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We’re in this together: WCF’s response to COVID-19

One of the Wichita Community Foundation's primary purposes is to meet the ongoing needs of our city. As part of that responsibility, we often take on unexpected challenges.

What We're Doing

WCF has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from leading health organizations, and, like the rest of the world, is navigating this unprecedented crisis with caution day-by-day. We are working with community partners to assess where the most critical needs exist. We will continue to update this page as changes occur.

How to Help

As we work together to evaluate the situation, here are three options to lend a helping hand:

1) Gifts can be made to WCF's Emergency Fund, which provides immediate organizational emergency relief assistance to nonprofits in Sedgwick County. We're currently only accepting applications to support organizations whose work is being directly impacted by COVID-19.

2) WCF has initiated the Stand with Wichita Fund, created in partnership with The Salvation Army. Dollars from this Fund will go to individuals in Wichita who have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus. Consider making a gift to the Fund to provide relief to our neighbors. Need to apply for support? Call 316.263.2769 x148.

3) Contribute directly to nonprofits experiencing interruptions to their services and those that support our community in times of need. Examples include community health centers, homeless shelters, food pantries and others.

NOTE: If you have a fund at WCF, you can donate directly to these organizations through DonorCentral or by emailing Portia Portugal. Read an opinion piece featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy regarding the power of donor advised funds (DAFs) in times of calamity.

We believe this is the time to be as generous as possible. We, as a community, can support the most vulnerable among us. Together, we are Greater Than Crisis.

Who You've Helped

Immediate aid to the following organizations through the Emergency FundAlzheimer's Association of Central and Western KansasAmerican Cancer SocietyAmerican Red Cross of South Central and Southeast Kansas, Assistance League of Wichita, Boys & Girls Club of South Central KansasBreakthrough Episcopal Social ServicesCairn HealthCarpenter PlaceCatholic CharitiesChild Advocacy CenterChildren First: CEO KansasConvoy of Hope, Dear Neighbor Ministries, Family Promise of Greater Wichita, Giving the Basics WichitaGoodwill Industries of Kansas, GraceMedGuadalupe Clinic, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Heartspring, HumanKind Ministries, Hunter HealthIt Takes a VillageKansas Eye Bank and Cornea Research CenterKansas Food Bank, Kansas Humane SocietyKETCH,Music Theatre WichitaPassagewaysPresbyterian ManorRaise My Head Foundation, Real Men Real Heroes, Salvation ArmySedgwick County ZooStarkey, StoryTime VillageTFI Family ServicesThe Lord's DinerUnion Rescue MissionUnited Methodist Open Door, USD 259Via Christi FoundationWichita Children's Home, Wichita Family Crisis Center, Wichita Animal Action LeagueWichita's Littlest HeroesWichita Police FoundationWichita TOP Early Learning Centers and WSU Tech.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has created the COVID-19 Connection Fund in partnership with WCF. The fund serves as a basis for: 1) organizational information needs, 2) relief support for previous grantees with a focus on downtown revitalization and 3) technical funding for nonprofits and small businesses within the downtown and surrounding areas.The first round of grants from this fund have been awarded. If additional dollars become available, we will announce on our website and social media.

Community Resources

Responding to the pandemic can be a lot to handle. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has compiled a list of resources for nonprofits regarding topics such as technology solutions, fundraising, and how to lead, manage and communicate during these unprecedented times. Check back as your nonprofit needs arise, as the article will be updated as more resources become available.

Businesses can find a list of local suppliers offering PPE in the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce's COVID-19 Resource Center.

Have Questions or Concerns?

In an act of social solidarity, our offices are closed, but we are committed to providing our donors and our city with seamless investment, grantmaking and community leadership services during this time while we work remotely.

Follow our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) for additional updates from WCF. Don't hesitate to reach out to us below or call us at 316.264.4880. 

Shelly Prichard, President and CEO
sprichard@wichitacf.org
Hector Cortez, Chief Financial Officer
hcortez@wichitacf.org
Courtney Bengtson, Director of Strategic Initiatives
cbengtson@wichitacf.org
Portia Portugal, Manager of Donor Services
pportugal@wichitacf.org
James Woods, Director of Nonprofit Services
jwoods@wichitacf.org
Kali Babich, Communications Coordinator
kbabich@wichitacf.org
Tammy Honeywell, Accounts Manager
thoneywell@wichitacf.org
Jennifer Kwe, Executive Assistant and Scholarship Coordinator
jkwe@wichitacf.org


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