Kansas Sampler Foundation

The Kansas Sampler Foundation is planning a new crowdfunding site to support projects that help rural communities.

The pilot website, called Kanstarter, is scheduled to be up and running later this month.

Foundation director Marci Penner says projects allowed on the website will have to be good for the community and supported by several generations. She says the projects cannot cover salaries or promote religious or political views.

So far, 24 proposals have been submitted for the pilot project and a committee has narrowed the initial list to four.

Briana O'Higgins


The foundation behind the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers this week kicked off a journey to every incorporated city in Kansas.

The result will be a new guidebook, due out in 2015.

It takes time to research a state guidebook for explorers.

Marci Penner, executive director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation would know, she has written and researched 4.

And earlier this week at Midway Motors in Mcpherson, she started a 2-year trek for book number 5.

“This is ERV,” says Penner.