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Outstanding Foundation of the Year Award.

Central Kansas Community Foundation was recognized as “Outstanding Foundation of the Year” at a National Philanthropy Day special event hosted by the Wichita Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Wichita Business Journal.
Cited specifically for their leadership as a “host” foundation to numerous affiliate foundations across Central Kansas, CKCF executive director Sandra Fruit accepted the award and acknowledged the leadership provided by the CKCF board as they transitioned into this new role in recent years. CKCF currently serves as host foundation to fifteen affiliate foundations including: Peabody Community Foundation; Hillsboro Community Foundation; Hesston Community Foundation; Halstead Community Foundation; Florence Community Foundation; Goessel Community Foundation; Augusta Community Foundation; Fredonia Area Community Foundation; North Newton Community Foundation; Whitewater Community Foundation; and Central Kansas Community Foundation – Butler County.
In accepting the award, Fruit noted the impact of the “inheritance drain” on small Kansas towns, making their commitment to rural endowment building even more important. “Even the smallest community has the ability to grow their own funding source through endowment building – thereby ensuring the prosperity of their community for generations to come.”
Others recognized at the Philanthropy Day event included: Steve Clark, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; Sharon G. Miles, Outstanding Fundraising Executive; William “Bill” Hanna, Outstanding Philanthropist; Davis-Moore Auto Group, Outstanding Corporation; and Brian A Black, Distinctive Community Service Award.
Central Kansas Community Foundation is a member of the Kansas Association of Community Foundations. For more information contact Sandra Fruit at

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