The McPherson County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Kansas Health Foundation recently selected it to participate in the second chapter of the Giving Resources to Our World Healthy Kansas Initiative (GROW II). The foundation is being challenged to raise endowment dollars that will be matched by the Kansas Health Foundation up to $500,000.  If MCCF is successful in its fundraising efforts, it will raise more than $1 million for the betterment of the community. This local money will stay local.
“The McPherson County Community Foundation is working to build a strong endowment as a resource for granting to area nonprofits,” said Becky Goss, President/CEO. “This challenge offers a wonderful opportunity for donors to support the endowment campaign and leverage additional funds. It's a win-win for everyone.”
In May 2010, the foundation kicked off a campaign with a goal of reaching $12 million in endowed funds by its 12th anniversary in May 2013. The Foundation has raised $1.4 million since the kickoff, bringing the total to $7.6 million.
The mission of the community foundation is to serve 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.
For more information on the foundation or to learn how to make a donation that will make a lasting difference in our community, please contact MCCF at 620.245.9070 or becky@mcphersonfoundation.org.
GROW II is focused on strengthening the community foundation field in Kansas and building endowments to underwrite solutions to local health issues.
“We look forward to this new phase of helping community foundations across Kansas grow into healthy, thriving sources of help that will stand the test of time,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation.
In addition to the matching endowed grant, the community foundation will receive training, one-on-one consulting and support and, if  it meets certain benchmarks, an operating grant of 3.5 percent of the matching grant awarded by the Kansas Health Foundation on an annual basis for six years.
Twelve additional community foundations across Kansas have also been chosen to participate in the second round of GROW II. In 2009, 12 Kansas community foundations were chosen for the first round of GROW II. The Kansas Health Foundation will include additional community foundations in the GROW II program in 2011.
The Kansas Health Foundation started working with community foundations across Kansas in 1999 as a way to further its mission of improving the health of all Kansans.  The Foundation believes that strong community foundations build healthier communities. Following the first 10 years of this program (GROW I), the participating community foundations increased their assets from $19 million to about $95 million and provided $33 million in grants to their communities. GROW II will spread the benefits of strong community foundations to many more areas of Kansas.