CACF Receives GROW II Grant Funds
The GROW (Giving Resources to Our World) Healthy Kansas community foundation initiative was launched in 1999 as a 10 year grant of the Kansas Health Foundation, with the goal of starting and strengthening community foundations in Kansas. The intent was to work with community foundations to help build local philanthropic leadership and resources that would result in long-term, sustained health improvements in communities throughout the state. At the end of the first decade of the program, the collective resources of GROW community foundation had grown from $19 million to $95 million by the end of 2009.
This success led the Kansas Health Foundation to announce the second phase of GROW in 2009, with GROW II geared toward community foundations building permanent resources that will measurably improve the health of local residents and to support collaboration and alliances among community foundations in Kansas.
"Community foundations play a vital role in the strength and growth of a community or region," said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. "Through this initiative, the Kansas Health Foundation looks to help community foundations build their capacity and resources in order to make a positive impact on their communities for generations to come."
The Coffeyville Area Community Foundation is a tax exempt organization designed to link donors with charitable causes in the greater Coffeyville area. By focusing on community development as a whole, the foundation is able to help donors achieve their giving goals through a variety of different programs that reach all ages.
With over $4 million in total assets and 78 funds under management, the Coffeyville Area Community Foundation has been helping donors fulfill their charitable wishes since 2001 under the direction on Janie DeVore Gillis, Executive Director. Over the last 10 years the foundation has been giving back to the tune of over $750,000. Through the generosity of others, the foundation has been able to fund projects such as weekend backpacks of food for school children, scholarships, children's summer theater camp, a spay and neuter program and a working well initiative just to name a few.