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Douglas County Community Foundation

Ne w sl e t t e r

Fall 2010

Community Leadership

Leaders Receive Oldfather Awards Three nonprofit directors received Tensie Oldfather Community Service Awards at the foundation’s 10th Anniversary Celebration on August 21. The foundation granted $5,000 to each of their organizations in their honor.

Dianne Ensminger directs Ballard Community Services. Her dedication to providing high quality early learning for children, and support for their families, has driven steady growth in services. She is currently building support for the Petey Cerf Early Education Center, which will serve 88 children in a “green” building. Midge Grinstead directs the Lawrence Humane Society. With her leadership, the society has created the first full-service animal shelter in the state. She directs response teams that rescue animals from unethical breeders and during disasters. Midge also advocates for state and national legislation that protects animals.

Photos by Earl Richardson

Nikki King directs the Health Care Access Clinic. Under her leadership, the clinic received $4 million last year in donated medical services and medication. She led the charge to expand the clinic’s capacity by moving to a new location at 330 Maine, where patients have easier access to the hospital and other health care agencies.

Anniversary Celebration Gives Us a Chance to Say Thanks Our August 21 10th Anniversary Celebration gave us an opportunity to thank the community for ten years of sharing and giving. Here are some faces in the crowd.

Douglas County Community Foundation

Photos by Earl Richardson

Charitable Action

Photo by The Crystal Image

Young Leaders Start Futures Fund

A local group has established a fund to involve young adults, and those who are young at heart, in giving to support Douglas County youth.

They want to start a giving tradition that will encourage others in their age group to invest, according to their means, in future generations.

Founding members are Kirsten Flory, Jennifer Alderdice, Devon Haase Kim, Bryan Culver, Megan Poindexter, and Kelly Evans.

The Futures Fund will make grants to programs for children and youth. Grant applications will be available next summer.

Leave a Legacy Ruth Stoebener, William Rich, Marilyn Clark and others have recently established charitable bequest plans through DCCF. The process is easy and flexible. Call Chip Blaser at 843-8727 or e-mail chipblaser@ to learn how to make your dreams a reality for the people of Douglas County.

Your Chance to be a Philanthropist Regardless of your means, you can harness the power of compound interest, and the power of matching grants, to multiply your impact in our community. The Kansas Health Foundation is once again matching every endowed contribution to DCCF. The matching grants will fund local health programs, now and in the future. You can direct your gift to a favorite cause through a DCCF fund. You can establish or add to a donor-advised fund. Alternatively, you can support our unrestricted grantmaking. Endowed gifts large and small attract new

“The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest.” Albert Einstein

Board of Directors Michael J. Davis Chairman

Barbara Carswell John Elmore Monte Johnson Patricia Long

assets to put to work for our community’s benefit. Please contact Chip Blaser at 843-8727 or to find out how you can multiply your impact.

Mike McGrew Vickie Otten Vickie Randel Reggie Robinson Dolph Simons, Jr. Ross Beach Director Emeritus

Webster Golden Foundation Secretary

Chip Blaser Executive Director

LiveWell Lawrence’s EatWell Restaurant Challenge will recognize local eateries that provide great tasting, nutritious items on their menus. Watch for January special promotions that support those New Year’s resolutions to eat better.

Join our group on, the Lawrence Journal-World’s community health information and networking site. You will find news about LiveWell Lawrence projects, events, contests and links to national wellness news.

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

Inside: Leaders Receive Oldfather Awards

Young Leaders Start Futures Fund LiveWell Lawrence Updates Leave a Legacy

Anniversary Celebration Here are some faces in the crowd at our August 21 anniversary celebration at the Lawrence Arts Center. See inside for more.

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Fall 2010 Newsletter  
Fall 2010 Newsletter