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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.

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.

Raising awareness, building philanthropy, saying thanks

To celebrate three decades of philanthropic work in Wichita, WCF granted to three focus areas in 2016.

#ThrowbackThirty Grant Competition

This competitive grant process awards organizations $1,500 for great ideas that further the impact of the four challenges identified through WCF's strategic initiative, Focus Forward. Round 1: Perception grants recipients were Douglas Design District and the Wichita Art Museum. Round 2: Human Capital grant recipients were ICT S.O.S. and Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas. Round 3: Entrepreneurial grant recipients were CREATE Campaigne2e Accelerator, Inc. and Junior Achievement of Kansas. Round 4: Business Cycle grant recipients were Ennovar and MakeICT. Details about each of the projects are available on our News page.

Gift to the Community

In partnership with Dillons and KAKE, WCF paid the $1 entrance fee for the Sedgwick County Zoo's Back to School Bash in August 2016. More than 12,400 people attended the event.

Next Generation of Philanthropy

WCF worked with USD 259 high school leadership courses to discuss charitable giving. Students formed groups and applied for $1,000 and $500 grants from WCF to address needs in their schools. Seven high schools received a share of the $16,000 awarded.

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.

Share the Season

For 21 years, WCF has been honored to partner with The Salvation Army and The Wichita Eagle to administer Share the Season during the holiday season. The program has made a significant impact on our community during its existence, raising $4.2 million to provide help and hope to 3,700 families in need. In 2021, Share the Season transitioned with The Salvation Army leading this impactful program and the Wichita Community Foundation assisting during the shift. Online applications and donations are available at

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