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Dane G. Hansen Foundation

TCCF Matching Grant Initiative

Your help is needed to raise $100,000 by the end of October 2016

In March 2016, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation held the area's first-ever Community Foundation Forum in Hays, Kan., that was attended by more than a hundred community-minded people from across northwest Kansas, including representatives from the Thomas County Community Foundation.

At the forum, trustees of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation announced several initiatives and commitments to each of their 26-county service areas. Designed to encourage the growth of permanent funds in each county, the Hansen Foundation has encouraged community foundations in to select a particular month in which it will host a matching event or campaign. The Thomas County Community Foundation has designated the month of October for this opportunity. During October, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation will provide a 100% match for every dollar raised to TCCF's endowed unrestricted community grant fund, up to $50,000. Matching dollars from the Hansen Foundation will also be added to the participating community foundation's endowed unrestricted grant fund.

In response to this unique opportunity and via feedback received by community members who attended local town hall meetings, Board of the Directors of the Thomas County Community Foundation has identified a need to better serve the smaller communities throughout the county, especially in regards to youth involvement. TCCF has chosen to utilize the matching fund opportunity from Dane G. Hansen Foundation to address this important need by establishing teams throughout Thomas County to promote youth leadership, education, community and TCCF interaction.

The teams, explains TCCF Director Barry B. Kaaz, "will comprise of high school juniors, seniors and adult mentors throughout Thomas County to help provide better interaction between the foundation and the communities it serves."

The Youth Leadership Teams will be asked to identify needs within their respective home towns and develop grant proposals for which the TCCF can evaluate, approve and give funding for.

"Residents are the most knowledgeable about the needs of their own communities," explained a representative from the Hansen Foundation. "Providing the opportunity for a community to create or build a sustainable pool of dollars available to meet ongoing and future needs enables community members to confidently plan for the future of their home towns.

"The matching grant initiative provides opportunities for northwest Kansas residents to define and address community concerns which should in turn, keep residents invested in not only determining and addressing needs, but planning for growth," said the Hansen Foundation.

TCCF is fortunate for this opportunity and is planning on several benefit events during October to help promote the campaign to raise $50,000. A raffle drawing will take place during the whole month, with a winner being announced on Monday,Oct. 31; a Benefit Fun Shoot will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8; and of course, this donation drive.

Proceeds from these efforts will go towards the Hansen Matching Fund Drive campaign. Donations to directly support the initiative are sincerely appreciative and can be made by mailing a check, or by giving an online donation here via credit card or PayPal.

Please feel free to contact TCCF Director Barry B. Kaaz with questions regarding this exciting matching fund campaign.