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Past Initiatives

Advancing Academic Readiness

The purpose of Impact Literacy was to elevate the conversation about academic readiness leading to workforce development and economic growth for the community.

Research to determine the initiative's goals included Literacy Audit, Literacy Symposium and support for the Kansas Children's Literacy Festival, hosted by Storytime Village.

2017 investments included Watermark Books & Café, The Wichita Eagle/ and Wichita Public Library.

In 2018, WCF invested in Authors in Schools, a partnership with Watermark Books and Café to establish an endowed fund to support author visits in Title I schools, complete with books for all students.

Creating Community Through Art

Wichita Art Day of Giving (ArtDOG) was a three-year initiative of the Wichita Community Foundation. It was a 24-hour charitable giving campaign designed to support area nonprofits related to the arts. Participating organizations had the opportunity to both increase their donor bases and bring awareness to not only their nonprofit, but the arts in general.

Creating the Spark to Start a Movement

In the fall of 2014, the Wichita Community Foundation, Downtown Wichita and the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Council partnered to host the Fuel the Fire Speaker Series.

The purpose of the series was to engage the community in discussions about national trends on the topics of talent, opportunity and place to competitively position Wichita for the future.

Featured speakers were Carol Coletta, Vice President of Community and National Initiatives at the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, James Chung, President of Reach Advisors and Brad Segal, President of Progressive Urban Management Associates.

Wichita Truth & Dare

WCF created Wichita Truth & Dare as an opportunity for Wichitans to help tackle the four Focus Forward challenges. By engaging in this activity, you can impact the future of Wichita. Once you complete a dare, share it on social media using #IDidTheDareICT. View the cards here.

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