22 Oct RECOGNIZING THE IMPACT OF COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS NOVEMBER 12–18, 2015
McPherson County Community Foundation Participates in National Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Philanthropy
October 22, 2015 ─ During the week of November 12-18, 2015, the McPherson County Community Foundation will join more than 750 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For more than 25 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.
During the week, McPherson County Community Foundation will co-host a special presentation by Steve Coen, Kansas Health Foundation President/CEO; host the Chamber coffee; and conclude the week with the annual Philanthropist of the Year presentation.
“Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Becky Goss, President/CEO. “As many residents grapple with limited resources and a growing need for services, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems.”
Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. The McPherson County Community Foundation has hosted Match Day gifting opportunities for local communities; collaborated with the McPherson Healthcare Foundation to streamline processes; and surpassed $5 million in grant awards since 2001.
Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues.
Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.