Columbus Community Foundation welcomes gifts of all sizes
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When making donations for specific purposes (ie. Memorials or Sports Hall of Fame), please contact the Columbus Community Foundation in Care of Commerce Bank to specify what/who your donation is for using the below contact information. Thank You. 

Columbus Community Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 323
Columbus, Kansas 66725
(620) 429-2515 (In Care of Commerce Bank)


You may make a gift immediately by clicking on the donate link below or . . .

To make a contribution, call the Columbus Community Foundation, or talk with your lawyer or financial advisor for additional information. You can make a contribution through the Community Foundation with:

OUTRIGHT GIFTS are a simple, convenient way to donate and receive maximum tax advantages. Money, securities, personal property or real property are the usual gifts.

BEQUESTS of cash or property through a will are usually fully deductible for federal and state tax purposes. The Foundation also can be named as the residuary beneficiary of a donor's estate or can be named in a charitable remainder trust created by the will.

LIFE INSURANCE with the Foundation as the irrevocable beneficiary of a life insurance policy, allows donors an immediate tax deduction in the amount of the cash value of the policy. Insurance premiums paid thereafter by the donor are deductible as a charitable gift.

MEMORIALS to the Foundation made in memory of deceased persons or in honor of living persons are generous testimonials. Creations of a memorial fund in the Columbus Community Foundation also can be a means of achieving permanent memorization.

CHARITABLE LEAD TRUSTS name the Foundation as the beneficiary of income for a trust for a specific number of years. The corpus, or bulk of the trust, eventually goes to other named beneficiaries, such as children or grandchildren.

enable the donor to provide a lifetime income to themselves or beneficiaries and leave the remainder of the estate to the Foundation.


"...The most useful and influential people (in America) are those who take the deepest interest in institutions that exist for the purpose of making the world better."

Why not establish your own charitable fund in the Columbus Community Foundation and let it make gifts in your family's name to help our community in perpetuity? The Foundation offers you unique flexibility to meet your traditional charitable interests.

You don't need a great deal of money, in fact, you may not need any cash at all. If you have stock that has increased in value or real estate or a (no longer needed) life insurance policy, you can use it to get started. In most cases, you'll receive a tax deduction equal to the full current value of your gift and you will not be subject to any capital gains tax. You will also reduce your estate tax later because you have removed the item from your estate. (Note: Always check your own situation with your financial advisor.)

The days following the death of a friend or associate are never easy, but there's a simple way of letting family members know you want their loved one remembered forever.

By giving through a "Memorial Endowment Fund", you can appropriately memorialize someone and help the Columbus Community Foundation at the same time.

Your gift to the Foundation will be held in perpetuity by the Columbus Community Foundation. Only the earnings will be used to enhance the quality of life in the community.

When you make a memorial endowment, the Columbus Community Foundation will send an acknowledgment letter (donation amount omitted) to the person or persons you request, telling them of your thoughtfulness. You will also receive a receipt for your personal records.

In addition, the name of the person you have memorialized will be entered in the Foundation's Memorial Records.


Est. 1998
Exhibits are located at the Columbus Museum
100 South Tennessee Ave. Columbus, KS 66725
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm

The Columbus Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1998 with the first class of inductees.
Several alumni from Columbus and the surrounding area realized that many athletes,
coaches, teams, and contributors deserved recognition for their accomplishments while
attending school at Columbus, and in their careers after high school.

The Columbus Sports Hall of Fame Committee structure and organization was initiated by
Fred Keys, an alumnus of Columbus High School, with the assistance several other
Columbus High School alumni and long time community members. Mr. Keys was
instrumental in working with his college alumni association at Tulsa University with their
Sports Hall of Fame program and he has offered enthusiasm, expertise, and the support to
the Columbus Sports Hall of Fame since its exception.

Our Mission
The mission of the Columbus Sports Hall of Fame is to recognize outstanding individuals
and team achievements formally, as well as to preserve the heritage and tradition of the
Columbus Sports Programs. The Columbus Sports Hall of Fame was established to pay
tribute, to give deserved recognition and to enhance the Columbus tradition by honoring
former athletes, coaches, teams, or contributors to sports.

Nominating Candidates 
Any adult can nominate a candidate for the Columbus Sports Hall of Fame. Nominations
are only accepted during the month of November annually and they are to be submitted to the secretary of the superintendent of schools at the Columbus USD 493 Board of Education offices. 

The mailing address for the Columbus Board of Education office is: 802 S. High School Ave Columbus, KS 66725. The district office phone number is 620‐429‐3661. 

The time period for accepting the nominations is posted annually in the Columbus Advocate and is located on the Hall of Fame website ‐

Nominations submitted after the deadline of November 15 will NOT be reviewed by the


Platinum Club Members: $100 per year
Gold Club Members: $75 per year
Red Club Members: $50 per year
Titan Club Members: $25 per year 

Columbus Community Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 323
Columbus, Kansas 66725
(620) 429-2515 (In Care of Commerce Bank)
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