PITTSBURG — The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas recently celebrated a milestone — reaching over $20 million in assets.

The non-profit foundation, founded in 2001, serves the community by helping individuals and businesses fulfill their charitable giving goals — benefiting the common good and improve the quality of life of those in the region.

“The foundation’s purpose is to provide assistance to people who want to see the community benefit and thrive and helping them do so,” Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Executive Director Kit Parks said. “That way they are able to support nonprofits in their towns.”

Affiliate foundations in Girard and Fort Scott enrich communities in their region as well.

Donors — including individuals, businesses, families, nonprofit organizations and schools — are provided an avenue to to establish a way to provide funds to the cause or organization that is important to them through the foundation.

Through donor-advised funds, unrestricted funds, designated funds, field-of-interest, scholarship and organizational endowment funds the foundation has awarded over $9.8 million grants since 2001.

According to a release, many places in Crawford County are the result of charitable giving — including Immigrant Park, Miner’s Hall Museum, Europe Park, Pittsburg Public Library and Big Brutus, and many local organizations, such as the Family Resource Center, Children’s Advocacy Center, Angels Among Us, Healthcare Access for All and Homeless Solutions.

Each of these places currently have funds within the foundation where they can receive charitable donations and grants.

They also provide services and projects for health and basic human needs, education and scholarships, children and youth activities and historical preservation, all making our community a better place.

“Donations benefit the future generation by giving,” Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Executive Director Kit Parks said. “Our goal is build permanent funds supported by many donors, to benefit the community — making it a better place to live.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP.