FHSU Docking Institute of Public Affairs to present community foundations seminar


HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Docking Institute of Public Affairs will sponsor a seminar in which participants will learn how they can build a community foundation. Five experienced professionals representing all aspects of community foundations will provide a blueprint for initiating the process.

The seminar, subtitled "Building a solid foundation for tomorrow," is planned for Jan. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Black and Gold Ballroom in the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus. The cost is $50 per person.

Bill Small will begin the day with introductions and an overview of the session. Sandra McMullen will cover the basics of community foundations with her session titled "Lessons learned from the Hutchinson Community Foundation about maximizing community resources."

Fred Kerr will discuss why having a community foundation is important in his session "Keeping rural estate assets at home rather than donating to the IRS."

John Griffin Jr. will explain the importance of involving accountants with his presentation, "Tax-wise planning with a charitable trust. Real life planning involving community foundation."

Pete Peterson is the keynote speaker for the seminar. He will present "Laying the groundwork for a community foundation � firsthand experiences" during the luncheon.

Small is a life insurance representative who does estate and business planning, charitable planning and prepares retirement strategies. He completed a graduate thesis in 1998 on "The Community Foundation: A Catalyst for Advanced Planning in Rural America."

McMullen is president of Hutchinson Community Foundation and has been actively involved in the development of community foundations throughout Kansas for more than 10 years. She is a past member of the Kansas Board of Regents and Board of Trustees of Hutchinson Community College.

Kerr is a former state senator and gubernatorial candidate and is a new member of the Kansas Board of Regents. He was one of the founders of the South Central Community Foundation � one of the first rural regional foundations in the country.

Griffin is an attorney with a consulting firm, Stewardship Consulting Inc., based in Newton. He works with non-profit organizations throughout Kansas, developing estate planning strategies for business and estate foundations throughout the state.

Peterson is an attorney in Salina who played a key role in efforts to develop the Greater Salina Community Foundation.

For more information, contact Brandon Case at the Docking Institute of Public Affairs (785) 628-5949 or bcase@fhsu.edu, or Tonja Vallin (785) 628-5952 or tvallin@fhsu.edu, or by fax at 785-628-4188.

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