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Foundation names Elizabeth Burger senior VP of programs & strategy

Sunflower Foundation is excited to announce that Elizabeth Burger, longtime program officer for the foundation, has been named the organization’s senior vice president for programs and strategy, effective July 1. In this role, Burger will manage the necessary infrastructure to achieve the foundation’s programmatic vison, providing oversight for proposal development and support for stakeholder engagement […]

Third round of funding available through Kansas Fights Addiction grant program

For those organizations that are ready to join or continue the fight against opioid addiction in Kansas, a third round of funding to support substance use disorder (SUD) services across the state is now available through the Kansas Fights Addiction (KFA) grant program. The funding, which comes from money recovered by the state of Kansas […]

Dana Thompson joins Nonprofit Center staff as new associate director

Sunflower Foundation is excited to announce the newest member of its team, Dana Thompson, who recently started in her new role as associate director of the Sunflower Nonprofit Center. As associate director, Dana coordinates meetings and events held at the Nonprofit Center, handling all aspects of pre-event planning, onsite event management and logistical support, including […]

Trustees name Brandon Skidmore new president & CEO of Foundation

The Sunflower Foundation Board of Trustees is proud to announce Brandon Skidmore as its new president and CEO. Skidmore, who will assume his new role effective April 8, has been with the foundation since 2016, having been vice president of Health Systems since 2022 after previously serving as a senior program officer and program officer. […]

Advisory team, Sunflower staff co-author Food is Medicine manuscript

Sunflower Foundation is proud to have supported the work that went into evaluating, writing and publishing a peer reviewed manuscript co-authored by members of our Food is Medicine Evaluation and Advisory Team (EAT) – Marianna Wetherill, PhD, MPH, RD/LD of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Kristina Bridges, PhD, of the University of Kansas […]

Foundation President & CEO Billie Hall selected for prestigious leadership award

Sunflower Foundation is pleased to announce that Grantmakers in Health (GIH) has chosen Billie Hall, president and CEO of the foundation, as the 2024 recipient of its prestigious Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. GIH, a national nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping grantmakers across the country improve the health of all people, will […]

Medicaid expansion both a health care and economic issue

Foundation joins hundreds in support of Medicaid expansion Sunflower Foundation recently joined hundreds of Medicaid expansion proponents across Kansas who provided written testimony in support of SB 355 and HB 2556, both of which received committee hearings in the Kansas Legislature on March 20. The hearings were the first in four years. Billie Hall, president […]

Foundation provides nearly $1.5 million in capacity building grants to nonprofits

Sunflower Foundation recently awarded nearly $1.5 million in grants to help support the core operating capacities of 65 organizations serving nearly two-thirds of Kansas counties so they can better meet the critical health needs of their communities. This initiative strengthens the capacity of nonprofits to fulfill their missions, serve their communities and bolster their impact. […]

Poll shows strong support for expanding Medicaid among small businesses, voters

A recent statewide poll of small business owners, voters and Republican primary voters shows that most respondents favor Medicaid expansion in Kansas and believe doing so would increase health care access for thousands of low-income Kansans, spur job growth and boost the state’s economy. Commissioned by Sunflower Foundation and conducted Nov. 10-20, 2023, by Public […]

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