Healthy Kansas

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Kansas is known for its sim­ple beauty and friendly faces. It’s a great place for Kansans to call home. A place to raise our fam­i­lies, pro­vide our chil­dren a strong foun­da­tion, es­tab­lish roots and build vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties.

Lo­cal com­mu­nity foun­da­tions bring life to our home­towns. The Kansas Health Foun­da­tion has helped com­mu­nity foun­da­tions build phil­an­thropic as­sets over the past 20 years. Through the Giv­ing Re­sources to Our World pro­gram, the KHF has in­vested $60 mil­lion in 39 com­mu­nity foun­da­tions since 1999. These foun­da­tions saw be­gin­ning as­sets of $19 mil­lion in­crease to nearly $700 mil­lion to­day.

GROW fund­ing has helped Kansas com­mu­nity foun­da­tions build walk­ing and bike trails to pro­mote healthy liv­ing, sup­ported class­room projects and in­stalled play­ground equip­ment to im­prove chil­dren’s health, and cre­ated bet­ter ac­cess to health care.

It’s amaz­ing how the small­est com­mu­nity foun­da­tion grants can make such a dif­fer­ence and open up new part­ner­ships. With GROW funds, com­mu­nity foun­da­tions can lever­age re­sources for more grants, which means more com­mu­nity im­pact.

Work­ing with our com­mu­nity foun­da­tion part­ners, the KHF is work­ing to make Kansans health­ier and com­mu­ni­ties stronger. I en­cour­age you to learn about your com­mu­nity foun­da­tion’s work and to sup­port your home­town. wants to ap­prove an­other CID for the area around Dou­glas and Em­po­ria. The City Coun­cil has made it a habit of ap­prov­ing these in­cen­tives, so de­vel­op­ers re­quest them. How many times have the cit­i­zens of this city pa­tron­ized a restau­rant or shop only to find out that an ad­di­tional tax has been tacked on their bill. I have yet to see signs posted at busi­nesses in a CID that in­di­cate a higher sales tax is charged. The sales tax is al­ready high enough in Wi­chita and now peo­ple will be pay­ing an ad­di­tional 2% for 22 years in this pro­posed district. Urge your City Coun­cil mem­ber to vote “no” on Dec. 4.

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