Norton County Community Foundation’s Match Day Raises $166,452

Norton, Kansas, July 2023 – Norton County Community Foundation (NCCF) hosted its sixth annual Match Day on June 28, 2023 in the Heaton Building. $166,452 was raised for area nonprofit endowments and charitable projects.
Match Day is an annual giving event designed to raise awareness and support for non-profits and charitable organizations in Norton County. Donations were collected in-person from 9 AM – 6 PM, as well as online for 24-hours. Matching funds of $75,000 were generously provided by Norton County Community Foundation and the Jim and Lida Sharp Family. Twenty-seven organizations participated in this year’s event. Those with an endowed fund at NCCF received a 1:1 match, while organizations and charitable projects without an endowed fund at NCCF received a 0.5:1 match. Matching funds were proportionate to the total amount raised. Combined, the participating organizations raised $91,452 from 184 donors, leveraging the full $75,000 match. In total, a record-breaking $166,452 was invested into local endowments and charitable projects. Participants included:
  • NCHS Alumni Association Scholarship Fund
  • Norton Area Childcare Association (Sunshine Learning Center)
  • Norton County Community Foundation
  • Norton County Community Services Association (Carnival)
  • Norton County Arts Council
  • Norton County Health Department
  • Norton County Historical Society
  • Empower Norton (Pride of Norton Field of Interest Fund)
  • Norton Rotary Scholarship Fund
  • Norton Theatre Association
  • Andbe Home
  • Crayons for Classrooms
  • Feed My People
  • Leap of FaithE
  • Moms4Kids
  • Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth
  • Northern Valley Schools
  • Norton Community Schools
  • Norton County Senior Citizens Center
  • Norton Flower Fund
  • Norton Public Library
  • Norton Regional Health Foundation
  • Secure Sebelius Lake
  • Star Spangled Stitchers
  • The Rock Christian Youth Center
  • Valley Hope
NCCF does not publish individual totals but gives the participating organizations the discretion on whether or not to release that information publicly. 
“This was our largest Match Day yet, in terms of the number of participants, number of donors, and total funds raised!” said Bethany Shirk, Director of Communications and Programs. “Most donors who participated contributed to more than one organization, which goes to show how widely this is viewed as a community fundraising initiative. We love the momentum behind Match Day and look forward to continuing its success in years to come.”
For more information about Match Day 2023, please contact Bethany Shirk at 785.874.5106 or The Match Day website is still active at to learn more about the participants and their respective fundraising initiatives.
About Norton County Community Foundation
The Norton County Community Foundation was established in 1994 for the purpose of supporting local charitable activities in Norton County through endowments made to the foundation. Dedicated to serving today for tomorrow, to make our community a better place in which to live. Connect with the Norton County Community Foundation at
Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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