About KACF: KACF History, KACF Mission, & KACF Goals

KACF History

The Kansas Association of Community Foundations (KACF) is a membership organization founded in 2005 by a dedicated group of volunteers representing community foundations across the state of Kansas who believe in philanthropy, peer-learning, and state-wide partnerships. It was their hope that KACF would impact the growth, development and organizational sustainability of Kansas community foundations as trusted community catalysts that offer in-depth knowledge of local issues and funding resources to help preserve the health and well-being of Kansas and its residents.

Prior to hiring the first paid executive director in September of 2009, KACF was run by a volunteer board of community foundation executives from across the state. There are currently 11 Board Members and four Committees: Advocacy, Conference, Marketing, and Finance and Investments. Additional task forces being formed as needed. There are three KACF regional liaison groups working with community foundations throughout the state.

KACF has attracted $6 M to benefit Kansas community foundations. KACF membership has doubled since 2008. Members’ assets have grown to $4.1 B by 2019. Members invested $3.5 B in KS communities in 2009-2019.

10th KACF Anniversary Highlights Report.

Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations Statistics

Funding for the Association has come from member fees, donations, endowment and investments returns, program fees, sponsorship and grants, and generous support from the Kansas Health Foundation.

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KACF Mission and Purpose

The mission of the Kansas Association of Community Foundations is to leverage the resources of community foundations in the State of Kansas to strengthen and promote community philanthropy and to inspire action that will improve the quality of life in Kansas communities.

The purpose of KACF is to strengthen and promote community philanthropy in Kansas, to educate members on effective philanthropic operations, and to foster collaboration and the exchange of information regarding philanthropic programs and issues.

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KACF long - term strategic goals

  1. SERVICES: KACF provides programs and services that meet the needs of members.
  2. OPERATIONS AND FUNDING: KACF transitions from a fiscal sponsorship model to a financially sound 501c3 organization. 
  3. MARKETING: KACF is recognized locally, regionally, and nationally as a premier resource in the community foundation field.

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