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The Latest News From the Wichita Community Foundation

Knight Foundation Fund at WCF grants nearly $230,000 for core placemaking projects

May 22, 2019

The Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF) is supporting a wide array of placemaking projects in 2019 – from installing art in alleyways Downtown to placing permanent hammocks on Wichita State University’s campus. The grants, totaling $229,300, will benefit Downtown Wichita, Harvester Arts, Horizontes and Wichita State…

Murdock Fund at WCF awards $60,000 to Breakthrough Episcopal Social Services to kick-start collaborative pilot program

May 15, 2019

The Victor Murdock Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF) is awarding $60,000 to Breakthrough Episcopal Social Services to create a 12-month pilot program targeting high-risk individuals frequently visiting Wichita emergency rooms.

“This project is about system change,” said Breakthrough Episcopal Social Services Executive Director…

Wichita Community Foundation transitions staff, expands scope

May 08, 2019

Wichita, Kan. – In response to a growing need for an increase in further philanthropic impact, the Wichita Community Foundation has promoted James Woods to the newly-created position of director of nonprofit services and hired Portia Portugal as the manager of donor services.

“As the Foundation has transitioned to transformational, long-term…

Riverfront Legacy Master Plan to create comprehensive vision and plan and connect projects for both banks of Arkansas River

April 18, 2019

Wichita, Kan. – In response to recent recommendations from Project Wichita and the Century II Citizens Advisory Committee, community organizations and their leadership are stepping forward to take the next step to create a comprehensive master plan and vision that connects projects and both banks of the Arkansas River.

Calling it the Riverfront…

Westar Energy, an Evergy company, launches $1 million community fund, $250,000 scholarship program for Central Northeast Wichita

April 03, 2019

Wichita, Kan. – Westar Energy, an Evergy company, is establishing a $1 million fund at the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF) to serve residents in zip codes 67208, 67214 and 67219. Grants from the Evergy Community Investment Fund at WCF will focus on two key areas: community and environment enhancement and youth enrichment and development.

Wichita Wagonmasters grant record-setting $28,000 through Wichita Community Foundation

February 11, 2019

Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Wagonmasters will award 29 local nonprofits grants up to $1,000 each from the Wichita Wagonmasters Good Life Grants Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF). 

Administered by WCF, the Good Life Grants Fund focuses on benefiting the quality of life for people in the Wichita area. The fund serves a wide range of…

Wichita Community Foundation receives $1 million gift to continue Free Saturdays at Wichita Art Museum

January 03, 2019

Wichita, Kan. – Long-time Wichita philanthropist Colby Sandlian has gifted $1 million to the Wichita Community Foundation to establish an endowed fund to benefit the Wichita Art Museum (WAM) in perpetuity.

The Colby Sandlian – WAM Art Access Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF) will provide an annual grant distribution to WAM. Through…

Retail incubator program to launch in Douglas Design District

December 14, 2018

Wichita, Kan. – A $55,300, five-year investment from the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation will create a short-term, high-visibility retail incubator program. The goal of the program is to accelerate talent retention and offer a low risk, low barrier-to-entry opportunity for entrepreneurship in Wichita.

The Garage at…

Wichita Community Foundation grants $25,000 for student-led projects

December 13, 2018

Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Community Foundation will grant $25,000 to 10 USD 259 high school and middle school student groups as part of WCF’s Next Generation of Philanthropy (NGP) grant competition.  

In its third year, NGP teaches students about philanthropy. Students developed an idea for a school project that addressed one of four focus…

Wichita Community Foundation awards gold coins to three first-time recipients

December 12, 2018

Wichita, Kan. – This year marks the 13th year of the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF) delivering gold coins to local nonprofits during the holiday season. The coins are gifted by an anonymous donor. This year, the Gold Coin Society Fund will award coins to the Kansas Food Bank, The Salvation Army and Union Rescue Mission.

“We are honored to help…

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