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Public invited to ‘Strategic Doing’ meetings to develop community projects

The Sheridan County Community Foundation is rebooting our local Strategic Doing efforts aimed at developing community-led projects to better Sheridan County. The public is invited and encouraged to get involved at two meetings this fall/winter as we continue to work on past projects and develop new ones for the betterment of Sheridan County.

What is Strategic Doing?

Strategic Doing teaches people how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way. In today’s world, collaboration is essential to meet the complex challenges we face.

Strategic Doing enables leaders to design and guide new networks that generate innovative solutions. It is a new strategy discipline that is lean, agile, and fast—just what organizations, communities and regions need to survive and thrive.

Why are we ‘doing’ Strategic Doing?

The Sheridan County Community Foundation has an agreement with the Hansen Foundation to continue supporting and using the Strategic Doing Initiative and process to continue receiving unrestricted grant funds from the Hansen Foundation that we can grant locally to our area organizations.

The Sheridan County Community Foundation has spearheaded the Strategic Doing initiative by convening residents to discuss opportunities for betterment. Committees have been formed and/or area organizations have taken on specific projects to work on over the years. The community meetings are designed to get things started, the strategic part if you will. The Doing part will happen both now and into the future!

Several past Strategic Doing projects in the county have included the Hoxie Grade School playground renovation, Hoxie Recreation Community Center, a community garden, various upgrades to the hospital, and Way-finder Signage in Hoxie.

More current projects include addressing childcare needs through the Hoxie Schools USD 412 Daycare, SCCF Daycare Duplex Facility, Childcare Resources webpage (, and SEED Grant funding to private daycare providers; Upgrades to the Hoxie High School Auditorium; and stalled projects related to a Pocket Park on Main Street and updates to the Pool Park.

Sheridan County Strategic Doing Meeting #1, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bowen Scout House, 1041 Sheridan Ave, Hoxie

At the Nov. 15 meeting, we will provide a recap of past projects, including successes, failures, and stalls. Betty Johnson with the Hansen Foundation will be in attendance to conduct a community-wide SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis to assist attendees with determining potential projects to focus on in the coming year. Registration requested (see link below) by Nov. 10.

Sheridan County Strategic Doing Meeting #2, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bowen Scout House, 1041 Sheridan Ave, Hoxie

Betty Johnson will be back in town to facilitate the Strategic Doing training process with all developed projects, helping lay the groundwork for project work in the new year. Registration requested (see link below) by Dec. 8.

Registrations for all events can be found online at

Contact SCCF Executive Director Karl Pratt at 785-675-1240 or with any questions.

SCCF is an affiliate of the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation based in Bird City. The foundation seeks to encourage, prudently manage, and distribute charitable contributions to improve the quality of life of Sheridan County residents, now and in the future. To learn more, visit Connect with SCCF at

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