Today is Match Day 2019!

Match Day 2019 participating organization logos.

Good news! The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) is hosting Match Day 2019!

Today, Tuesday, December 3, a one-day event celebrating charitable giving on National Giving Tuesday, the Community Foundation is providing $35,000 to match gifts made to participating agencies' and organizations' CFSEK endowed funds. The match for each fund will be prorated on a percentage basis, not to exceed 20% of the total match amount.

All donations to an organization or agency, plus the match amount from the Community Foundation, will be placed in the organization's or agency's endowment fund held by CFSEK. These endowment funds are invested to produce present and future income annually for distributions to be used for operating and programming expenses or special projects.

How you can donate today

You have three options for contributing to Match Day:

  1. Deliver your donation in person to the CFSEK office today, December 3. Our office is located in the basement of the Commerce Bank building in Pittsburg. Our address is 100 S. Broadway St., Ste. 100, Pittsburg. We will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
  2. Donate online today, December 3. We have updated our Donate Today page to highlight our Match Day partners. Select one of the Match Day organizations in the dropdown list and click the "Donate" button under "Option 2." Then, you'll be taken to PayPal's website to complete your transaction using a credit or debit card or PayPal.
  3. Mail a check with a postmark of no later than December 4. You can mail your check to us at P.O. Box 1448 in Pittsburg. Make your check payable to the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas and write the name of the participating organization you want to donate to in the memo line.

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, meaning that your donations are tax-deductible. Donation receipts will be mailed or emailed to you, and you can choose to make your donation anonymously.

Organizations participating in Match Day 2019

For Match Day 2019, we have a record 24 local nonprofit organizations participating. They are:

  • Angels Among Us
  • Chicopee Foundation
  • Family Resource Center
  • Food Security Fund (Wesley House)
  • Frontenac Education Foundation
  • Healthcare Access for All
  • Homer Cole Community Center
  • J.L. Hutchinson Baseball League
  • Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Miners Hall Museum
  • Mount Carmel Foundation
  • Northeast USD 246 Education Foundation
  • Pittsburg Beautiful
  • Pittsburg Family YMCA (Memberships and Youth Programs)
  • Pittsburg Public Library
  • Pittsburg USD 250 Educational Foundation
  • SEK Humane Society
  • SEK Interlocal #637
  • SEK Women Helping Women
  • Southeast Kansas Symphony
  • St. Mary's Colgan Catholic Schools
  • The Lord's Diner
  • The Salvation Army (Senior Programs)
  • United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas

How to learn more

To learn more about Match Day, check out our mid-November post about Match Day, call us at (620) 231-8897, send us a message on Facebook or stop by our office in the basement of the Commerce Bank building.


Match Day 2019 is coming soon!

Match Day 2019 participating organization logos.

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) invites you to participate in its fourth annual Match Day on December 3, National Giving Tuesday. The Community Foundation has set aside $35,000 to match gifts made to 24 local nonprofit organizations with CFSEK endowed funds. Those 24 organizations will receive a prorated match out of the match funds based on total donations received, up to 20% of the total match amount.

By participating in Match Day 2019, you help support these 24 local nonprofits and the southeast Kansas communities they serve for years to come. Whether you can give only a little or a lot, your donation matters!

Learn more about Match Day below.

What is Match Day?

Every year since 2016, the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas has hosted Match Day to celebrate National Giving Tuesday on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Match Day is an exciting fundraising opportunity that gives participating nonprofits the chance to grow their endowed funds held with the Community Foundation. All Match Day donations and match amounts are placed in the nonprofits' CFSEK endowed funds. Endowed funds are invested to produce present and future income for distributions that can be used for our partners' operating expenses, programming, and special projects.

Counting all three Match Days from 2016 through 2018, the event has provided more than $400,000 in total funds for the Community Foundation's nonprofit partners. Community support for Match Day has always been phenomenal, and, with more Match Day partner organizations than ever before, we look forward to that trend continuing this year!

How are match amounts determined?

Each participating nonprofit's endowed fund is entitled to 100% of the donations made to that nonprofit, plus a prorated match out of the $35,000 match pool based on total donations received, but subject to a 20% limit. For example, if one participating organization receives 10% of all Match Day donations, then it will get 10% of the match pool ($3,500). If an organization receives 35% of all Match Day donations, then it will get 20% of the match pool ($7,000). 

What organizations are participating?

