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Together, we are enriching the lives of Douglas County citizens through charitable action





Here are just a few stories about how you are enriching the lives of the citizens of Douglas County through charitable action.

Together, we are connecting through healthy activities and environments

Outside for a Better Inside: Baker Wetlands Family Fun Day On April 28, dozens of families came out to enjoy the unique ecosystem that is the Baker Wetlands, and get a close up view of natural wildlife in the area. Thanks to a partnership between Outside for a Better Inside, Baker University, Crown Casting Club, and Lawrence Parks and Recreation, this free annual event provided canoeing, crafts, a raptor show, an aquatic animals station, and an aquatic bird viewing area. Getting children closer to nature to improve their mental health and well-being through events like this is

“The extended McGrew business family has always stressed the importance of service beyond what is expected. It’s your investment in the future. All of us should be participators instead of spectators and — above all — be kind.” JOHN McGREW

the result of a vision and mission that John McGrew began promoting almost 10 years ago. “I first started giving copies of Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods, to individuals who became advocates with me in getting kids outside,” he said. “Since John and Rita Lindsey McGrew, we got started, some Mike and Christine McGrew of our most significant accomplishments have been butterfly gardens in Lawrence grade schools, the Sandra Shaw Community Health Park with the Outside for a Better Inside Trail, the annual Family Fun Day at the Baker Wetlands, and the magnificent butterfly garden at KU’s Capitol Federal Hall.”

Through the financial support of the Outside for a Better Inside fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation, John hopes to see more partnerships in the community engage in providing programming that gets children outside. As a lifelong Lawrencian and real estate developer, John is passionate about his family’s legacy to give back to his community. “I feel lucky to have grown up in Lawrence — particularly so for having loving parents who enjoyed the outdoors. Probably their greatest gift to me was a sincere appreciation for nature. As I’ve had opportunity to develop raw land, it always seemed important to me to add green space connected to residential development. I’ve always believed that what you do speaks more loudly than what you say. I’ve tried to live a life of good example.” John’s son Mike and his wife Christine also have a donor-advised family fund with DCCF. The continued legacy of his family and his business being charitable for the Douglas County community is important for John. “The extended McGrew business family has always stressed the importance of service beyond what is expected. It’s your investment in the future,” John said. “All of us should be participators instead of spectators and — above all — be kind.”

LiveWell celebrates 10 years: From community plan to community action In 2008, the Kansas Health Foundation made grants available to communities to solve a very challenging issue — how do you create conditions that allow for a healthier environment for your community? With an emphasis on tackling sedentary behaviors and focusing on healthy nutritional choices, DCCF brought a group of partners together to develop a comprehensive plan to address this challenge. Out of the partnership, LiveWell Lawrence was formed. Marilyn Hull (former DCCF staff and now nonprofit consultant) was an early driving force to move the LiveWell coalition forward. “The work for LiveWell was a process — when we came together, our partners all had different levels of “We know there understanding of what impacts health. We worked is not just one diligently to come to an understanding of what was prescription for a really possible and important,” she said. healthy lifestyle. LiveWell has successfully taken on a number of As we look to the initiatives, all toward the goal of making sure the everyday environments of Douglas County citizens future, LiveWell — whether it is where you live, work, play or will be working worship — support good health. Marathon clubs, to provide tools healthy food choices in public vending machines, to our community safe routes for kids to walk or ride bikes to school, and the development of the Lawrence Loop are that break down all wonderful examples of this goal in action. the barriers to Ten years later, LiveWell Lawrence is now allow everyone LiveWell Douglas County and still focused to have access on improving community health. In addition to a healthy to expanding their geographic reach, the coalition is committed to identifying health environment.” inequities in Douglas County and engaging ELIZABETH KEEVER with people to address those inequities. Elizabeth Keever, LiveWell coalition chair, is excited about the direction for the community. “We are making health improvement decisions based on hearing the grassroots needs, versus a top-down mandate of what we think people need,” Keever said. “We know there is not one prescription for a healthy lifestyle. As we look to the future, LiveWell will be working to provide tools to our community that break down the barriers to allow everyone to have access to a healthy environment.”

The photographs of children on the cover and on these two pages are from the 2018 Baker Wetlands Family Fun Day. ©BRIAN GOODMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Together, we are connecting through the arts and innovative educational opportunities

Baldwin City’s Lumberyard Arts Center celebrates 15 years Donna Klamm’s love of art started with brown paper bags as a canvas and crayons as her paint brushes. “We lived on a farm in a small town. There was no art in school.” Now, on a sunny Thursday afternoon, Donna uses watercolor and paper to create scenes from the countryside she remembers. Grasses, fences, silos, cows, and horses fill the papers spread out in front of her. Donna is one of 11 artists who have gathered for open studio time at the Baldwin City Lumberyard Arts Center. “It’s nice to see your art through other people’s eyes,” she says. Sitting beside Donna, Natasha Deitz is working on a series of “bugs from the garden” with watercolor pencils. Natasha drives from Gardner each Thursday to join this supportive group of artists. She says that since moving back to Kansas a year ago, she has been thankful to find a place where she can learn from other artists and share some of her own knowledge as well. The Lumberyard Arts Center offers art All of the artists echo the same praise of the center’s support for artists. classes, an open studio, rotating exhibits, and event space. In the 15 years since it was first conceived by “Lumberyard Legend” Sandy Cardens, it has become a welcoming community space with the potential to be an even more important part of the heart of Baldwin City. In addition to serving as an open studio for artists, the Lumberyard Arts Center has art classes for people of all ages, a gallery featuring rotating exhibits by area artists and Baldwin City students, a full catering kitchen, and open space for event rentals. Thanks to a lot of fundraising from friends and businesses in the area, and grant support from DCCF, the arts center brings artists together for intergenerational experiences and learning opportunities, and provides a beautiful venue for special events.

