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).