Information For Donors

How You Can Help

  • Make A Donation

    Contribute to any existing fund, which are listed below.

  • Establish A Fund

    Establish a charitable fund bearing your name to provide for your favorite charitable organization or cause, both today and beyond your lifetime.

  • Endowment Contributions

    Contribute to the Derby Community Foundation Operating Endowment allowing the Foundation to serve the community into the future.

  • Memorials & Scholarships

    Establish a memorial or scholarship fund in honor or memory of a loved-one to provide support for a particular area of interest.

  • Encourage Others

    Encourage your favorite charity to establish an organization fund to provide ongoing support for their work.

  • Spread The Word

    Tell your friends about the Derby Community Foundation and the services we provide.

Fund List

Make A Donation

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.

*Please note: donation links will take you to CommunityGiving's website who processes donations on behalf of Derby Community Foundation.

Arlo and Charlotte Lindsey “Kidneys for Life” and Cancer Support Memorial Fund

The children of Arlo and Charlotte Lindsey established this memorial fund to honor their parents and to benefit patients who are battling kidney disease and/or cancer. Previous recipients of this fund include St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Harry Hynes Hospice, John Hopkin’s Research Hospital, Via Christi Foundation, Derby Renal Care Treatment Facility, to name a few.

Braxton Kooser Memorial Scholarship Fund

This Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor an outstanding young man, Braxton Wells Kooser. Braxton was a Derby Panther, only in his second semester of his freshman year, when he was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 14. Along with being a Derby Panther (football player), Braxton was a beloved son, adored brother, faithful Christian, Derby Tiger (baseball), trusted friend and a Kansas State Wildcat through and through. Braxton’s loyalty to his family, his friends, his faith, his school and his teammates were unmatched. We want to honor this young man by choosing a recipient that displays some of the same character traits and attributes that Braxton displayed; faith, integrity, dedication, teamwork, commitment and perseverance.

Burr Scholarship Endowment Fund

Mike was a member of the Derby High School graduating class of 2010. He loved both music and the arts. He was a member of the Marching Band, the Jazz Band, and his own band named All Falls Short. The Mike Burr Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a USD 260 graduating senior who participated in the Derby High School music program. Every parent hopes that their child grows to fill their potential. This scholarship doesn’t require a specific field of study, but instead is to help the recipient reach that potential.

Colleen Zirkle Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Colleen Zirkle Memorial Scholarship Fund awards an annual grant to the Independent School for designated programs/activities.

Derby Community Foundation Grant Program Fund

Community Enrichment Grants are awards of up to $2,500 made to grassroots non-profits and government entities doing innovative and meaningful work that fits within the Derby Community Foundation’s mission and that enriches or responds to immediate needs within the community.  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 in two cycles each year using a competitive application process.

Derby Dash Scholarship Fund

Help us raise funds so we can make an annual grant to the City of Derby/Derby Senior Services to provide ride passes to people in need of assistance.

Derby Recreation Commission Fund

The earnings on this fund support an annual grant to the Derby Recreation Commission to provide scholarships for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training for area youth.

Derby Rotary Club Endowment Fund

The Rotary Club of Derby has a long history of supporting education in the Derby Community. With the motto of “Service Above Self”, the scholarship is awarded to students who will be graduating from Derby High School and/or who live in Derby, who will be enrolling as full-time students at a college/university/community college/trade school, and who have a proven record of involvement in school, church and community activities.

Derby Veteran’s Memorial Fund

The Derby Area Veterans Memorial Walk of Freedom 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 military is represented with a station which includes bricks honoring Derby area veterans. The memorial walk also includes a tribute to Col. Hans Dethlefsen who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his brave service in the U.S. Air Force. The bronze sculpture, Patriotic Boy, pays tribute to the spouses and families of military veterans who “kept the home fires burning” while their loved ones were serving the country. Bricks were added each fall to the memorial to honor area veterans. This fund supports the ongoing maintenance and additions to the Veterans Memorial in Garrett Park.

Derby Wrestling Club Tom and Iris Faust Scholarship Fund

The vision of starting a wrestling club in Derby, Kansas was fulfilled in 1967 when Tom and Iris Faust laid down six pieces of carpet in their garage on South Kokomo Street and began practicing with three team members, one of whom was their son, Lew. The DWC has provided character building and wrestling instructions to thousands of young athletes and continues to do so as one of the most talented and respected wrestling clubs in the state of Kansas. This scholarship is awarded to a Derby High School student wishing to further his/her education, who has participated in wrestling and who exhibits the positive qualities and character that wrestling provided.

