Giving cash or estate gifts to support our Sprout to Harvest initiatives is easy. Pick the level – or “Family” – of giving that works for you.


A Charter Family commits a dollar a day for two, three or four years to our inaugural capital campaign.

A Founding Family provides a substantial cash commitment to our inaugural capital campaign. Based on the level of contribution, a Founding Family may be honored by having the family name placed on a selected community landmark or school. The Foundation also recognizes Founding Families with a page on our website highlighting your family legacy.

A Member Family supports our capital campaign by providing a cash gift, pledging an amount, including us in your estate plan and/or volunteering time and contributing ideas.


The type of gift you give – from cash on the barrelhead to naming us in your life insurance policy – is up to you.



An estate-planning professional can help you decide. See your advisor, or contact Hesston Community Foundation for information on complimentary estate-planning services.

There are many ways you can give to the Hesston Community Foundation: You can give now or plan to give later. You can support an existing fund or establish a new fund yourself. It’s up to you.


Cash, Credit Cards, Debit Cards
& Utility Bill Payments

Cash is easy, direct, and fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. You can make your gift by check, credit card, debit card, or even through your utility bill.

Stocks, Bonds &
Mutual Funds

Giving stocks, bonds or mutual funds lets you avoid tax on any appreciation while providing a tax deduction for the full market value. The Foundation, as a tax-exempt charity, may sell the securities and avoid taxes on the appreciation.

Real Estate

Land or a building can be given in a number of ways and allows you to avoid taxes on the appreciation. With a gift of real estate, you must obtain a qualified appraisal to establish the gift value.

Personal Property

Personal property such as automobiles, art work, jewelry, valuable collectibles, antiques and more can be donated to give you a charitable tax deduction for the full fair-market value.


You can give a dollar amount, property or a percentage of your estate to charitable causes through your will or a living trust. In these gifts, Hesston Community Foundation is named the charitable beneficiary. A signed Donor-Advised Memorandum is required to name the charities and endowment funds that will benefit from your bequest.

Life Insurance

Make a significant gift – in an affordable manner – by naming the Foundation as beneficiary of an existing or new life insurance policy. Many options are available; all yield tax advantages and allow you to leverage your dollars for maximum impact.

Immediate Gifts

Make a gift today, and its earnings will continue to make a difference in Hesston for years to come. Your gift to the General Endowment benefits all of the many areas Hesston Community Foundation supports.

Memorials for Loved Ones

Make a gift that commemorates someone special who has passed away. You'll ensure your loved one's good name lives on and is associated with a legacy of philanthropy.

Class Reunion Projects

Whether you attended Hesston public schools or Hesston College, organizing your class's giving through a fund at the Hesston Community Foundation will not only benefit education in Hesston, but also offers you tax deductions not available with gifts made directly to your school.

Immediate Designated Gifts

Make a gift to the Hesston Community Foundation and tell us how you would like it to be directed. We'll use your gift to make a grant to the charity or charities of your choice.

Existing Funds:
Permanent Endowments

We have a number of funds that serve as permanent endowments for specific organizations. In these funds, principle is invested, and earnings are distributed annually to the designated organization, so the charity has a permanent source of revenue. See a list of Permanent Endowments you can contribute to here.

Existing Funds:
Community Gift Funds

You can choose to have your gift directed to one of two existing Community Gift Funds benefiting women and children. The Women's Community Fund awards grants to a variety of organizations in Newton and Harvey counties. The Central Kansas Kids Fund awards grants to charities that serve children in the central Kansas area. All money contributed to these non-endowment funds is available to be paid out in grants.

Funds You Establish

Start a new endowment fund to benefit the charity or charities important to you, support a particular field of interest, or provide scholarship monies. The fund can be named in memory or honor of a loved one or influential person in your life. For more information about starting a new fund, look here.

Lifetime Income Plans

Lifetime income plans can be configured in myriad ways and will be tailored to your assets, goals and charitable intentions. Generally, they provide you an assured annual income for the rest of your life, with any remaining principal donated to designated charities upon your death.

Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity provides a set income for life and immediate income tax benefits when you make an irrevocable gift to the Foundation. Upon your death, the remaining value of your gift transfers to the Foundation's unrestricted endowment or to charities or funds you recommend.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

A charitable remainder trust provides an immediate tax deduction when you place assets in an irrevocable charitable remainder trust. In return, you receive income for life or for a specified number of years. Income can be a fixed annual dollar amount or a percentage of the trust, which is valued each year.

Deferred Payment
Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity functions like an IRA and provides an immediate tax deduction. With a deferred payment charitable gift annuity, in exchange for an irrevocable gift, the Foundation agrees to pay you a fixed annuity amount for life, starting one or more years in the future.

Charitable Lead Trusts

A charitable lead trust provides significant estate and tax benefits and is especially advantageous for passing assets to your heirs. Your assets are placed in a trust for a term of years, with income paid to the Foundation to be used as you recommend. When the term expires, the trust principal is distributed to your heirs.

To discuss the best way for you to contribute, email

For more confidential approaches to contributing, contact the Central Kansas Community Foundation.