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Douglas County Community Foundation

Ne w sl e t t e r

Spring 2011

Charitable Action

Community Fund grants address local needs, opportunities


local nonprofit organizations recently received grants for everything from crisis line telephone systems to choir scholarships. The two largest grants, of $10,000 each, went to Headquarters, Inc. and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Headquarters, Inc. will use its funding for technology upgrades that will improve the around-the-clock crisis counseling it provides. The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence grant will help fund before school, after school and summer programs at Schwegler Elementary School. Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) received a grant, in honor of Judge Jean Shepherd, to create a kitchen where volunteers can bake with the children they serve. Lawrence Meals on Wheels, which expects to serve 30,000 meals this year, will use a grant to upgrade their computers and donor management software. The Lumberyard Arts Center, in Baldwin City, will use funds to create an office space for its volun-

Charitable Action

The Kansas Health Foundation and DCCF provide incentives to local donors


teers in the historic building. Other grants went to the Grassland Heritage Foundation to expand its Rolling Prairie Learning Lab, and to the Lawrence Children’s Choir to help fund scholarships for students with limited financial resources. A complete list of 2011 community grant recipients is available at www.

egardless of your means, you can harness the power of matching grants to multiply your impact in our community. The Kansas Health Foundation matches nearly every endowed contribution to DCCF. The matching grants will fund local health initiatives, and strengthen your community foundation. DCCF now adds an additional match for endowed gifts to organization funds. See page 4 for details. Please contact Chip Blaser at 843-8727 or to find out how you can multiply your impact.

How to Apply for Grants To learn about applying for a grant from DCCF’s Community Fund, visit We have one open grant competition each year. The application deadline is December 1. Other grants are awarded throughout the year from our donor-advised, organization, and field of interest funds.

The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans.

Nonprofit board members learn about good governance


ixty prospective and current board members of local nonprofit organizations attended a recent seminar designed to improve their governance skills. US Bank, the United Way of Douglas County and DCCF sponsored the event. The Board Development Boot Camp on April 9 featured Jennifer Gutierrez, President of JAG Consulting. “Few people begin board service with any training, yet they make decisions that have a major impact on the organizations they serve,” said DCCF executive director Chip Blaser. “The strength and stability of our community nonprofit sector depends on them.” Gutierrez outlined the ten basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards, reviewed the difference between board and staff responsibilities, and touched on the importance of building a diverse organization.

Board Development Boot Camp participants worked on exercises designed to sharpen their governance skills.

For information on upcoming capacity building workshops cosponsored by DCCF and the United Way, visit or

To learn more about LiveWell Lawrence, visit

Board of Directors The Lawrence Complete Streets campaign promotes policies that make walking, bicycling and other forms of active transportation easy for people of all ages and abilities. Learn more at or contact Jennifer Church at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department,

Michael J. Davis Chairman

Barbara Carswell John Elmore Monte Johnson Patricia Long Mike McGrew Vickie Otten Vickie Randel Reggie Robinson Dolph Simons, Jr. Webster Golden

Laurie Comstock of the KU Endowment Association (right) shares the encouraging results of her employer’s wellness efforts. Comstock and Janelle Martin (left), director of the Community Health Improvement Partnership, serve on the WorkWell Lawrence leadership team.

The WorkWell Lawrence initiative helps connect local employers with results-oriented wellness resources and strategies. To learn more, contact Carolyn Crawford at K-State Research and Extension Douglas County,

Foundation Secretary

Chip Blaser Executive Director

Connecting the diverse citizens and communities of Douglas County through charitable action. 900 Massachusetts, Suite 406 Lawrence, KS 66044 785-843-8727 785-843-8735 fax

Visit or donate online at

900 Massachusetts, Suite 406 Lawrence, KS 66044-2868

Organization Funds

New funds established with eye toward the future Inside:

Community Fund grants address local needs, opportunities

Nonprofit board members learn about good governance


hree forward-looking nonprofits recently established organization funds at DCCF for current and future needs. The Blackjack Battlefield Trust, Family Promise of Lawrence, and the Lawrence Arts Center now have professionally invested funds that can provide income for general operating expenses or other critical needs. DCCF will handle gift acknowledgements, accounting, and audits, allowing these organizations’ boards to spend less time on money management. For more information about setting up an organization fund, contact Chip Blaser at 785-843-8727.

Make an endowed gift to an organization fund and we will add 25% of your gift’s value to the fund. Contact us for details.

Blackjack Battlefield Lawrence Arts Center

Earl Richardson

Family Promise

Spring 2011 Newsletter  
Spring 2011 Newsletter