Greater Manhattan Community Foundation

Greater Manhattan Community Foundation

Greater Manhattan Community Foundation


Family Community & Civic Organizations

Chairman Circle


It all started over lunch between an accountant, an attorney, and an investment manager. Actually, the three of them had met for lunch several times over several years to discuss the same topic and shared frustrations. They felt it was time to do something to help people who wanted to make charitable contributions to the community but avoid the trouble and expense of establishing private funds or foundations. Then, at a final lunch in 1999, the trio decided it was time to get a group of interested citizens together to discuss the possible merits of starting a community foundation…

On Wednesday, February 3, 1999, Jim Gordon, Mark Knackendoffel, and Jim Morrison hosted a roundtable discussion regarding the establishment of a community foundation in Manhattan, KS. By the end of the same year, an executive board had been formed, bylaws approved, 501(c)(3) non-profit accreditation established, and assets of over $200,000 realized.

Membership Type

Chairman Circle

Little Apple Brigade Dues


Vern Henricks
President & CEO

Christine Benne
Military Relations Coordinator

Marla Brandon
Vice President of Finance

Sally Braun
Finance Assistant

MaKenna Eilert
Director of Marketing

Gary Fees
Director of Investment Services

Felix Jimenez
Digital Marketing Coordinator

Kendra Kuhlman
Director of Program Development

Edee Nichols
Grants & Scholarships Coordinator

Mitzi Richards
Director of Philanthropy

Taylor Veatch

Reva Wywadis

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