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Catalyst Read to Succeed boosts confidence, sparks curiosity Once a week, WCF's Director of Donor Services James Woods sits down with Asaiah, a third grader at College Hill Elementary, and listens to him read. Woods is one of hundreds of Wichitans participating in Read to Succeed, a program coordinated by United Way of the Plains. The initiative focuses on helping children read at grade level by third grade, when students transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." "It's been amazing to watch his confidence in his reading skyrocket over the last few months," said Woods. Volunteer reading coaches are matched with at-risk students at various local elementary schools. "When he masters a word he has previously struggled with, his face lights up," said Woods. "It's one of the most rewarding parts of my week." To volunteer for the Read to Succeed program or if you would like more information, call the United Way of the Plains at 316-267-1321. On page 3, read about other reading initiatives in Wichita and how you can get involved.

March 2018 Newsletter

Students receive grants for school improvement ideas Board of Directors

Youth philanthropy program continues for second year


Clark Bastian, Chair Wayne Chambers, Vice Chair Suzie Ahlstrand, Secretary Paul Allen, Treasurer Tami Bradley Yolanda Camarena Noreen Carrocci Steve Cox Cokie Diggs Sylvia Do Tom Dondlinger Jeff Fluhr Gary Gamm Mary Lynn Oliver Dan Peare Hale Ritchie Don Sherman Tom Triplett Lyndon Wells

In 2016, WCF unveiled The Next Generation of Philanthropy in honor of our 30th Anniversary. "The grant competition was so popular among staff, board and Wichita Public School leadership, we brought it back for a second year," said WCF Director of Strategic Initiatives Courtney Bengtson. "The students were really excited about their ideas being funded." We asked students in USD 259 high schools and middle schools: how would you improve your school? Fourteen student organizations received a share of the $20,000 grant to fund identified needs in 10 schools— six high schools and four middle schools. More photos from the big check presentations can be found online at

WCF Board Chair

CLARK BASTIAN and WCF Committee Member

CLAY BASTIAN 2018 Uncommon Citizens Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce

WCF Chief Financial Officer

HECTOR CORTEZ 2018 CFO Awards Wichita Business Journal

WCF President and CEO

SHELLY PRICHARD Wichitan of the Year Wichita Magazine

Foundation Staff Shelly Prichard President and CEO

Hector Cortez Chief Financial Officer

Courtney Bengtson Director of Strategic Initiatives

James Woods Director of Donor Services

Mary Hetherington Communications Coordinator

Anittra Kilgore

WCF Board Member Cokie Diggs presents a check to students during The Next Generation of Philanthropy

Executive Assistant and Scholarship Coordinator

Penny Kylar Accounts Manager

Let’s get social. Find us on: WichitaCF


Three ways you can be a part of the solution to Wichita's future literacy achievement

What is it? A strategic initiative of WCF, Impact Literacy elevates the conversation about academic readiness leading to workforce development and economic growth for Wichita. What's unique about it? The initiative has granted $160,000 to address literacy needs in the community. The selected partners are each using the funding in a way that's unique to their organization. How can I get involved? If you're interested in giving to Impact Literacy, visit or call 316264-4880.

What is it? The Wichita Eagle and reporter Suzanne Tobias teamed up with the Wichita Public Library to create a challenge for adults to read 12 books in 2018.

What's unique about it? To make it fun and challenging, Tobias created 12 different categories of books to read – these categories are meant to take readers out of their comfort zone. How can I get started? Sign up at, and follow the conversation on Twitter at #ReadICT.

Facts & Figures Magnify was an experimental WCF grant program intended to increase the potential for career advancement and development for nonprofits and the individuals who serve these organizations. As the committee evaluates the program, funding will not be available for Magnify in 2018.

What is it? The nation-wide challenge, hosted locally by the Wichita Public Library, encourages parents to grow their children's early literacy skills by reading. What's unique about it? Prizes are provided for the children after they achieve milestones. The first prize is a book bag, and after completing 300, 500, 700, and 1000 books, they receive more fun prizes. How can I get started? Pick up a free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten folder at any one of the eight Wichita Public Library locations.

