The Douglass Community Impact Fund is for community grant making

Keith Cross, president of the Douglass Senior Center Board, recently presented a check for more than $130,000 to the Douglass Community Foundation.

Cross shared that placing the Wilma L. Snyder Senior Care Endowment Fund under the management of the Douglass Community Foundation seemed like a positive move for the funds that had been under the boards care for several years.

“The creation of the Douglass Community Foundation opened up the opportunity for the Senior Center to shift the Snyder assets under this larger community umbrella to create greater investment growth opportunities, strengthen community partnerships, and establish permanent long-term accountability and management of Ms. Snyder’s wishes,” he said.

Foundation President and Senior Center Board Member Terry Mauk told a group gathered at the Senior Center Tuesday the money was an endowed trust which allows the Senior Center to take investment earnings from the money to use for programs there.

He said they used her donation to allow the Douglass Community Foundation to apply for grants from the Kansas Health Foundation.

“Wilma’s trust was so big, it will allow the Community Foundation of Douglass to get over $37,000,” Mauk said.

Snyder, a long time resident of Douglass, passed away on March 6, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey. As a local hairdresser, she was known by many.

“She was a little bitty lady but Wilma was very outspoken,” Sis Bloom told the group. “When she spoke up you knew she was speaking. She did a lot for our Senior Citizens Center.”

In setting up her estate plan she was thoughtful about lasting contributions she wanted to make in her memory and had a great heart for the Douglass community.

The Senior Center is most grateful for her original gift and now, under management with the Douglass Community Foundation, it represents a permanent place in and for the community, just as Snyder intended.

The Douglass Community Foundation became the 16th affiliate member of the regional Central Kansas Community Foundation in December 2013. Across Kansas today, there are almost 80 of these local foundations. The organizations serve as vehicles for individuals and businesses who wish to “give back” to local communities through charitable gifts and endowment building.

Mauk said, “Creating the Douglass Community Foundation provides a local vehicle for our community to give through, supporting the interests of our town.”

In addition to Mauk, the following community members make up the founding board of directors: Voyt Lynn, secretary; Judy Hatfield, treasurer; Polly Bloom; Larry Darter; Mary Flippo; Spencer Linville; KaLyn Nethercot, ex officio; and Rob Reynolds, ex officio.

A few years ago, a formal community relationship was launched with CKCF to provide scholarship management support to USD 396. In 2013 after bridging the relationship with the school district, several other citizens banded together to explore opportunities for expanding this role for the entire community. The board noted the Douglass community has been quick to embrace the concept of this local resource. Both the City of Douglass and CornerBank made early gifts to help launch the foundation. Today the community is coming together to celebrate the establishment of the Wilma L. Snyder Senior Care Endowment Fund. People like Snyder have helped make the community what it is today and the foundation is proud to be a part of preserving her legacy.

The Douglass Community Foundation’s host, CKCF, while based in Newton, now serves 15 other regional affiliates. With over $18 m in charitable assets, CKCF is a fiscally solid agency eager to help surrounding communities build endowment to support their ongoing needs for generations to come.

On Sept. 18, the founding board formalized an affiliate agreement with CKCF. With the scholarships and the addition of the Snyder Fund, Douglass Community Foundation manages over $195,000 in charitable assets. Distributions from these funds, listed below, provide educational support in the form of scholarships and the Snyder Endowment for senior service care.

The Douglass Community Impact Fund is for community grant making. Once this endowment fund exceeds the $10,000 minimum it will annually distribute 5 percent back into the community to support charitable interests – such as children’s services, health and wellness, parks and recreation, literacy, arts, preservation and so much more.

Current Douglass Community Foundation Funds include:

• Dellsea Nachbor Memorial Scholarship Fund

• Scholarship for current Douglass Seniors pursuing a profession in helping and service

• Douglass Community Foundation Operating Fund

• Operational support for the local foundation

• Douglass Community Impact Fund

• Endowment for local grant making

• Douglass Unified School District 396 Scholarship Fund

• District established scholarship for Douglass Seniors

• Galen Haaga Memorial Scholarship Fund

• Family established scholarship in memory of son to benefit students of strong character with financial need

• Marjorie Diekman Memorial Scholarship Fund

• Family established memorial scholarship in memory of their mom who taught at USD 396 and to benefit Douglass students pursuing a career in education

• Terry Lee Kaylor Memorial Scholarship Fund

• Family established scholarship in memory of son and brother for seniors pursuing equine studies from Douglass, Mulvane and Andover schools

• Wilma L. Snyder Senior Care Endowment Fund

• Agency established endowment to benefits the Senior Center and its activities and to carry out the memory of Ms. Snyder, a longtime resident

Total Assets under management are $195,631.62.

Mauk, on behalf of the board, went on to say their gift to the management under the foundation had a secondary bonus.

“CKCF-Butler County received a GROW II grant from Kansas Health Foundation and because of our gift, a match will be shared with our community to establish a Douglass Public Health Endowment and a portion of the match will fund an operational endowment to ensure the foundation’s future,” he said. “This opportunity sealed the deal with our board. I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate community partnership.”

Those who want to invest in the future of Douglass can consider making a donation to any of the existing funds or contact the foundation to explore creating a family or business fund. The Douglass Community Foundation requests that donations be sent to Douglass Community Foundation, P. O. Box 123, Douglass, KS 67039. For questions, call Angie Baur, associate director, at 316-239-9451 or contact any local foundation board member, see their Web site at www.centralkansascf. org/about/douglass-community-foundation.

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