The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. Our funding comes from an endowment created by the sale of Wesley Medical Center, and our asset base remains strong thanks to a dedicated team of advisers and investment managers. We do not solicit or accept donations. Instead, we seek opportunities to invest our resources in people and projects that meet our mission and create long-term, sustainable health improvements.
To be effective, we must focus our work. The Kansas Health Foundation is committed to supporting strategies that will make Kansas a healthier place in the long run instead of funding temporary fixes for immediate health problems. Our six focus areas are:
- Promoting the healthy behaviors of Kansans
- Strengthening the public health system
- Growing community philanthropy
- Providing health data and information to policymakers
- Building civic leadership
View the Foundation's latest news below:
WICHITA, KAN.—Five community foundations in Kansas have been awarded both matching and operating funds as part of the second phase of the Kansas Health Foundation’s Giving Resources to Our World (GROW II) initiative. Through this initiative, the Foundation is partnering with 39 community foundations in Kansas in an effort to build permanent resources that will measurably improve the health of local residents and to support collaboration and alliances among community foundations in Kansas....
WICHITA, KAN.—Thirty-five community garden projects from around the state of Kansas have been chosen as grant recipients through the Kansas Community Gardens Project, a joint initiative of the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension. In all, nearly $150,000 in grant funds will be distributed during 2013, the second year of this three-year initiative.
Community gardens receiving funding include:
- Garden of Eatin’ (Great Bend), $4,931
WICHITA, KAN. – Eight communities throughout Kansas have been awarded planning grants through the Kansas Health Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative. Through this initiative, the Foundation is partnering with communities to promote ways to encourage people to eat healthier foods and to be more physically active, as well as to make entire communities healthier places to live.
Communities in the following counties will benefit from these $25,000 planning grants:...
WICHITA, KAN. - Through its Fall 2012 cycle of Recognition Grants, the Kansas Health Foundation has provided more than $900,000 in grants to help organizations across the state accomplish 48 projects that intend to improve the health and wellness of Kansans.
Recognition Grants expand the Foundation's support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state and are targeted toward organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit...
Matt Allen, city manager for Garden City, Kan., has joined the Kansas Health Foundation Board of Directors.
“Matt Allen, with his career in local government and management, will bring a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. “We know he will be a great asset to the Foundation, just as he is a tremendous asset in his role as city manager for Garden City.”
A $1.5 million gift from Kansas Health Foundation will enhance healthcare in the state of Kansas. The gift provides support for growing the leadership for the planned University of Kansas School of Public Health.
In 2010, the Kansas Board of Regents endorsed KU’s plan to establish the school. KU Endowment’s fundraising efforts to launch the school are ongoing, and this gift provides an important leap forward.
“With the creation of the new School of Public Health, KU will...
WICHITA, KAN.--Through its Spring 2012 cycle of Recognition Grants, the Kansas Health Foundation has provided more than $900,000 in grants to help organizations across the state accomplish 50 different projects intended to improve the health and wellness of Kansans.
Recognition Grants expand the Foundation's support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state. This program is designed to fund unsolicited requests and is targeted for organizations and agencies...
WICHITA, KAN.--In response to the devastating effects of last weekend’s tornadoes in South Central Kansas, the Kansas Health Foundation has provided a total of $50,000 in funding to three different organizations to assist the region and its residents with recovery efforts.
The Foundation has provided $20,000 grants to the United Way of the Plains and the American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter. Additionally, the Salvation Army of Wichita has received a $10,000 grant.
WICHITA, KAN.—Twenty four community garden projects from around the state of Kansas have been chosen as the inaugural grant recipients through the Kansas Community Gardens Project, a joint initiative of the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension. In all, more than $100,000 in grant funds will be distributed during 2012, the first year of this three-year initiative.
Community gardens receiving funding include:
- Abilene Community Garden (Abilene), $3,495...
WICHITA, KAN.--The Kansas Health Foundation has hired Jeffrey G. Willett as its vice president for programs. Willett, who comes to the Foundation after serving as the director of the New York State Tobacco Control Program, will be responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s grant making department.
“The Foundation is very excited to have Jeff Willett joining our efforts to improve the health of all Kansans,” said Steve Coen, Kansas Health Foundation president and CEO. “His broad range...
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