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Polen Endowed Fund for the Medically Underserved Established

posted Dec 6, 2017, 1:33 PM by Admin Admin

Joyce and Allen Polen
Just in time for the holidays, an Endowed Fund for the Medically Underserved has been established with the Legacy Regional Community Foundation to serve the mission of the Community Health Center in Cowley County, Inc. It was conceived by a gift offered by Allen and Joyce Polen. As the process of developing an endowed fund appeared this year, the Health Center Board of Directors decided to name the fund to honor the Polens.

The purpose of the fund’s eventual annual distribution to the health center will be to ensure that medically underserved patients receive quality health care. The annual distribution will support payment of patient’s medical care costs including primary care and specialty care. The principle of this endowment will not be spent, but will be held in perpetuity for the benefit of those whom make the health center their medical home. Medically underserved is defined as a patient who is uninsured or underinsured and/or whose annual income is less than 200% of the current federal poverty level.

Both Joyce and Allen Polen, throughout their lives, have volunteered their service to non-profit agencies that directly respond to the life sustaining needs of disadvantaged persons. Each has a heart for agencies that anchor their service in non-judgmental love reflective of the Jesus Ethic in which no one is worthier and no one is less worthy. They honor the non-profit tradition that provides good staff remuneration and the bottom line is caring for human persons in need.

They “remember where they came from;” their families grew stronger by being frugal. Their ability to give now roots in life-style of continued frugality, doing with less to give more. Every person, every person, is in this thing called life with all other persons and it is moral and holy to help one another.

Individuals and groups have several options to contribute to the Polen Endowed Fund for the Medically Underserved.  Online donations may be given by visiting www.legacyregionalfoundation.org/Donations. Donations may also be mailed to Legacy Regional Community Foundation at P.O. Box 713, Winfield, Kansas 67156 or delivered to the Legacy Foundation offices located at 1216 Main in Winfield, Kansas.  You should earmark your gifts towards this effort by noting “Community Health Center” in the memo.

For more information contact Legacy Foundation at  (620) 221-7224 or email admin@legacyregionalfoundation.org.

About Cowley Health Center:  Established in 2015, the Community Health Center in Cowley County is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. The Mission of the health center is to provide comprehensive, integrated and holistic medical, dental and mental health care that is affordable and patient-centered for everyone in Cowley County. For more information visit our website www.communityhealthcenter.org, find us on Facebook, or call 620-221-3350.

You still have time to be a part of #Giving Tuesday

posted Nov 28, 2017, 9:57 AM by Admin Admin

November 28, 2017
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You still have time to be a part of this global movement...
#Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving  that was started by 92Y - a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back.  In 2016, the fifth year of #Giving Tuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in.  Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.

As a movement that is fueled by social media and collaboration, Legacy Foundation with other local area nonprofits encourages community members to share the #Giving Tuesday message as well as support their favorite charitable projects.  “When we give to local nonprofit organizations that we know are working in our community,” stated Yazmin Wood-Executive Director of Legacy Foundation, “then we know our gifts – large or small – are helping our neighbors and doing good work in positively changing Cowley County.

With limited resources in our community, it’s important to retain local wealth and maximize its impact.”  There are many ways to give to or through Legacy Foundation in order to keep your gift at work right here at home!
Here are a few easy ways to give!
 
  • Mail a check: Legacy Foundation, PO Box 713, Winfield, KS 67156
  • Donate onlinewww.legacyregionalfoundation.org
  • Call us for an appointment to discuss giving opportunities through Legacy Foundation...620-221-7224.

Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Philanthropy

posted Nov 22, 2017, 1:03 PM by Admin Admin

RECOGNIZING THE IMPACT OF COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS

NOVEMBER 12–18, 2017

LEGACY REGIONAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Participates in National Effort to Highlight

Local Impact of Philanthropy

 

11/16/2017 ─ During the week of November 12-18, 2017, LEGACY REGIONAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION joins more than 780 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For 28 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

        Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Yazmin Wood, Executive Director of Legacy Foundation.  “We are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems and advance the most promising of opportunities to benefit our residents.”

        Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. Legacy Foundation’s board of directors remains laser-focused on the mission to create a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.

        Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues.  Community foundations have an aggregate of all assets in excess of $55 billion and have distributed more than $4 billion in grants in local communities.  In Kansas, the more than 80 community foundations awarded a total of $260 million in grant funding in just one year.

        Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

About Legacy Foundation:  Incorporated in 1996, Legacy Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit philanthropic organization that is regional in its focus.  Legacy creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.  For more information visit our website www.legacyregionalfoundation.org, find us on Facebook, or call 620-221-7224.

#Giving Tuesday is November 28

posted Nov 22, 2017, 12:33 PM by Admin Admin

Arkansas City/Winfield, KS:  #Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide.  Occurring this year on November 28, #Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the United States) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season.  #Giving Tuesday is set aside to inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities by giving in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

This global philanthropic movement was started by 92Y – a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back.  Conceptualized by 92Y, #Giving Tuesday is a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen community and encourage giving.  In 2016, the fifth year of #Giving Tuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in.  Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.

As a movement that is fueled by social media and collaboration, Legacy Foundation with other local area nonprofits encourages community members to share the #Giving Tuesday message as well as support their favorite charitable projects.  “When we give to local nonprofit organizations that we know are working in our community,” stated Yazmin Wood-Executive Director of Legacy Foundation, “then we know our gifts – large or small – are helping our neighbors and doing good work in positively changing Cowley County.  With limited resources in our community, it’s important to retain local wealth and maximize its impact.”  There are many ways to give to or through Legacy Foundation in order to keep your gift at work right here at home.  For more information, or to donate online, visit www.legacyregionalfoundation.org.

About Legacy Foundation:  Incorporated in 1996, Legacy Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit philanthropic organization that is regional in its focus.  Legacy creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.  For more information visit our website www.legacyregionalfoundation.org, find us on Facebook, or call 620-221-7224.

Five things about community foundations

posted Nov 1, 2017, 1:03 PM by Admin Admin

Here’s the case:  community foundations are cool.  Community foundations work in the great philanthropic space at the intersection of caring individuals, service-minded nonprofits, socially responsible corporations and local governments.

 

1.  Legacy Regional Community Foundation works with generous people of all stripes.  Through a variety of services, community foundations provide donors with tools to leverage their generosity as an extension of their priorities.  Give a little or a lot.  Land, stocks, life insurance, bequests, and other gifts (including cash) are accepted here.  And, at Legacy Foundation, we have funds that cover a wide range of interests, causes, and more.  Think about what you care most to support and we can help you to establish an endowed fund that will continue growing and giving in perpetuity or you can pass a tax-deductible gift to an existing charitable cause.

2.  Community foundations know the community.  Legacy Regional Community Foundation has “community” smack dab in the middle of our name!  Our mission is to create a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.  We monitor economic conditions and social needs.  We know the area nonprofits organizations and we’re helping them with their challenges while connecting to their strengths.  We research questions about area programs and connect donors with charities doing the work they value most.  And, we live here…we are committed to making Cowley County a better place for everyone.

3.  Community foundations convene people and organizations.  Through grant making, community contacts, and leadership, Legacy Foundation regularly brings people together to work on the most critical needs in our region.  From projects such as Vision 20/20 to creating the Community Health Center and Angels in the Attic, with over 160 active funds, Legacy is working.

4.  Community foundations help individuals, companies and nonprofit organizations invest wisely.  Not only does Legacy Foundation help direct funds for best use, but we allow financial benefits, too.  Our services help donors bypass the costs and hassle of setting up private foundations, while offering privacy (noting that private foundations’ giving and assets are publicly assessable and searchable) and the added benefit in pooling resources that are jointly invested and managed for growth and long-term support of community need.

5.  We give money away.  Since 2000, grants total nearly $3 million.

Visit www.legacyregionalfoundation.org or call 620-221-7224 for information.

