Future Fund

The Future Fund is a philanthropic giving circle comprised of friends and family of the Pittsburg area who pool their resources to make a difference in Crawford County. Contributors gifts make grants in the Crawford County, Kansas area possible for not-for-profit agencies and organizations, schools, religious and governmental institutions. Since 2006, the Future Fund Giving Circle has awarded over $119,000 in grants, $15,622 in 2020 alone. Annual contributions to the Future Fund are only $250. To learn more about the opportunity to pool your resources with others who care about our area and make a larger difference through the Future Fund, contact us or email Program Coordinator Sherri Stephens.  

2020 Future Fund grant applications were due by August 31.

2020 Future Fund Grant Recipients


  • Chicopee Foundation on behalf of Cato School: Cato School Maintenance.
  • Community Health Center of SEK: ‘Clothing Our Kids in Need’ Baby4Baby clothing packets.
  • Crawford County Historical Museum: iPad stands for interactive museum exhibits.
  • Eastern Kansas Adult Education: ‘Begin Anew’ GED testing for Crawford County residents.
  • Family Resource Center: Sleeping cots for the Monkey/Gecko classroom.
  • Homer Cole Community Center, Inc.: Meeting and event table replacement.
  • Kansas Children’s Service League: Parent resources of thermometers and ‘What to do When Your Child Gets Sick’ English and Spanish books.
  • Kansas Kids Gear Up: Incentives for participation in ‘Virtual Reality-Get REAL with Learning’.
  • Live Well Crawford County: Crawford County 5th grade “Kick Butts” poster contest.
  • Osage Township Rural Fire Dept. District No. 1: Create backup power for emergency use through the purchase and installation of a generator.
  • Pittsburg Mother to Mother Ministry: Support for monthly group education and fellowship meeting operations.
  • PSU Foundation: Creation of a mural for Crawford County within the downtown Pittsburg area by the PSU Art Department.
  • Southeast Kansas Humane Society: Two industrial fans for ‘A Breath of Fresh Air for our Pets & Visitors’.
  • Special Olympics Kansas: Boxed meals for athletes at events due to Coivd-19.
  • The Salvation Army: Socks for the community Christmas distribution.
  • Wesley House (First United Methodist Church): Utility/Platform trucks and food pantry supplies to utilize car side pick-up from the food pantry.
  • Women’s Resource Center (Vie Medical Clinic): BrightCourse online curriculum license to allow parenting classes for 10 clients at a time.

States across the country are experiencing an unprecedented transfer of wealth as estates change hands from one generation to the next. By 2025 in Kansas alone the transfer of wealth is estimated to be $67 billion, and will increase to $1.16 trillion by 2070.

Many people designate their entire estate to their children. As more people leave the communities where they were raised, much of the inherited wealth leaves, too. The Keep 5 in Kansas campaign aims to capture 5% of the estate wealth, which could give back $58 billion to Kansas communities over the next 50 years.