A rural community foundation is a place where compassionate people and organizations can come together to create change. Community foundations hold a longer-term perspective and share a deep affinity for their local community.
A growing number of community foundations are creating opportunities to empower their local community and develop a strategy for the transition of wealth, keeping rural dollars in rural communities.
Many rural community foundations are staffed by a volunteer board who are tasked with managing day-to-day operations, setting strategies for their organization, and increasing community foundation assets. There is an opportunity to support community foundations now, empowering them to prepare for the future by building the capacity of their organizations.
The Community Foundation Capacity Building Program supports small, rural community foundations without a full-time staff member. This program will provide funding to hire and sustain one staff member for up to three years. The Patterson Family Foundation believes that this investment in community foundations will help retain local assets while growing the number of donors and funds held. We believe in doing this alongside our rural communities, and current partners, and working together on a long-term solution to continue this staff position beyond the initial three years.
This program will empower the local community foundation board to determine the best way to staff their organization and support their community’s needs.
Applications will be received from September 19th – October 20, 2023. Read on for more details.
Applicant organizations should:
• Be a 501(c)(3) community foundation or an affiliate of a 501(c)(3) community foundation (of any asset size).
• Be located in and serving a county or community within the Patterson Family Foundation's catchment in Kansas or Western Missouri.
• Community foundations must be willing to reapply and submit annual reports of community foundation assets, growth, and overall progress report at the end of each year.
• Community foundations must agree to a sustainability plan to provide funding to keep full-time staff members after the third-year ends.
Parent Community Foundations:
Parent Community foundations can apply for their affiliates that do not have a full-time staff member. Staff can be hired through the parent community foundation, utilizing their benefits, office, technology, and support systems. Priority will be given to those parent organizations that can recruit this staff member from the affiliate community. The parent community foundation can apply for one or multiple staff members based on the communities affiliates will serve. Priority will be given to those community foundations with detailed use of staff members’ time.
Affiliate/Associate Community Foundations:
Affiliates can apply on their own for a full-time staff member if they do not have one. Applications will not be accepted for positions from both parent and affiliate community foundations.
Non-Associated Community Foundations:
Community Foundations within the PFF catchment can apply for a full-time staff member to support operational growth. Community foundations with part-time (less than 35 hours per week) or volunteer ran would be eligible to apply for this program.
The community foundations in both Patterson Family Foundation’s catchment and Dane G. Hansen’s catchment will not be eligible for this program. We are looking to work collaboratively with Dane G Hansen to support a program that will launch at a later date.
This grant aims to support community foundations building capacity by hiring and sustaining a full-time staff member. Funds are to be used for the purpose of covering the costs of the hiring process, onboarding, and operational expenses associated with this position. The Patterson Family Foundation reserves the right to suggest changes to funding used in the event there are concerns regarding distribution strategies.
This grant should be used for operational expenses for providing a full-time staff member. This can include:
If the organization has a current part-time staff, funds can be used to make that staff person full-time. The grant will only pay for the portion of funding to make full-time salary, benefits, technology associated with the position, and travel reimbursement budget.
Funds may not be used for:
Applications will be reviewed after the submission deadline of October 20, 2023.
Funds will be allocated based on the completion of applications, justification of staffing needs, and support of rural communities.
Applications will be reviewed during the month of November with awards determined in December. If approved, funds will be disbursed by December 30, 2023.
If you have any questions about this program, please contact:
Sara Hackett, Program Officer
Patterson Family Foundation