Legacy Foundation awards local scholars over $87,000

posted Jun 29, 2017, 10:48 AM by Admin Admin

2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients

Winfield, KS:  Legacy Regional Community Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit philanthropic organization incorporated in September 1996 by a volunteer board of directors.  Since 2000, Legacy has received contributions totaling more the $8 million and distributed nearly $3 million in grants.  Legacy Regional Community Foundation awarded over $87,000 in scholarships for the 2017 2018 school year. The recipients of those scholarships are:

ARK CITY SCHOLARSHIPS

 

ACE Scholarships                              

William Hankins, Ark City; University of Kansas-Nursing

Sidney Nittler, Ark City; Cowley College-Art

 

AFS Scholarship

Caitlyn Eickleberry, Ark City; Kansas State University-Veterinary Medicine

Mason Flower, Ark City; Baker University-Business

Julia McMains, Ark City; Southwestern College-Music

 

Bryant Family Scholarship

Lindsay Noland, Ark City; Cowley College-Agricultural Education


Gene & Sally Burr Family Scholarship

Quinn Johnson, Ark City; Hendrix College-Creative Writing


Robert & Marcia Childers Scholarship

Lindsay Hull, Ark City; Cowley College-Pre-Medicine

Colton Watters, Ark City; Kansas State University-Engineering

 

Class of ’55 Scholarship

Morgan Hettenbach, Ark City; Cowley College-Elementary Education

Skylar Kelly, Ark City; Cowley College-Physical Therapy

 

Class of ’57 Scholarship

Tia Breckenridge, Ark City; Kansas State University-Kinesiology

Brynn Moore, Parkerfield; Cowley College-Nursing

 

Class of ’59 Scholarship

Linnae Downs, Ark City; Wichita State-Pre-Medicine

 

Janet English Scholarship

Hannah McNulty, Ark City; Cowley College-Pre-Medicine

 

Joline Iverson Family Scholarship

Hunter Trent, Parkerfield; Cowley College--Non-Destructive Testing


Legacy Scholarship

Madison Oak, Ark City; Cowley College-Nursing

 

PEO Chapter ER Scholarship

Bethany Blatchford, Ark City; Pittsburg State-Business Management

 

Rogers Family Scholarship

Halle Bucher, Ark City; Cowley College-Pre-Dental

 

Warren Family Scholarship

Candace Sweetwood, Ark City; Kansas State University-Interior Design

 

Ark City- Robert Warrender Scholarship              

Anthony Curz-Guerra, Ark City; University of Kansas-Physical Therapy


Belle Plaine Scholarships


Lanore Bishop Scholarship

Tyler Balsters, Belle Plaine; Emporia State University-Biology

Emma Chambers, Mulvane; Emporia State University-Education

Keith George, Belle Plaine; Fort Hays State University-Masters

Elise Gerlach, Derby; Bethel College-Education

Aspen Hamilton, Mulvane; Friends University-Education

Clayton Happy, Belle Plaine; Emporia State University-Education

Payton Haynes, Mulvane; Butler Co Community College-Education

Kylie McElravy, Belle Plaine; Emporia State University-Masters

Zoe Rice, Belle Plaine; Emporia State University-Education

Sumar Stinnett, Belle Plaine; Southwestern College-Education

Mary Wellman, Belle Plaine; Fort Hays State University-Education

 

Ralph and Dorothy Hopper Mathematics Scholarship

Hannah Chorn, Wellington; Kansas State University-Computer Science

 

Ada Lucretia Richardson Miller Scholarship

Jason Jinkens, Belle Plaine; Baker University-Masters

 

Sammye VanderWall Scholarship

Cassidy Williams, Belle Plaine; Johnson Co Comm College-Graphic Design

 

CENTRAL SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Orville Bair Family Scholarship

Sara Jackson, Burden; Fort Hays State University-Psychology

Sam Jackson, Burden; Hesston Community College-Counseling

 

Burden Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Sam Jackson, Burden; Hesston Community College-Counseling

 

Hanna & Farris Jabara Scholarship

Cody Jimenez, Winfield; Southwestern College-Sports Management/Music

Mirriah Wallingford, Cambridge; Cowley College-Dentistry

 

SEDAN SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Madlyn Root Scholarship

Makaila Bonner, Elgin; Labette College-Undecided

Jaden Uhls, Pawhuska                   Coffeyville Community College  Lineman Tech

 

