About GNWKCF

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.

Foundation Staff

Darci Schields
Foundation Director/CEO

Darci is a 1992 graduate from Cheylin High School in Bird City. She attended McCook Community College and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Darci and her husband, Kale, along with their three children, Austin, Andrew and Ashlyn, moved back to Bird City in the summer of 2008. Darci started working for the Foundation in September 2008 as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director.  In March 2015,  Darci had the opportunity to transition into the Foundation’s Director position.

Darci enjoys being back in her hometown and loves having her kids grow up in the rural, small-town atmosphere.  She is actively involved in the community and school, and currently serves on the local Cougar Cub Daycare non-profit board.

Darci knows that it takes people to step up and volunteer their time, be hands-on and pro-active to keep progress moving forward in any community, but feels it’s especially vital for rural communities.

Gennifer Golden House
Planned Giving Coordinator

Gennifer is a 1987 graduate of Goodland High School and a 1992 graduate from the University of Kansas School of Journalism.  She has two grown children, Ellie a 2018 graduate of the University of Kansas and Drew who is currently a student at Kansas State University. Gennifer worked for FNB Bank for 20 + years before joining the Foundation in June of 2019 as Planned Giving Coordinator.

As a volunteer in her community, Gennifer understands the value of the time commitments that each volunteer puts forth. She has a respect for a volunteer’s time and the commitment to an organization.   She understands that the citizens in NW Kansas have to be our own advocate to our area.  Gennifer is excited for the opportunity to increase the assets and strengthen the impact of the Community Foundations in NW Kansas.

Carol Sloper
Grants Coordinator

Carol is a 1984 graduate from St. Francis Community High School. She attended Bethany College and graduated from Kansas State  University majoring in mathematics and journalism education.

Carol and her husband, Douglas, moved back to Cheyenne County in the fall of 2012. Her stepdaughter’s family (Karen, Rheilley, and Rachel Knauer) followed them from Denver shortly after so that Rachel could start school in a small town like her grandma Carol rather than in the big city. She worked for Cheyenne County Hospital for several years in information technology / grant writing and then for Cheyenne County as a grant administrator.  In May 2017, Carol joined the Foundation as a grants coordinator.

With roots firmly established in Cheyenne County, Carol loves serving her community. She feels it is important to use her talents to help sustain the way of life for citizens in northwest Kansas. While working for Cheyenne County, she helped raise more than $1.7 million from 2015-17 to help improve the quality of life for people living in Cheyenne County. She also feels that people living rural areas have to find creative and unique ways to overcome challenges – and that means working together and thinking outside the box.

Board of Directors

Clint Bursch, Chair
Harry Joe Pratt, Vice-Chair
Tom Keller, Treasurer
Cora House, Secretary

Becky Antholz
Cindy Burr
Wade Carmichael
John Deeds
Mitch Gillespie
David Hendricks
Joan McKenna

Associate Board Member:
Scott Sproul

Board Member Login

Not pictured: Wade Carmichael, Tom Keller and Cindy Burr.

Contact Us

105 W. 4th Street
P.O. Box 593
Bird City, KS 67731
(785) 734-2406 – phone
(785) 734-2412 – fax
info@gnwkcf.org