Building a better wichita

Real community change requires the collective focus and partnership of people, activities and resources. The Wichita Foundation spearheads this collaboration, powering our community to lean into and solve the most critical challenges of today, and those on the horizon.

With the Fund for Wichita, we’re able to activate long-term initiatives in response to pressing — and often changing — charitable needs in our area.

GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT

The Wichita Beacon
We believe local news access is critical to a healthy democracy. As a result, the News and Information Fund at WF committed a record $1.1 million to launch a regional nonprofit news network, which includes a hyperlocal newsroom in Wichita.

IMPACT AREAS

Guided by our values, we invest in three strategic areas using flexible grantmaking and powerful investing instruments. Fund for Wichita supporters have helped:

Raise the bar on local news

A grant to the Wichita Journalism Collaborative supports a more informed city.

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Welcome economic opportunity

Equitable possibilities for all Wichitans are created through engagement like ¡Vamos Nomar! 

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Bolster nonprofit
impact

Professional development programs, such as Magnify, create a vibrant
workforce.

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History of the fund for wichita

2012
2015
2021
2022
2012
Transformational grantmaking begins

WF made a shift, moving from transactional – multiple, small-sum grants – to transformational – large, systemic change grants built on funder and grantee partnerships.

2015
The Focus Forward effect

Our investments continue to be influenced by lessons learned from Focus Forward — a multi-year, deep-dive predictive analytics project about the future’s economic growth.

2021
Introducing a new Name

Formerly called our Unrestricted Fund, this fund needed a more appropriate name that reflects the impactful work it has allowed WF to do. Enter the Fund for Wichita.

2022
Unlocking Impact ICT

Impact investing represents a set of powerful tools that generate both a targeted social benefit and a financial return. WF’s most recent impact investment with Empower is a first for our organization, leading to the creation of the ImpactICT Fund.

SHAPE THE FUTURE WITH US

We’re energized by our community of givers who partner to further the growth of Wichita. Want to help shine a light on this critical work?

Invest

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Cultivate

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Advocate

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Let’s move Wichita forward

Join us in supporting our community’s emerging needs.

Meghan Doyle
Meghan Doyle

Director of Philanthropy

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Build the future with us

Let’s address community needs and make Wichita a better place, together.

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