An Affiliate of Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation

Affiliate Board

Carla Lampe

Tom Smull
Vice Chair

Tom Keller

Tim Burr
Dara Carmichael
Gabe Gienger
Penny Gienger
Amy Hendricks
Roger Jensen
Cliff Leach
Pastor Tony Serbousek
Jane Young

Board Member Emeritus:

Carl Werner
Jim Milliken*



Jessica Matthies
Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

Cheyenne County Kansas Community Foundation
P.O. Box 967
St. Francis, KS 67756


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Cheyenne County Kansas County Community Foundation

The Foundation became an affiliate of Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation in December 2017. 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 for charitable purposes to benefit area residents.

The foundation was formerly the St. Francis Community Foundation formed in 2007.  The Foundation serves as a ‘savings account’ for the good of Cheyenne County; “building the foundation of tomorrow” through financial gifts today. The Foundation provides an avenue for donors to give to for projects, county-wide or community specific needs, and personalized giving that best suits the donor’s wishes.

Foundation Funds:

  • Cheyenne County Impact Fund

In December 2016, the Cheyenne County Impact Fund was established through a matching initiative provided by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. Currently, the goal is to spend the net income, calculated at the rate of 5% of the average past three year-end Fund balances.  Annual matching campaigns will continue through 2025 to build this endowment fund. As this fund grows, the net income will be used to fund projects throughout Cheyenne County. Click HERE for more information.

  • Cheyenne County Kansas Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund

This Fund supports any charitable cause to benefit residents in Cheyenne County, Kansas and/or the communities within.

  • Cheyenne County Village Fund

This endowment Fund was established in 2018 to be used for the charitable purpose of supporting the needs of the Cheyenne County Village. Grant recommendations will come from the Cheyenne County Village board of directors.

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

To date, Cheyenne 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 Cheyenne County benefit. Qualifying entities may apply online; grants are awarded through a competitive application process.  The Hansen Foundation has announced that the funding will continue through 2025, providing continual county-wide participation in the Cheyenne 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.

  • St. Francis New Generation Endowment Fund

This Fund mirrors the original New Generation Fund, Inc. as an endowment fund. Therefore, only the net income from this fund can be spent for charitable purposes for the betterment of St. Francis and Cheyenne County. Currently, the goal is to spend the full available distribution each year, calculated at the rate of 5% of the average past three year-end Fund balances.  A portion of the earnings may also be utilized for necessary expenses to educate and promote the work of the Fund. Awards are typically made once per year through a competitive application process. Click HERE for details.

Congratulations to St. Francis New Generation Fund Grant Recipients!
Click HERE to view 2019 awardees.
Click HERE to view 2018 awardees.

  • St. Francis Educational Foundation Fund

This Fund is established for the benefit of the USD 297 school district. The annual net income from the Fund will be distributed to St. Francis USD 297. Net income shall be defined as an amount that shall be computed annually based upon the current spending policy of the Community Foundation (currently 5% of the average past three year-end Fund balances). Such net income may be distributed in May or June each year, that is, toward the end of the school district’s Fiscal Year (which ends on June 30 each year). If any portion of the net income is not distributed in a particular Fiscal Year (July 1-June 30), the undistributed net income for such year shall be added to principal.

Other Funds:

  • Cheyenne County Operating Fund
  • Cheyenne County Operating Endowment Fund
  • Junior and Deloris Knorr Family 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 Cheyenne County Kansas Community Foundation board members or staff to learn more, or contact GNWKCF directly at 785-734-2406.

Other Information

CCKCF Informational Brochure
CCKCF 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 Cheyenne 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 Cheyenne County Kansas Community 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 Cheyenne County.

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

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