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December 21, 2022 21 min

2022 was a banner year for the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation.  President/CEO, Vern Henricks, recaps the year of financial challenges and rewards, a record number of grants, affiliates and partners, community needs, staff and a preview of 2023!

#GMCF #ManhattanKS #foundations

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"The Joy of Giving," is the subject of this episode of Philanthropy Today.  GMCF CEO/President, Vern Henricks, and GMCF's Director of Philanthropy, Mitzi Richards, share their thoughts on giving during the holidays, and how GMCF can assist with the process.  There are some great and timely ideas shared in this episode.

#Giving #Philanthropy #PhilanthropyToday #GMCF

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It's always noteworthy when a youngster from Manhattan joins Philanthropy Today to talk about YIC (Youth Impacting Community).  Eli Conley is a senior at Manhattan High School, and currently serves as YIC President.  Eli joins Dave and GMCF Communications Coordinator and YIC Advisor, MaKenna Eilert, to talk about the work members of YIC and how he has benefited from his experiences.

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GMCF Director of Philanthropy, Mitzi Richards, joins as a co-host in this episode of Philanthropy Today, as we visit with Bill Richter, who along with his wife, Linda, have an extensive record of giving.  It's a delightful, informative and inspiring talk about the Richters' philanthropic journey, plus some insights on making meaningful contributions.

#GMCF #CommunityFoundation #Charitablegiftannuity

Book reference:  "Rela...

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The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation hosted its Semi-Annual Meeting, November 2nd at the Midwest Dream Car Collection.  It's an opportunity for nonprofit directors to tell board members and trustees how they applied grant monies they received.  GMCF President/CEO, Vern Henricks, and Grant Coordinator, Edee Nichols, recap the meeting and speak about its significance.

#GMCF. #Foundations #Philanthropy

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The Staley School of Leadership at Kansas State University offers a program on Nonprofit Leadership.  Dr. Chance Lee is the director of the program, and joins us on this episode of "Philanthropy Today" to discuss the program, it's goals, it's students and the challenges that face nonprofits in today's world






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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so Philanthropy Today invited Crisis Center Director, Kathy Ray, to find out more about some events they are hosting.

Kathy also says there's an exciting announcement to be made at the "Because of You" reception on October 11th!

The Silent Witness National Initiative: 

  Wednesday, October 5, 12pm Junction City Municipal Building

  Friday, October 7, 12pm, Riley County Courthous...

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The Wamego Community Foundation is hosting its 4th annual Match Day on Thursday, October 6th at Iron Clad in Wamego.  Executive Director Mike McCall tells Philanthropy Today of previous Match Day successes and hopes for 2022.




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Learn about "Operation Santa Claus" at Fort Riley.  Brigadier General (Ret) Phil Mattox of the Armed Forces Community Foundation is joined by "Chief Elf," SFC Mike Cumberbatch, as they tell Philanthropy Today more about an effort that brings lots of Holiday spirit to the children of Fort Riley soldiers.





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 The Fairy Godmothers annually team up with The Guardians to raise money together to assist women and men with short-term financial challenges.  Today's guests on Philanthropy Today are Therese Miller on behalf of the Fairy Godmothers and Dick Wertzberger with The Guardians.  We'll learn more about the two organizations and their upcoming golf tournament fundraiser, scheduled for Monday, October 3rd.


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The Clay Center Community Improvement Foundation is holding its annual "Gather For Good" match day on September 15th. This episode of "Philanthropy Today" features Foundation board member, Jill Mugler, and Scott Glaves, Clay Center Public Utilities Superintendent.  Hear how Clay Center's Match Day got started and how it's grown over the last 5 years.

#foundation #claycenterks #matchday #fun...

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Farmers have a unique opportunity to help their communities by giving "Gifts of Grain."

This episode features GMCF's Partner Affiliate Coordinator, Leslie Scoby, and Jayson Hood of the Clay Center Community Foundation, as we discuss the ease and benefits of providing  Gifts of Grain.





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Arts On The Green is a unique fundraising event put on by the Catholic Churches of Manhattan (MC3), Manhattan Mennonite Church, and First United Methodist Church of Manhattan, to benefit the Be Able Community.  Sharon Davis of Seven Dolors Catholic Church informs us on the event which includes several styles of art, culinary delights and some wonderful music.  

Arts On The Green.  Sunday, September 11th, 4:00-7:30pm

Green Space at Ho...

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Philanthropy Today's Dave Lewis is joined in this episode by GMCF Director of Philanthropy, Mitzi Richards.  Our guest is Dr. Megan McCoy from Kansas State University, a self-described 'Financial Therapist."  It's a thought-provoking and delightful interview on financial management and setting goals for philanthropy. 

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21 years ago on September 11th, America was attacked on several fronts, taking nearly 3,000 lives, and stunning our nation.  The Flint Hills Volunteer Center has been working on recognizing 9/11 over the last several years with an event that has been named "9/11.  Day of Remembrance."  FHVC Executive Director, Lori Bishop tells Philanthropy Today of the activities during this event to be held in Manhattan CIty Park.


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The Konza United Way is gearing up for it's annual campaign, and it starts September 13th!  Director, Tara Claussen, tells Philanthropy Today of the importance of the campaign and introduces the campaign's Honorary Chairs, Kate and Shawn Drew.

The official Konza United Way Campaign Kickoff is September 13, 2022 at the Shamrock Zone at 8:00 am.

Please RSVP to or call 785-776-3779.

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There's a new director for the Riley County Historical Museum.  Katharine Hensler is featured on this episode of Philanthropy Today.  Learn of her background and visions for the museum

2309 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS. 66502

#History #rileycountyks. #GMCF #philanthropy #KsHistory #kansashistory #kansasmuseums

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The Atchison Community Foundation is holding its second Match Day in August, after a sensational initial effort that brought in over $300,000!  Foundation Chair and President, Jonathan Mize, tells Philanthropy Today of how this historic city is seeing its foundation grow.

#Foundation  #atchistonkansas #atchison #communityfoundation #GMCF #matchday

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On today's edition of Philanthropy Today we spoke with our GMCF partners: Calvin Pottberg - President Greater Geary Community Foundation and Brian Lull - Chairperson Wamego Community Foundation.
We spoke about some of the greatest benefits of partnering with GMCF, and how the community foundation has made a difference in our surrounding communities.

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On this edition of Philanthropy Today we spoke with Christina Nolte - Executive Director of Good Shepherd Homecare and Hospice about a big event coming up at the end of the month: Festival of Wines and the funds that are raised at this event, and how they help Good Shepherd.

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