An Affiliate of Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation

Affiliate Board

Scott Chvatal

Olivia Chvatal
Secretary / Treasurer

Melody Bearley
Kevin Holle
Reece Leonard
Lori Marintzer
Gary Nemeth
Troy Osborne
Travis Rickford

Foundation Staff

Deb Minkler
Executive Director

Contact Information

% ACE Foundation
P.O. Box 593
Bird City, KS 67731

785-734-2406 (GNWKCF – phone)
785-734-2412 (GNWKCF – fax)

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ACE Foundation

The ACE Foundation became an affiliate of Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation in August 2018. An affiliate is a collection of community funds to increase philanthropic giving in a geographic area. Both endowed and non-endowed funds are developed to provide financial support to 501(c)(3) and other qualifying non-profit organizations and for charitable purposes to benefit area residents. The foundation gives residents of Rawlins County and the surrounding area an opportunity to invest in their community through wills, trusts, life insurance and gifts.

Foundation Funds:

  • Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Grant Fund for Rawlins County

To date, Rawlins County is one of 26 counties in northwest Kansas that has been awarded 14 rounds of $50,000 grants from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, with 12 of those county funds established through the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation. This grant fund was established in March 2015 to allow qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; or educational, governmental or religious institutes per IRS, to apply for funding assistance for projects intended for Rawlins County benefit. Qualifying entities may apply online; grants are awarded through a competitive application process.  The Hansen Foundation has guaranteed additional rounds of funding to continue through 2025, providing continual county-wide participation in the Rawlins County Strategic Doing Initiative, but this funding will adjust to $25,000 increments as of April 2022.  For criteria and application information, click here.

Click HERE to see a list of all grants awarded from January 2017 to April 2019.

  • Rawlins County Future Fund

Formerly the ACE – 2nd Century Fund established in March 2017, the Rawlins County Future Fund is an endowment fund with the purpose of unrestricted grant making for the benefit of Rawlins County. Net income will be made available annually to grant to qualified applicants. This fund was established through utilizing a matching campaign initiative offered through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. Incoming donations to this fund during the month of December are matched $1 to $1 by the Hansen Foundation, with the last match month event to take place December 2025.

Grant applications from the Rawlins County Future Fund will be accepted annually between May 1-31 with awards being determined by July 1. Apply online at

  • God’s Little Saints Preschool Fund

Redeemer Lutheran Church in Atwood established this Fund to support the ongoing needs of their “God’s Little Saints Preschool”.  This Fund allows for outside contributions from local supporters and is a charitable vehicle for estate gifts for donors who wish to financially assist with projects and/or maintain the operations of the preschool program.  To follow their activities, you can find them on Facebook:

Additional Funds:

  • ACE Foundation Operating Fund
  • ACE Foundation Operating Endowment Fund
  • Donor Advised Funds (DAF’s)

Donors receive charitable gift receipts for the contributions to their established DAF.  The fund is normally named in someone’s memory or established as a “Family Fund”, however, the donor(s) may personalize as they wish.  The donor(s) are setup as the advisors to their Fund, which allows them to make all grant recommendations from their DAF.  Grant recommendations must be to qualifying charitable 501(c)(3) organizations, educational, government or religious entities per IRS rules.  The donor(s) may name succeeding generations as successor advisors or transition it to the Foundation to advise over upon donor(s) death.

Contact one of our ACE Foundation board members or staff to learn more, or contact GNWKCF directly at 785-734-2406.

Other Information

ACE Foundation Brochure
ACE Foundation Benefits of Charitable Giving
Give a Gift of Grain – Donation Brochure
Purchase or Redeem a Giving Card

Need to find a gift for someone who has everything? Give a Giving Card. Much like retail gift cards, Giving Cards are given to celebrate birthdays, holidays, a job well done, or other special occasions. Giving Cards can be redeemed to benefit any 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States (including schools, churches and synagogues).

Keep 5 in Kansas

We have an opportunity in Rawlins County to turn our hopes for the future into reality!  If we capture a portion of the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next – even just 5% – by setting up endowments through the ACE Foundation, we could provide a permanent source of funding for our local organizations and causes that will greatly improve the lives of the residents of Rawlins County.

To learn how you can Keep 5 in Rawlins County, visit