April 10, 2024

HCF Founding Date

The Hillsboro Community Foundation was formally authorized on April 12, 2004 to begin operating under the legal authority provided by the Newton Community & Healthcare Foundation (now the Central Kansas Community Foundation).

A five-member planning group had met regularly for about two years, gathering information and discussing a vision for a successful foundation.  The group was made up of Delores Dalke and Steven Garrett from the City of Hillsboro, and Brad Bartel, Kirby Fadenrecht, and Mike Klieber from the Hillsboro Development Corporation.

Delores Dalke later said the creation of HCF grew out of informal conversations among the civic and business leaders, “We saw that it needed to be done, so some of us just started meeting.”