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Barton Foundation ‘Grow With Us’ Capital Campaign Nears Finish Line, Invites Final Donations to Reach Goal


By Maggie Harris, Barton Community College


GREAT BEND, Kan. (April 12, 2024) — The Barton Foundation launched the ‘Grow With Us’ capital campaign almost two years ago, and with the finish line drawing near, the Foundation wants to give donors one more opportunity to be a part of the project.

When the campaign was launched, the goal was to raise $1.85 million as part of a 1:1 matching grant from the State of Kansas. With a July deadline, the campaign has raised over $1,484,000, leaving only $366,000 until the Foundation reaches its match goal.

Barton Foundation Director Lindsey Bogner said the support has been overwhelming.

“We wouldn’t be able to complete this project without all of the support we’ve received,” she said. “The state matching grant means that for every dollar or piece of equipment donated, we receive the same amount in funds from the grant, which makes every gift stretch even further. We still have the Kansas tax credit program available, and gifts are still being accepted.”

Naming right opportunities are also still available for eligible donations. Investment earnings from a recent gift from the L.L. Alban Trust have been pledged by the Foundation for the transportation section of the complex to be designated as the L.L. Alban Transportation Training Center. In addition, the Glenn and Elaine Mull Agriculture Center, KanEquip Learning Center, and the Merlin and Nelva Grimes Memorial Corrals have been named after project supporters have stepped forward.

The complex is scheduled to open for classes in August 2024 along with the launch of the new Ag Mechanics (Top Tech) program. Gifts can be directed to the campaign by contacting the Foundation at (620) 786-1136 or by visiting