Fred & Betty Travis Scholarship

Michael Blankinship, Sedan; Wichita State University-Graphic Design

Alyson Hurt, Sedan; Washburn University-Forensic Science

Jake Mills, Sedan;Arkansas University-Biochemistry

Kayla Signer, Havana; Coffeyville Community College-Agriculture

Leah Steward, Sedan; Kansas State University-Education

Haley Williams, Peru; University of Kansas-Exercise Science

Rebecca Zimmerman, Sedan; Pittsburg State University-English Education

 

Sedan-Robert Warrender Scholarship

Grace Davis, Sedan; Wichita State University-Biomedical Engineering

Michaela Warmbrodt, Sedan; Butler Co Community College-Anesthesiology

 

SOUTH HAVEN SCHOLARSHIP

 

Angela Harding Scholarship

Dallas Anderson, South Haven; Cowley College-Engineering

Skylar Muns, Caldwell; Cowley College-Psychology

 

Joy Turek Scholarship

Carolyn Culp, South Haven; Northern Oklahoma College-Nursing

 

UDALL SCHOLARSHIPS


Glenn & Marie McCurry Memorial Scholarship

Tristan Schoech, Udall; Cowley College-Computer Science

 

WINFIELD SCHOLARSHIPS


Nichols-Broadhurst (MLK) Scholarships

Isaiah Washington, Winfield; Southwestern College-Pre-Medicine

William Wollard, Winfield; Washburn University-Criminal Justice


Marlyn & Blaine Harp Scholarship

Kylie Randall, Winfield; Southwestern College-Pre-Medicine


Legacy Scholarships

Corey Firebaugh, Winfield; Cowley College-Music Education

Steven Lambert, Burden; Cowley College-Mechanical Engineering

Summer Long, Burden; Cowley College-Occupational Therapy Asst

Kylie Randall, Winfield; Southwestern College-Pre-Medicine

 

Power of the Purse Scholarship

Abby Bertholf, Winfield; Southwestern College-Pre-Pharmacy

Karrie McNutt, Winfield; Southwestern College-Elementary Education

 

Winfield- Robert Warrender Scholarship

Jonathan Lee, Winfield; Southwestern College-Music Education

 

About Legacy Foundation:  Incorporated in 1996, Legacy Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit philanthropic organization.  Legacy creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.  For more information visit our website www.legacyregionalfoundation.org, find us on Facebook, or call 620-221-7224.

 

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Foundation Scholarship Applications Released

posted Feb 16, 2017, 1:55 PM by Admin Admin

Arkansas City/Winfield, KS:  College scholarship applications for Arkansas City, Burden, Sedan, Udall and Winfield high school seniors are now available in the guidance offices of those high schools.  The scholarship amounts range from $250 to over a $1,000; some are for students pursuing specific areas of study while many are open to any student pursuing a higher education.  In 2016 over $50,000 in scholarships were awarded through Legacy Foundation.

All the scholarships are funded through endowments held by Legacy Regional Community Foundation. “Scholarships are a popular way for our donors to honor the life of a loved one or to give back from the fullness of their lives,” says Yazmin Wood, Executive Director. “We encourage every student to look into these opportunities. These donors know the value and the cost of good education and want to make it more possible for our graduates.”

For more information call 620-221-7224 or email admin@legacyregionalfoundation.org.

About Legacy Foundation:  Incorporated in 1996, Legacy Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit philanthropic organization that is regional in its focus.  Legacy creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.  For more information visit our website www.legacyregionalfoundation.org, find us on Facebook, or call 620-221-7224.

 

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Lawson to perform at Legacy Foundation event Oct. 4

posted Sep 26, 2016, 2:05 PM by Admin Admin

Emily Lawson, Warrender Scholar

Emily Lawson, a graduate of Arkansas City High School, will perform at Legacy Foundation’s 20th Anniversary “birthday party” on October 4, 2016.  Lawson is currently studying music education and voice at Friends University in Wichita.  Lawson is a recipient of the Warrender Scholarship through Legacy Foundation.  “We are thrilled to have Emily performing at our party,” stated Yazmin Wood, Executive Director of Legacy Foundation, “it is wonderful to have the opportunity to showcase her talent and share the story of the impact that giving through Legacy Foundation has on the people, especially children, of our area.”

