HOISINGTON — A community endowment established earlier this year by the City of Hoisington has surpassed $500,000 in funding. The Hoisington Quality of Life Endowment, which started with an initial gift of $147,500, has grown in excess of $525,000, according to City Manager Jonathan Mitchell.
“Thanks to the foresight of community leaders, the City of Hoisington launched a community endowment in early 2020,” Mitchell said. “By collecting contributions from residents and community supporters, the governing body hopes the fund will grow to reach $1 million dollars.”
Mitchell said that as the community continues to reinvest earnings into the endowment, the funding is on target to reach the $1 million threshold. “Once the endowment reaches $1 million, the City can invest the earnings into significant quality of life projects without touching the principal balance,” said Mitchell. “By taking this approach, the endowment will grow into a sustainable source of funding for quality of life initiatives.”
Individuals who are interested in supporting the Hoisington community or investing in its quality of life projects can do so as part of the Giving Tuesday campaign through the Golden Belt Community Foundation.
There are four ways to give to the endowment between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1:
1. Mail-in - Donations should have Hoisington Quality of Life Endowment in the memo line of the check and made payable to Golden Belt Community Foundation located at 1307 Williams St., Great Bend, KS 67530.
2. Give online - Visit www.goldenbeltgives.org and select City of Hoisington Quality of Life Endowment Fund. 3. Drop off a donation - Donations may be dropped off at the Golden Belt Community Foundation office (located in Great Bend at 1307 Williams St.) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
4. Giving Tuesday Drive-Through - On Dec. 1, drive-through donations can be made at First Kansas Bank or Wilson State Bank in Hoisington.
“I want to encourage folks to support this important initiative,” Mitchell said. “Your gift could have a lasting impact on our community.”