Donations & Sponsorships

The Garden City Cooperative believes in supporting the communities that it serves.  That is, after all, one of the cooperative principles first established by the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in Rochdale, England in 1844.  "Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members."

The Garden City Co-op has been proud to support our children in educational endeavors and through scholarships.  We value the education and skills learned through programs like 4-H and FFA.  We also believe in the promotion of a strong culture of safety and supporting ways that can help keep farmers and those in the ag industry safe.  We believe that no child should go home hungry and remain commited to helping our local schools and foodbanks with food insecurity. Our impact would not be nearly as much without the generous support of and partnership with companies like CoBank, Land O'Lakes, GrowMark and CHS and donors like Otis & Mary Lee Molz.  

Here are a few places the Garden City Co-op is proud to give to:

•Kansas Food Bank's Food 4 Kids program with additional matching grants provided by CoBank, Land O'Lakes and GrowMark
•The Otis & Mary Lee Molz Cooperative Scholarship (offering four full ride annual scholarships - the cost of tuition & fees for a sixteen credit hour semester -  to any co-op member or employee or the 
  immediate family member of a co-op member or employee for any program of study).
•4H, FFA & County Fairs

If you would like to request a contribution from the Garden City Co-op, they will be evaluated on organizational merits and their relationships to community, educational and volunteer efforts.  Requests must meet one or more of the following criteria in order to receive a contribution from the Garden City Co-op.  

1. Agriculture Organizations 
2. Agriculture Education & Activities
3. Educational Organizations & Activities
4. Community Giving 
5. Memorials

If you meet the above requirements, please fill out the Donation Request Form below. The Garden City Co-op will attempt to fulfill donation requests meeting the requirements, however, not all requests will be granted. Our Fiscal Year runs September 1 - August 31. Requests for the current fiscal year will be reviewed quarterly on February 29, May 31, August 31and November 30. Requests received after the posted review date will be moved to the following quarter for review. Please allow up to 90 days for decision and disbursement. The Garden City Co-op will not contribute to the following organizations: fraternal, social or labor organizations, political groups, and individual benefits or fundraisers.
 

FARMERS - DID YOU KNOW?

Leave the checkbooks at home! Cash basis farmers who donate grain in lieu of cash to local charities can exclude the sale of grain from their taxable income, thus creating a potential tax savings. If the charity of your choosing is set up with an account with the Garden City Co-op, you will need to: 
 
1)Indicate how many bushels you want to transfer to your charity
2)Give the charity a copy of the transfer with the information on how many bushels were transferred to their account.
3)The charity receives 100% ownership and risk of the grain including storage and market price fluctuations.
4)The charity needs to call the Garden City Co-op when they want to sell their grain.
 
Please consult with your tax advisor regarding your own personal tax situation.

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