Diana Unkel Memorial Scholarship Fund

The family of Diana Unkel established a scholarship fund in her memory with the Derby Community Foundation. Diana Unkel was a lifelong resident of Derby, taught music at Swaney Elementary School, Derby Sixth Grade Choir and was the accompanist for the Derby High School vocal music program. She also taught piano lessons and served as organist at Madison Avenue United Methodist Church and Woodlawn United Methodist Church. Diana touched the lives of many Derby residents through her passion for music. This scholarship supports Derby High School students who plan to continue to be involved in music.

Garinger Agency Fund

This donor advised fund was established by Jean Garinger, American Family Agency, to provide charitable contributions to area nonprofits. Jean Garinger is a dedicated community activist who supports a wide variety of nonprofit programs.

John Parsons Memorial Scholarship Fund

John’s family has established a Memorial Scholarship fund for Derby students looking to pursue a fine arts degree.

Kermit Daum Scholarship Fund

This scholarship in honor and memory of Kermit Daum, longtime science teacher and department chair at Derby High School, is awarded to a Derby High School student who plans to study a science related field.

Pat Paske Memorial Scholarship Fund

The family of Pat Paske established a scholarship fund in his memory with the Derby Community Foundation. He taught, coached and served as an administrator at several Kansas high schools and middle schools over 51 years. Since 2004, he was a science teacher at Derby High School and spent several earlier years in Augusta and Eureka schools. Patrick coached basketball, football, golf and track during his career.

Patty Anthony Memorial Fund

The family of Patty Anthony established this memorial fund to honor her life and to benefit people with disabilities as they participate in recreational activities like Special Olympics. Patty was a member of the Special Olympics team at Starkey, Inc. in Wichita for many years and truly enjoyed the games. She also enjoyed participating in other recreational activities with her peers, including bowling, skating, dancing and swimming. A grant is awarded annually to the Derby Free Spirits, a recreational group for people with development disabilities coordinated by the Derby Recreation Commission.

Re’Ana Mekaeil Memorial Scholarship Fund

Re’Ana Mekaeil was a 9-year-old girl from Derby who lost her battle with cancer on August 25, 2017 – just one week into her 4th grade year. She attended Pleasantview Elementary from Kindergarten through 2nd grade, and then Park Hill for 3rd and the beginning of 4th grade. When she grew up, she wanted to be a missionary or an art teacher. Although she will never get the opportunity to achieve her grown-up dreams, her family would like to honor her memory through this scholarship by supporting that opportunity for another Derby student as they pursue their dreams

Richard W. Dennis Memorial Fund

The family of Richard W. Dennis established this fund to honor a “life well lived.” Dick Dennis was  owner of Dennis Insulation, a member of Rotary Club of Derby, and “larger than life” longtime resident of Derby. Grants from this fund will support local efforts that were of interest to Dick, including green spaces, trees, and feeding children.

Ross Hearn Excellence in Vocal Music Scholarship Fund

“Oh, Balderdash!” “I’m from Missouri, SHOW me!” If these terms are familiar to you, then you can count yourself lucky to have spent time in the vocal music classroom of Ross Hearn (and I know many of you did!). During Ross’s 38-year teaching career, he had a positive impact on thousands of students. The Ross Hearn Vocal Music Excellence Scholarship supports Derby High School graduates who wish to continue to be involved in music after graduation from DHS. Ross taught vocal music at DHS for 32 years, sharing his passion for music and his high expectations. He also taught for 2 years at Valley Center High School, Knoxville High School (Iowa) and Wichita High School North, respectively. The lessons learned in Ross’s class were more than musical, they were life lessons.

Tammie Middendorf Memorial Fund

This fund awards an annual grant to Oaklawn Elementary School in honor of longtime teacher Tammie Middendorf.

Unrestricted Fund for the Future

The Unrestricted Fund supports general efforts of the Derby Community Foundation including operating costs. Contributions to this fund ensure that the DCF will continue to be a viable organization benefiting the Derby area for years to come.