Photo Credits: Mindy Sue Photography and Love My Kansas - Land and Aerial Photography/Video


We'd love to hear from you

PO BOX 137
Council Grove, KS 66846

  • White Facebook Icon

Find us on Facebook

Who We Are and What We Do

The Council Grove Area Foundation (CGAF) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that was created by and for the people in the Council Grove and Surrounding Areas.  We enable those with philanthropic interest to easily and effectively support the issues they care about immediately, or through their will.  As a tax-exempt public charity, our foundation builds and strengthens our community by making it possible for a wide range of donors to create permanent, named funds to meet critical needs. The CGAF accepts gifts from private citizens, local corporations, other foundations, and government agencies. We aim to serve donors, nonprofit organizations and the local community as a whole. 





Our Foundation is guided by a board of recognized area citizens who are knowledgable, actively involved and passionate about the future of our rural communities. 



The Communities We Serve

  • Alta Vista

  • Americus

  • Burdick

  • Bushong

  • Council Grove

  • Dunlap

  • Dwight

  • Herington

  • Latimer

  • Wilsey

  • White City

Meet our Board of Directors

Tim Tyner


I'm proud to serve on the Foundation board. The Council Grove Area Foundation is a great opportunity for our community. By assisting donors and potential donors, the CGAF is a tremendous asset.   Working toward growing and improving our community is a real joy and I’m proud to be a small part of it. 

Nicky Tiffany

I am excited to serve on the CGAF because I am passionate about the continual development of our families, homes, and communities, particularly in the rural areas.  I look forward to helping match needs with available funds in order for creative ideas to grow into sustainable landmarks within the Flint Hills.  

Joe Buchanan

​In my work over the years with schools, the Kathryn Buchanan Gant scholarship, and local organizations, I've become aware of the varied good the Area Foundation does in our communities.  I'm excited to be a part of that work going forward.

Dave Kirk


Marty White


Angie Schwerdtfeger Vice President


Amy Oleen


Deb Brown


Gary Catlin


Jason Booker

CGAF is a neighbor helping a neighbor to improve our community. The level of community spirit and involvement here Council Grove and Morris County is outstanding. I hope to make a difference in the lives of my neighbors in some small way with my service on the CGAF Board.

Amy Allen



Jim Reagan


Kevin Leeper

I have a keen interest in preserving and enhancing both the historical attributes of this Community, as well as supporting and improving the vibrancy of the Business Community, the Lake Community, and the future possibilities of making this an even brighter destination point for visitors and potential professional families and retiring couples to land here. Council Grove has some real charms, yet it struggles like any small town to access needed funds to sustain those charms.

Joann Kahnt

I have been privileged to serve on this board and am on my final year of eligibility to be a board member. When I was asked to serve, I really didn't know anything about the foundation but I have certainly come to appreciate all that it does and offers to the communities it represents. At first, I thought it was something mainly for Council Grove but have found that it reaches out to many surrounding communities. The board has assisted so many non-profit organizations and schools in our area, allowing them to fund some projects that might have not gotten the funding needed otherwise. 
It has also afforded me the opportunity to get to know so many great people that serve or have served on the board from various locations in our area. 
I am also excited that we have been able to hire an outstanding director who is working hard to promote the foundation and all that it does.