It is with much sorrow to report we have lost our friend and Executive Director, Cathy White, on March 26, 2015. Cathy has lived a full, rich and wonderful life and will be missed very much. We know that's she's at peace and in a better place.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 3035 South Central City Road, Joplin, Mo 64804 or the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas.

"2015 Rita J. Bicknell grant application is now available. There are two categories available for grants from the Women’s Funds: grant requests of greater than $2,000 and grant requests of $2,000 or less. Apply for a Rita J Bicknell Women’s Fund grant when you click the “Grant Application” link from within the For Grantseekers area of the website. Print and submit the Grant application personally or use the postal service.

The application is only available April 1 through April 30.

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"The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas serves the region by encouraging charitable giving benefiting the common good and the quality of life. We inspire leadership with programming that is responsive to the interests and needs of those we serve now and in the future."

States across the country are experiencing an unprecedented transfer of wealth as estates change hands from one generation to the next. By 2020 in Kansas alone the transfer of wealth is estimated to be $79 billion, and will increase to $598 billion by 2064.

Many people designate their entire estate to their children. Since more people leave the communities where they were raised much of the inherited wealth leave, too. The Keep 5 in Kansas campaign promotes capturing 5% of the estate wealth which could be up to $4 billion going back to communities.