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Miami County Community Foundation

The Miami County Community Foundation was established in 2007 with a mission to create a more attractive business climate, improve the quality of life, and cultural and educational development in greater Miami County Kansas. The Foundation currently consists of a number of Donor Advised Funds/Scholarship Funds of all sizes, dedicated to supporting the community where we work, live and play.

The Foundation assists donors in achieving their philanthropic objectives through the establishment of restricted and unrestricted endowments during their lifetime or through planned giving. Income from these endowments and donations are used to provide grants to greater Miami County nonprofit organizations that have a positive impact on the community.

If you would like to learn more about how you may leave your legacy and help respond to community needs, please contact Christian E. Toman, Trustee of the Miami County Community Foundation by phone at 913-221-5962 or by email at [email protected]

Miami County Community Foundation
6 South Silver St
Paola, KS 66071

Board of Trustees

  • Beth Stout-Rhine
  • Christian Toman
  • Craig Holtzen
  • Curtis Long
  • Donna Darner
  • Mike Gibson
  • Shane Krull



Avelyn SonShine Journey

From Avelyn's mother...
"In May of 2014 after our daughter Avelyn passed away, we wanted to do something impactful and something long-lasting with the memorial funds we had received; we wanted to bring something positive out of the extremely difficult time we were going through. In October 2014, through a friend and the Holy Spirit, we were led to give away children's bibles. Since then each May we have our Annual Let Your Light Shine Family 1 Mile Walk & 5k to continue to raise funds. If you would like to donate to this cause and help with our mission, please mail your check made payable to "Avelyn Sonshine Journey" to the Miami County Community Foundation at the address above or click on the Donate button above and choose "Avelyn SonShine Journey".

You may learn more about this Journey at www.letyourlight-shine.com.

SonShine Athletic Academy

After the death of their daughter Avelyn, Josh & Michele Ivans (Spring Hill KS) started a faith based volleyball clinic to help introduce the community's children to a sport they care about in a secure faith based environment. Their ultimate goal is to build an athletic facility that can facilitate nurturing children in Christ. If you would like to donate to this cause, please mail your check made payable to “SonShine Athletic Academy” to the Miami County Community Foundation at the address above or click on the Donate button above and choose “SonShine Athletic Academy".

PHS/OHS Leadership Scholarship

Paola High School and Osawatomie High School elect two students each to join the Board of Trustees for a year and then participate with the Miami County Community Foundation's Scholarship Committee in choosing recipients for the Leadership Scholarship. Students at each of the High Schools hold fundraisers to contribute to this scholarship. If you would like to donate to this cause, please mail your check made payable to “PHS/OHS Leadership Scholarship” to the Miami County Community Foundation at the address above or click on the Donate button above and choose “PHS/OHS Leadership Scholarship”.