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.”


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
Conny Bogaard, Executive Director; Stacie Hahn, Program Officer; Liz Sosa, Operations Director
402 N Main St
Garden City, KS 67846
Phone: 620-271-9484
Email: wkcf [at] wkcf [dot] org

United Way of Finney County
Susan Escareno, Executive Director
1509 E. Fulton
Garden City, KS 67846
Phone: 620-275-1425
Email: fcuwed [at] gmail [dot] com

William T. Kemper Foundation
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

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