For Match Day 2019, we have a record 24 local nonprofit organizations participating. They are:

  • Angels Among Us: Angels Among Us is an organization of volunteers who raise funds to provide for the area's cancer patients by helping them with outstanding financial needs, such as rent, utilities, and medication. 
  • Chicopee Foundation: The Chicopee Foundation supports the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of the Chicopee Community Center for civic and social activities.
  • Family Resource Center: The Center provides children between the ages of birth and 12 years with a safe and caring atmosphere that promotes physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth. 
  • Food Security Fund (Wesley House): The Food Security Fund Endowment supports the Wesley House Food Bank in Pittsburg.
  • Frontenac Education Foundation: The Frontenac Education Foundation Endowment supports scholarships for Frontenac High School seniors and supplies library books, computers, and other educational materials and equipment for FHS students.
  • Healthcare Access for All: The Healthcare Access for All Endowment benefits patients of the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas by providing access to healthcare services to the uninsured and underserved population in our area.
  • Homer Cole Community Center: The Homer Cole Community Center provides facilities and programs to enhance the welfare of the population of Pittsburg, Kansas; to share information; and to offer various social, educational, and cultural activities.
  • J.L. Hutchinson Baseball League: The J.L. Hutchinson Baseball League promotes and facilitates the playing of youth-league recreational baseball in Pittsburg, Kansas. The overarching goal is to use the game of baseball to teach and encourage outstanding sportsmanship and citizenship among its youth participants.
  • Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters: Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
  • Miners Hall Museum: The Miners Hall Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing Southeast Kansas coal-mining history and its diverse immigrant culture.
  • Mount Carmel Foundation: The Mount Carmel Foundation secures and extends financial resources to the operation, maintenance, facilities, and services of Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg and contributes to healthcare and maintenance of the people of Southeast Kansas and the surrounding region.
  • Northeast USD 246 Education Foundation: The Northeast USD 246 Education Foundation works to enhance the education of USD 246 youth.
  • Pittsburg Beautiful: Pittsburg Beautiful is a citizen's group with a common interest in contributing to enhance and beautify the City of Pittsburg. The group is responsible for landscaping throughout Pittsburg.
  • Pittsburg Family YMCA (Memberships and Youth Programs): The Pittsburg YMCA Jack Bache Fund for Scholarships is an endowed fund that provides scholarship assistance for YMCA memberships and youth programs, promoting healthy activity and enrichment opportunities.
  • Pittsburg Public Library: The Pittsburg Public Library provides free access to ideas, materials, and services that support the cultural, educational, and recreational enrichment of the community. 
  • Pittsburg USD 250 Educational Foundation: The USD 250 Educational Foundation promotes excellence of educational opportunities for all students through enhancement of school facilities, services, and programs.
  • SEK Humane Society: The SEK Humane Society rescues homeless and endangered pets in our area. Its mission is to eliminate animal suffering, promote the importance of the human-animal bond, educate individuals regarding pet responsibility and respect, and aim toward reducing pet overpopulation through an aggressive spay/neuter program.
  • SEK Interlocal #637: SEK Interlocal #637 provides special education and related services to students enrolled in 13 Southeast Kansas school districts.
  • SEK Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother's Fund: SEK Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother's Fund offers financial assistance with grants of up to $500 to help women in our area with one-time needs that cannot be met by existing agencies.
  • Southeast Kansas Symphony: The William J. Sollner Memorial Endowment Fund supports the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra music and education program.
  • St. Mary's Colgan Catholic Schools: St. Mary's Colgan, a ministry of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, assists parents in teaching the Catholic faith in an environment that challenges students academically, expects high standards of Christian behavior and stewardship, and cultivates the development of the whole person.
  • The Lord's Diner: The Lord's Diner serves an evening meal 365 days a year. A small paid staff, assisted by more than 800 volunteers representing many faiths and denominations, prepare and serve a hot, nutritious meal in a spirit of compassion, respect, and loving service.
  • The Salvation Army (Senior Programs): The Salvation Army Endowed Fund supports the Salvation Army of Pittsburg's Senior Programming Services provided to Crawford County residents over the age of 55.
  • United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas: United Way fights for the education, health, and financial stabilities of every person in every community. United Way mobilizes the caring power of communities to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens.

How can you contribute?

You have three options for contributing to Match Day:

  1. Deliver your donation in person to the CFSEK office on or before December 3. Our office is located in the basement of the Commerce Bank building in Pittsburg. Our address is 100 S. Broadway St., Ste. 100, Pittsburg.
  2. Donate online on December 3. We will be updating our Donate Today page to highlight our Match Day partners. Select one of the Match Day organizations in the dropdown list and click the "Donate" button under "Option 2." Then, you'll be taken to PayPal's website to complete your transaction.
  3. Mail a check with a postmark of no later than December 4. You can mail your check to us at P.O. Box 1448 in Pittsburg.

Want to learn more?

You can call us at (620) 231-8897 or send us a message on Facebook to learn more. (While you're at it, why not follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest?) You can also stop by our office at 100 S. Broadway, Suite 100, Pittsburg, Kansas (in the basement of the Commerce Bank building).


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

Photograph of a woman beneath a purple sky at sunset.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (NDVAM). Although the first NDVAM was more than 30 years ago, domestic violence remains a serious problem throughout the United States, including right here in southeast Kansas.

Fortunately, our region is well-served by several nonprofit organizations committed to educating the public about domestic violence and empowering victims to escape from abusive relationships and begin the road to recovery. This post provides some basic information about domestic violence with links to further resources, including links to local, regional, and national organizations that can help victims and survivors of domestic violence.

What is domestic violence?

Often when people hear the phrase domestic violence, they think of physical abuse. But that understanding is too narrow. The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence explains that domestic violence is “a pattern of abusive and coercive behavior used to gain dominance, power, and control over an intimate partner.”

