Bird City Century II Development Foundation Seeks New Foundation Director
Bird City is a town on the move – and the Bird City Century II Development Foundation has played an important role in the community’s growth. To date, the Foundation has partnered with the town’s leadership, organizations and neighbors to modernize the park and pool, build a community wellness center, establish the Cougar Cub Daycare, create a business incubator space, and they are continuing to evolve the place so many families call home.
With the current Foundation Director, Darci Schields, transitioning her full-time position to the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation, the Century II Foundation is currently seeking a dynamic new leader who can help shape the future of Bird City. “What many people don’t know is we actually have two foundations functioning under one office right here in Bird City. Our office at 107 West Bressler houses both the Bird City Century II Development Foundation as well as the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation,” Darci Schields shares.
Both foundations are actively working to build thriving communities in Northwest Kansas, and hiring a new Bird City Century II Foundation Director, will allow someone to focus specifically on the needs of the Bird City community to continue ongoing progress. Darci Schields adds, “If you’re someone who loves community development and has a passion to pursue Bird City community growth, we’d love to hear from you! This is a great opportunity and a truly rewarding position where we literally help to improve the community we live in.”
The new Foundation Director will report directly to the Bird City Century II Development Foundation Board of Directors and is responsible for:
- Shaping the future of Bird City
- Assisting with entrepreneurial initiatives
- Creating opportunities for community members
- Promoting community development and business development opportunities
- Partnering closely with the school, city and community organizations
- Overseeing the foundation’s properties and on-going projects
The Bird City Century II Development Foundation was founded in 1985 with funds remaining from the town’s centennial celebration. The Foundation brings together generous donors and worthy causes for the betterment of Bird City. In 2009, the Foundation became an affiliate of the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation, a registered nonprofit organization and public charity in the state of Kansas, focused on bringing rural communities in Northwest Kansas together for growth and success.
Interested applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, Application Form and resume, and either drop it by the Foundation office at 107 West Bressler; mail it to Bird City Century II Development Foundation, PO Box 593, Bird City, KS 67731; or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Questions may be directed to Darci at 785-734-2556.
$36,750.96 Raised from Bird City Match Day 2016
Another great turnout for the Foundation’s 4th Annual Bird City Match Day event with a total of $36,750.96 being raised for our local organizations and community projects. This annual event has put more than $164,000 back into the Bird City and Cheylin communities since it first started in 2013.
Foundation’s First Executive Director Resigns after 10+ Years
The beginning of 2015 brought new opportunities for Bird City Century II Development Foundation’s first Executive Director, Cathy Domsch. It was a bitter-sweet moment as Cathy’s years at the Foundation came to an end in March, as new doors opened for her in her hometown, Atwood, with the opportunity to work for the fast-growing & successful business, SureFire Ag. This all fell in good timing as she will have more time to spend with her family, as well as follow her daughter’s sports and school events as she enters Junior High this Fall.
Cathy started working for the Foundation in 2005 and was very involved and focused on building the Bird City / Cheylin community. In Cathy’s 10+ years here, the Foundation assisted with the renovation of the city park, recruit Bird City Dairy and other small businesses, open Heartland Child Care which then closed and funding transitioned to start a Cheylin Preschool Program, construct the Cheylin Wellness Center, 5th Street Apartments and Senior Estates, and renovate the Security State Bank building, American Legion and City Hall. The Cheylin Entrepreneurship Fair, summer entrepreneurship camps, and the Business Incubator Program were all started through the Foundation, which have and will continue to be resources to educate students and assist entrepreneurs in Bird City.
The community has seen great opportunities arise and successful projects completed in her years at the Foundation, and although her dedication and commitment will be missed, she has made a big impact in the community that will be remembered!!
With Cathy’s resignation, Darci (Nelsen) Schields, who has worked as the Foundation’s Administrative Assistant since 2008, has transitioned her responsibilities into Foundation Director, focusing on sustaining the good works that have been built up over the years, and continuing forward with projects and goals that will have a positive impact on the community.
This year’s summer intern, Elizabeth Keltz, an upcoming senior at Cheylin, will be helping in the office, as well as implementing the children’s “Color the Town” activity leading up to 4th of July festivities, and the Youth Entrepreneurship (E-) Camps (1st-4th & 5th-8th grades). Contact the office (734-2556) or watch newspaper / flyers for more information!
2015 Bird City Match Day – $64,365 Raised
What is Bird City Match Day?? The annual event was started in 2013 in conjunction with national “Giving Tuesday”; a global day dedicated to helping others and giving back.
