The Winter 2020 Newsletter Has Arrived!

The winter 2020 Charitable Connection has arrived. Here's what you'll find inside:

  • Our Match Day 2020 results. (Spoiler: It's good news!)
  • A plan that could help Southeast Kansas forever.
  • An introduction to our newest funds.
  • A thank-you to our 2020 Board of Trustees.

We hope you'll check it out!

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Get Ready for Match Day 2020!

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas invites you to participate in its fifth annual Match Day on December 1, 2020, National Giving Tuesday! CFSEK has set aside $40,000 to match community gifts to the endowment funds of 25 local nonprofit organizations. Each participating fund 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 2020, you will help support the participating organizations and the Southeast Kansas communities they serve for years to come. Keep reading to learn more about this wonderful opportunity!

Match Day basics

Since 2016, the Community Foundation has hosted Match Day every year on National Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Match Day is an exciting fundraising opportunity that gives participating nonprofits the change to grow their endowed funds held with CFSEK. 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.

Through 2019, Match Day has raised more than $550,000 in total funds for CFSEK's nonprofit partners. Community support for Match Day has always been phenomenal, and with more partner organizations this year than any before, we look forward to that trend continuing in 2020!

Calculating match amounts

Each participating nonprofit's endowed fund is entitled to 100% of the donations made to that fund, plus a prorated match out of the $40,000 match pool. That is, each fund will receive a portion of the $40,000 match pool that is proportionate to the fund's share of community donations on Match Day--subject to a 20% limit.

Participating organizations

A record 25 organizations will be participating in Match Day 2020:

  • Angels Among Us is an organization of volunteers who raise funds to provide for the area's cancer patients, helping them with outstanding financial needs such as rent, utilities, and medicine.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters creates and supports one-on-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
  • Big Brutus memorializes the mining heritage of Southeast Kansas by creating environments that education, provid recollections, and celebrations.
  • Chicopee Foundation supports the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of the Chicopee Community Center for civic and social activities.
  • Family Resource Center provides children from birth to 12 years old with a safe and caring atmosphere that promotes physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth.
  • Food Security Fund supports the Wesley House Food Bank in Pittsburg.
  • Friends of the SEK Symphony supports the activities of the Southeast Kansas Symphony.
  • Frontenac Education Foundation supports scholarships for Frontenac High School seniors and supplies library books, computers, and other educational materials and equipment for Frontenac students and teachers.
  • Healthcare Access for All 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 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.
  • Miners Hall Museum Foundation is dedicated to preserving and sharing Southeast Kansas coal-mining history and its diverse immigrant culture.
  • Mount Carmel Foundation secures and extends financial resources to the operation, maintenannce, 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 works to enhance the education of USD 246 youth.
  • Pittsburg Fmaily YMCA (Youth & Membership 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 provides free access to ideas, materials, and services that support the cultural, educational, and recreational enrichment of the community.
  • PSU Foundation facilitates philanthropy for the university's teaching, research, and service/civic-engagement functions.
  • Safehouse Crisis Center provides services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • 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 provides special-education and related services to students enrolled in 13 Southeast Kansas school districts.
  • 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.
  • St. Mary's Colgan Catholic Schools, 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 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) 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 SWMO & SEK 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.
  • USD 250 Educational Foundation promotes excellence of educational opportunities for all students through enhancement of school facilities, services, and programs.

How you can help

You can help us spread the word about Match Day on social media or donate on Match Day by:

  • Delivering your donation to our office on or before December 1. You can leave your contribution, along with a completed Match Day Donation Form (downloads PDF), in the drop box outside our office in the basement of the Commerce Bank building in Pittsburg, 100 S. Broadway St., Ste. 100.
  • Donate online on December 1. The week of Match Day, we will update 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.
  • Mail a check with a postmark of no later than December 2. You can mail your check to us at P.O. Box 1448, Pittsburg, KS 66762. Be sure to include a completed Match Day Donation Form (downloads PDF) so we can know which organizations you'd like your donation to benefit.

