We believe to our core that each town in Kansas has an un-tapped gift, elements that make them special.
Helping communities shine a light on those gifts and be the best they can be at being themselves is what we do.
The Kansas Sampler Foundation is a public non-profit 501(C)(3) organization.
If your town has the spirit and grit to help itself, we want to help you sustain and preserve your community.
Three counties are showcased annually and the public is invited to come eat, shop, tour, and drive the back roads to meet these communities as they are.
The Kansas Explorers Club inspires, educates and encourages the exploration and appreciation of Kansas...and to have fun doing it.SIGN UP NOW!
Marci and her father, Milferd Penner, came up with the eight elements of rural culture to help communities identify what they have and who they are. Those elements are: architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people.
KSF did a one-time contest for each element and published an 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook in 2011.
Published in 2017, co-authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe went to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas to research. The result is a 480-page guide to 4,500 places (including 800+ local restaurants) in 520 towns. UPDATE! We are currently (2022 & 2023) working on a mobile site for the guidebook. Underwriters for this project are Gene and Barb Merry. Entrepreneurs supporting entrepreneurs.buy now
We Kan! is a phrase that believes in the power of the network. The "We" signifies that we're all in this work of strengthening our communities together. The "Kan" is a Kansas-style affirmation and indicates the power of the reframe. The "!" means that it takes enthusiasm to glue all the efforts together and keep moving things forward. KSF connects community leaders, doers, and advocates through a conference, a Big Rural Brainstorm, an e-blast, and awards.