The McPherson County Community Foundation serves the common good for its residents, building strong communities by engaging people in philanthropy and developing a permanent endowment to provide resources, now and for generations to come.
Completion of the 12 in 12 endowment campaign, revisions to the grant program and the beginning of a women’s giving circle were a few of the successes and highlights enjoyed by the Foundation during the 2013 fiscal year.
Completion of 12 in 12 Campaign
The McPherson County Community Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the successful completion of the 12 in 12 endowment campaign. In May 2010, the board officially kicked off an endowment campaign with a goal to reach $12 million through donations and planned gifts by the Foundation’s 12th anniversary in May 2013.
The Foundation kicked off the campaign with $6 million in assets and no identified planned gifts. As of May 1, 2013, the Foundation’s assets have increased to $10.3 million and the organization has secured $1.8 million in planned gifts.
“We are pleased to not only have met, but exceeded the $12 million goal,” states Bob Kohrs, MCCF Board Chair. “Accomplishing this goal continues to strengthen our ability to provide a permanent funding resource for local organizations.”
Funding Research Library Opened
Nonprofit organizations and other grantseekers in McPherson County looking for funding sources now have access to a valuable new collection of resources at McPherson County Community Foundation which has become a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center of New York.
Cooperating Collections provide under-resourced and underserved populations in need of vital information and training with tools they can use to become successful grantseekers. At locations throughout the country, Cooperating Collections offer access free of charge to the Center’s detailed information on grantmakers and how to apply for grants. The Foundation Center’s core collection includes The Foundation Directory Online, profiling more than 100,000 U.S. grantmakers, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, Philanthropy In/Sight, print directories, and proposal writing guides. Cooperating Collections also hold training sessions on how to effectively use these resources and identify potential funders.
Coach Miller Football Fund established
The McPherson High School Football program recently received a $500 grant from the Coach Miller Fund to purchase new helmets or recondition existing ones. The fund is an endowment administered by the McPherson County Community Foundation.
McPherson native Arthur Miller coached high school football at schools in Colorado and California from 1955—1963. His passing on June 22, 2011 sparked many memories of how his coaching was about more than just the game of football. As a coach, he focused on how schools can ensure all kids are given the opportunity to play no matter their financial circumstances, and on having the best possible equipment to keep players safe.
To honor his work, annual distributions from the fund will be given to the McPherson High and Middle School football programs. A priority for the fund is to purchase equipment that ensures the safety of each player.
“An endowment like the Miller Fund is the best example of how you can memorialize the life work of a loved one,” states Becky Goss, MCCF President/CEO. “When someone like Coach Miller spent so much of his life inspiring and caring for others, it’s important his philosophies continue.”
Community Foundation helps secure grant from Dollar General Literacy Fund
Lincoln Elementary School received a $2000 grant from the Youth Literacy Grant as administered by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a $2000 grant from the Lisa Waldhauer Education Fund as administered by the McPherson County Community Foundation to purchase IPads for the school’s Intervention Reading Group.
“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is pleased to support the literacy efforts of Lincoln Elementary School,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “The Youth Literacy grants are awarded annually at the start of the school year so that the funds are in place to have an impact on reading education and support.”
5th Year for Summer Lunch Program
Low-income, food insecure children rely on school breakfasts and lunches throughout the school year, but have no such support through the summer months. Most have limited supplies of food for the summer. The Summer Lunch Program provides kid-friendly food such as cereal, sandwich supplies, healthy snacks and single-serve fruit cups and pudding.
During the 2013 summer, 227 children received weekly deliveries of nutritional snacks and food bringing the five year total to 886 children who have benefitted from the program. The program was started in 2009 as a collaborative effort between the McPherson County Community Foundation and United Way of McPherson County.
The following audited statements for FY2013 are available by clicking below.