller hopes to continue growing that.

“I think, looking forward, that will be something we try to do, is set a new goal,” Mueller said. “I don’t know what that number will be, but we’ll set a goal and use that as a catalyst to build, not only the amount in our funds, but also the variety of funds that we have.”

She said the foundation would like to help community members identify their passions and then set up a fund that can benefit these projects.

The community foundation board is comprised of chairperson Cory Harrington, Tom Alstrom, Bill Charlsen, Dan Evans, Tricia Weber and Ed Campbell. Mueller noted that the board has open seats for more members of the community who are interested in joining their fundraising mission.

“My main job is to just help facilitate the board’s mission of raising funds and then making those grants and scholarships available to community members,” Mueller said.

Those interested in giving to the foundation may do so at givehalstead.org or by contacting Mueller at director@givehalstead.org.

By Jared Janzen, Harvey County Independent

Gifts of Grain

As the combines start to roll for Wheat Harvest 2018, Halstead Community Foundation(HCF), an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, would like to remind you that we are equipped to take many types of assets – grain being one of them!

Together HCF and Farmers CO-OP have made it very easy for you to make a charitable gift of grain. When you bring grain into any Farmers CO-OP elevator, just write Halstead Community Foundation on your magnet, or tell the friendly face at the scale that you would like your grain placed in the Halstead Community Foundation account.  Once the grain is received, it will be sold and the proceeds with be sent directly to Halstead Community Foundation Impact Fund.  Should you wish for your gift to benefit another one of our funds, please contact JaLayna Carmichael at 316-680-6271.

Gifting grain also comes with some tax advantages. You can deduct production expenses and reduce your self-employment tax.  Please check with your tax advisor to determine whether a contribution of this type is appropriate for your tax situation.

Whether you give a few bushels, or a percentage of your harvest, your gift can help make an impact on our community! Halstead Community Foundation would like to wish all of the local farmers a safe, breakdown free, and bountiful harvest.

 

Halstead Community Foundation Grant Cycle Open

The Halstead Community Foundation (HCF), an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, began accepting applications for its 2018 Grant cycle on May 1st.   All 501 (c) (3) charitable organizations serving the community of Halstead are encouraged to apply.  The purpose of these grants is to invest in local service and community project/programs that focus on the enhancement of the Halstead community.

 

Director of HCF, Jalayna Carmichael stated that “due to the tremendous support of the community and the growth that we saw at the end of 2017 we are looking forward to a great grant cycle! We have a significantly larger amount to give out this year versus last, and as we continue to grow, so will our grant capabilities!”

 

The 2018 Halstead Community Foundation Grant cycle aims to support organizations with project/programs that directly impact the community of Halstead. The project/program should be designed to meet a need or enhance Halstead. Approximately $10,000 in grant monies are available for distribution this year through the Halstead Community Foundation Grant cycle:

 

  • The Halstead Impact Fund has approximately $5,620 available for the purpose of supporting charitable project/programs that benefit those in the Halstead

 

  • The Kansas Health Foundation Fund-Halstead has approximately $4,380 to underwrite solutions to local health issues and for the protection and promotion of the health and well-being of individuals and their communities through the encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors, and environments.

 

Applications are available for electronic submission at www.centralkansascf.org. Deadline for submission is May 31, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  Grants will be awarded at the 2018 Halstead Old Settlers Celebration.

 

For more information, please contact JaLayna Carmichael, HCF Director at jalayna@givehalstead.org or 316-680-6271; or Brenda Sooter, CKCF Program Officer – Grants, at Brendasooter@centralkansascf.org  or 316-283-5474.

Milestone Achievement Ends 2017

2018 is well under way; the magic of the holidays and New Year parties is well past, but one group in Halstead is still celebrating 2017. The Halstead Community Foundation(HCF), an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation reached an important milestone; they now have $1 million in charitable assets under management! Director, JaLayna Carmichael said, “The million-dollar mark had been looming close in sight for quite a while. We are so excited to have finally crossed it!”

