Heartland Community Foundation Receives Three Grants

from the Patterson Family Foundation


HAYS, Kan.— The Heartland Community Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded three grants from the Patterson Family Foundation, totaling $199,126, to support the rural communities of Rooks, Trego, and Ellis counties. The grants aim to uplift these communities by making more future grant dollars available for charitable organizations and initiatives.

The Heartland Community Foundation, in collaboration with the Kansas Association of Community Foundations (KACF), participated in the Patterson Family Foundation's match grant program for community foundations serving rural areas in Kansas. As a result, the Heartland Community Foundation received $70,000 for Rooks County, $70,000 for Trego County, and $59,126 for Ellis County.

This incredible achievement was made possible through the investment and support of our donors in the Heartland area during our Match Month campaign in February. The generous donations and active participation we received during Match Month allowed us to secure these matching grants. Donations made during Match Month were matched $2 for every $1 (or 200%) by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, up to $50,000. We were able to retroactively apply for the Patterson Family Foundation grant and secure an additional $1 for every $1 match, up to $70,000! The Patterson Family Foundation recognizes and applauds the local donors and community members for their commitment to making a positive impact.

The Patterson Family Foundation, a family-led organization, aims to inspire and support rural philanthropy. By working with rural-serving community foundations, they seek to encourage local donors to actively participate in philanthropy, leading to increased support for local nonprofits and fostering vibrant rural communities.

"These grants from the Patterson Family Foundation will significantly enhance our efforts to create a lasting impact in Rooks, Trego, and Ellis counties," said Sarah Meitner, executive director, of the Heartland Community Foundation. "We are deeply grateful for their generosity and the opportunity to amplify the contributions of our local donors."

The Heartland Community Foundation also has the opportunity to raise an additional $10,874 at a future match event for Ellis County, to bring its grant amount up to the full $70,000 amount. More information about this upcoming event will be provided soon.

For individuals interested in becoming donors or learning more about the Heartland Community Foundation, please email heartland@gscf.org or visit www.heartlandcommunityfoundation.org.