Mastermind McPherson County: A Community Survey Initiative

Mastermind McPherson County: A Community Survey Initiative

McPHERSON — The McPherson County Community Foundation (MCCF) Mastermind McPherson County is entering its second year of community benchmarking.

Mastermind McPherson County is a three-year program set on creating a process to review and act on county needs. This will be a collaborative program with involvement from many different sectors in all our communities. This includes involvement from school districts, libraries, and senior centers.

In the coming weeks there will be opportunities to take in person surveys at community location:

March 14: 10 am and 2 pm- Inman Senior Center, STEPMc
March 18: 10 am and 2 pm- Moundridge PL, STEPMc
March 20: 4-6 pm: McPherson Teen Center
March 21: 10 am and 2 pm-Lindsborg Senior Center
March 25: 10 am and 2 pm- Lindsborg Library
March 28: 10 am and 2 pm- Moundridge Senior Center

The first component of the initiative is a community survey that will be open for responses starting Mar. 1 and closing on Apr. 19, 2024. Each community in McPherson County has different needs and this survey will help MCCF and partnering organizations prioritize future projects that meet those needs.

Conducting the survey yearly will allow the program to adapt as needs are satisfied.

Another benefit will be to provide complementary information on each of the communities in McPherson County.

A similar survey performed in central Missouri showed that community input on the usage of community funds can be incredibly helpful to their overall effectiveness.

“Our hope is that this initiative will help more clearly identify what our communities value, what they need, and what challenges we have in common.” Betsy Davis, Director of Community Services said, “I’m excited to see what kind of learning, support, and collaboration will come out of this initiative to really strengthen our communities and help them thrive into the future.”

The second component is to hold a leaders summit every year. This summit will be one of the few opportunities for all the organizations in the county to be in the same room. The breakdown of the survey results and initial discussions of solutions will be the main interest of the meeting. These discussions can lead to organizational collaboration and provide solutions for each community’s needs. Following the larger summit, breakout sessions with more in-depth data will be presented in each community in McPherson County.

These sessions will allow for community members and leaders to learn more about the needs of their towns.

The third component will be the time for action. Organizations will submit project plans along with what funding will be required. Approval of funding will come after being reviewed by a committee and voted on by the MCCF Board of Directors. Pending funding projects tied to Mastermind McPherson will begin the following year.

Last year over $60,000 in grants, covering six communities, were funded based off the results of the community benchmarking survey and summit.


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