Affiliate Board:

Kurt Vollertsen

Joan McKenna

Abby Hissong

Amanda Grafel

Dori Pauls

Halley Roberson

Kris Mathews

Laurie Wasson

Troy Pitsch

Shayla Williby,  EDC Adviser

Contact Information:

GROW Decatur County Foundation
104 South Penn
Oberlin, Kansas  67749

785-475-2901 (phone)

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GROW Decatur County Foundation became an affiliate of Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation in November 2016 upon establishing their newly formed community foundation.  Their logo “GROW” stands for Growing Rural Opportunities Within; a motto they feel very strongly about and have a passion to pursue for the betterment of Decatur County.

GROW Decatur County Foundation gives residents an opportunity to invest in their community through wills, trusts, life insurance and gifts. It benefits the giver, the gift is forever and every dollar is used to benefit Decatur County.

GROW Decatur County Foundation Fund

In November 2016, the GROW Decatur County Foundation Fund was established through utilizing a matching campaign initiative offered through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.  Incoming donations into this endowment fund was matched $1 for $1 up to $50,000.  The Decatur County community, alumni and friends, stepped up to the challenge and exceeded their portion of the incoming contributions by more than double; raising approximately $115,000 prior to adding in the Hansen’s $50,000 match.  As this endowment fund continues to grow, it will benefit Decatur County as grants are made available to help fund projects of the county and communities within.

Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Grant Fund for Decatur County

To date, Decatur County is one of 26 counties in northwest Kansas that has been awarded six rounds of $50,000 grants from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, with ten 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 Decatur County benefit. Qualifying entities may apply online; grants are awarded through a competitive application process. For criteria and application information, click here; also found on the Grants and Scholarships tab.  The Hansen Foundation has guaranteed additional rounds of funding to continue through 2021, providing continual county-wide participation in the Decatur County Strategic Doing Initiative.

GROW Decatur County Foundation Brochure

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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 Decatur 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 GROW Decatur County 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 Decatur County.

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