New home

Elizabeth Weese, executive director of the Community Foundation of Dickinson County, is pictured in front of the entrance to the new location of the foundation, the north entrance to the former Astra Bank building on Third Street.

The Community Foundation of Dickinson County is on the move.


After spending 19 years upstairs of the Abilene School District office at the corner of Broadway and Third Street, the foundation’s office has moved to the north entrance of the former Astra Bank, 418 West Third Street.

The foundation has also partnered with Astra Bank in implementing a new program to allow the acceptance for farmland has the potential double the foundation’s assets.

Elizabeth Weese, executive director, said the stairs made the offices difficult to access and in some cases inaccessible. There were also times when the school district office was closed.

Some donors couldn’t make the stairs and arrangements to meet had to be made elsewhere, she said.

“It was really not conducive to running the foundation. It was a wonderful space that we had use of and we appreciate the generosity of the school district,” she said. “We are heading into our 20th year and to be able to have our own space is tremendous.

“This will be easily accessible and we want people to come in and see us,” Weese said.

She said donations from Ralph Snyder and Orban Haas made it possible for the office to move to a handicap accessible location.

“We went and looked at most available office space. This was the best fit for us,” she said.

A new sign will be on the northwest corner directing visitors.

Land program

“I can’t wait until we see signs dotted around Dickinson County that say the proceeds of this farm ground benefit whatever the donor decides to do. That will be pretty amazing,” Weese said.

CFDC Holdings LLC will now accept farmland through the foundation.

The foundation has partnered with Astra Bank’s Farm Management’s Division.

“There were a couple people that came to us and asked, ‘Is this is something you would want to do?’” Weese said. “Normally if we get an asset like that we turn around and sell it, turn it into cash and invest it.”

Donations of a farm or a section of farmland can now be accepted.

“The donor of the land will have the ability to have the proceeds go for any kind of funds we have here at the foundation, whether it is a donor advised fund, or field of interest or a scholarship,” she said. “Land is certainly something that there will be no more of. There are farmers that not necessarily have somebody to pass it down to. Maybe they don’t want to sell it to a corporation.”

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