Lawrence Central Rotary’s own Lori Trenholm, Community Development Director for Douglas County Community Foundation, introduced her boss, Executive Director Chip Blaser. Blaser explained that DCCF is a tax exempt charity serving Douglas County and several nearby communities by providing options for philanthropic giving. DCCF links donors to community needs and provides services and management of the process. Nonprofits may set up an organization fund or apply for grants to fund projects benefiting community.

Six to seven million grant dollars are awarded each year. Some recent grants include funding for Crisis Pet Retention, Community Garden funding through the Heart Department, and numerous pandemic relief projects. The DCCF is a valuable community asset that encourages, facilitates and leverages community giving. Chip Blaser has a law background and prior experience in managing nonprofit organizations. DCCF has experience significant growth under his leadership.