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KHF recognized the impact of CFs

During the CF week of Nov. 12-18, the Kansas Health Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week.
For 25 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

“Community foundations impact lives, solve problems, and improve futures,” said Steve Coen, KHF president and CEO. “As many residents grapple with limited resources and a growing need for services, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions to help make Kansas one of the healthiest, most livable, most productive states in the nation.”

Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. In 1999, KHF announced the Giving Resources to Our World (GROW) Healthy Kansas Initiative, with the goal of starting and strengthening community foundations in Kansas. Through this program, the foundation is providing matching grants and technical assistance to 39 community foundations and/or affiliates in an effort to build permanent endowments that will improve the health of local residents.

Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues. Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

Blythe Thomas, KHF, 703-625-6785,

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