June 24th, 2019

donna shankGUEST COLUMN, Donna Shank, Kansas Health Foundation board member


Kansas is known for its simple beauty and friendly faces. It’s a great place for Kansans to call home. A place to raise our families, provide our children a strong foundation, establish roots and build vibrant communities. It’s where we play and enjoy time with others.

Local community foundations bring life to our hometowns. The Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) has helped community foundations build philanthropic assets over the last 20 years. Through the Giving Resources to Our World (GROW) program, KHF has invested $60 million in 39 community foundations since 1999. These foundations saw beginning assets of $19 million increase to nearly $700 million today.

GROW funding has helped Kansas community foundations build walking and bike trails to promote healthy living, supported classroom projects and installed playground equipment to improve children’s health, and created better access to health care.

Kansans have always been creative and innovative problem solvers. The GROW initiative has strengthened community foundations and helped renew a culture of philanthropy in communities all across Kansas. Fortunately, younger generations are learning the values of community pride, collaboration and partnerships through these efforts, so the work of community foundations will continue for generations to come. 

Working with our community foundation partners across the state, KHF is working to make Kansans healthier and communities stronger. I encourage you to learn about the work being done in this community and how you can support it.

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