Aug. 5, 2016: Community Foundation says, ‘Thanks, Cloud County!’ by Robert Steimel

August 5, 2016 by

Robert Steimel

Robert Steimel

Thanks to the citizens of Cloud County, the Community Foundation for Cloud County was able to award grants of more than $445,000 to charitable organizations and charitable causes during its fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. Since the Foundation was established in October 2002, it has awarded grants of more than $1.7 million.

This is only possible because the citizens of Cloud County have taken to heart the “Keep 5 in Kansas” theme in their charitable giving. The citizens of Cloud County have donated more than $6.2 million to the 50-plus active funds in the Foundation. Since its inception, the Foundation has received donations from 1,366 donors, with memorial gifts ranging from $5 to more than $1,960,000. Fourteen individuals or organizations have donated more than $100,000 each to various funds in the Foundation.

During the one-day 2016 Match Madness drive, some 240 individual donors made gifts ranging from $10 (10 each) to 10 gifts of more than $1,000. In one day, gifts totaled $63,000 for the 25 Match Madness participating funds.

Thanks to all 1,366 donors, the Foundation has awarded 661 grants, including:

  • 125 interfund grants (ranging from $16 to $60,000), totaling more than $272,000;
  • 46 grants to the Cloud County Community College, totaling more than $152,000;
  • 27 grants to the Brown Grand Theatre, totaling more than $192,000;
  • 39 grants to the Cloud County Community Resource Council, totaling more than $102,000; and
  • 14 grants to the Concordia Rotary Club (park project) totaling, more than $152,000.

None of this is possible without the generosity of the citizens of Cloud County.

Thanks also go to all of the grant recipients who put the monies into action and provide the services to their clientele. Without you their needs would not be met.

The impact these contributors have on our county is unbelievable, but the most important part is that the total endowed assets of $6 million as of June 30, 2016, will continue to pay out a base of 5 percent — or $300,000 — each and every year for the charitable benefit to the citizens of Cloud County area. That does not include the $100,000 “pass through” monies the Foundation has received for each of the last two years from the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund.

Thanks must also go to the 52 “Founders” who had the foresight and vision to donate $5,000 each to establish the Community Foundation for Cloud County. And thanks go to the 44 “Builders” who donated new endowed monies to the Foundation so it would earn and receive the $300,000 matching grant from the Kansas Health Foundation Grow II Program. Then, thanks to the 240 individuals and businesses who participated in the 2016 Match Madness program and thanks to all of the 1,366 contributors over the past 14 years. Without you, none of this would be reality.

This is just the tip of the generosity of the citizens of Cloud County. It does not consider the charitable giving to the churches and to the nonprofits directly. Nor does it consider the volunteer hours donated to the various charities, activities and projects here in Cloud County.

Thank you! Please feel free to join us.

— Robert Steimel is a retired CPA and partner with Kennedy and Coe LLC who serves as the volunteer executive director of the Community Foundation for Cloud County. He and his wife, Lorene, live in Concordia and are members of the Concordia Year of Peace Committee.

 

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