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.
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.
Guided by our values, we invest in three strategic areas using flexible grantmaking and powerful investing instruments. Fund for Wichita supporters have helped:
A grant to the Wichita Journalism Collaborative supports a more informed city.Learn More
Equitable possibilities for all Wichitans are created through engagement like ¡Vamos Nomar!Learn More
Professional development programs, such as Magnify, create a vibrant
WF made a shift, moving from transactional – multiple, small-sum grants – to transformational – large, systemic change grants built on funder and grantee partnerships.
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.
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.
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.