Of People, Philanthropy and Fun

Addressing our community’s needs together

The CKCF Board recently activated our disaster relief fund in light of the effect COVID-19 is having in our region. What does that mean? We know people in our community face challenges they never expected and need help getting through. And unfortunately, it’s a large number of people. At the same time, we also have…

It’s time to give grace and roll with it

How are you doing? Maybe a strange way to start a written piece, which is obviously one-way communication. But that is what I really want to ask everyone reading this. Not just how are you physically, but how are you really doing? During this strange and challenging time, I’m sharing a bit more of a…

Subject to Change

Subject to Change What a week it has been in the nonprofit world. Is your head spinning like mine? Some of you faced tough service delivery decisions, revenue issues that are already hitting, the safety of volunteers and staff and, ultimately, so many unknowns. With information changing at lightning speed, it has been tough to…

Nonprofits Support the Community; Let’s Support Nonprofits

Nonprofits Support the Community; Let’s Support Nonprofits To say the past week has been a strange and challenging in the nonprofit world would be an understatement. It has been a strange and challenging for everyone, and nonprofit organizations aren’t immune from these experiences. Many nonprofits are hit as hard or harder than anyone else. Through…

The Tale of the Tape

In most any sport, performance indicators can be gathered from statistics. The NFL Combine tests each athlete in the 40-yard dash, baseball and softball players are timed on how fast they can reach first base, and track athletes are measured against other each in tryouts. We believe an athlete’s performance in these areas tells us…

Scholarship Central provides unmatched opportunity

Scholarship Central provides unmatched opportunity Opportunity. It was a word we heard over and over again at our first Scholarship Central Workshop. With more than 50 students and parents in attendance Jan. 21, they were able to receive one-on-one assistance with Scholarship Central, our one-stop-shop for local scholarships. But what stuck with us was the comments…

Play the Day Away

Play the Day Away Today the phone rang. A lot. People came through the door. All the time. And the emails kept coming. So many good things and good ideas. But I could not keep up. It is 3:45 and I have not even touched my list of tasks that are supposed to be done…

Finding Philanthropy Through Tragedy

Finding Philanthropy Through Tragedy A person recently told me, “You’re invaluable.” Although I don’t feel like I am, she made me feel it was so. The crazy thing is, she had had just moved me to tears with her story of triumph and impact through tragedy. We often showcase examples of philanthropy’s impact through a…

A Decade of Enhancing the Community

A Decade of Enhancing the Community The end of the year seems to trigger all the Top Lists of the year. This year is even more significant with the turning of the decade. It’s hard to see some of these lists without thinking about how the decade has changed for the foundation, and I use…

Consider Benefits of Year End Giving

Consider Benefits of Year End Giving We regularly work with local partners in several areas to carry out the philanthropic work of our community. From generous donors and financial advisors, to educators and nonprofit organizations, we couldn’t do our work without them. Sometimes one of our partners is the best person to speak about topics…