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Douglas County Community Foundation

Ne w sl e t t e r

Fall 2011

Celebrating Community

Local donors keep giving despite difficult economy


he generosity of Douglas County citizens continues, even as the local economy remains sluggish. We applaud all who have worked so hard, and given so much, so that our community can continue to grow as a vibrant, caring place.

Year-end Giving Made Easy You can support many local charities in one online transaction at

Some highlights:


Early in the year, Just Food Pantry administrators announced it was short of funds and faced closure. With the help of committed volunteers, the organization raised $80,000 it needed to continue offering emergency food assistance. Since then, new director Jeremy Farmer and the Just Food board have worked to stabilize this important service.

In late September, Theatre Lawrence announced that it succeeded in raising the $6.2 million needed for a new building. The facility will feature a 300-seat auditorium, classrooms, handicapped accessible dressing rooms, parking and other amenities.

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The Lawrence Public Library Foundation, as of this writing, is inching close to its $1 million goal to help fund a major expansion and renovation of the downtown library. This sum will supplement public funding dedicated to the project.

After years of searching for a suitable location, the Lawrence Community Shelter will move to a new site. The organization raised $2.7 million by November 24. The relocation will provide critical space for individuals and families, and offer improved programs that support Lawrence’s vision to reduce chronic homelessness.

Donor Highlights

Many types of gifts help donors make an impact We offer various tools to help people achieve their charitable goals. • Donations of appreciated stock gave one woman the best tax advantage while giving to her favorite community organization. • A gift of investment real estate allowed a man to establish a charitable fund. DCCF handled the sale of the property. • A donor established a charitable remainder trust that provides him income during his lifetime, and a community benefit after his death. • Donors are using charitable IRA rollovers to support their favorite causes. Guests at our October 27 reception

Grant-Seekers & Nonprofits

Grant resources available at the library Looking for funding sources beyond DCCF?


he Lawrence Public Library now hosts a Foundation Center cooperating collection. The service offers free access to the center’s in-depth information on grantmakers and grant applications. Resources include three powerful databases: • Foundation Directory Online Professional • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online • Philanthropy In/Sight, a mapping tool that reveals patterns of foundation giving. Several grant directories and proposal-writing guides are also available for use in the library. A grant from DCCF underwrites part of the cost of housing the collection.

The library offers periodic training sessions on using the Foundation Center cooperating collection. For more information, call 843-1178.

Organization Funds

Five local organizations establish funds with DCCF


awrence Meals on Wheels, the Lawrence Public Library Foundation, Theatre Lawrence, and the Unitarian FellowMake an endowed gift to an ship of Lawrence recently established funds at the community organization fund this year, and foundation. we will add 25% of your gift’s In addition, a local group supporting the work of the Lawrence value to the fund. Contact us at Police Department has established the Lawrence Police Founda785-743-8727 for details. tion Fund to assist with special projects that are not within the police department budget. Professionally invested funds can provide income for general operating expenses or other critical needs. We acknowledge gifts and handle accounting and audits, allowing the organizations’ boards to spend less time on money management. Contributors may donate online through our secure website, or by check or asset transfer. For more information about setting up an organization fund, contact Chip Blaser at 785-843-8727 or Board of Directors Michael J. Davis Chairman

Barbara Carswell John Elmore Harry Gibson

Leadership Update In January, three long-time DCCF board members will complete their board service. Founding chair Mike Davis finishes eleven years at the foundation board’s helm. Monte Johnson and board vice-chair Vickie Otten will complete nine years of service. Incoming board members are Harry Gibson, Web Golden, Dan Sabatini and Evan Williams (not pictured). Golden has served as foundation secretary since 2000.

Monte Johnson Patricia Long Mike McGrew Vickie Otten Vickie Randel Reggie Robinson Dan Sabatini Dolph Simons, Jr. Evan Williams

Dan Sabatini

Barbara Carswell, John Elmore, Pat Long, Mike McGrew, Vickie Randel, Reggie Robinson and Dolph Simons, Jr. continue to serve on the board.

Harry Gibson

Webster Golden Foundation Secretary

Chip Blaser Executive Director

Connecting the diverse citizens and communities of Douglas County through charitable action. Web Golden

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Matching Opportunities: Endowed Gifts Inside:


he Kansas Health Foundation helps our community build permanent charitable resources by matching endowed gifts to DCCF. An endowed gift becomes a permanent source of income. The invested principle stays in the fund, and the income it earns supports the cause. Unrestricted gifts earn a 50% match.

Many types of gifts help donors make an impact New grant resources available at the library Photos from our recent reception

Gifts to donor-advised funds earn a 25% match. Gifts to organization funds earn a 25% match.

For a limited time, gifts to new or existing organization endowment funds earn an additional 25% match from DCCF.

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

Fall 2011 newsletter  
Fall 2011 newsletter