The Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation (GNWKCF) was formed to increase exposure and opportunities for philanthropy throughout northwest Kansas and the tri-state region. In 2009, realizing the benefits to regionalization, the Bird City Century II Development Foundation created and affiliated with GNWKCF. The vision was that other communities in the region would too become a part of GNWKCF, so that together we could build strong, sustainable communities in Northwest Kansas. We are fortunate as we are moving in the right direction! Today, GNWKCF represents a 12-county area of Northwest Kansas and is comprised of seven Affiliate Foundations, three Agency Foundations, three Agency Partners, two Organizational Partners, and numerous donor advised funds and scholarship funds.
In 2012, Gove County Community Foundation, Sheridan County Community Foundation and Sherman County Community Foundation joined as affiliates, followed by Norton County Community Foundation in 2013. GROW Decatur County Foundation affiliated in 2016. Two community foundations joined in 2017: Logan County Community Foundation and Cheyenne County Kansas Community Foundation. In 2018 ACE Foundation in Rawlins County became an affiliate, Wallace County Foundation joined as an Agency Foundation, and Graham County Community Foundation, Phillips County Community Foundation and Thomas County Community Foundation became Agency Partners with select funds managed by GNWKCF.
We have a strong partnership with the Dane G. Hansen Foundation which generously supports 26 counties in Northwest Kansas to improve the quality of life for area citizens. The Hansen Foundation has been instrumental in building area community foundations through offering opportunities to establish and grow permanent endowment funds to provide a source of local grants forever.
We are a member of the Kansas Association of Community Foundations with a strong belief in networking together to maximize philanthropic impacts.
GNWKCF is an organization exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, a public charity, and a non-profit corporation organized in the State of Kansas.