To plan, work, and invest today for a more secure, improved, and better tomorrow.
Golden Belt Community Foundation has recently been accredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®—the highest standards for philanthropic excellence.
We work to support the causes our community cares about, from supporting the health and well-being of our youth to cultivating leadership within the counties we serve. National Standards says that we meet the most rigorous standards in philanthropy and is a promise to our community that we’ll continue to do this good work together, right here in Great Bend, KS.
National Standards is not mandatory. We chose to go above and beyond by affirming our commitment to excellence and accountability. Our accreditation provides assurance that we have sound policies and practices in place. In short, it means we meet the highest standards for local giving.
To receive accreditation with National Standards, Golden Belt Community Foundation submitted our policies and procedures to a rigorous review of 41 National Standards in six key areas of community foundation operations, including donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration.
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program was established in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. For more information about National Standards, visit www.cfstandards.org.
WHO WE ARE
Established in 1996, Golden Belt Community Foundation exists to provide non-profit organizations in central Kansas with a permanent source of support and to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving for donors. We serve the counties of Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford.
We believe the strength of our communities is the same today as it was in the early years. That strength is exemplified in neighbors giving to neighbors to enhance the quality of life of the communities in which we live. GBCF provides the opportunity to build on that strength.
OUR FOUNDING DONORS
We are forever grateful to the 37 founding donors who invested in Golden Belt Community Foundation in its formative years. Although the concept of a community foundation was new, these donors believed in the mission and vision for the Golden Belt area.
American State Bank & Trust Company, N.A.
Dr. Mike and Sally Allison
Jim and Kathi Armatys
Rick and Lois Ball
Don and Catherine Brening
Mark and Melanie Calcara
City of Great Bend
Community Bank of the Midwest
CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc.
Bob and Carol Dema
George and Helen Drake
Ellinwood Packing Plant, Inc.
Farmers Bank & Trust, N.A.
First State Bank of Larned
John and Nancy Francis
Merlin and Nelva Grimes
Wayne and Karen Keller Becker
Don and Karla Kirkman
Landmark National Bank
Dr. Greg Langen and Chad and Jeremiah Langen
Jerry and Linda Marmie
M.E. and Margie Marmie
Dr. Roger and Laina Marshall
Keith and Marian Mull
Andrew and Megan Muphy
Roger and Mary Lou Murphy
Larry and Kathy Schugart
Dr. Perry and Krista Smith
Surgical & Diagnostic Center of Great Bend
In Memory of Hody and Ann Thies
Mike Walts and Mary Walts Dikeman
Dr. Robert and Lynn Wilson