An anonymous donor has agreed to donate 50 cents for each dollar contributed — up to $35,000 — for the McPherson County Community Foundation unrestricted fund between now and Dec. 31.
The purpose of the anonymous gift is to help the foundation complete the GROW II endowment challenge offered by the Kansas Health Foundation. The GROW II program matches all gifts to the unrestricted or public health funds at a rate of 50 cents for each dollar up to $500,000. To date, the foundation has raised qualifying gifts to receive $313,386 of the available challenge from the Kansas Health Foundation.
“This anonymous offer means a gift has gone from the 50 cents per dollar match offered by the Kansas Health Foundation to a dollar for dollar contribution for our unrestricted pool of funds,” said Becky Goss, president/CEO. “The unrestricted community fund is our best resource for providing annual grants that meet the community’s needs.”
Income earned by unrestricted funds allows the community foundation to engage in long-term solutions to problems like hunger and homelessness; to respond quickly to civic emergencies; to build families and inspire artists; and to educate, inform and uplift. As conditions change, so do the type of grants awarded.
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.
Since 2009, $37,000 have been awarded to area organizations from the fund. For the 2014 fiscal year, the community foundation plans to award $34,000. Organizations are encouraged to apply through the online application at www.mcphersonfoundation.org.
Donors are encouraged to send gifts marked “Matching Gift Challenge” to the McPherson County Community Foundation at 206 S. Main, McPherson, by Dec. 31. For questions, contact Becky Goss at (620) 245-9070.