“When we became Masons, we all made a promise as part of our obligation to help out exactly these groups of people.”
For nearly a half century, Kansas Masonic Foundation’s philanthropic efforts have been funding effective programs that both embody and encourage the power of cooperation. Generous gifts of $600,000 from the Edward and Bernice Seidel Trust as well as $160,000 from the Grand Lodge paved the way in 2013 to create this new initiative – a $1.5 million Freemasons Endowment for the Fulfilling Our Obligation program.
In the past, we learned of a brother’s family in need and quietly put together some money to help, perhaps by passing the hat at the local lodge. But frequently, more resources are deserved and that’s where the Fulfilling Our Obligation program comes in, by giving us the opportunity to leverage our good works and give even more. Together, we can make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of our brothers, their wives, widows, mothers and orphans – when they need us most.
When the Kansas Masonic Foundation approved the creation of this new endowment, President Michael J. Tavares said, “KMF has been working closely with the Grand Lodge to develop this program to help out our Kansas Brothers and their families in time of need. When we became Masons, we all made a promise as part of our obligation to help out exactly these groups of people. This program will help us live up to that promise.”
To apply for funds from this matching program, please contact your local Lodge.
To learn how your $1 a day will help brothers in need and fund this endowment, please click here.
KMF-supported outreach provides free cancer screenings and life-saving services
On September 21, 1974, during the dedication of the Oncology Center in the KU Medical Center, Masons and the Kansas Masonic Foundation were recognized for their support of outreach programs at the Center. According to the Foundation’s minutes, “This was indeed an event which is now a monument to the Masons of Kansas for their contributions in aiding mankind and serving the residents of Kansas in a most tangible and humanitarian way. The ones who use this well-appointed treatment center surely must think kindly of our efforts. We are told that it is being used by an ever increasing number of patients and that the modern approach in the mechanics of the treatment they receive is fully in keeping with the whole program.”
Today, the outreach program continues to provide free public screenings at locations across the state for prostate and skin cancer, as well as bone density scans. KU Medical Center staff members are on hand to perform the procedures and to answer questions from the public. Sponsored by the Kansas Masonic Foundation and hosted by local lodges, these clinics perform a valuable public service, while embodying the Kansas Masonic Foundation’s enduring goal to be of service to all mankind. Many hundreds of people have been helped in the program’s history. In this reporting period alone, over 500 Kansans, some of whom were alerted to potentially dangerous cancerous conditions at a clinic, have received potentially life-saving treatment and advice. This important program not only furthers the work of the Midwest Cancer Alliance at the University of Kansas, but also allows communities statewide to see the long-standing commitment of Kansas Masons to continue to fight cancer until a cure is found.
Ongoing commitment to cancer research drives prestigious designation and continues fight for cure
Kansas Masons began supporting the University of Kansas Cancer Center more than four decades ago in 1972. In the years since, we have given almost $25 million to fund the fight against cancer. Because of the Masons’ significant financial commitment, the name of the Kansas Cancer Center was officially changed to the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute in 2005.
As part of our giving, The Patient Navigator $1 million Endowed Fund has been fully funded, and the Psycho-Oncologist $1 million Endowed Fund is more than half way completed. In the summer of 2012, with the assistance of Kansas Masons, KU achieved the prestigious National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. The ongoing financial support of Kansas Masons for the “Beyond the Quest” campaign demonstrates our resolve to continue the fight against this terrible disease for years to come. At the same time, the KU Cancer Center moves steadily closer to being declared a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest NCI designation that exists.
“Since 1974, the Kansas Masonic Foundation has partnered with the University of Kansas to fight cancer and improve people’s lives. The foundation has contributed more than $20 million to the KU Medical Center, which honored this commitment by naming the research arm of the cancer center the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute (KMCRI).The generosity of the Masonic Foundation was instrumental in helping The University of Kansas Cancer Center achieve the milestone of obtaining National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2012. Fundraising support from the masons continues to benefit KMCRI and its programs, such as patient navigation through the Midwest Cancer Alliance.As the fundraising foundation for KU, we are proud at KU Endowment of our partnership with the Kansas Masonic Foundation. Together, we are ensuring a growing base of support for cancer research, education and treatment for Kansans, the surrounding region and our entire country.”
