More than 30 non-profits to participate in CCCIF Match Day this Thursday

By Joshua Smith

For the last four years, the Clay Center Community Improvement Foundation’s annual Gather For Good Match Day has been a fantastic way for charitable donors to see their gifts stretch just a bit further in making big, positive changes to their local community. This year’s event, with more than 30 participating local non-profits, hopes to be the biggest yet.

On Match Day, all donations between $25 and $1,000 gifted to any of the local nonprofits will be eligible for a prorated match from the $30,000 in available match money. With each organization available to receive a maximum of up to $1,000, your donations could make a real difference.

This year’s event will take place on Thursday, September 16, with options to participate in-person, online, or via mail-in. The in-person event will be held at the Clay County Museum, 518 Lincoln Avenue from noon until 8:00 p.m. As a special benefit, every hour of the in-person event an individual donor from the previous hour’s donations will be chosen to receive a $50 donation to a charity of their choice.

Anyone who can’t make it to the in-person event can utilize the Gather for Good donor portal when it goes live at 12:01 a.m. September 16. The portal will remain open for 24 hours, closing for donations at 11:59 p.m. 

Donors who prefer to make their donation by check can mail their gift along with a completed donation form, found at, to the Clay Center Community Improvement Foundation at 432 Court Street, Clay Center, KS 67432. The donation must be postmarked on or before September 16, 2021.

More information can be found at

Match Day Participants

A Mural Movement

Bridges of Hope

Campbell Field Improvement Committee

CCCIF Match Day Fund (no match given)

Clay Center Christmas Festival

Clay Center Presbyterian Manor

Clay Center Utility Park and Zoo

Clay Center Youth Basketball Association

Clay County 4-H Development Fund

Clay County Animal Rescue & Education Center

Clay County Arts Council

Clay County Child Care Center

Clay County Educational Endowment Association

Clay County Fairboard Exhibit Hall

Clay County Historical Society

Clay County Hospital Foundation

Common Ground Ministries

Community Church Camp Committee - Methodist Church

Friends of the Clay Center Library

Kansas Landscape Arboretum

Lighthouse for Christ

Long-term Recovery Fund

Pawnee Mental Health Services

People Helping People

Presbyterian Youth Ministries (PYM)

Scouts in Clay Center / United Methodist Church

SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church Handicapped Accessible Bathroom Fund

St. Paul Lutheran Church

USD 379

Wakefield Birthday Bash Committee

Wakefield Museum Association

Wakefield Pride



On Sunday, another mural was added to Clay Center’s impressive collection. This one was sponsored by the Clay Center Community Improvement Foundation and was painted by artists Jessica Kerr and Taylor Carr. Check it out down at the Clay Center Zoo before taking part in Match Day this Thursday, September 16. (courtesy photo)