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
Meet our Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Angie Schwerdtfeger Vice President
I have worked in education in some capacity in this area for 48 years. I have enjoyed positions as a classroom teacher, head teacher, principal and instructional coach with White City Schools for 45 of those years. I also served as the director of Butler of the Flint Hills, Council Grove/Cottonwood Falls for 3 years. I retired from full-time education 5 years ago, but continue part-time working with students in credit recovery. I enjoy volunteering at school as well.
I am looking forward to serving on the CCAF board because of the wonderful support the Foundation has given to Morris County organizations. I have seen first-hand the good that comes from the Foundation work in our school, community, and church. Without the help of the Foundation, we would not have been able to implement programs and complete projects. I am excited about the opportunity to promote Morris County and all it has to offer. We have truly enjoyed living here all these years; it has been the perfect place to raise our family.
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.
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.
Morris County has many wonderful opportunities for businesses and families and I look forward to supporting our communities through collaborative efforts. I live near Dwight in the house I grew up in. I work in USD 417 as the district's special education coordinator. My husband, Jason, and I have a daughter, Bristol. She and the other children in Morris County are my reasons for giving and volunteering. I am currently a member of the Dwight PRIDE organization and have recently worked with a dedicated group of community members to make park improvements. I feel very privileged to have been given this role and I look forward to serving the communities of Morris County.