Dale Seuferling, President, KU Endowment
“As a former director of the Kansas University Cancer Center who has spent 40 years as a part of KU Medical Center, I feel eminently qualified to comment on the importance of the Kansas Masonic Foundation and the Free-Masons of Kansas to the medical center and the cancer center program,” said Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Dr. William Jewell, MD. “To put it in simple terms, without their financial support and dedication to our cancer program we would not have a National Cancer Institute recognized cancer center today.”
Dr. William Jewell, MD, Emeritus Professor Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center
“For more than 40 years the Kansas Masons have played a critical role in supporting health education and research across the state. Because of their commitment and dedication, thousands in our state are living better, healthier lives.”
Dr. Roy Jensen, MD, Director, University of Kansas Cancer Center
The General Endowment Fund supports a wide range of needs at the Kansas Masonic Foundation. This fund gives the Board of Trustees flexibility in allocating resources to meet current and future needs. Since donations to this fund are not restricted, the income earned from this is of great value and could support a number of important philanthropic endeavors, such as:
for a brighter future
Kansas Masonic Foundation Scholarships support Kansas students.
KMF scholarships provide millions of dollars in support to Kansas students
Since 1970, the Kansas Masonic Foundation has provided scholarships to university-bound students throughout the state, with nearly $4 million distributed so far.
In late 2013, the Kansas Masonic Foundation Board of Trustees voted to direct almost $250,000 annually to scholarship awards. Going forward, the KMF will offer four scholarships:
Emporia State University
Fort Hays State University
Kansas State University
Pittsburg State University
University of Kansas
Wichita State University
In 2015, Kansas Masons awarded 283 scholarships totaling more than $285,000. For more information about these awards, check out the full media release.
“Being awarded a scholarship from the Kansas Masonic Foundation was terrific! It really helps make my college expenses easier to handle, and the people I’ve worked with there are very friendly.”
Sarah Sexton, Shawnee, Kansas
(2015 question sample below – 2016 question will be available in August 2016)
Foundational values of Freemasonry include charity, relief, and service to mankind.
How does your personal involvement in serving others make a positive impact, whether in your community, your nation, or your world?
Essays must be submitted to the local lodge on or before November 1, 2016.
The 2015 State Masonic Public School Essay Contest has been in existence for 60-years andhas awarded more than $300,000 statewide to deserving high school students. Annually $12,000 is awarded with $4,000 given for the best essay.
Robert A. Shively, CAE, CFRE Executive Director, Kansas Masonic Foundation
The Kansas Masonic All-State High School Marching Band has been a continuous and beneficial element of the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl since 1984. The idea of the band – and its related camp – originally developed to fill a void at the summer Shrine Bowl when most high school bands were not available.
The band camp is held in late July at the site of the Bowl. Annually, a total of 180 to 250 of Kansas’ best high school musicians are showcased in this event that includes pre-game and halftime performances. The band also performs before the Shrine Bowl Banquet on the Friday night prior to the game and at a downtown parade the next morning.
Camp fees are sponsored by various Masonic Organizations throughout the state. Any proceeds are used to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Every year the Kansas Masonic Foundation also offers an Outstanding Musician Award ($1,500 Scholarship), a Jeff Atherly Inspirational Award ($1,000 Scholarship) and a Masonic Pride Award ($500 Scholarship) to a band camp student.
“Why should the football players have all the fun? What a great way to get together with your friends from across Kansas, share a few days of playing great music, and be an important part of creating something exciting and entertaining! It’s not just an All-State Band; it’s an All-Star Band! Thanks to the Kansas Masonic Foundation for funding this important program for Kansas High School students.”
Lane Weaver, Director of Athletic Bands, Fort Hays State University
“Participating in the Masonic Band is a great way to make lifelong friends and perform in an excellent ensemble while serving a charitable cause. For many, the Kansas Masonic Band experience was the best five days of their lives.”
A. Douglas Whitten, Director of Athletic Bands, Pittsburg State University
“Practicing and performing at the 2013 Kansas Masonic All-State Band Camp was a wonderful experience, and I was honored to be awarded the first-ever Jeff Atherly Inspirational Award there. I would strongly recommend the experience to band students anywhere in the state who would like to have a great time, while taking their musical and marching skills to the next level.”
Ben Abel, Student, Paola High School, Paola, Kansas
“Being a part of the Kansas Masonic All-State Marching Band is fun for everybody involved — and that definitely includes the director. Meeting talented students from across the state and helping them take their musical and marching skills farther faster than they would probably have guessed was possible is a challenging and enjoyable thing. And it’s wonderful to know that those students will return home with new friendships, new skills, and new memories that will help enrich their lives — and strengthen their communities — for years to come.”
