Mission, Goals, and Commitment



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.


  1. Maximize the current and long-term impact of charitable donations.
  2. Provide donors with significant financial advantages, tax benefits, convenience, professional management, versatility, and recognition or anonymity.
  3. Tailor grants to donors' interests or areas of concern.
  4. Offer a very personal way to make a meaningful contribution to the quality of life in the following areas:  civic improvements, arts and humanities, health, education, human and social services, and the  conservation and preservation of cultural and environmental resources.


  1. Simplifying charitable giving.
  2. Making the southeast Kansas community a better place in which to live by:
    •  increasing charitable giving, and
    •  connecting donors to issues they care about and the needs of the community.
  3. Helping donors establish their own charitable funds and letting them know ways they can make a difference.
  4. Managing permanent assets so that they continue to support charitable causes in perpetuity.

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.