The McPherson County Community Foundation is planning a week of events in mid-November culminating in the announcement of three philanthropists of the year.
Community Foundation Week is Nov. 12 through 18. A yearly state convention has previously pulled local staff out of the area for the week, but a change in scheduling has allowed the McPherson County Community Foundation to plan its own events. The events will allow the foundation to showcase its abilities, thank local organizations, communicate a new grant process and be available for questions. It is the staff's hope the events will develop new partnerships between needs and resources in the county.
Each event will discuss similar topics but be catered to a different audience in an informal setting. Nov. 12 will feature non-profit organizations, Nov. 13 will focus business professionals, Nov. 14 will cater to local donors and Nov. 15 will be geared toward Chamber of Commerce members.
“We have to have public support,” Foundation President Becky Goss said. “The McPherson County Community Foundation is about what the community wants to make it into. If there's something that's important to them, (donating) is a way they can support that. This week is to stress that and emphasize foundations are here for you to mold us into what makes sense for the community.”
The week will conclude Nov. 15 with a reception honoring the three philanthropists of the year. For the previous four years, only one individual was given the honor. This year, however, three organizations will be given money in the philanthropist's honor.
The money for this award has grown from $300 in 2008 to a total of $1,750 this year, with $1,000 given to first place, $500 to second place and $250 to third place. The selection committee will be the McPherson County Community Foundation public relations committee.
“It's not just about the organization getting grant money,” Goss said. “It's about really recognizing that organizations can't exist without volunteers. We want to stress it's about going above and beyond.”
Seven individuals have been nominated so far, with time still left before the Oct. 31 postmark deadline.
Nominations by a nonprofit organization must be made on a designated form with a one-page narrative describing the volunteer's role, including type of work, length of service, and qualifications. The form may be obtained at www.mcphersosnfoundation.org/programs.php. For questions, call 6260-245-9070 or 7-866-245-9070.
The McPherson County Community Foundation has exceeded $2 million in grants since its inception in 2001. Through long-term investment of capital given by individuals, organizations, and corporations, the Foundation makes grants to enhance the quality of life in the community, according to its website.