Stewardship Counseling

GIVE – to Improve Life in Northwest Kansas

Ways to Give

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation understands the importance of giving locally in Northwest Kansas.  The Trustees have spearheaded the NW KANSAS GIVES initiative with 26 counties in the Dane G. Hansen Foundation service area to provide resources to assist foundations and their donors to help secure the future of Northwest Kansas communities.

Between 2020 and 2064, nearly $30 billion dollars will transfer from one generation to the next in the 26 counties of NW Kansas. The opportunity to capture a portion of that wealth is a remarkable one, and the time is now.

Most intergenerational wealth transfer will go to heirs, many or most of whom will take their inheritance with them to a home outside of NW Kansas. If, as a generation, 95% of Baby Boomer estates in NW Kansas went to children or family, heirs would be well cared for. If the remaining 5% went to our local communities, the future for NW Kansas would be forever changed.

NW Kansas Gives represents an effort to educate NW Kansas residents and encourage thoughtful, planned charitable gifts as a part of overall estate planning.

Stewardship Counseling with John Griffin, JD

Donors who wish to make a charitable gift in their estate can meet with John Griffin, Estate Planned Giving Attorney, to help design a Trust and/or Will that best fits the individual or family’s wishes and needs, while going through what different tax advantages are available within their personal financial scenario. This opportunity is also available for anyone who wishes to have their current legal documents reviewed by John.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, there is no charge to participants within the Hansen 26-county region to utilize John’s service to draft or review a plan.

Once an outline is created, participants will work with their local / personal attorney (or an attorney can be recommended) to complete the final documents. It is at this point when it becomes the participant’s financial responsibility to pay for the legal costs associated with the attorney who finalizes the Trust and/or Will documentation on their behalf.

John will meet one last time with the participants and their attorney to review all final documents before signing.

Participants who choose to include a charitable gift component within their estate plan will work with their local community foundation (or Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation) to establish a fund document that directs the foundation on how they wish their estate gift to be used.

For additional information about Stewardship Counseling and this unique opportunity available for utilizing John’s services, we suggest you start the conversation by contacting your local community foundation first, or feel free to contact our Planned Giving Coordinator, Gennifer House, at or call 785-734-2406, for any questions as well.

Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation will be the primary contact for scheduling for all 26 counties, and we will work with all local foundations within to coordinate appointments.

Contact us for more information

105 W 4th Street
PO Box 593
Bird City, KS 67731
(785) 734-2406

Darci Schields
Executive Director

Gennifer Golden House
Director of Donor Services