The Sunflower Foundation in Topeka, Kansas, has announced grants totaling more than $1 million to sixty-seven nonprofit organizations serving low- income, uninsured, and other vulnerable populations in the state.
Awarded through the foundation's Capacity Building program, the grants will support the implementation of short-term strategies designed to increase the organizations' effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and/or sustainability. This year, nonprofits could apply for up to $30,000 for projects that address organizational needs in the areas of technology, training and education, and media messaging and communication.
Grant recipients include All Faith Counseling Center of Atchison, which was awarded $10,265 to upgrade its office computer technology and network security system; Caritas Clinics, Inc. in Kansas City, which will receive $16,200 to provide electronic medical record training to its service providers, certified medical translators, assistants, and front desk staff; Families Together, Inc. in Wichita, which was awarded $14,490 to update its website with resources for parents and to boost community awareness of its services for people with disabilities; Health Partnership Clinic in Olathe, which will receive $30,000 to upgrade its website and social media presence; the Kansas Food Bank in Wichita, which was awarded $27,000 to upgrade the software that organizes all aspects of its operations, including inventory and ordering, finance and accounting, and customer relationship management; and the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas in Wichita, which was awarded $23,250 to assess and implement changes to its advocacy and service delivery system.
"Hundreds of nonprofit organizations around our state are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Kansans. But when resources are tight, productivity and efficiency can be undermined by things like outdated technology or obstacles to public communication," said Sunflower Foundation president and CEO Billie G. Hall. "That's why, every few years, Sunflower has sought to boost the core strength of our state’s nonprofit organizations. The ability of Kansas nonprofits to focus on their missions is vital to our state."