We’ve joined CFSEK!

We are excited to announce that the Columbus Area Community Foundation (CACF) has become an official affiliate of the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK). This strategic partnership offers many exciting benefits for CACF and our fundholders.

“We are thrilled to become an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas!” said Matt Case, president of the CACF board of trustees. “This affiliation represents a significant step in our ongoing efforts to elevate our philanthropic impact and meet the needs of our community effectively. We are confident that this partnership will offer unprecedented value to our donors and strengthen our mission.”

The local CACF board of trustees will remain unchanged and will still direct all decisions related to granting, scholarships, and disbursement of money from CACF funds benefitting Columbus and Cherokee County.

One significant advantage of the partnership is access to CFSEK’s investment services with Graystone Consulting, a division of Morgan Stanley, which offers tailored investment-management solutions to clients. In addition, CACF will have access to CFSEK’s robust CommunitySuite software, which includes a fund-advisor portal and online management tools for both grants and scholarships.

By affiliating with CFSEK, CACF will have the support of a full-time professional staff. CFSEK has already assisted with the development of a new website (pssst… you’re looking at it!), and their experienced team will be able to assist donors with charitable-giving needs and provide expert guidance on the most effective philanthropic giving strategies.

“CFSEK has been serving the entire Southeast Kansas region for over 21 years, and we are proud to have CACF join us as an affiliate,” said Devin Gorman, CFSEK executive director. “Since our inception in 2001, CFSEK has granted over $760,000 in Cherokee County. We have been a longtime supporter of this area, and now, by leveraging our combined resources, we can continue to improve the level of philanthropic support for Columbus and Cherokee County.”