Annual awards celebration

The Central Kansas Community Foundation – Butler County (CKCF-BC) an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation held their annual award celebration Saturday.
The Community Foundation hosted its Annual Awards Ceremony at Douglass Senior Center with the theme – Honoring Our Past, Promoting Our Present, and Impacting Our Future.
This year CKCF-BC was able to highlight giving from the four affiliate community foundations that have emerged the past few years: Augusta Community Foundation, Douglass Community Foundation, El Dorado Community Foundation, & Whitewater Community Foundation. This local town model is proving most successful in regard to local giving.
Last year Angie Baur, associate director of CKCF and Towanda resident, was pleased with distributing more than $70,000 in awards. Designated giving along with the grants and scholarships presented Saturday represent more than $97,000 in gifts.
Baur said, “Philanthropy is gaining momentum in our rural communities like never before.”
She went on to express gratitude for the donors that make this granting possible. Because of individuals, families and businesses the foundation is able to managing the selection process for qualified recipients in variety areas of community need.
“Collectively Butler County foundations manage over 20 scholarships that are providing 42 students with support this year, in fact just over $63,000 in scholarships was presented today,” she said. “As for our competitive grants, we currently have eight donor funds that contributed $14,600 to charities providing community services that include playground equipment, a creative arts program, walking trail enhancement, nutrition services, senior resource fair, and education materials for some of our most at risk kids and parents.”
The foundation also manages non-competitive distribution of funds through donor advised funds and agency designated funds both of which provide further impact on services our charities provide locally.
People are encouraged to consider making a donation to one of the  Community Impact Endowment’s today. The contribution will be matched at a 50 percent rate by the Kansas Health Foundation due to a challenge grant the community foundation has been awarded.
People may send checks to Central Kansas Community Foundation - Butler County, Butler County Community  Impact Endowment, 301 N. Main, Suite 200, Newton, KS 67114.