$305,560 Total grant amount

$4,850 Average grant amount

62 Organizations awarded a grant

40 Conferences attended

16 States traveled to for training What's the farthest place a Magnify recipient traveled to attend a conference? Wichita Public Library and Watermark Books & CafĂŠ hosted a storytime and invited attendees to participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Answer at the bottom of following page

Gold Coin Society Fund awards coins to first-time recipients Three local nonprofits surprised with coins from anonymous donor at WCF For a dozen years, the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF) has delivered gold coins to local nonprofits during the holiday season. "In an effort to spread more joy this season, the anonymous donor chose to diversify the nonprofits selected to receive the coins,” said WCF President and CEO Shelly Prichard. In 2017, organizations receiving coins for the first time were the Alzheimer's Association, Inter-Faith Ministries and Hunter Health Clinic. The Gold Coin Society Fund at WCF was established by Mr. and Mrs.

Anonymous to provide a boost to high-functioning nonprofits during the holiday season. All coins are delivered with one request: use the coin to generate even more funds for the organization. "The donor is very impressed with the funds leveraged from the previous recipients," said Prichard. The Fund has awarded more than 40 gold coins since inception. The tradition of delivering gold coins will continue in perpetuity, with WCF staff and Board analyzing needs in the community on an annual basis, and designating gold coins to deserving nonprofits.


Alzheimer's Association

Inter-Faith Ministries

(After opening the Fund at WCF), we had a feeling of purpose, well-being and great fulfillment in life. - Mr. and Mrs. Anonymous in a letter to WCF years ago

Hunter Health Clinic

In 2017, 892 donors raised $216,000 for 210 families Since 2000, your support has provided a total of $3.3 million to 3,500 families. For that, we are truly grateful.

Answer: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Wagonmasters award record-breaking $24,386 in grants through fund at WCF Successful chili cook-off yields more grants from Good Life Grant Fund The Wichita Wagonmasters awarded 26 local nonprofit organizations with grants totaling $24,386 from the Wichita Wagonmasters Good Life Grant Fund at WCF. The Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cook-off is the sole source of funding for the grants. “Since the Fund’s creation in 2012, the Wagonmasters have awarded more than $80,000 to local nonprofits,” said WCF President and CEO Shelly Prichard. “Their continued commitment to nonprofits in the Wichita area is admirable." Read details of each project on our website at


The chili cook-off has grown each year, and we are very excited to have the opportunity to increase the number of Good Life Grant recipients. - Kevin Steckley, Wagonmasters' Philanthropy chairman

Raise My Head Foundation

Grant Recipients • Assistance Guild of Wichita* • Bread of Life • Central Plains Health Care Partnership • Chamber Music at the Barn • Children First: CEO Kansas • Flint Hills Therapeutic Riding Center* • Fundamental Learning Center • Good Shepherd Episcopal Church* • Griots StoryTelling Institute* • Hemingway House* • ICT S.O.S.

A first-time Wagonmasters grant recipient, Raise My Head Foundation is a residential community for women breaking free of sex trafficking, addiction and homelessness. The $1,000 grant will be used to purchase bicycles, helmets, lights and locks for residents to use for exercise and transportation.

• Independent Living Resource Center*

• Inter-Faith Ministries • Kansas Honor Flight* • Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network* • Kansas Society for Children with Challenges* • KSDS Assistance Dogs, Inc.* • Medical Service Bureau • New Life Reentry Program, Inc.* • Passageways • Raise My Head Foundation* • Ronald McDonald House • The ARC of Sedgwick County* • Union Rescue Mission of Wichita* • Wichita Family Crisis Center* • Women’s Initiative Network *First-time Wagonmasters grant recipient


With these bicycles, we will work on the body, mind and soul as we travel to various activities throughout our community. - Raise My Head Foundation Founding Director Vicki Bond

More about Raise My Head Foundation:

301 N. Main St., Ste. 100 Wichita, KS 67202




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Effective immediately, donor advised funds cannot be used to pay for an item where the donor receives any value of goods or services. Partial payments are no longer allowed. This includes season tickets and tables at fundraisers, to name a few.

Pledges are now allowed from donor advised funds, subject to certain restrictions. Questions? James Woods 316.264.4880

Wichita Community Foundation Catalyst March 2018  
Wichita Community Foundation Catalyst March 2018