Annually a percentage of the funds under management are distributed for charitable purposes in Halstead. In 2017 the organizations that benefited from these charitable assets in a competitive application process included: USD 440, The Kansas Learning Center for Health, Halstead Public Library, Youth as Resources, Peace Connections, and Sound of the Heartland.  Halstead Middle school received a discretionary grant at the end of the year for the building of the GaGa Ball Pit that is currently underway.  HCF is honored to be a part of this great community impact.

2017 had been a year of change for HCF; Carmichael took over as director in June, and Tricia Weber and Cory Harrington came on as new board members. Effective in January, Harrington is now serving as chairperson of the board.  Meetings with local groups and a new Facebook page have all been an effort to be more visible and help the community understand their mission. Another change was that the Grow II grant from the Kansas Health Foundation was scheduled to expire on December 31st. This was a great incentive to bring in new donations, as they would no longer be matched in 2018. One such donation stemming from that was The City of Halstead. The city council graciously approved an end of year donation so that it would qualify for the Grow II match. December 2017 also brought about the creation of a new fund, Health Ministries Clinic – Halstead. This fund was established specifically for their Halstead location. This will serve the Health Ministries Clinic Inc. in their mission to bring quality healthcare to small hometowns like ours.

The Halstead Community Foundation is excited about what 2018 will bring and look forward to opportunities to meet with groups and individuals who share a passion for Halstead. Carmichael further stated that, “by working together we can ensure what we have now will only become better for our children and future generations.”

She went on to say, “all the success of the past year is only realized because of our donors and those who support our mission. It is with sincere appreciation that we celebrate these achievements-Thank You!”

Halstead Community Foundation Announces New Funds

The Halstead Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, has had a busy summer! We are 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. Superintendent Tom Alstrom said, “In the past, alumni have often contacted the district looking for ways to give back to the school that gave so much to them. 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, we are proud to announce the Fleetwood Scholarship. Mr. 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 that “the family established this scholarship fund to give back to the community that helped us be successful in our own lives.”

Look for us at the Halstead Alumni Banquet on Saturday, August 12, as well as at Riverside Park on Sunday, August 13 when we 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.

Grant Cycle Opens May 1st

The Halstead Community Foundation (HCF), an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, announces that its 2017 Grant applications will be accepted starting May 1, 2017.  All 501 (c) (3) charitable organizations serving the community of Halstead are encouraged to apply.  The purpose of these grants is to invest in local service and community project/programs that focus on the enhancement of the Halstead community.

The 2017 Halstead Community Foundation Grant cycle aims to support organizations with project/programs that directly impact the community of Halstead. The project/program should be designed to meet a need or enhance Halstead. Approximately $8,300 in grant monies are available for distribution this year through the Halstead Community Foundation Grant cycle:

  • The Halstead Impact Fund has approximately $4,800 available for the purpose of supporting charitable project/programs that benefit those in the Halstead
  • The Kansas Health Foundation Fund-Halstead has approximately $3,500 to underwrite solutions to local health issues and for the protection and promotion of the health and well-being of individuals and their communities through the encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors, and environments.

Applications are available for electronic submission at www.centralkansascf.org. Deadline for submission is May 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  Grants will be awarded Friday, August 11, 2017 at an event sponsored by HCF.

For more information, please contact JaLayna Carmichael, HCF Director at jalayna@givehalstead.org or 316-680-6271; or Brenda Sooter, CKCF Program Officer – Grants, at Brendasooter@centralkansascf.org  or 316-283-5474.

About the Halstead Community Foundation

Halstead Community Foundation was founded in 2010 by a group of dedicated Halstead citizens to assist in providing resources for a broad range of existing and future charitable needs in the Halstead, Kansas area. The mission of the Halstead Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of educational, cultural, civic and economic life in Halstead both today and in the future by:

  • Enabling donors to fulfill their charitable interests
  • Building a permanent endowment
  • Facilitating prudent management and care of funds
  • Meeting community needs through grants, awards, and scholarships.

About the Central Kansas Community Foundation

Our mission: Building Stronger Communities through Charitable Giving. Our vision is being the leader in philanthropy in the communities we serve, connecting donors with meaningful programs and causes, strengthening charitable organizations, providing leadership on local and regional issues, and building permanent community resources. Together We Can Accomplish Great Things!