            Mr. Robert (Bob) Warrender was born and raised in Ashton, Kansas.  Warrender attended Arkansas City High School and Wichita State University.  Following graduation, Warrender taught band and music for 36 years in Kansas schools with most of those years spent in Sedan (KS).  Warrender had many, many students over the years.  He was well-respected and loved.  The first Warrender Scholarship was established in 2007 following his passing.  The Warrender Scholarships were established for graduating seniors who have been in high school music for four years with priority given toward individuals majoring in music education.

Legacy Regional Community Foundation will celebrate 20 years of incorporation as a regional community foundation with a birthday party on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wright Room at Cowley College in Arkansas City.  Great Western Dining will cater the dinner.  To celebrate 20 years, the scrumptious dinner is just $20.00.  Reservations are required.  Steve Coen, President and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation, has agreed to provide a keynote message for the event.

Legacy Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit philanthropic organization incorporated in September 1996 by a volunteer board of directors.  Legacy has endowed funds of over $4.7 million and has, since 2000, received contributions totaling more the $8 million distributing nearly $3 million in grants.

For reservations call 620-221-7224 or email andreamlegacy@yahoo.com by Thursday, September 28, 2016.

 

About Legacy Foundation:  Incorporated in 1996, Legacy Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit philanthropic organization that is regional in its focus.  Legacy creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.  For more information visit our website www.legacyregionalfoundation.org, find us on Facebook, or call 620-221-7224.

 

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Legacy Foundation to celebrate 20 years with event

posted Sep 23, 2016, 2:34 PM by Admin Admin   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 6:37 AM ]

Steve Coen, President and CEO - Kansas Health Foundation

Arkansas City/Winfield, KS:  Happy Birthday to YOU!  Legacy Regional Community Foundation will celebrate 20 years of incorporation as a regional community foundation with a birthday party on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wright Room at Cowley College in Arkansas City.  Great Western Dining will cater the dinner.  To celebrate 20 years, the scrumptious dinner is just $20.00.  Reservations are required.

Legacy Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit philanthropic organization incorporated in September 1996 by a volunteer board of directors.  Legacy has endowed funds of $4.7 million and has, since 2000, received contributions totaling more the $8 million distributing nearly $3 million in grants.

“Birthdays are for remembering and dreaming,” said Legacy Executive Director, Yazmin Wood, “the board of directors is excited to celebrate everyone that has made the work of the foundation possible.  This is an evening to hear some of the impact the gifts and work of the last 20 years has made through Legacy Foundation and learn what’s next.  We are launching a year of celebration.  And, we are excited Steve Coen of the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) has agreed to provide a keynote message for our event!”

Steve Coen has served as president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation since August 2008.  In addition to his professional experiences, Coen served as chair of the Governor’s Council on Fitness, and is a member of the Leadership Council of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition.

Coen’s idea to develop a physically-active, healthy lifestyle course for high school students earned him a national award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).  He also received the 21st Century Community Champion Award, given by the American Association of Family and Consumer Science to individuals who have made a significant contribution toward strengthening families.

The Kansas Health Foundation was established following the 1985 sale of Wesley Medical Center.  With a $200 million endowment and a focus on improving the health of all Kansans, the Kansas Health Foundation set out to make a difference across the state.  The Kansas Health Foundation focuses its work in two primary areas:  Civic Health and Health Equity.  Our region has benefited greatly from the work and generosity of the Kansas Health Foundation both in direct grants to area organizations and through participation in KHF programs such as those that transformed Leadership Cowley County and further developed Legacy Foundation.

For reservations call 620-221-7224 or email andreamlegacy@yahoo.com by Tuesday, September 28, 2016.

 

About Legacy Foundation:  Incorporated in 1996, Legacy Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit philanthropic organization that is regional in its focus.  Legacy creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.  For more information visit our website www.legacyregionalfoundation.org, find us on Facebook, or call 620-221-7224.

Legacy Foundation Awards Scholarships

posted Jun 24, 2015, 1:56 PM by Admin Admin   [ updated Jun 24, 2015, 1:59 PM ]

The news article for the 2015 Scholarship recipients can be found at 

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