Contribute to an Existing Fund

Your gift through the community foundation may support the charitable cause most important to you, or be pooled with other contributions to impact the greater Parsons community through an annual competitive grant cycle. These grants fund projects to improve the health, education, parks, recreation, the arts and social services in this area.

If you would like to give to a specific fund, please review the list below and visit Give Online or Contributing Options for instructions on how to give.

Unrestricted Funds:

  • Parsons Area Touch the Future Fund – An endowed fund established by the Board of Directors as a permanent resource to address current and future community needs
  • Memorial Fund for Native Sons and Daughters – An endowed fund combining gifts made to the Foundation in honor of loved ones. This fund provides unrestricted granting dollars for local needs. Those honored through this fund are recognized on our PACF Memorial Wall and in a Memorial Notebook
  • Zetmeir Family Fund – In honor of the late Sonny Zetmeir, the Zetmeir family established an endowed, unrestricted fund for grant making.
  • Pearl Brennecke Fund – An endowed fund for grants at the board’s discretion. Those who knew Pearl believe she would have liked this fund to benefit those in need in Parsons. When possible, this wish is honored for grants to those organizations or causes benefiting the disadvantaged
  • Murland and Charlene Taylor Family Fund – 80% of this endowed fund is unrestricted for community improvements with grants awarded through a competitive application process.
  • Pat and Dick Combs Fund – Dick Combs was one of the original PACF board members and created this endowed fund with the vision of leaving a legacy for current and future community improvements
  • Hunter and Main Family Funds – These are the two original funds established at the community foundation for the general benefit of the area
  • Christine Hinkle Perpetual Fund – Using fund earnings, annual grants for the betterment of the community will be made in Christine’s name.
  • Operating Funds – PACF places earnings from an endowed operating fund into an unrestricted fund used for the foundation’s operational expenses

Field of Interest Funds:

  • Celebrate Parsons Fund: In conjunction with the city of Parsons, members of the Katy Days Festival board established this fund as a depository for donations to fund educational events promoting Parsons heritage and history
  • Downtown Parsons Fund: When the Downtown Parsons organization merged with the Chamber of Commerce, its funds were placed at the Community Foundation for investment and dispersal
  • Bonnie Oden Fund – Bonnie left a lasting legacy with this endowed fund which provides grants to assist those in need
  • Kansas Health Foundation Leadership Fund – Leadership Labette received a $100,000 grant invested through the community foundation with earnings used to defray the expenses of the Leadership Labette annual program
  • Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Health Fund – Also for Leadership Labette, this $100,000 grant was given with the earnings used to support the annual children’s project chosen by the current leadership class
  • Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Public Health – Established as an endowed fund for the GROW II grant to specifically promote the health of communities and individuals through the encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors, and environments. Half of all earnings made through the GROW II grant are deposited into this fund.  In order for the KHF to track this fund, no other contributions are mingled with it.
  • Kansas Health Foundation Operating Fund – Established as an endowed fund per the parameters of the KS Health Foundation GROW II grant, this fund helps sustain the operations of the Foundation. 
  • Parsons Spotlight Concert Series Fund – With the dissolution of the Parsons Area Concert Association, this fund was created for donors to assist the City of Parsons in booking concerts.

Scholarship Funds:

  • Hazel Wall Scholarship Fund – Initially started as a memorial fund honoring Hazel Wall, family members contributed to make this an endowed scholarship fund to provide an annual scholarship for an LCC student pursuing elementary education
  • John and Bonnie Latzer Art Scholarship Fund – Twice a year, the 1st place student in the Fall and Spring LCC Art Shows receive a scholarship from this endowed fund
  • Taran Sack Memorial Fund – This endowed fund honoring the life of Taran Sack provides an annual scholarship to a Parsons High School student demonstrating a quest for learning in a variety of academic and nonacademic areas
  • Steve and Jackie Ray Accounting and Business Administration Award – Annually the LCC scholarship committee will choose a student majoring in accounting or business administration for this scholarship

Designated Funds:

  • Parsons Area Splash Pad for Youth - This fund will create a splash pad (water feature) in Parsons for children to use and will be maintained into the future by the Parsons Recreation Commission.
  • Oak Grove School Fund - This fund will help support the renovation and ongoing operations of the historic Oak Grove School as an educational enrichment facility in Neosho County.
  • John and Marjorie Troy Endowed Fund for Parsons Senior Center – While the city pays for building maintenance and utilities, there are number of other expenses for programs and cleaning that are paid through donations to the Senior Center. This fund provides an annual distribution to assist with those expenses.
  • Murland and Charlene Taylor Family Fund – 20% of the earnings of this fund are designated for the benefit of St. Patrick’s Catholic School with earnings from the remaining 80% used to make grants, benefiting the greater Parsons area, at the discretion of the PACF board
  • Paul and Berniece LaForge Fund – Until the principal and interest are completely paid out, this fund provides an annual grant of $7500 to Labette County Emergency Assistance Center and $7500 to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
  • Curious Minds Discovery Zone (CMDZ) Endowment – Perpetual fund, initiated by John and Bonnie Latzer, to provide annual grants to CMDZ for operations
  • Labette Community College (LCC) Endowment for the Arts – Once this fund reaches a balance of $250,000, annual distributions will be made to LCC to promote programs for the arts within the college as well as outreach to the community
  • Virginia Wommack Endowed Fund for Labette Community College Athletics – Begun by Virginia Wommack, this fund may be added to by others to support athletic programs at LCC.
  • Virginia Wommack Endowed Fund for Proud Animal Lovers Shelter (PALS)– Also started by Mrs. Wommack, this fund will provide annual grants to PALS for their operations and may be added to by others.
  • Parsons Educational Foundation (PEF) Endowment – Perpetual fund, initiated by John and Bonnie Latzer, to make annual grants from the earnings to support the operations of PEF.
  • Parsons Educational Foundation Technology Education Endowment – This fund, also initiated by John and Bonnie Latzer, will make annual grants to the PEF once the balance reaches $25,000 to be distributed to USD 503 to promote educational activities for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Donor-Advised Funds:

  • Allen Family Fund
  • Kenneth L. and J. Corrine Ervin Family Fund
  • Hughes Family Fund
  • John and Bonnie Latzer Fund
  • Ray Family Fund
  • Shaun Hill PASS Fund
  • Ted Hill Memorial Fund
  • Troy Family Fund
  • Wall / Selanders Family Fund

Agency Funds:

  • Labette Community College Foundation Scholarship Funds
  • Parsons Educational Foundation Funds
  • First Baptist Church of Parsons Lay Leadership Fund
  • Ironhorse Museum Expansion Fund
  • Labette Assistance Center Endowed Fund
  • Labette Health Foundation Endowed Fund
  • Parsons Arboretum Foundation Endowed Fund
  • Parsons Economic Development Minority Incentive Fund
  • Parsons State Hospital General and Endowed Funds
  • Southeast Kansas Respite Services Endowed Fund

Charitable Gift Annuity:

  • Virginia Wommack Fund

Note: Once a charitable gift annuity has been established there can be no further contributions to it as the annual income from the fund is set per the initial gift.

To contribute to a fund listed above, please click Give Online or go to Contributing Options to receive instructions for mailing a check, making a wire transfer, or transferring securities.



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