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Match Madness will benefit foundation

POSTED: April 30, 2014 7:00 a.m.

On May 6, Ellsworth County’s Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation will participate in Match Madness+, a national day of local giving.
The local Foundation will host this event as part of a nation-wide match day called Give Local America. This event will support important causes and meet needs right here in Ellsworth County. These participating funds in the foundation will receive matching dollars from a local match pool:
Ellsworth County Cancer Fund
Ellsworth Historical Society
Ellsworth Senior Center
JH Robbins Memorial Library
Miss Czech–Slovak Kansas Pageant
USD 112
USD 327
For one day, every dollar donated to any of these charitable funds in the community foundation will be magnified through a local matching dollar pool. Donations can be made from between midnight and 11:59 p.m. at the event website,
Some funds may also qualify for an additional match from the Kansas Health Foundation’s GROW II program.
Checks need to be dated and received May 6,  and made out to Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation with the fund you wish to support written on the memo line.
USD 112 and USD 327 also have the opportunity to receive a $1 for $1 match up to a $1,000 per fund in addition to the local match pool.
Because this event is held in partnership with community foundations across the country, Match Madness+ is likely to be the largest online fundraising event in history. This is a great opportunity for everyone in our community to contribute to the greater good,” said Community Foundation board chair/member Sara Soukup. “Every dollar will go further if you give on May 6.”
The community foundation is encouraging everyone in the community to be a philanthropist.  “A lot of people think you have to be rich to give back, but even the smallest donation can make a big difference,” Soukup said.
She will be available from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. that day at the office of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis Chamber of Commerce. People can drop off their checks or make on-line donations during those hours.
Match Madness marks the centennial anniversary of community foundations in America. In 1914, the first community foundation was founded in Cleveland; now, 100 years later, there are more than 700 community foundations across America and more than 1,400 in the world.
Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation has played an important part in Ellsworth County since 2000.
The local foundation has assets of more than $1.5 million.

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