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Contest directs nearly $40,000 for Lawrence causes

The Lawrence GiveBack Charity 10,000 contest generated nearly $40,000 in donations, matches, and prizes for Lawrence area schools and nonprofit organizations.  Teams and individuals competed for prize money by shopping at Lawrence GiveBack merchants, volunteering at nonprofits and donating to local causes. Saint John’s School and Prairie Moon Waldorf School took the two team prizes,…

Foundation Exceeds $10 Million in Grants

The foundation recently topped the $10 million mark in total grants distributed to community organizations. Our total grants amount doubled in the last two years. In 2010, we reached $5 million in total awards since our inception in 2000. The rapid growth reflects the rising popularity of community foundations as flexible vehicles that allow individuals, families, businesses and organizations to…

Environmental Fund Awards Four Grants

The Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $21,000 to four local efforts to preserve and understand nature. The Kansas Land Trust received $9,600 to print copies of a new book, A Kansas Bestiary, that will be sold as a fundraiser for the organization. According to the applicants, the book “presents portraits in word…

Grant seekers information sessions planned for Oct. 23 and 25

The Douglas County Community Foundation will host two information sessions for people interested in applying for a 2013 grant from its Community Funds. The sessions will be in the Auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library on these dates: Tuesday, October 23, 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 12:00 noon Foundation staff will review the grant guidelines and application…

Fund offers grants for local environmental projects

We are now accepting applications for funding from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund. We will hold an information session for grantseekers on September 6 at 4:00 in the Gallery Room at the Lawrence Public Library. The fund supports local efforts to preserve and understand nature. Projects may address the fund’s goals in scientific, cultural, educational,…

How do affluent people make decisions about charitable giving?

If you are involved in fundraising, you won’t want to miss the September 6 presentation Giving in the U.S. and High Net Worth Philanthropy at the Lawrence Public Library from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Judy Keller, a professional fundraiser with Jeffrey Byrne & Associates, will present the results of the most recent GivingUSA survey and two other…

Report to the Community

Our 2012 Report to the Community is now available online. Read about a longtime local citizen’s gift to young children and some special people who found hope through the arts. If you are a numbers person, you will see that we received nearly $2.6 million in gifts, and made more than $2.6 million in grants.   Download PDF

Spring Newsletter

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25% Matching Opportunity Encourages Endowment Building

To encourage local agencies and causes to plan for the future, the community foundation is offering a 25% match on endowed gifts to new or existing organization and field of interest funds. When a donor gives a dollar to an eligible fund, we add a quarter. These days, its tough to find a better return on an investment.    When a donaton is endowed,…

Foundation awards $149,000 to boost local safety net, arts, early learning and more

The Douglas County Community Foundation recently awarded a record 40 grants to support a variety of projects in the community. More than half of the grants will help vulnerable residents access food, shelter, medical care, childcare, and in-home care. Other awards will boost arts and cultural opportunities, and provide for the safety and education of children. Grants include: Health Care Access Clinic—a commitment to…

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