High Plains Grant Makers

Early in 2006, a group of grant makers in Garden City, Kansas convened to promote collaboration and dialog between the organizations. Opening this valuable line of communication between the participating entities afforded programs and projects that benefit the southwest Kansas area.

Educational training to area non-profits was an identified need that could noticeably benefit from this collaboration. The seminars have provided assistance in the governance and operation of the non-profit and charitable entities. Because these trainings are offered locally, savings in travel, time and resources have secured additional values.

The primary goal of the initial effort was to support charities to become more efficient, with a secondary goal emerging to make philanthropy more effective. This goal was realized by helping all of the partners to streamline the grant process, create a common point of entry to the philanthropic community, provide an opening for dialogue to share “lessons learned.”

Visit the High Plains Grant Makers website for more information.


The Finnup Foundation
Caverly Hart, Executive Director; Amy Heinmann Assistant to the Director
119 North Main
Garden City, KS 67846
Phone: 620-276-3032
Email: finnup [at] finnupfoundation [dot] org

Western Kansas Community Foundation
Shea Sinclair, Executive Director; Melissa Gallegos, Operations Director; Troy Unruh, Program Officer
402 N Main St
Garden City, KS 67846
Phone: 620-271-9484
Email: wkcf [at] wkcf [dot] org

United Way of Finney County
Conseulo Sandoval, Executive Director; Larlilee Josserand, Office Manager
1511 Fulton Terrace
Garden City, KS 67846
Phone: 620-275-1425
Email: fcuwed [at] gmail [dot] com

William T. Kemper Foundation
Executive Director, Michael D Fields; Local Contact, Kirk Olomon
922 Walnut, STE 200
Kansas City, MO 64106-1809
Phone: 816-234-2112


High Plains Grant Makers Collaborative Projects:

  • Celebrate Kansas (Kansas History program geared toward you using LEGO’s located inside the Finney County Historical Museum)
  • Workshops/Seminars for area non-profits
    • Strategic Planning
    • Grant Writing
    • Board Development
    • Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
    • Outcomes-Based Planning
    • Sustaining Organizations in Challenging Financial Times
    • Strengthening the Non-Profit Community
    • Succession Planning
  • High Plains Grant makers Non-Profit Leader Award for Finney County

The Non-Profit Leader Award is awarded to a Finney County candidate that has made a positive impact in the community. The ideal candidate possess honorable character traits, ability to develop strong relationships and leadership abilities.

Nominee Eligibility Criteria:

  • Employed by (or volunteers extensively with) a non-profit agency that is a 501c(3) organization in Finney County
  • Age 18 or older

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