“Giving to Secure the Future”
A Million Dollar Goal
A community foundation to benefit the Moundridge area was established in August 2010. The goal —build an endowment whose earnings can be used to provide a granting resource for a wide variety of non-profit organizations in their efforts to improve health care, human services, education, arts and culture or other charitable initiatives which enhance the Moundridge community.
Community foundations are built through an accumulation of funds anywhere from a group of first graders lemonade stand proceeds all the way up to an individual bequeathing their entire estate to the foundation upon their passing and everything in between. Grants from endowed funds are made only from fund income, keeping the principal gift to the Foundation permanent. By maintaining the principal value, annual earnings can provide ongoing support to various organizations and programs.
- Cradle to Crayons—Daycare center
- Angels Attic
- Food Bank
- Senior Center
- Youth Programs
- Greer Auditorium
- Historical Association & Museum
- Community Festivals
- USD #423 Extracurricular activities
- Nursing Care facilities
- Nonprofit Health Facilities
- Fire Department
- Signage welcoming visitors
And other needs as they arise.
KHF GROW II
The Moundridge Community Foundation has been awarded a $300,000 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation’s GROW Healthy Kansas community founda-tion initiative. The Moundridge Community Foundation is one of fourteen community foundations in the state to receive this funding, and is one of 39 total community foundations in Kansas involved with the GROW II program. The Moundridge organization is an affiliate of the McPher-son County Community Foundation.
The GROW (Giving Resources to Our World) Healthy Kansas community foundation initiative was launched in 1999 as a 10-year grant of the Kansas Health Foundation, with the goal of starting and strengthening community foundations in Kansas. The intent was to work with com-munity foundations to help build local philanthropic leader-ship and resources that would result in long-term, sus-tained health improvements in communities throughout the state. At the end of the first decade of the program, the collective resources of GROW community foundations had grown from $19 million to $95 million by the end of 2009.
The goal of the Moundridge Community Foundation is to establish a means to benefit a wide variety of organiza-tions in their efforts to improve health care, human services, education, arts and culture or other charitable initiatives which enhance the Moundridge community.
The Foundation is currently running a charter mem-bership drive through December 2012. All gifts $1000 and above are considered Founders and gifts $100 through $999 are Investors. The current balance of the fund is $174,000.