That includes physical violence, but other behaviors are often a part of that pattern, too. According to Rebecca Brubaker, executive director of Safehouse Crisis Center, domestic violence is a progressive crime. That means that an abuser’s behavior tends to get worse over time, rather than starting out as physical abuse.

For example, what may begin as emotional abuse, like name-calling or gaslighting, may develop into intimidation, threats, or destruction of property, and only later escalate to physical or sexual violence.

What are the impacts of domestic violence?

Like the definition of domestic violence, the consequences of domestic violence are broader than many people may realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), domestic violence “is a major public health problem affecting millions of people in the United States each year.” A 2015 CDC report found the following impacts, among others:

  • Fear or concern about safety.
  • One or more symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Physical injuries, including injuries requiring medical attention.
  • A need for housing, victim-advocacy, or legal services.
  • Missing at least one day of work or school.

How common is domestic violence in southeast Kansas?

Figuring out exactly how common domestic violence is can be tricky. Between 2013 and 2017 (the last year for which statistics are available), Kansas police reported an average of nearly 23,000 incidents of domestic violence each year to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI).

Of those, more than 1,300 were reported during the typical year in the 11 southeast-Kansas counties served by Safehouse Crisis Center and Hope Unlimited.

But the KBI’s figures only include incidents that were reported by victims to police, and then by police to the KBI. And according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, just over half of domestic-violence incidents are ever reported to police.

That means that the real figure is likely much higher than the number reported by the KBI. In fact, the CDC estimates that more than 1 in 3 women, and about 1 in 3 men, “experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime.”

Resources for victims of domestic violence

Being the victim of domestic violence can leave a person feeling afraid, isolated, and trapped. Fortunately, a nationwide network of victim-advocacy organizations has developed over the last few decades to educate the public about domestic violence and provide support for victims. Those organizations include:

Local resources

Regional resources

National resources


Future Fund applications are in. What happens next?

During August, the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas accepted grant applications for its Future Fund Giving Circle. This year, the Future Fund has $14,586 available for granting. But the applications we received requested a total of more than three times that!

So, like every year, those applications will have to be reviewed to determine which will receive grant awards and which will not be funded this year.

How do we do that? Read on to find out!

Background: What is the Future Fund?

The Future Fund is a “giving circle.” In a giving circle, donors pool their funds and jointly determine how to distribute them. The Future Fund’s founders (try saying that three times fast) decided that its funds would only be available for nonprofits, schools, churches, and government institutions within Crawford County, Kansas.

Other than that restriction, which organizations receive grants from the Future Fund is determined by the Future Fund Review Committee based on those organizations’ grant applications.

In the past, the Review Committee has funded grant requests for organizations such as:

A more complete list of Future Fund grantees going back to 2014 can be found on our Future Fund page.

Behind the scenes of the Future Fund: What we’re up to now

September is a busy month for the Future Fund. During August, local organizations submitted grant applications to the Community Foundation. September is when the Future Fund Review Committee meets to go over those applications and decide which projects to fund. Here’s a timeline for the month:

  • Last week: We mailed application packets to Review Committee members. Those packets included a copy of each grant application, information about committee members’ role, and an organizer to help them keep track of all the grant requests.
  • This week: Between now and the middle of the month, committee members will be reviewing Future Fund grant applications. In determining which grant requests to accept, committee members will consider several factors, including:
    • The requesting organization’s ability to complete the proposed project.
    • The efficacy of the project in addressing the need identified.
    • The efficient use of available resources.
    • The appropriateness of the requested budget for the project.
  • September 17: The Future Fund Review Committee meets. Committee members will discuss each application and together decide which proposals should receive a grant. For successful applications, the Committee will also decide how much money to award, which may be less than the amount requested.

Shortly after the Review Committee’s meeting, the Community Foundation will notify applicants of the Committee’s decision. Successful applicants will also receive a grant contract and grant-evaluation report. Money is distributed from the Future Fund only after the grant contract is returned.

Finally, at the completion of the project or by July 2020, each organization that received a grant will have to return the grant-evaluation report. That report helps us ensure that Future Fund money is being used properly by grantees, and it can impact which organizations receive grants in the future.

How to support the Future Fund

Unfortunately, the Future Fund can’t fund every grant request we receive—at least, not this year. But that’s where community members like you come in.

The Future Fund is open to donations of any amount from anybody. And if your total contributions in a single year are at least $250, you can become a member of the Future Fund and be eligible to serve on the Future Fund Review Committee.

In that way, you can not only help grow the Fund so more money is available for local charities, but you can also help direct how that money impacts our community.

Learn more about the benefits of giving to the Community Foundation.

Of course, you can help even if you can’t donate. You can share this post with friends and colleagues on Facebook so that they can learn more about the Future Fund or the Community Foundation’s many other funds. Or you can volunteer with local charities, enabling them to do more with the resources they have.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Future Fund, the Community Foundation, or charitable opportunities in southeast Kansas, please feel free to contact us today!

Photo by Tim Umphreys


Summer 2019 Newsletter Now Available

The CFSEK Summer 2019 Newsletter is now available! What you'll find in this issue: 

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