The Kansas Health Foundation is an organization dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. We do not receive taxpayer dollars or any kind of funding from the state or federal government. We do not solicit donations. Our funding stems solely from an endowment created by the sale of Wesley Medical Center. Thanks to wise advisors and investment managers, our asset base has more than doubled since our Foundation was formed. But more importantly, we have awarded more grant dollars than we currently have in assets and more than twice the amount of money we received from the sale of the hospital.
It’s important to understand that the Kansas Health Foundation is not a charity. We are grantmakers dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. Charitable organizations exist primarily to address short-term, urgent needs. Philanthropies are positioned to take a more proactive, long-range view of problems and their solutions.
The Kansas Health Foundation wasn’t founded to use up our resources on a few current challenges and then fade away. We carefully balance our grant making and investment strategies to ensure that our Foundation will remain a strong source of help for Kansas in perpetuity. That allows us to focus on long-term results.
Because we don’t solicit funding from donors or accept funds from the government, the Kansas Health Foundation is an independent voice that serves as a facilitator, an information source and an advocate for change. As with all philanthropies, we exist to make the world a better place. That leads us to develop strategies and tactics to improve the health of all Kansans for the long run. It’s a privilege and an honor to serve Kansas in this way, and it’s a job that we love.