Who We Are

In order to better our lives we must better where we spend our lives. For us, that’s Derby, Kansas! This is why the Derby Community Foundation was established; helping our community and its citizens raise a shared standard of excellence in all we do. The spirit of the Derby Community Foundation is refreshing and invigorating. Its contagious persistence brings together people who yearn to share a vision and have the courage to do something about it.

Our Mission

The mission of the Derby Community Foundation is to enrich the quality of life in the Derby area by being a catalyst for connecting people and resources with community needs and initiatives.

To fulfill this mission, the Derby Community Foundation is a committed:

  • Grant Maker

    We award grants and scholarships to improve the lives of Derby area residents.

  • Vehicle For Philanthropy

    We encourage private giving for public good.

  • Community Leader

    We inspire, educate and cultivate a spirit of philanthropy.

  • Responder to Changing Needs

    We promote community involvement and collaboration.

What We Do

The Derby Community Foundation has supported community improvement projects within our city since the Foundation’s inception in 1993. In that time, the Derby Community Foundation has established a reputation within our community for providing great enhancements. Among the accomplishments of the Derby Community Foundation are listed below.

Community Enrichment Grants

We have awarded nearly $500,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations. Our Community Enrichment Grants expand the Foundation’s support to a broad range of organizations throughout the Derby area. The Foundation awards up to $10,000 annually.

Veteran's Memorial

The Derby Area Veteran's Memorial Walk of Freedom at Garrett Park was created in 2011 to honor the brave men and women who have served or are serving in a branch of the United States military. Each branch of the military is represented with a station which includes bricks honoring Derby area veterans. The Memorial Walk of Freedom also includes a tribute to Col. Merlyn Hans Dethlefsen who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his brave service in the U.S. Air Force. Bricks are added to the memorial each fall to honor area veterans.

Two bronze statues of firemen

Bronze Sculptures

We have inspired the purchase, landscaping, installation, and lighting of 20 bronze sculptures throughout the city.


Two bronze statues of firemen
two people accepting an award


The Derby Community Foundation awards nearly $90,000 in college scholarships to Derby High School graduating seniors each year. We also award $1,200 a semester to assist Derby High School students purchase supplies required for pursuing technical certifications at area community and technical colleges.

two people accepting an award
Two people on a bike path

Bicycle & Pedestrian Path

The Derby Community Foundation has been instrumental in the development of a 25-mile Bicycle/Pedestrian Path that links residential areas, businesses and parks together.

Two people on a bike path

Your Support Makes A Difference

Contributions to the Derby Community Foundation make a significant difference in the lives of Derby community members. Please consider donating today to help make Derby, KS a better place to live, work, and play.