Please make checks payable to the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas. If you aren't using a donation form with your check, please write the organization name(s) in the memo line.

How to learn more

You can call us at (620) 231-8897, email us, or message us on Facebook to learn more. 

It's Time for the 2020 Grant Celebration!


Welcome to the 2020 Grant Celebration!

A unique year brings a unique celebration. Normally around this time of year we hold our annual Grant Celebration, a one-night event to recognize all the good works being done in Southeast Kansas by non-profit organizations, schools, churches, and government entities that received CFSEK grants during the year.

This year, we've replaced our normal in-person event with a multimedia extravaganza, and it all starts with a special edition newsletter:

In this issue, you'll find:

  • Welcome from our Board of Trustees president, Ron Rhodes
  • Introduction from our Program Coordinator, Sherri Stephens
  • Lists of all our 2020 grantees
  • Featured stories about 7 of our grantees
  • Links to featured videos from 8 of our grantees
  • A reminder about Match Day 2020
  • ... and more!

Once you're done with the newsletter, why not follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with our latest Grant Celebration posts? Or head over to YouTube, where we've collected our series of Grant Celebration videos into a single playlist!

Now, stop reading this post, and let the Grant Celebration begin!

Our Summer 2020 Newsletter Is Here!

The summer 2020 CFSEK newsletter has arrived, sporting a new design, a classic title, and the latest news about the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas! In this issue, you'll find:

  • A memorial tribute to our late friend Rita J. Bicknell
  • Current SEK grant opportunities
  • Stories of organizations that have made a difference in SEK during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • An update on our annual Grant Celebration
  • A full list of our 2020-2021 scholarship recipients
  • And more!

So, what are you waiting for? Give it a read and let us know what you think of the new layout, old title, or any of the stories we've included.

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2020 Future Fund Grant Applications Are Now Available

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) is pleased to announce that the 2020 Future Fund Giving Circle grant application is now available through August 31, 2020. The Future Fund provides grants for Crawford County, Kansas, nonprofit organizations, schools, and religious and governmental organizations. This year's grant application can be found on the Future Fund page of our website and is due by August 31, 2020.

Keep reading to learn more about Future Fund grants.

What are Future Fund grants?

Established in 2005, the CFSEK Future Fund is composed of a group of community members who pool their resources for important charitable projects in Crawford County, Kansas.

In 2019, the Future Fund awarded $14,586 to support 16 Crawford County organizations, with the amount of each grant ranging from $236 to $2,500. Past projects that received grants from the Future Fund include:

  • The Family Resource Center provided book bags and books to families with infants and toddlers.
  • The Girard Warriors Youth Track Club purchased javelins and shot puts for their track-and-field athletes.
  • PSU Exercise Science students worked with local firefighters on a Wellness Fitness Initiative.
  • Quilts of Valor purchased materials to create quilts to honor local veterans for their service.
  • SEK Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother's Fund provided grants to support needed car repair or insurance assistance for families.

For a full list of 2019 grant recipients, see our Future Fund page.

For 2020, the Future Fund Review Committee hopes to award a total of $15,622 to local nonprofits.

Who can apply for Future Fund grants?

Future Fund grants are only available for 501(c)(3) organizations, educational institutions, units of government, and religious organizations in Crawford County, Kansas. If you're uncertain whether your group or organization is eligible for a grant, please contact us for help.

How to apply for a Future Fund grant

To apply for a Future Fund grant, download the grant application (downloads Word document) from our website or request it by emailing Sherri Stephens. You can submit your application in one of three ways:

  • Email to (Preferred)
  • Mail to:
    Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas
    P.O. Box 1448
    Pittsburg, KS 66762
  • Hand delivery to the drop box outside our office in the basement of the Commerce Bank building in Pittsburg:
    100 S. Broadway, Ste. 100
    Pittsburg, KS 66762

Your application should be typed, one-sided, and not stapled. It should include proof of nonprofit status if not already on file with CFSEK.

Applications must be returned to CFSEK by August 31, 2020.