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 Fund: Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Kansas, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross of South Central and Southeast Kansas, Assistance League of Wichita, Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas, Breakthrough Episcopal Social Services, Cairn Health, Carpenter Place, Catholic Charities, Child Advocacy Center, Children First: CEO Kansas, Convoy of Hope, Dear Neighbor Ministries, Family Promise of Greater Wichita, Giving the Basics Wichita, Goodwill Industries of Kansas, GraceMed, Guadalupe Clinic, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Heartspring, HumanKind Ministries, Hunter Health, It Takes a Village, Kansas Eye Bank and Cornea Research Center, Kansas Food Bank, Kansas Humane Society, KETCH,Music Theatre Wichita, Passageways, Presbyterian Manor, Raise My Head Foundation, Real Men Real Heroes, Salvation Army, Sedgwick County Zoo, Starkey, StoryTime Village, TFI Family Services, The Lord's Diner, Union Rescue Mission, United Methodist Open Door, USD 259, Via Christi Foundation, Wichita Children's Home, Wichita Family Crisis Center, Wichita Animal Action League, Wichita's Littlest Heroes, Wichita Police Foundation, Wichita 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.
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.
Shelly Prichard, President and CEO
Hector Cortez, Chief Financial Officer
Courtney Bengtson, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Portia Portugal, Manager of Donor Services
James Woods, Director of Nonprofit Services
Kali Babich, Communications Coordinator
Tammy Honeywell, Accounts Manager
Jennifer Kwe, Executive Assistant and Scholarship Coordinator