Nathan Gay, Director of Athletic Bands and Low Brass Studies, Emporia State University
“I’ve been a Kansas Mason for over 50 years, and I always try to help as much as I can with the service projects we do. But when I volunteered to help with a cancer-screening clinic that the Kansas Masonic Foundation put on last spring, I got a big surprise. A KU doctor there saw a spot on my neck and said I should get it looked at. I did, and they sent me to a specialist in Salina, who told me it was an early form of skin cancer. I had it removed, and six weeks later, no cancer could be detected. When they say these free cancer screenings save lives, it’s no joke. I’m lucky — and this whole state is lucky — that the Kansas Masons make them happen.”
Jim Kay, Minneapolis Kansas
The 3rd Annual Online Auction will benefit Kansas Masons, through the Endowment “Fulfilling Our Obligation”, which assists Kansas Masons and their families in need. The event will be open to all Kansas Masons and their friends on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 and ends on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
Nearly half a century ago, we started the Kansas Masonic Foundation and our productive philanthropic enterprise began.
100% of all gifts to the Kansas Masonic Foundation go to the charity of your choice:
To donate online, please complete our protected form.
“The Kansas Masonic Foundation has long enriched the lives of Kansans by supporting charitable, educational, and scientific programs that strengthen communities across the state. Since 1970, it’s been providing student scholarships that have created a wonderful opportunity for a multitude of our youth to receive a quality education, and as I’ve had the privilege of working with the Foundation through the years, it’s raised nearly $25 million for cancer research. As the KMF strives to become the premier Masonic Foundation serving humanity, I hope you’ll decide to share our vision. If we all work together, we can make Kansas an even better place to live.”
Bill Snyder, Head Football Coach, Kansas State University
Send it by mail: When making a gift by check, please remember to include a card, noting the check’s purpose, or indicate your gift’s purpose on the memo line. Checks should be made payable to the Kansas Masonic Foundation and mailed to:
Kansas Masonic Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1403
Topeka, Kansas 66601-9911
Give us a ring: Call (785) 357-7646
Set up an electronic funds transfer: Just download and complete the ETF form, sign and mail it to the address above.
Donate via wire transfer: Please contact Sylvia Obaya at (785) 357-7646 or Sylvia@kmfonline.org for additional information.
“As a lifelong Kansan and public servant of Kansas for the majority of my life, it has always been my focus to do what is best for Kansas and Kansas communities. For almost 50 years, the Kansas Masonic Foundation and Kansas Masons have made a positive difference through their many philanthropic efforts: funding cancer research and outreach screening clinics throughout the State, sponsoring and working with high school students in varied leadership activities, and providing scholarships and other kinds of financial support to Kansas students, just to name a few. I have both personally and financially supported the Kansas Masonic Foundation and applaud the outstanding work it does. 100% of the money it raises goes to do exactly what I have devoted my life to — supporting Kansans and Kansas communities. I was proud years ago to serve as the Honorary Chair of the Masonic Partnership for Life Campaign. I am equally proud again today to lend my strong support to the Kansas Masonic Foundation. It is one of the worthiest causes I know. ”
Senator Bob Dole
You also can become an integral part of the Kansas Masonic Foundation’s future by including a charitable gift within your overall estate and financial plans. With a little planning, you can continue supporting the Foundation far into the future, as we strive to become the premier Masonic Foundation serving humanity. Explore the information below to find the charitable plan that’s right for you, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Planned giving is finding ways to make charitable gifts now or after your lifetime while enjoying financial benefits for yourself.
Planned gifts are sometimes referred to as “stop-and-think” gifts because they require some planning and, often, help from your financial advisor. Unlike cash donations, they are typically made from assets in your estate rather than disposable income and come to fruition upon your death.
The most common planned gift is a bequest in your will or living trust. Other planned gifts include:
Following are some of the assets most commonly used to fund a gift and that can be given at anytime:
Following are gifts that can be given after your lifetime:
A misconception is that planned giving is only for the “wealthy.” The truth is, even people of modest means can make a difference through planned giving. For more information or to learn how you can support our mission with a planned gift, call Dave Hendricks at (785) 357-7646 or Dave@kansasmasonic.foundation.
Your gift of appreciated marketable stocks or mutual fund shares provides significant support for the Kansas Masonic Foundation program of your choice. It also may offer you important tax benefits. Consider these ways you might provide gifts of securities:
For more information on how gifts of securities might work for you, please contact our Foundation office at (785) 357-7646.
