February 8, 2018
By Laura Berning, WCCF President
2017 marked the 15-year anniversary of the Wichita County Community Foundation (WCCF), an affiliate of WKCF. It was also the last year to raise money for matching GROW II funds from the Kansas Health Foundation. With these major milestones in mind, the WCCF board launched a capital campaign to reach one million dollars in endowed funds before the end of 2017. More than $260,000 in gifts were received throughout the year, making our ending endowed balance just over $1,000,000.
To help meet this million-dollar goal, the Foundation board members reached out to individuals, business owners and friends of the WCCF. The Foundation hosted a community celebration in November of 2017. The outcome of the community celebration was very positive for this growing foundation. New local and out-of-county donors were identified, community understanding of the WCCF was improved and connections with various generations were made. WCCF reached it’s million-dollar goal because the citizens of Wichita County understand the importance of financial resources to maintain the vibrancy of the community both now and in the future!
WCCF is excited to start 2018 with many opportunities of continued growth and service. The Western Kansas Community Foundation has played a vital role in helping WCCF grow and continue as a sustainable foundation.