Norton County Community Foundation Announces Match Day 2022 Participants

20 Local Funds & Projects to Participate in Annual Giving Event

Norton, Kansas, May 2022 – Norton County Community Foundation (NCCF) has announced the participating organizations in its fifth annual Norton County Match Day. Match Day 2022 will be held on Wednesday, June 22 from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM in the Heaton Building in Norton, KS. This year’s match pool will be $70,000 and is generously provided by Norton County Community Foundation and the Jim and Lida Sharp Family. 
Organizations with an endowed fund at NCCF will receive a 2:1 match, proportionate to the total amount raised. Participating funds include:
  • NCHS Alumni Association
  • Norton Area Child Care Association
  • Norton County Arts Council
  • Norton County Community Foundation Operating Endowment
  • Norton County Community Services Association (Carnival)
  • Norton County Health Department
  • Norton PRIDE
  • Norton Rotary Club
  • Norton Theatre Association
Organizations without an endowed fund at NCCF will receive a 1:1 match, proportionate to the total amount raised. Participating groups and their respective projects are listed below: 
  • Almena PRIDE, Veteran’s Park
  • Leap of FaithE, General Program Funds
  • Moms 4 Kids, Summer Backpack Food Program
  • Norton Flower Fund, Beautification of Public Areas
  • Norton Public Library, Art Club
  • Norton Regional Health Foundation, Surgical, Emergent and Outpatient Treatment Improvements
  • Rock Christian Youth Center, Roof Repair/Replacement and Curb Appeal
  • Star Spangled Stitchers, Quilts of Valor
  • The Haven, Washer/Dryer Plumbing
  • Thrift Shop, New Building Renovations
  • Valley Hope Foundation, Norton Extended Treatment Project
“We’re really looking forward to this year’s Match Day,” said Melinda Davis, Executive Director at Norton County Community Foundation. “We have several new organizations participating, and we’re excited to see how the community responds to such a diverse set of funds and projects to support. We also want to thank the Jim and Lida Sharp Family for their generous commitment to this program and their desire to see our community’s nonprofits succeed in their respective missions.”
Donors can make in-person donations at the Heaton Building between the hours of 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM on June 22, 2022. Online donations will be accepted via NCCF’s website at between 12:00 AM to 11:59:59 PM on June 22, 2022. (The link will not be live until that date.) For more information, please contact Melinda Davis or Bethany Shirk at 785.874.5106 or
About Norton County Community Foundation
The Norton County Community Foundation was established in 1994 for the purpose of supporting local charitable activities in Norton County through endowments made to the foundation. Dedicated to serving today for tomorrow, to make our community a better place in which to live. Connect with the Norton County Community Foundation at
Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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