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GROW Initiative

Initiative Description

In 1999, the Foundation announced the Giving Resources to Our World (GROW) Healthy Kansas Initiative, with the goal of starting and strengthening community foundations in Kansas. The intent was to work with community foundation to help build local philanthropic leadership and resources that would result in long-term, sustained health improvements in communities throughout the state.

Based on the success of this initiative, the Foundation began GROW II, the second chapter of its work with community foundations. GROW II is focused on strengthening the community foundation field in Kansas. The main goals of GROW II are 1) to help more Kansas community foundations build permanent resources that will measurably improve the health of local residents, and 2) to support collaboration and alliances among community foundations to ensure a well managed and self-sufficient community foundation field in Kansas.

To achieve these goals, the Kansas Health Foundation has established a set of objectives that recognize the changing environment for community foundations:

  • To help more Kansas community foundations build endowed funds that are used to underwrite solutions to local health issues.
  • To help more Kansas community foundations reduce costs, improve service quality and become self-sustaining through collaboration and alliances.
  • To help more Kansas community foundations acquire the capacity to provide leadership on health issues in their communities.
  • To help more Kansas community foundations become ready and able to collaborate with the Kansas Health Foundation on health initiatives.

Downloadable GROW Materials

For more information on GROW II, including specifics on eligibility, please download the guidelines, application, FAQs and pledge documentation form by clicking the links below:

GROW Guidelines
GROW Application
GROW Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Pledge Documentation Form

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