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Murdock Fund at WCF awards two $50,000 grants in 2018 competition

May 03, 2018

Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Community Foundation (WCF) is distributing a total of $100,000 to Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc. and Wesley Children’s Foundation from the Victor Murdock Fund at WCF.

“The Advisory Board was impressed with the high-caliber applications received,” said WCF President and CEO Shelly Prichard. “The selected projects will make a significant impact to further the growth of our city, just as Victor would have wanted.”

The Fund was established in 2000 to honor Wichita Eagle founder and long-time Wichitan, Victor Murdock. His grandson, the late Victor Delano, said he started the fund “to honor my grandparents, and pay back a city that has been good to me.”

Through the application process, Wichita nonprofits were challenged to provide a creative and practical approach to a community problem. WCF received 57 applications and selected four finalists who were asked to provide additional details to the Advisory Board for consideration.

The 2018 grants will fund the following projects:

Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc.  |  Integrated Behavioral Health Care Collaborative  |  $50,000

Addressing untreated mental health and substance abuse issues, the grant will fund a long-term facility plan, leading to the eventual design of an integrated health safety net to more effectively serve Wichitans

Wesley Children’s Foundation  |  Music Therapy Program  |  $50,000

Addressing the lack of outlets available beyond medicine to assist in the recovery of pediatric patients, Wesley Children’s Foundation is developing the first music therapy program in the state

Other finalists selected:

  • Kansas Hispanic and Development Foundation  |  Adelante: The College Path
      • Modify KHEDF’s college readiness program to include parents
    • Wichita State University Foundation  |  Supporting Healthcare Equity through Spanish Service Learning
        • Establish formalized training and coordination of students to serve as volunteer interpreters in Wichita nonprofit organizations that support Latino community health

      Initial applications for the 2019 grant round will open later this year, with a deadline of Jan. 15, 2019. For more information, visit

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