A Message from Grateful Donors – Shad & Melissa Ketcher

Shad and Melissa Ketcher believe the importance of giving back locally is a part of their duty as caring citizens. In their opinion, giving back to the community is vital to keeping as much as possible local, including health care. “Health care,” said Shad, “is an important part to keeping a community strong. It helps draw people to the area and encourages them to continue to support their community.” 

The Ketchers are proud how community members in Hutchinson come together to create a better place to live and work for everyone, whether it is helping out by giving financially, donating time, or both. The Ketchers are no strangers to philanthropy. Long time donors and Foundation supporters, Shad also served on the Board of Directors for three terms. It was during one of his tenures on the board that Shad lent his expertise to the Foundation by suggesting an endowment fund be set up. When asked to share why he thought that was important, he replied, “I felt an endowment fund was the right fit for the Foundation because health care isn’t going away, and a well-run endowment fund would help sustain and grow the pool of money over time. With an endowment fund, the Foundation is able to count on those monies to be there to help support their initiatives. It helps control the budget and makes it easier to budget well for the future. In addition, an endowment gives donors the ability to control their donations a little bit more by allowing them to align their financial gifts with their values.”

Endowment building and management is essential for the success of nonprofits and foundations. The General Endowment Fund ensures that the Foundation’s programs and initiatives already in place will thrive over a long period of time, especially during times of economic downturn. Because of this fund, the Foundation was able to designate significant financial resources for necessary improvements at Hutchinson Health this year. Shad’s foresight and leadership in setting up the endowment fund is greatly appreciated. 

Thank you, Shad and Melissa, for supporting not only the Foundation, but the greater community of Hutchinson! 

If you are interested in learning more about donation opportunities, please email or call Rachel Gemuenden at 320.484.4438.

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