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Grantmaking shifts to focus on COVID-19 relief

As COVID-19 continues to alter many aspects of everyday life, grantmaking has been shifting along with it. Many WCF donors have supported our neighbors in need. Compared to March and April 2019, WCF grantmaking increased 40% in March and April 2020. More specifically, donor advised funds (DAFs) at WCF increased their grantmaking by 30% compared to the same period last year.

Most recently, two WCF competitive grant rounds and their fund advisors made the swift decision to pivot funding to either partially or fully tailor to organizations combatting effects of COVID-19.

The Victor Murdock Fund at WCF calls for applicants with creative and practical solutions to community problems. When multiple submitted projects showed promise of combatting long-term community effects of the pandemic, fund advisors opted to award $120,000 instead of the original $60,000. The two grantees – Fundamental Learning Center and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition (fiscally sponsored by Wichita Metro Crime Commission) – will focus on education and mental health, respectively. Read more about each project in the official press release.

In addition to focusing on women’s health, the George R. Tiller, M.D. Memorial Fund at WCF announced additional grants to fight compounded effects of the virus. Witnessing the immediate city-wide need, the Tiller family felt compelled to award $25,000 to the Kansas Food Bank and $10,000 to the Wichita Family Crisis Center. See the official press release for more details.

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