Grants totaling more than $122,000 announced from the Wichita Community Foundation’s Tiller Memorial Fund
The Wichita Community Foundation (WCF) is distributing a total of $122,550 to eight nonprofits from the George R. Tiller, M.D. Memorial Fund for the Advancement of Women’s Health at WCF.
In addition to focusing on women’s health, the 2020 grants also seek to combat effects of COVID-19. Seeing the immediate need in the community compelled the Tiller family to award $25,000 to the Kansas Food Bank and $10,000 to the Wichita Family Crisis Center to support the broader Wichita community.
"We appreciate the support of the George R. Tiller, M.D. Memorial Fund to help provide missing meals to the community during this pandemic," said Kansas Food Bank President & CEO Brian Walker. "These are unprecedented times and we appreciate this gift to help ensure the food needs of our neighbors are met."
“Our family has been a part of the Wichita community for several generations,” said fund advisor Jeanne Tiller. “Our city is going through a crisis, and it’s important to us we give back to the place we call home.”
The 2020 grants will fund the following:
Central Plains Health Care Partnership | $15,000
Provide specialized treatment for women without health insurance coverage
Kansas Food Bank | $25,000
Support the mission of providing hunger-relief throughout their service area
Kansas Learning Center for Health | $10,000
Implement human growth & development programs for 5th through 8th grade students in Sedgwick County
mama.film | $7,050
Screen a film series focused on women’s reproductive healthcare
NAF Hotline Fund | $20,000
Contribute financial assistance to patients who need to travel to obtain care
Physicians for Reproductive Health | $20,000
Train physicians on patient impact from restrictions on reproductive health care
Thrive Allen County | $10,000
Make long-term, implanted contraception more accessible to women in Southeast Kansas
Wichita Family Crisis Center | $5,500
Educate young people on safety, sexuality, relationships and reproductive health
Wichita Family Crisis Center | $10,000
Additional support to assist with challenges created by COVID-19
“Through the Fund, the Tiller family is honoring and memorializing their father and husband,” said WCF President and CEO Shelly Prichard. “We are happy to assist by administering these grants.”
Applications for the 2021 grant round will be available at wichitacf.org later this year.