Belle Plaine Community Foundation

Together we can make it happen!

Belle Plaine Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.

Endowments for Our Shared Future

The excitement of building endowments for the future of our gentle rural way of life is not really about the money.

The true value of money is what it can become.  With resources, the Belle Plaine Community Foundation can help provide dollars to make our children healthier and happier, our seniors will be well cared for and the community will continue to be a wonderful place to live!

The Belle Plaine Community Foundation (BPCF) was founded in 1996 to be a legal vehicle for local residents to make charitable gifts back to their community.  With established policies and procedures for prudent investment and stewardship of money under their direction, the Belle Plaine Community Foundation board of directors has a track record of good fund management.  The Foundation awards between $35,000 to $40,000 each year to local scholarships, projects and programs.

Lanore Bishop (pictured) left a legacy to the Belle Plaine and Mulvane communities.  With her gift to the Belle Plaine Community Foundation, Mrs. Bishop insured that students in the Belle Plaine and Mulvane communities studying to become teachers would be able to apply and receive scholarships from the Lanore Bishop Scholarship Fund.

In addition, a large number of youth projects in the Belle Plaine and Mulvane communities are provided grants funded from Lanore Bishop's Youth Grants.

Since Lanore's gift, many other gifts have followed.  BPCF currently has several fund options to which you can contribute.

Today at BPCF

Predicting what the future will bring has proved impossible, but we know that rural areas will need leadership and resources to face the challenges that come.  Belle Plaine Community Foundation develops and efficiently manages charitable funds, offering a convenient, efficient, local response to community needs.

Area residents currently serving as the BPCF Board:  Linda Stinnett (Chair), Julie Gooch, Loree Hisken, and Robin Macy.

Grants can be made to any nonprofit entity that serves the citizens of the region.  Examples of some of our past grants include:

- Middle School Top Dog Program

- Movie Night at the Library

- Middle School Bingo Party

- Swim Team Awards

- Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Sumner County

- Mulvane Library Summer Reading

- Tulip Time Sponsor

- Quality Citizen Award

- Boy Scouts Camp Trailer

- Girl Scouts Camping Experience

- Belle Plaine Historical Society

- Barner Center Kitchen Upgrades

- I-Pads for Teachers

- Scholarships for Graduates

- Gateway Improvements