March 3, 2015

A beautiful thing

The grants coming through the Hillsboro Community Foundation make a difference.  

It was striking to watch the Hillsboro Community Foundation distribute a record $16,900 to 11 area organizations and programs serving Marion County children and families. Of the total, $13,400 came through the Hillsboro Area Impact Fund; the remaining $3,500 came through the Kansas Health Foundation Fund. It’s clear the efforts of the volunteer HCF board are paying off, not just in the growth of endowment earnings, but more so in the assistance HCF is able to pass on to valuable programs that meet the needs of many, ranging in age from children to seniors.

We salute the HCF board for its hard work navigating this important program. What long-term impact will these funds make in the lives of those who benefit from them? We may never be able to measure it fully, but it’s clear that many lives will be made better in the short run, and that’s an investment worth making.

As present and former residents take advantage of this philanthropic tool, more money should come in to the HCF, more grants can be distributed and more lives will be touched for the sake of community. It’s a beautiful thing.

By Don Ratzlaff / Reprinted from the Hillsboro Free Press