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Newsletter Community Impact

Spring 2012

Foundation awards $149,000 to boost local safety net, arts, early learning and more The foundation awarded a record 40 community fund grants this year to support a variety of projects in Douglas County. More than half of the grants will help vulnerable residents access food, shelter, medical care, childcare, and in-home care. Other awards will boost arts and cultural opportunities, and provide for the safety and education of children. Grants include:  ealth Care Access Clinic—a commitment to proH vide up to $15,000 to help streamline services to Douglas County’s 14,000 uninsured residents. ERC Resource & Referral and Children’s Learning Center—grants totaling $13,200 to replace cribs in area childcare centers with ones that meet new safety standards. Just Food and Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry— a total of $10,000 to meet increasing demand for food assistance. These two pantries feed 3,000 people per month. Just Food also distributes food to 23 partner pantries in the area. Kansas Humanities Council and the Lumberyard Arts Center—a total of $7,000 to help Baldwin City host a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, “The Way We Worked.”

Boys and Girls Club, and Lawrence Public Schools to improve Kennedy Elementary fifth-grade students’ reading and math proficiency. Donations from community members fund these grants. The late Tensie Oldfather established the community grants program with a major gift in 2000. Each year, generous citizens add funds.

“With each annual grant cycle, the foundation board recognizes and values the impact of Tensie Oldfather, whose generous vision will strengthen Douglas County for generations to come.”  arbara Carswell B Foundation Board Chair

The foundation also makes grants year-round from many donor-advised, organization, field of interest and scholarship funds.

Communities in Schools of Kansas—$4,100 to help launch a collaborative effort with the United Way, the




Total funding was up 25% over last year.

Lists of all 2012 community grants and DCCF funds are available at

Charitable Action

Grants help people gain mobility and independence


hether the destination is a playground, a job site or a doctor’s office, just getting there can be a challenge for some local residents. Thanks to our donors, DCCF made these grants in 2011 that are helping people get to everyday places.

Van Go Mobile Arts has a new van that gets teens from school to its worksite. The students get valuable job training and support while creating vibrant art.

Susan Johnson, Steering Committee Chair

Cindy Johnson, Steering Committee Chair-Elect

Independence, Inc. transports people with disabilities and seniors in a specially equipped van. Destinations include doctors’ offices, worksites, and grocery stores.

The Kansas Health Foundation recently gave LiveWell Lawrence a new grant to work on policies that will increase access to healthy foods communitywide. Bruce Passman, Charlie Bryan and Eileen Horn manage the project. Leadership team members are Aron Cromwell, Rick Doll, Mike Gaughan, Marilyn Hull, Susan Johnson, Gene Meyer and Dan Partridge.

Tiny-K helped Becca, a 2 1/2 year old with cerebral palsy, get a walker that is just her size. Now she participates in all preschool activities. Anytime other kids walk, she does too.

WorkWell Lawrence and WorkWell Kansas will help local employers promote a culture of health at worksites. Participants include Allen Press, the City of Lawrence, DCCCA, Douglas County District Court, KU Endowment, KU faculty and staff, the local McDonalds franchise, the Merc and the World Company.


Charitable Action

Police give and receive community support through charitable funds


hree new funds establish convenient ways for the public to make contributions that support the work of our men and women in blue.

The Lawrence Police Foundation Fund was created by local citizens, including several graduates of the Lawrence Police Department Citizen Academy, to help support department needs not covered by city funds. The group is currently seeking donations from the public to assist in purchasing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for LPD patrol cars.

The Ride4COPS Fund was established by Lawrence resident, former police officer and businessman Harry Herington to support families of law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty.

The Lawrence Police Blue Santa Fund collects donations for holiday toys and food for low-income families. Supporters donate using DCCF’s online giving website.

Harry Herington shares his ride with a family at a Ride4Cops event.

Donate online at

Board of Directors Barbara Carswell Chairman

John Elmore Harry Gibson Webster Golden Patricia Long

Nonprofit News Lawrence Chamber Orchestra celebrated its 40th season with its Baroque by Candlelight Concert on March 25. Willow Domestic Violence Center has a new executive director. Joan Schultz served as interim director for six months prior to her permanent appointment. Before joining the Willow staff, she was director of customer affairs for the Kansas Children’s Service League. Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence hired Colby Wilson as its new executive director. He most recently worked as area director of a Boys and Girls Club in Tacoma, Washington.

Mike McGrew Vickie Randel Reggie Robinson

25% Matching Opportunity: For a limited time, endowed gifts to agency and specific purpose funds such as the Futures Fund, the Lawrence Police Foundation Fund and the Fairy Godmother Fund earn a 25% match from DCCF. See our website for details.

Dan Sabatini Dolph Simons, Jr. Evan Williams Chip Blaser Executive Director

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Newsletter Spring 2012

Foundation awards $149,000 to boost local safety net, arts, early learning and more

Grants help people gain mobility and independence

Police give and receive community support through charitable funds

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