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Stories of Giving

People making a difference in the lives of others today and for generations to come. What will be your story?

Dick and Karen Gosse

Dick and Karen Gosse’s initial gift to their Richard and Karen Gosse Environmental Fund lit a fire under environmental giving. Donors Marlene Konsek, Milly Rugland, Sue Kinde and the Gosses, assisted by staff member David Horst, built support among other fund holder and supporters for an Environmental Stewardship Fund. They proposed that the Community Foundation Board match dollar-for-dollar $25,000 — $1,000 each from 25 donors. When a major legacy gift was received from the late Donald and Violet Himebaugh, the board raised the match and the effort by the Gosses, Konsek. Rugland and Kinde brought in gifts of at least $1,000 from 54 couples and individuals. By 2019. the fund had awarded    in grants and still had grown slightly to