The Bird City Century II Development Foundation board has pledged specific amounts each year that is set aside as ‘match money’ for this one-day event. Eligible organizations and projects within the Bird City / Cheylin community that benefit from the event are determined in advance (eligible entities must be a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, or have an educational, religious or government tax status). During the Match Day event, individuals and businesses are invited to make their charitable contributions at the Bird City Century II office where the donor designates the dollar amount and organization(s) and/or project(s) they wish to financially support that day. At the end of the event, total incoming donations are calculated for each organization; the Foundation’s match is then figured on a pro-rated percentage basis and applied accordingly. Grant checks are then presented to each of those organizations.
This event has been very successful in helping to promote and financially assist our local non-profits; giving some additional financial resources to help implement programs and projects within their own organizations as well as carrying out projects within the community.
Bird City Century II Development Foundation matched $12,432 in 2013 (a $1 to $1 match); the Foundation upped their matching funds to $15,000 in 2014 (which came out to almost a .70 to $1 match); and in 2015 the Foundation doubled their pledged match with $30,000 (approximately .90 to $1 match).
The number of donors that participated during our 2015 Bird City Match Day event more than doubled in number from 2013; great support that goes right back into the community!
This past December, between incoming donations and the Foundation’s match, a total of $64,365 was raised; benefiting 27 different organizations and/or projects.
Since 2013, a total of $127,354.31 has benefited the Cheylin community through this annual Bird City Match Day event!!
2014 Bird City Match Day
The Bird City Match Day event held on December 2, 2014, was a very successful giving event, hosted by Bird City Century II Development Foundation (BCCII) the past two years. The spirit of giving was apparent as more than 50 donors stopped by BCCII office that day, donating to various organization(s).
This year, the incoming contributions at the end of the day totaled $22,773.44. The Foundation’s match of $15,000 (which was pro-rated and matched at approximately .70 to every dollar), along with six $25 door prize drawings (winners designated the $25 to the organization of their choice); brought the day’s grand total going back into the Bird City/Cheylin community to $37,923.44!!
A total of 26 local organizations/programs received grant checks; a great event for a community of our size!! There were 22 on the list that were eligible for the match; however, other (non-matched) donations were also accepted that day. Grant checks were presented to representatives for each recipient at Cheylin’s home basketball game Friday, January 16th.
Bird City Community Club $1,977.75
Bird City Historical Association $83.80
Bird City Area on Aging $527.82
Bird City Food Bank $1,231.90
Bird City Ministerial Alliance $502.82
Bird City Fire Department $1,173.24
Bird City EMS $125.71
Bird City Library $695.42
Bird City Girl Scouts $603.24
Tri-State Antique Threshers Assoc $8,966.91
Bird City Housing Authority $1,257.04
Bird City Swimming Pool $837.78
Cheylin Recreation Commission $670.42
Bird City Go-Getters 4H Club $1,005.63
Cheylin Wellness Center $921.83
Thresher Assoc Endowment Fund $5,086.84
Cheylin Preschool Program $1,835.15
United Methodist Youth Council $2,319.17
Community Youth Group $1,072.68
St. Joseph Catholic Youth Org $544.72
St. John Catholic Youth Org $3,729.23
Cheylin Golf Program (no match) $150.00
Cheylin Art Program (no match) $50.00
Cheylin Music Dept (no match) $355.00
United Methodist Church (no match) $56.00
2013 Bird City Match Day
The First Annual “Bird City Match Day” was held on December 11th, a ‘giving event’ sponsored on behalf on Bird City Century II Development Foundation to raise awareness of, and funds for, our local non-profit organizations. Bird City Match Day raised a grand total of $25,065.86 through cash, checks and grain contributions, which was then presented to a total of 21 non-profits in the Bird City/Cheylin communities.
Originally, Bird City Century II had agreed to MATCH the first $10,000 in contributions that were made from the community that day, but due to some leftover funds in the Foundation’s grant-making budget, the Board of Directors decided to match $12,432.93 (the full amount from the community to eligible organizations).
The non-profit organizations who received grant checks to assist with operations, projects, etc, include:
Bird City Community Club – $3,494.00
Bird City Historical Association – $400.00
Bird City Area on Aging – $930.00
Bird City Food Bank – $1,370.00
Bird City Library – $930.00
Bird City EMS – $400.00
Bird City Fire Department – $1,275.00
Cheylin Recreation Commission – $1,209.00
Bird City Housing Authority – $1,000
Bird City Cub Scouts – $400.00
Bird City Girl Scouts – $400.00
Teens For Christ – $800.00
Awana Youth Group – $2,116.94
St. John Catholic Youth Council – $50.00
St. Joseph Catholic Youth Council – $425.00
United Methodist Youth Council – $2,081.92
Bird City Go-Getters 4H Club – $400.00
Tri-State Antique Engine & Threshers Assoc – $480.00
Threshers Association Endowment Fund – $2,550.00
Cheylin Wellness Center – $4,279.00
Cheylin Band Department – $75.00