Eudora Schools Foundation meets challenges for students, staff, and the Eudora community

In August 2017, the principals of USD 491 schools in Eudora gathered to discuss student and staff needs for the upcoming school year. Concerns included the need for more mental health services, more internet hot spots for students, and a growing concern about cyber etiquette. Ticking through the list of needs, Shanda Hurla, executive director of the Eudora Schools Foundation (ESF), went to work raising funds for these concerns. “The last 12 months have been really amazing for ESF. Our annual campaign targeting staff, board members, and community members has raised $30,000, and we have been extremely successful seeking funding through grants from various organizations including DCCF,” Shanda said.

ESF also supports teacher excellence grants. In the last year, grants totaling $15,000 were awarded to 22 teachers. The grants funded enrichment opportunities for middle school students and allowed faculty to create a wide variety of before- and after-school activities such as a STEM club, a handwriting club, a nutrition club, and a first aid club.

DCCF grants have included funds for smart buses so students have homework access during their bus time, funds for mobile hotspots for students without internet access at home, and funds for youth mental health first aid training for all staff in USD 491. “We were thrilled to receive a community grant from DCCF to implement the mental health first aid program. This funding will not only benefit our schools, but we will

“DCCF is such an amazing resource for Douglas County nonprofit organizations — I have learned that you should never underestimate the possibilities! I am so thankful ESF has been able to partner with DCCF to meet the challenges and make our schools stronger for our community.” SHANDA HURL A

provide training to the Eudora community, as well. We are thankful to be able to address the number one concern we heard from our principals this year,” Shanda said. “DCCF is such an amazing resource for Douglas County nonprofit organizations — I have learned that you should never underestimate the possibilities! I am so thankful ESF has been able to partner with DCCF to meet the challenges and make our schools stronger for our community.” The Eudora Schools Foundation Endowment Fund is one of more than 60 organization funds growing at DCCF.

Together, we are investing in the future of our community

Charitable giving opportunities through donor-advised funds We are here to make it easy for you. If you wish to explore setting up a donor-advised fund, we can help. We’re local, trusted, and dedicated to making Douglas County the best place it can be. Giving through us, you can: • Support charities that matter most to you. • Give cash, stocks, bonds, real estate and other assets. • Learn about community issues and needs. • Receive personal service. • Get the maximum tax benefits allowed by law. If you are working with a professional adviser, we will help create a giving approach that works best for your unique situation.

Grants to community organizations Nearly $4 million was granted through DCCF donor-advised

funds and grant programs in 2017 to support the most vulnerable populations in our community, improve our environment, and provide educational opportunities for our children. DCCF Community Grants support a wide range of local projects in the areas of arts and culture, children and youth, community development, education, health, housing, and human services. Grants are awarded twice a year. The Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund supports a wide variety of local efforts to preserve and understand nature. Grants are awarded in the fall each year.

For a full list of grant opportunities and how to apply, please visit

LiveWell Community Wellness Grants aim to support the health of Douglas County residents by creating conditions that lead to healthy eating and physically active lifestyles. Grants are awarded in the fall each year. Momentum Grants fuel projects and programs that help people experiencing poverty reach their potential. Grants are awarded in the spring of each year.

Statement of Financial Position

Board of Directors and Staff

As of December 31, 2017 Current assets Cash and cash equivalents Cash held on behalf of others

$ 2,421,899 91,538

Investments 40,518,955 Investments held on behalf of others Total current assets

1,994,995 45,027,387

Web Golden, Chair Attorney, Stevens and Brand, LLP

Becki Dick Owner, Custom Mobile Equipment, Inc.

LaVerne Epp Executive Chairman, Bioscience & Technology Business Center, University of Kansas

Bob Fairchild Senior Judge and Retired Douglas County District Court Chief Judge

Harry Gibson Retired Executive, Exxon Mobil

Melissa Padgett Community Volunteer

Dan Sabatini Architect, Sabatini Architects, Inc.

Dan Simons President, The World Company

Beth Stella Community Volunteer

Steve Warren Distinguished Professor, Dole Human Development Center, University of Kansas

Evan Williams Chef/Owner, Evan Williams Catering

Chip Blaser Executive Director

Kay Grosshans Administrative Officer

Heather Hoy Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations

Property and equipment, net 4,479 Other assets Investments 825,061 Assets held in charitable remainder trust Cash value life insurance Total assets

301,983 77,795 $ 46,236,705

Current liabilities Accrued salaries, benefits, and taxes Liability related to split interest agreements Agency funds payable Other current liabilities Total current liabilities

$ 25,598 239,752 2,086,533 50,203 2,402,086

Net assets Unrestricted 9,372,817 Unrestricted - donor advised


Unrestricted - field of interest


Total unrestricted net assets


Temporarily restricted


Permanently restricted


Total net assets Total liabilities and net assets

43,834,619 $ 46,236,705

Lori Trenholm Director of Community Investment


Together, we are enriching the lives of Douglas County citizens through charitable action

Profile for Douglas County Community Foundation

2018 Report to the Community