Leave a Legacy

 Plan a Gift for the Future and Leave a Lasting Legacy


Many have a desire to give back, to preserve the kind of life they have had and the things they have enjoyed. With a little planning, you can create a lasting legacy that will impact your community and future generations. A planned gift through your estate will continue to grow and give to your community …. Forever!

Consider what is important to you …… the church where you worship, the schools your children attended, the park where your grandchildren play or a local charity that you care about.  You can ensure that the things that make your community a great place to live, continue even beyond your lifetime.

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Legacy Society consists of generous individuals who have made a planned gift through their estates. While personal and family obligations should always come first, a Legacy Society contribution assures the donor that their contributions will make an impact well into the future. Deferred gifts may be set up to go into any existing fund of the Foundation or you may choose to establish a fund to benefit the charity of your choice.

Legacy giving only requires a thoughtful intention to make a difference by identifying a charitable organization through a bequest in your will, trust or estate plan. You can designate a specific amount of money, a percentage of your estate or specific assets such as stock, real or personal property. Another way to leave a legacy gift is designating the Community Foundation as the beneficiary or co-beneficiary of retirement plans or life insurance policies. We encourage donors to talk to their attorney, financial planner and/or certified public accountant to determine which kind of planned gift works best for their financial situation and tax benefit.

Imagine the good that could be done if each one of us remembered a favorite charity or cause in our will or estate plan. Help us make our Southeast Kansas communities a better place to live. Consider leaving a legacy gift through the Community Foundation. For more information contact us at 620-231-8897.


Match Day 2016 A Success

Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Raises $71,883 on Match Day in support of 20 local organizations


On November 29th, the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas hosted its first ever Match Day.  The purpose of the event was to celebrate giving back to the community on “Giving Tuesday”, the day proclaimed for giving.  The results were even greater than anticipated.  Over 200 contributions were received totaling $71,883.  20 local organizations benefited by increasing their endowed funds which will generate present and future income annually to address community needs. The Community Foundation distributed an additional $20,000 proportionately to the organizations, for a grand total of $91,883.


Two organization directors shared their thoughts on the giving to their endowed funds. Bev Clarkson, Pittsburg Public Library Director, stated in a message to the Community Foundation “The Match Day was an inspired idea and a tremendous success.  We appreciate all the good works that the Community Foundation does for the library and our community”.  Additionally, Angels Among Us Director, Diana Polston, shared the following, “I would like to thank our friends and family who were so generous in making donations for Match Day! We will be able to help so many cancer patients with financial needs and this reaffirms what great friends and what a supportive and loving community we have in Pittsburg, KS. Thank you to everyone who donated not only to Angels, but to all of the agencies who received donations!”

“These results reflect highly of our community and how compassionately people care about the wonderful work of our local nonprofit organizations. We are thrilled with the results and grateful to all who supported and contributed to our Match Day organizations. The success of this event is a tribute to the generosity of people in southeast Kansas” stated Community Foundation director, Kit Parks.


Match Day 2016 Announcement


“Start spreading the News”


Good News! The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is having its first ever Match Day!!!!!!

On Tuesday, November 29, a one-day event celebrating charitable giving on National Giving Tuesday,  the Community Foundation will provide $20,000 to match gifts made to agency and organization CFSEK endowed funds. The match will be pro-rated on a percentage basis.

All donations to an organization and the match donation from CFSEK will be placed in the organization’s endowment fund. 

An organizations endowment funds are invested for the purpose of producing present and future income annually for distributions to be used for operating, programming or a special project.

Method of Donating On November 29th :

_ For a 24 hour period, donations can be made on-line at www.southeastkansas.org.

_ In person at the Community Foundation office at 100 S. Broadway, Suite 100, Pittsburg, KS between 8:00am and 5:30pm.

_ By check mailed to PO Box 1448, Pittsburg, KS 66762 with a postmark of November 29th, 2016.


Donations to endowed funds will be eligible for a pro-rated match.

Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Donations can be made to multiple eligible organizations having endowment funds.

Receipts will be issued to each individual making a donation.

Checks should be made to the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas writing the name of the organization being donated to in the memo line or submitted with a donation form.

Donors can choose to be anonymous.


The following endowed agency /organization funds are eligible for Match Day funds:

Angels Among Us Mother to Mother Ministry
Big Brothers & Big Sisters    Mount Carmel Foundation
Big Brutus Northeast School District 246
Children’s Advocacy Center Pittsburg Beautiful
Elm Acres Foundation Pittsburg Public Library Foundation
Family Resource Center Pittsburg USD 250 Foundation
Franklin Community Council Safehouse Crisis Center
Healthcare Access for All Southeast Kansas Humane Society
Homer Cole Community Center Stilwell Heritage & Education
J.L. Hutchinson League St. Mary’s Colgan School
McCune United Methodist Church United Way of SW MO & SE KS

Future Fund Awards Grants to 2016 Recipients

Future Fund 2016

  1. CLASS – Eco Shred Document Destruction Services
  2. Crawford County Fair Association – Angels Among Us Building Upgrades
  3. Family Resource Center – Playground Riding Path
  4. Mount Carmel Foundation – F.A.S.T. – Community Stroke Education
  5. The Salvation Army – Christmas Stocking Stuffers
  6. Special Olympics Kansas – Winter Sports Program
  7. Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother’s Fund – Grants for Women in Need            

Westar Makes Donation to City Hike/Bike Trail

Westar Foundation Check to CFSEK

The Westar Foundation made a donation to Jamie Clarkson, City of Pittsburg Finance Director, as part of Westar’s contribution to the Rouse Street Hike and Bike Trail in Pittsburg.
Jamie was presented the check by Kari West, Business Manager for Westar Energy. Accepting the check on behalf of the Trail project is Kit Parks, Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Executive Director.

Thank you, Westar Energy!