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Q: Why should I donate to the Shawnee County Parks & Recreation Foundation?

The SCPR Foundation serves to reduce the financial burden on taxpayers while assuring that Shawnee County Parks and Recreation facilities remain first class and are preserved in a historically and environmentally efficient manner. It helps promote healthy lifestyle choices and improves the quality of life by providing the best in parks, golf course and recreation facilities and programs to residents of Shawnee County. Gifts made to the foundation may also be used to create a legacy or memoriam in the name of a donor or loved one.

The SCPR Foundation operates independently as a private, not-for-profit agency qualified as a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code as an affiliate of the Topeka Community Foundation and is registered as a charitable corporation in the State of Kansas. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors.

Q: How does SCPR Foundation interact with the Parks + Recreation Department?

A: As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, SCPR Foundation is responsive to donors and retains great flexibility to pursue unique projects that although valuable to communities and park-goers, are not presently within the County's priorities and/or budget resources. SCP+R may request that the Foundation provide partial or full funding for projects. Examples of projects supported by the Foundation include Ted Ensley Gardens, Bettis Family Sports Complex, Highland Park/Dornwood baseball program, improvements at Old Prairie Town/Ward-Meade Historic Site and the Midwest Health Aquatic Center.

Q: How can I donate to a Special Project?

A: SCPR Foundation manages funds for many community special projects. Give a targeted gift to support a project in the community!  Call us if you have questions about the existing funds available for acceptance of donations.

Q: Can I give a gift "in honor" or "in memory" of someone?

A: Yes. You may designate your gift to be "in honor" or "in memory" of someone. Be sure to provide the individual’s or their family's contact information so they can be notifief of your gift, if you so choose.  Endowments, plaques and memorial benches are also options for honoring them through name recognition.

Q: I have a sponsorship/advertising question, who do I contact?

A: You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or @ 785-251-2685 for further assistance.

Q: Is my gift tax deductible?

A: Yes. All contributions will flow through the SCPR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization set up specifically to mobilize public support and financial resources for public parks, trails, and recreational opportunities. All donations are tax deductible in full accordance with the law.

Q: Can I make a designated gift to the SCPR Foundation through this campaign?

A: Absolutely. Anyone may make a designated gift to a specific campaign or project. If you are interested in making such a gift, you may do so by contacting Rachel Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Q: Can I visit with you to see areas under development or programs in need?

A: Yes.  We highly encourage anyone who would like to visit with us to do so.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 785-251-2685 to make arrangements for a visit.

Q: Is the SCPR Foundation a not-for-profit organization?

A: Yes.  The SCPR Foundation,  is a not-for-profit organization.  Our (c) (3) status has been filed with the Internal Revenue Service under Topeka Community Foundation and our Tax ID number is 48-0972106.

Q: How can I learn more about the SCPR Foundation?

A: You may request to additional information by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 785-251-2685.  We are also happy to speak to any group about our foundation and current projects.

 

 

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Rachel Meyer
1800 SE 21st Street
Topeka, KS  66607

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