A gift of real estate to the Kansas Masonic Foundation also is a unique way to provide a lasting benefit to KMF and a convenient way for you to enjoy a charitable deduction. These gifts could include residences, vacation homes, farms, ranches, commercial property or undeveloped land.
The charitable deduction is based on the current fair market value of your property, and it can reduce the size and complexity of your estate. An added benefit to donating property is that, in most cases, the Kansas Masonic Foundation can assist in determining if a property should be held and managed, or sold with the profit being invested. In either situation, the income generated will benefit the purpose designated by the donor.
Not only can real estate be used to make outright gifts, it can also be used to make future gifts to the Kansas Masonic Foundation. For example, real estate can also be used to fund a charitable remainder trust or a charitable gift annuity. A trust or annuity would provide you and/or another beneficiary with income for the rest of your life or lives. Ultimately, the remaining value would be transferred to the Kansas Masonic Foundation to benefit the program area you choose.
Another option would be a retained life estate gift, which would allow you to give your home to the Kansas Masonic Foundation while retaining the right to live in it for the rest of your life.
For more information on how a gift of real estate might work for you, please contact us. We also recommend that you consult your tax advisor for more information regarding the gift tax and income tax results of such gifts as they apply to your specific situation. (Kansas Masonic Foundation does not provide donors with individual tax advice.)
Support from foundations and corporations are vital to the ability of the Kansas Masonic Foundation to accomplish its mission.
A gift to the Kansas Masonic Foundation is an investment in a foundation that has made an immeasurable difference in the lives of Kansans and Kansas communities.
We would be happy to help your corporation or foundation fulfill its philanthropic goals. Contact Dave Hendricks, Director of Development/Programs, at (785) 357-7646 or Dave@kansasmasonic.foundation.
For information or questions about matching gifts, contact our Director of Development/Programs as well.
Leading the way
You decide. When you make a gift to the Kansas Masonic Foundation, you determine what program of KMF will benefit from your generosity. Some donors also give to the General Kansas Masonic Foundation Fund, which provides flexible, unrestricted support — allowing the KMF, at the direction of the Board of Trustees, to apply donations to the areas of greatest need or opportunity.
The Kansas Masonic Foundation promptly sends receipts acknowledging every gift, with a calculation of the maximum tax deduction allowable by Internal Revenue Service policies. Many gifts are entirely deductible as charitable contributions. Exceptions are gifts for which donors receive goods or services; these gifts are partially deductible. The IRS accepts your receipts from the Kansas Masonic Foundation as documentation of deductibility.
While many foundations cover organizational operating costs by charging fees on gifts, we cover our operating expenses through an unrestricted fund, as well as a portion of the return on our investments. Because of this, 100% of every gift goes to the benefit the Kansas Masonic Foundation programs.
Every gift matters. Support the Kansas Masonic Foundation today.
“As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, A man’s action is only a picture book of his creed. Capitol Federal is a proud supporter of the Kansas Masonic Foundation and its philanthropic mission. Thank you for your charitable, educational and scientific gifts, including grants in cancer research.”
John B. Dicus, Chairman, President & CEO, Capitol Federal
At the Kansas Masonic Foundation, we believe every donor is important and endorse the following practices and policies:
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
This statement was developed by the American Association of Fundraising Counsel; the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy; the Council for Advancement and Support of Education; and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. It was adopted in November 1993.
Kansas Masons will carry on their work of betterment in their communities.
The Kansas Masonic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established for the purpose of expanding Masonic Philanthropy in the fields of charitable, educational, and scientific programs. The Foundation is totally funded by voluntary gifts and endowments from Kansas Masons, their families, and friends. No portion of the dues of any Masonic body goes to the Foundation.
The Foundation was initiated in March of 1966 at the 110th annual communication of the Grand Lodge when M∴W∴ Richard L. Becker, under the Grand Mastership of M∴W∴ Owen E. Hodgson, made a motion to allow the Grand Lodge to form a Masonic Foundation. The motion was passed without opposition. The Kansas Masonic Foundation became a reality with its chartering and incorporation on July 15, 1966 under the direction of M∴W∴ William E. Montgomery. Since that time the Kansas Masonic fraternity’s Foundation has grown in great proportions.
Kansas Masons, through the Kansas Masonic Foundation, have supported many worthwhile charitable endeavors over the years.
