The McPherson County Community Foundation Board of Directors announced 365 donors contributed a total of $165,978 during the 11 hour Match Day blitz on March 4.
The 2015 total is a 45% increase over the 2014 total of $114,239.
Each gift contributed throughout the day helped the 23 participating organization a portion of the $40,000 available match pool. For example, if one organization raised 10% of the overall pool, it would receive 10% of the available match. Funds were made possible by a grant from the unrestricted Community Fund and a private donor. The unrestricted fund allows the Foundation to make grants addressing current and emerging needs with proactive grant making since donors do not place specific restrictions on the fund.
In addition to receiving matching dollars, organizations were given the opportunity to leverage an additional $5250 in prize funds. Five $1000 grants were awarded for the organization with the largest number of donors contributing in person during designated times throughout the day. The McPherson Public Library, Circles of McPherson County, McPherson Family YMCA, Meals on Wheels and the McPherson Opera House each received the prize incentive.
A final gift of $250 was awarded through the “Random Act of Kindness” grant. Each donor attending Match Day was registered to select a participating organization to receive the grant on their behalf.
Shirley McKinney was selected as the Random Act donor and designated the MHS Band Fund as the 2015 recipient.
All donations were placed in the organization’s endowment fund administered by the Foundation. A portion of the earnings are awarded to the organization annually providing a permanent income source to be used for operating, programming or special projects as determined by the organization’s board.
The response was overwhelming and donors demonstrated they are willing to support gifts centered on building strong endowments to secure an organization’s future. To learn more, visit the Foundation’s website at
Circles of McPherson County $11,651.46
Community Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner $4,219.38
McPherson County Supports Scouts $4,225.59
Meals on Wheels $6,406.17
MHS Band $15,141.94
Mac Care Packs $508.81
MCDS – Path to Independence $186.15
McPherson Arts Alliance $9,462.60
Child Advocacy Fund $936.95
McPherson County 4-H Development $732.19
McPherson County Council on Aging $1,489.19
McPherson County Food Bank $12,639.54
McPherson Family Life Center $2,078.67
McPherson Family YMCA $11,632.31
McPherson Hospital $5,658.94
McPherson Housing Coalition $372.30
McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation $10,548.46
McPherson Opera House Company $19,732.82
McPherson Public Library $24.011.12
McPherson Education Foundation – USD #418 $2,233.79
Mt. Hope Sanctuary $20,910.77
United Way of McPherson County $33,175.53