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An update on WCF’s COVID-19 relief funds

As a community foundation, one of WCF’s primary responsibilities is to adapt and respond to our city’s ever-changing needs. When coronavirus made its way to Wichita, the Foundation team activated relief funds as quickly as possible.

“We knew this was a critical need in our community,” said WCF President and CEO Shelly Prichard. “We’ve utilized relief funds and shifted funding in several places to be able to support to both short and long-term recovery.”

In March, WCF mobilized $100,000 to launch two funds: the WCF Emergency Fund to assist nonprofits and the newly-created Stand with Wichita Fund (in partnership with The Salvation Army) to support individuals. The Foundation spent the next few months encouraging contributions to the funds through the WCF website and mail.

Since then, WCF has also created the COVID-19 Connection Fund in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The fund has supported numerous initiatives, including the Downtown Wichita Business Support Program and the Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund.

Together, WCF, individuals and organizational partners, have committed upwards of $1 million to pandemic relief. More than 50 nonprofits have been awarded a share of nearly $160,000, and $81,000 has collectively been granted to 330 Wichita families impacted by COVID-19.

We are especially grateful for our partners, donors and fundholders as our community navigates these extreme times. Thanks to you, many of our neighbors are receiving the help they need. As we continue to monitor and adjust to ongoing community needs, stay informed: sign up for email updates and follow us on social media.

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