2019 Grant Reception Awards $232,748 to 34 Projects Across the Parsons Area

Over 100 residents of the greater Parsons area packed an event room at Commercial Bank Thursday evening to celebrate many of the wonderful projects making our community stronger. The Parsons Area Community Foundation awarded annual grants to 34 nonprofit projects ranging from municipalities and law enforcement to youth and education.

Since its inception in 1996, the Parsons Area Community Foundation has invested over $2 million dollars into projects within a 25-mile radius of Parsons. This year, $232,748 was awarded from endowed unrestricted funds set up by donors, field of interest funds and funds designated by the donor for a specific charity.

“We deeply appreciate our donors, whose foresight and desire to improve the quality of life in our larger community made these awards possible,” said Mary Hines, Parsons Area Community Foundation Board President.

The Parsons Area Community Foundation received over 40 applications for grants this year. After careful review and deliberation by the 13-member board, funding was approved for 34 projects using funds to address a wide range of community needs.

“Thank you to all of our Board members and their families for spending so much time to consider all the grants and what they truly mean to our area,” said Joan Vitt, PACF Director. “The generosity of our donors coupled with the caring diligence of our board members makes the Parsons area unlike any other. I think we all agree there is no place like home, and that together we are stronger.”

The mission of the Parsons Area Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the greater Parsons area by increasing opportunities for charitable giving, connecting donors to community needs, and providing leadership on important community issues, now and for future generations.

Photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page.

Click here for a complete list of 2019 Grantees

Grant Writing Workshop in Parsons, June 4 at Wall Family Center

In partnership with the K-State Wildcat Extension District, the Parsons Area Community Foundation is planning a Grant Writing Workshop on Tuesday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Wall Family Center in Parsons. Nancy Daniels, Community Vitality Specialist for K-State Research and Extension, has presented this workshop throughout Kansas and will share her knowledge of funding opportunities and grant writing elements. Another important benefit of this workshop will be to network with others interested in finding grants to share ideas for community projects. For more information and to register, please contact our Extension office by email to toehme@ksu.edu or by calling 620-724-8233. Your $10 registration includes lunch and must be received by May 28.

Match Day on Giving Tuesday 2018 was a heartwarming success!

Match Day on Giving Tuesday was a heartwarming success! Thank you for supporting our community by making a gift through the Parsons Area Community Foundation. Contributions to participating agencies on Match Day received a 50% match added to their endowment fund. What a great way to do “more good” for our friends and neighbors!

Please visit pacfgivingtuesday.com for a listing of participating organizations and event details.

Zetmeir Family Fund

On May 15, 2018, Sophia Zetmeir invited her closest friends to share in a special farewell event hosted by the Parsons Area Community Foundation, Labette Community College Foundation, and the Gary Wall Family. This dinner was a tribute to Sophia as a dear friend as well as to thank her for the innumerable enhancements she, and her husband the late Sonny Zetmeir, provided for the Parsons community. She is moving to the Kansas City area where she will not only be close to her three daughters and grandchildren, but also to her two brothers.

In the early 1970’s Sonny and Sophia moved to Parsons for Sonny to work in his parents’ cabinetry manufacturing business, Grandview Products. During this time they raised three daughters, purchased the business, and built it into a nationwide kitchen cabinet supplier. Working long hours and with many personal sacrifices, this business became a great success financially and the Zetmeirs munificently gave back to the community donating cabinets to a number of local churches, schools, and libraries. In addition, for years they co-sponsored the annual 4th of July firework display at Marvel Park and have been exceptionally generous to Labette Community College, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the Stella Wells Christmas Basket program, and the Parsons Area Community Foundation.

In 2013, Sophia established the Zetmeir Family Fund at the Parsons Area Community Foundation (PACF). There is an interesting story behind this fund. From 2006, until his demise in 2013, Sonny served as the PACF board president. Also during a portion of that time, he served as chairman for the campaign steering committee for the Labette Community College Health Science Building, kicking that off with a significant pledge from he and Sophia. To meet this pledge, the Zetmeirs established a fund at the Parsons Area Community Foundation named the Sonny and Sophia Zetmeir Designated Fund for the LCC Capital Campaign. This campaign spanned a period of five years, and each year the Zetmeirs contributed a portion of their total pledge to the fund held at PACF. During this time, the contributions to the PACF fund were invested, and at the culmination of the campaign had earned an additional $97,085. Once construction for the Health Science Building commenced, the total contribution was distributed to Labette Community College. The earnings, however, had been designated to remain with PACF. Sophia then established the Zetmeir Family Fund using those earnings as the initial gift to this fund.

The Zetmeir Family Fund is an endowed fund. There is no access to the principal; grants are made solely from the investment earnings. It is also an unrestricted fund, allocating decision making for annual grants to the PACF board of directors. Since the fund’s inception in 2013, it has already provided over $20,000 in grants to local schools and organizations, and this is only the beginning. Year after year this fund will give back to our community through the annual grants program provided by PACF.

The Parsons Area Community Foundation is so grateful to Sonny and Sophia Zetmeir and hope their story will inspire others to see all the possibilities for giving back to make a difference.

2018 Grant Reception

2018 Grant Reception Program PDF

Grants presented at the 2018 Grant Reception are listed in the Program PDF.

GROW II Challenge Completed

The Parsons Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce the completion of a six year challenge grant from the Kansas Health Foundation. The challenge was to build permanently endowed funds at the Community Foundation that will continue to give back to the community forever… The $450,000 was earned in matching increments of 25% to 50% for donations to endowed funds held at the Community Foundation.

It took tremendous support from the community to earn this grant and we are most grateful for each and every contribution. Per the terms of the grant, the $450,000 earned was placed in two PACF Kansas Health Foundation Funds: KHF Fund for Public Health and KHF Endowed Operating Fund for PACF. Annual grants are awarded from these funds.