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McPherson County Matching Event Raises $590,000 For Local Organizations


McPHERSON, Kan. — The McPherson County Community Foundation (MCCF) has announced the final totals of their Match Week event. Between Mar. 6-10 over $590,000, with match included, was raised to help build the endowments of 44 county nonprofits. This total breaks the record of $386,000 set by the foundation just last year.

“What our communities have done this year for our organizations is brilliant,” Becky Goss, President and CEO of MCCF, said, “What this proves is that the citizens of McPherson County are committed to the future. We’ve shown that we are committed to making sure that these organizations and programs will be here for our children and grandchildren.”

McPherson Opera House received the largest amount finishing with a grand total of $162,615 after the match was applied. Steps Against Poverty McPherson County received the most donations with a total of 77 different donors.

Since beginning in 2014 the event has raised over 2.5 million dollars. The change from a one-day event to an entire week, came after the record-breaking success of 2021. The Foundation determined more time gave organizations more opportunities.

The matching total for this year’s event was $100,000. This total comes from a combination of the Patterson Family Foundation and the Gaeddert Family Fund. MCCF received the Patterson Family Foundation ‘Community Foundation Match Program’ grant worth $70,000. Part of this grant allowed for all the organizations to receive a minimum of $1,000 total before the overall match was applied. Most of the grant was used towards the overall matching total.

The Patterson Family Foundation is a family-led foundation extending the legacy of Neal and Jeanne Patterson to improve the rural communities we come from through health care, education, economic opportunity, and beyond. In partnership with the Kansas Association of Community Foundations (KACF), the Patterson Family Foundation is opening a match grant program for community foundations in rural and micropolitan communities in Kansas and Western Missouri. Funds may be used as match funds for any 2023 match event so that the impact of local donors’ gifts can be amplified. Each community is eligible to receive up to $70,000.

Moundridge Foundation and Inman Foundation both received the full $70,000 and their matching events will take place in the fall.

Matching funds are given to organizations on a proportional basis. For example, if an organization receives 10% of the total donations, they will receive $10,000 to use for immediate needs. Organizations can receive a maximum of 20% of the matching total.

Organizations totals with Matching total:

Arts After School Endowment: $ 1,540.75
Bethany Home Association: $ 1,069.78
Canton Township Library Endowment: $ 37,440.12
CASA: A Voice for Children Fund: $ 12,664.93
Community Thanksgiving & Christmas Dinner: $ 3,512.90
Deanna Zeitlow Crohns Patients Assistance Fund: $ 17,780.20
Dog Park Endowment fund: $ 1,227.94
Eagle Power Endowment: $ 2,429.45
Edwin Stucky Debate Fund: $ 2,181.70
Friends of the McPherson Police Department: $ 1,158.17
Future Lindsborg Child Development Center Building: $ 1,023.26
Giving Hope Endowment Fund: $ 5,916.46
Good Beginnings Preschool: $ 1,151.19
GraceMed Fund: $ 1,046.52
Kansas Sampler Foundation: $ 3,513.20
Keri Lindholm Endowment for the Arts: $ 1,034.89
K-State Extension – Ag in the Classroom: $ 1,191.89
Marquette Learning Center: $ 16,677.03
McPherson Area Habitat for Humanity Fund: $ 5,817.86
McPherson Arts Alliance Endowment: $ 1,337.37
McPherson Community Education Foundation: $ 1,787.26
McPherson Community Theatre: $ 1,210.50
McPherson County 4-H Fund: $ 46,085.22
McPherson County Council on Aging: $ 1,118.62
McPherson County Food Bank: $ 22,944.78
McPherson County Humane Society Fund: $ 1,596.21
McPherson County Supports Scouting: $ 3,050.68
McPherson Family YMCA Fund: $ 7,919.43
McPherson Hospital Fund: $ 18,550.58
McPherson Housing Coalition Fund: $ 5,651.45
McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation: $ 7,765.36
McPherson Parks & Public Land Fund: $ 3,358.83
McPherson Public Library: $ 34,960.13
McPherson Opera House: $ 162,615.00
Meals on Wheels Fund: $ 17,986.05
MHS Band Endowment Fund: $ 3,821.05
Monitor Cemetery Association: $ 1,565.40
Riverview Estates Fund: $ 4,622.24
School Supply Train Fund: $ 1,229.11
STEPMC Endowment: $ 54,571.16
The Cedars Fund: $ 21,816.96
The Omega Project: $ 15,746.42
United Way of McPherson County Endowment Fund: $ 7,611.28
WACCC Fund: $ 23,974.00