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July 17, 2019

The issue of sexual harassment and abuse has been center stage in recent news, even sparking a global movement. With statistics showing that nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States alone, it’s evident why the issue has reached its boiling point and become a topic at the front lines of discussion. Part of what is encompassed by the subject of sexual harassment is gender and relationship violence. Events that occurred in Lawrence, Kansas in July of 2008 would become the catalyst for the creation of an organization working to provide...

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Chairman's Perspective - July 2019

July 17, 2019

Over the past few months, WKCF has been engaged in strategic planning. The process of engaging a board of 17 members in the work of defining a vision and goals for the next few years can be a daunting task.  It takes commitment to carve out the time to meet and focus on exploring our organization’s strengths as well as the areas in which we might do better.  It takes faith to speak freely and to dedicate enough time to come to understanding when our fellow board members might have differing views. And it takes an openness to better understanding not only WKCF’s history, but also all aspects...

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From the Desk of the Executive Director - July 2019

July 17, 2019

Gifts to the Community Foundation come in all forms and shapes. While some donors make a legacy gift, designating in their will or estate plan a portion of their estate for charitable purposes, others prefer to establish a donor advised or field of interest fund to see the good it is doing during their lifetime. The WKCF is used to receiving cash assets but it can also receive distributions from an IRA, retirement plan or life insurance policy, and even gifts of grain. Surprisingly, one type of gift we had not received in our 23-year history was farm land. Until recently. In June, the WKCF...

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New Funds - July 2019

July 17, 2019

Otis & Mary Lee Molz Fund for Kearny County Permanent fund to benefit students graduating from Lakin High School and attending college at Garden City Community College on an as needed basis, or to benefit Kearny County programs should no scholarship need exist. St. Catherine Hospital Development Foundation Fund Permanent fund to provide support to St. Catherine Hospital Develoment Foundation in Garden City, KS. If you would like to learn more about setting up a fund of your own, contact us today!

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Women with a Voice - Women of Purpose

July 17, 2019

On April 10th the Women of Purpose gathered for their Annual Award Luncheon at the Community Congregational Church in Garden City. The event is an opportunity for anyone who has been, or is interested in being a member of the Women of Purpose to come together for the announcement of the annual grant recipient.  The big winner for the 2019 season was Big Brother and Big Sisters of Finney and Kearny Counties, who received an award of $5,000 toward their program, “Young Women of Purpose,” which aims to mentor roughly 20 young ladies between the ages of 11-15 to develop the skills and assets in...

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2019/2020 Scholarship Awards

July 17, 2019

In May, the Western Kansas Community Foundation awarded scholarships to students from southwest Kansas. In total, the Foundation awarded 18 students with scholarships from 11 different scholarship funds. In addition, the Foundation makes distributions to Garden City Community College Endowment Association from four other funds for the purpose of providing scholarships. In total, scholarship awards and distributions to provide scholarships for the 2019/2020 school year amount to over $43,000. WKCF scholarships are awarded once per year, with most applications coming due May 1st. Application...

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March 2019 Grant Cycle

July 17, 2019

In March, 23 local nonprofit organizations were awarded grants totaling $44,546 from the Community Betterment Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund, and various Field of Interest and Unrestricted funds. The March grant cycle is the first of three grant cycles offered by Western Kansas Community Foundation each year. Other grant deadlines are July 1st and November 1st. The March grant cycle for 2019 saw changes to the Foundation’s application process, by way of the implementation of a new web-based application system.For the March grant cycle, the Grants Committee reviewed 30...

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Wichita County Community Foundation Looks to the Future

March 4, 2019

   By Bruce Leisy, WCCF President As a foundation we are in our 17th year as the Wichita County Community Foundation (WCCF). While in the past we have focused mostly in the direction of raising our endowed funds and with the help of Grow II in 2017 we did hit our goal of one million dollars but is that all we need to do as a foundation, just raise funds? Last year was a transition year for the WCCF we had to replace of many key board members and still rebounding from a banner year in 2017 we saw modest gains in funds but realized the change in the amount of grantable funds that could be...

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From the Desk of the Executive Director - March 2019

February 27, 2019

Last fall the Western Kansas Community Foundation received a $25,000 capacity building grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to guide the board in a year-long strategic planning effort. The funds will be used to pay for strategic planning services and implement the plan in WKCF’s 15-county service area through 2019. The program’s rationale is well explained by our board chair elsewhere in this newsletter. In addition, I’d like to explain a little bit more about the process that we will be following. Currently we’re in the middle of our first phase which is to create an informed context for...

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Board Chair's Perspective - March 2019

February 27, 2019

   By Kathleen Holt, Chair of the Board Western Kansas Community Foundation will be conducting strategic planning over the next few months. WKCF began in 1996 when a group of community leaders saw the potential of a regilan community foundation to enrich western Kansas life. Since that time, we've expanded to cover 15 counties, hold nearly $30m. in assets and house more than 200 funds. Imagine the planning in which previous boards engaged to bring such impressive assets to our rural communities. And, if one stops to think about the fact that these funds will exist and grow in perpetuity, he...

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