Annual Report 2016

A year of improving the health of all Kansans


In 2016, the Kansas Health Foundation had the honor of providing more than $24 million in qualifying distributions to outstanding organizations and projects throughout Kansas. We invite you to learn more about some of those efforts in our latest annual report. In this report, readers can view a detailed list of every grant approved by KHF during 2016, and through balance sheets and charts, see an in-depth picture of KHF’s financials.

From hosting our second Symposium, to engaging more deeply in our work around civic health and health equity, 2016 was a year for KHF to collaborate with partners and celebrate the great work being done in Kansas communities. To see some of the Kansans impacted by our work, please view the video below:

A Letter From Our Board Chair and CEO

At the 2016 Kansas Health Foundation Symposium, Dr. Robert Putnam, a Harvard professor and author of the acclaimed books “Bowling Alone” and “Our Kids,” talked about his research regarding the decline of our nation’s communities during the past half-century.

He talked about economics and jobs, education and graduation rates, along with health and chronic disease. And, most of all, he talked about millions of Americans, of all ages, races, income levels and education levels, who face an uncertain future as the communities and institutions that for so long provided a safety net, are no longer able to provide desperately needed support and services.

Here at the Kansas Health Foundation, we talk daily about terms like “equity,” “equality” and “opportunity.” Our desire to see a state filled with thriving communities that are led and populated by active, healthy Kansans, is stronger than ever. So strong, in fact, that our vision is to see a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play. You read that correctly—every Kansan.

Unfortunately, today, many Kansans don’t have that opportunity. It’s why all of our work is focused on health equity and civic health.

Through health equity, which is commonly defined as “attainment of the highest level of health for all people,” we’ve spent the past year working on expanding KanCare so more than 150,000 Kansans can obtain affordable insurance coverage. We’ve also worked on the statewide effort to create a dental therapist position to provide more oral health care access to people in both rural and urban areas. And, we started a three-year program to build the capacity of grassroots nonprofit groups for the purpose of reducing health disparities.

Yet, none of those efforts will bear fruit if our state doesn’t have the leadership and infrastructure needed to make significant changes occur. This is why our civic health focus is so important, and why 2016 was a year to build support for organizations in the state to advocate for healthy policies. It’s also why we continue to support the leadership development training of the Kansas Leadership Center, the data gathering of the Kansas Health Institute and the awareness created by the Kansas News Service.

Reframing a culture, though, is far too great a challenge for one organization, and by no means do we, as the Kansans Health Foundation, feel we have all the answers. But, we do know we can play an important role. It’s a role we did our best to play in 2016, and one we look to expand and strengthen in the years to come.

Portfolio Asset Allocation As Of December 31, 2016

Using these sound investment strategies, the Foundation is able to, year after year, provide funding to outstanding projects and initiatives in all regions of Kansas. The following chart displays the Foundation’s historical asset levels over the past 20 years:

Historical Average Assets ($)

Historical Qualifying Distributions ($)

Qualifying distributions refer to all payouts made for grants or grantmaking purposes. During the past 25 years, KHF has averaged approximately $21 million in qualifying distributions per year. To view the qualifying distributions for each year during that time period, please see the chart below:

Balance Sheet ($000s)

December 31, 2016
(Unaudited – accrual basis)

Cash and investments $467,269
Other assets $403
Land, building and equipment $11,869
Liabilities and Net Assets
Payables and accrued expenses $395
Bonds payable $6,051
Grants payable $17,096
Net Assets $455,999

Statement of Activity and Changes in Net Assets ($000’s)

Year Ended December 31, 2016
(Unaudited – accrual basis)

Revenue and gains
Investment income $1,875
Net realized and unrealized gains on investment 39,719
Investment management expenses (1,443)
Other income 990
Program grants, net of writeoffs 12,861
Operating Expenses
Charitable activities and grants administration 5,430
Total operating expenses 5,430
Increase (Decrease) in net assets 22,850
Net Assets, beginning of year $432,537
Net Assets, end of year $455,387


From childrens’ programs to community events, from advocacy groups to school district efforts, the Kansas Health Foundation was honored to provide more than 150 grants throughout our state to make positive change in our program and impact areas, as well as build capacity for many organizations. Please view the PDF for a complete list of grants approved in 2016.



Board of Directors

Michael Lennen

Interim President and CEO

Donna Shank

Matt Allen


Claudia Bakely

Mollie H. Carter

Junetta Everett

Jeffry L. Jack

Vice Chair

C. Patrick Woods

Steve Coen

President and CEO

Finance Committee

Matt Allen


Jeffry L. Jack

Vice Chair

Donna Shank

Audit Committee

Junetta Everett

Arnold Hudspeth

Marilyn Richwine

Jay Smith

Investment Committee

Mollie H. Carter

John MacDonald

John Maurer, Jr.

Brian Heinrichs

Ben Zimmerman


Steve Coen

President and CEO

Christopher Power

Vice President of Operations

Deanna Van Hersh

Vice President for Programs

Stephen Webster

Chief Financial Officer

Kristi Zukovich

Vice President for Communication and Policy

Elina Alterman

Program Officer

Valerie Black

Information Technology Officer

Ashley Booker

Associate Communication Officer

Chan Brown

Program Officer

Doug Clasen

Facilities Manager

Gina Hess

Grants Associate

Kathy Lawless


Nadine Long

Director of Strategic Learning and Grants Administration

Mary Poort

Finance Assistant

Tanya Tanner

Executive Assistant

Jeff Usher

Senior Program Officer

Blair Weibert

Grants Officer

Chase Willhite

Associate Vice President for Communication

Carolyn Williams

Senior Program Officer

Guiding Principles

The Board of Directors set forth the following core values of the Kansas Health Foundation:


We care about the health of all Kansans.


We believe in taking a proactive approach to grantmaking and that promoting systemic change through population-based approaches is the most effective strategy for improving health.


We seek to maintain an environment and atmosphere of diversity and inclusion – in governance, staff and partners. We honor the diverse needs, strengths, voices and backgrounds of all individuals in our state.


We will be good stewards of the resources in which we have been entrusted to address issues today, and to benefit generations to come. We are committed to the highest ethical standards in governance, administration and grantmaking.


We pledge to be open and honest. We will highlight our successes, failures and lessons learned.


We realize we will be successful in meeting our mission when we listen to and build solid partnerships across sectors.


We understand that communities are best positioned to identify and respond to their unique health needs and believe in building community capacity and resources to address those needs.


We support and participate in activities that inform and advance effective health policy. We vow to lead by example and model the policies, practices and programs we support.


KHF defines health broadly, and as such, provides funding in many different areas in order to achieve our mission. However, our organization does have a list of grant exclusions, or projects for which our grant funds may not be used. These include any of the following activities:

Medical research

Contributions to capital campaigns

Operating deficits or retirement of debt

Endowment programs not initiated by KHF

Activities supporting political candidates or voter registration drives, as defined in IRC section 4945(d)(1)

Vehicles, such as vans or buses

Medical equipment

Construction projects or real estate acquisitions
(Both KHF and match funding from other foundations or organizations may be used for community enhancement projects.)

Direct mental health services

Direct medical services

Grants to individuals

Annual fund drives

Fundraising events

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