The St. Francis Community Foundation and New Generation Fund was formed in 2007, replacing the New Generation Fund Inc. We are affiliated with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, who provides consultation, investment and oversight services to our foundation. The purpose of the community foundation is to encourage individuals to make tax deductible charitable donations to be utilized along with possible grants, government programs, government loans, and other funds. These combined funds can then be utilized to improve the quality of life in St. Francis and Cheyenne County.
This field-of-interest, special project fund is the newest foundation fund established in July 2014. This fund was established at the request of the Swimming Pool Committee. This fund will allow members of the community to make tax saving, charitable donations for the design, research in funding, construction and maintenance of a new swimming pool to replace the 60+ year old swimming pool.
Scott Jenkins took on the challenge in the Leadville 100 the weekend of August 22, 2015. He managed a personal best by completing 72 miles of the course. His challenge was met by 35 unique donors pledging a total of $12,753. Donor contributions can be viewed on the Foundation's website. Thanks to all that supported Scott on his personal journey. It was an amazing personal and community achievement.
A few words from Scott: "It has been humbling to receive so much support from the community, everyone was tremendously encouraging even when I fell a little bit short of the finish line. I am looking forward to supporting future fundraising efforts for a new swimming pool."
The matching fund drive ending December 31, 2014 was very successful.
A $10,000 pledge of memorial funds from Ethel Whitten and $35,000 pledged by Eddy and Sherry Schultz totaling to $45,000 were matched dollar for dollar from community donations. The community donations actually exceeded the pledged matching funds by $10,000. A total of $104,000 has been raised to date to this fund. Donations continue to be received for this fund.
The committees and boards administering these this project will be publicizing their plans for action in the St. Francis Herald and/or at future public meetings.