Smith County Community Foundation held a Match Month in November 2023. Gifts were made to the Smith County Action Fund, an unrestricted community grant fund which addresses present and future needs of Smith County.
Total dollar amount of gifts received: $87,885.52
Dane G. Hansen Foundation match: $100,000
Patterson Family Foundation match: $70,000
Total Community Impact = $257,885.52
"This was an amazing match month! It demonstrates how much area donors and the Smith County Community Foundation board care about their county. Watching the unrestricted grant dollars grow year after year thanks to generous donors is something to celebrate!" -Natalie Wood, Affiliate Relations and Grants Coordinator
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation was established as a charitable organization in 1965, with the primary goal of making the communities of Northwest Kansas better places to live. Reflecting Mr. Hansen’s lifelong love of Northwest Kansas, the charitable foundation that bears his name has a mission to improve the quality of life for the residents and the communities in the 26 counties that make up the northwest quarter of Kansas. "He was dignified but never austere, straight but not unbending, forthright but compassionate. He was an outstanding citizen in every sense of the word, and the Trustees of the Hansen Foundation believe he would be pleased that his fortune can now be used to help others."
The Patterson Family Foundation is a family-led, non-profit foundation continuing the legacy of Neal and Jeanne Patterson whose mission is advancing health care, education, and strengthening communities especially in rural areas in Kansas and western Missouri. They understand that local community foundations play a special role in serving their communities and hope to inspire more local donors to participate in rural philanthropy through rural serving community foundations, and for more donations to flow to local nonprofits as a result. "Where you come from says a lot about you. But what you do says even more." -Patterson Family Foundation