The Foundation is governed by a board of fifteen Trustees. The Trustees are appointed by the Board of Trustees for staggered three-year terms. The Trustees meet, as required by the Foundation’s constitution. The Annual Meetings are held each March prior to the Grand Lodge session. From its members, the Board of Trustees elects a president, executive vice-president, vice-president and secretary/treasurer for one year terms. The president also appoints Associate Trustees to serve on various Committees.
WE BELIEVE …
The Kansas Masonic Foundation benefits Kansans by funding charitable programs.
The Kansas Masonic Foundation strives to become the premier Masonic Foundation serving humanity.
|Goal 1||—||LEADERSHIP: KMF will seek diverse leaders that will provide their time, talent and treasures and that possess the skills and expertise to steward and further the resources of the Foundation.|
|Goal 2||—||PROGRAMS: KMF will enrich the lives of Kansans by supporting charitable, educational, and scientific programs.|
|Goal 3||—||FUNDING: KMF will increase the financial resources of the Foundation to enhance our charitable initiatives.|
|Goal 4||—||COMMUNICATIONS: KMF will ensure the purpose and value of the Foundation is clearly understood by all Kansans.|
|Goal 5||—||THE CRAFT: KMF will create a resource for Kansas Masons and for the advancement of freemasonry throughout Kansas.|
The Foundation encourages members to self-nominate, or recommend a fellow Mason for one or more of the various leadership and committee service roles.
Start volunteering your time by filling out our form.
R∴W∴MICHAEL J. TAVARES
W∴WARREN R. RENSNER
M∴W∴FREDRICK W. REICHERT, PGM
W∴RICHARD K. RYAN
BRO∴RONALD L. CAPPS
M∴W∴LYN E. BEYER, GM
R∴W∴B. Cole Presley, DGM
R∴W∴Victor J. Henke, Jr.
R∴W∴Herbert F. Merrick, Jr.
R∴W∴H. Wayne Rector
R∴W∴Mikel J. Stoops
R∴W∴David C. Eckert
R∴W∴Lincoln L. Wilson, Jr.
R∴W∴Robert C. Talbott, GSW
R∴W∴Craig A. Olson
W∴Donald A. Wheeler
R∴W∴DELMUS. R. MORROW, GJW
R∴W∴ROBERT F. NELSON
Bro∴BRADLEY T. KOEHN
R∴W∴MARK E. SMITH
ROBERT A. SHIVELY, CAE, CFRE
R∴W∴DAVID W. HENDRICKS
Director of Development/Programs
The “C-Club” was initiated in 1981. This membership group of Foundation supporters currently totals nearly 20,000 Kansas Masons. Donors having a cumulative gift of at least $25 annually until they reach the first recognition level of $100 are featured as “Members” on their Lodge’s “C-Club” plaque for that year. These plaques recognize donors who contribute to the Kansas Masonic Foundation. The different levels of cumulative giving in the “C-Club” are shown in the chart below:
Those who name the Foundation in their Will or Trust become members of the Heritage Club.
Ladies of Kansas Masons or other women may become willing workers in the good we do. A $100 cumulative contribution entitles them to the beautiful Ladies “C-Club” pin and membership.
The Kansas Masonic Foundation provides a unique opportunity for you or your family members to establish a family legacy. If you have an interest in making a gift to the Kansas Masonic Foundation, please contact Dave Hendricks, Director of Development/Programs (785)357-7646 or Dave@kansasmasonic.foundation.
For general questions or comments:
Telephone: (785) 357-7646
Fax: (785) 357-7406
Main office mailing address:
2909 SW Maupin Lane
Topeka, Kansas 66614-5335
Robert A. Shively, CAE, CFRE, Executive Director (Bob@kansasmasonic.foundation)
Dave Hendricks, Director of Development/Programs (Dave@kansasmasonic.foundation)
Sylvia Obaya, Accounting Manager (Sylvia@kansasmasonic.foundation)
Lynne Diehl, Administrative Secretary (Lynne@kansasmasonic.foundation)
For student scholarship inquiries, please contact our Director of Development/Programs, Dave Hendricks at (785) 357-7646 or Dave@kansasmasonic.foundation.
East-West Shrine Bowl Band Camp:
For East-West Shrine Bowl Band Camp inquiries, please contact our Director of Development/Programs, Dave Hendricks at (785) 357-7646 or Dave@kansasmasonic.foundation.
Donations and Giving:
For donations and giving to the Kansas Masonic Foundation, please contact our Director of Development/Programs, Dave Hendricks at (785) 357-7646 or Dave@kansasmasonic.foundation.
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