Waldhauer Fund contributes to matching gift campaign

Waldhauer Fund contributes to matching gift campaign

The Lisa Waldhauer Memorial Fund has donated a $5000 gift to the Community Fund in an effort to leverage matching dollars offered by an anonymous donor and the Kansas Health Foundation. The anonymous donor offered up to match $.50/dollar up to $35,000 raised by December 31, 2013. As part of the Kansas Health Foundation GROW II endowment program, they will also match $.50/dollar for gifts contributed to the unrestricted endowment. To date, $12,000 of the anonymous gift has been secured.

The Lisa Waldhauer Fund was established in memory of Lisa in 2007. An American Government and History II teacher, Lisa was well-loved by her students and respected by her colleagues. Lisa’s impact on the lives of students transcended the classroom. Her former students continue to praise her for the life lessons she shared. The Waldhauer Fund works to provide opportunities for students to further their education in ways that may not otherwise be available to them and has awarded nearly $98,000 in grants since 2008.

Contributions to the Community Fund are placed in the unrestricted endowment administered by the McPherson County Community Foundation (MCCF).  Examples of local grants awarded from the unrestricted Community Fund include: the McPherson Optimist Club Gifts Intended for Teens program; assistance to Meals on Wheels; an early learning program for the McPherson Public Library; a child identification program in Lindsborg; Family Life Link through the McPherson Family Life Center; and Second Life Building materials for the ReUse It Center.

“The generosity of county residents will never cease to amaze me,” states Becky Goss, President/CEO. “The members of the Waldhauer Committee understand the need for giving back and have purposefully sought programs that will help our community. We’ve been blessed by their gifts.”

Donors are encouraged to send gifts marked “Matching Gift Challenge” to the McPherson County Community Foundation at 206 S. Main, McPherson by December 31, 2013. For questions, contact Becky Goss at 620.245.9070.