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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 […]

Aspen Institute bringing Food is Medicine Convening to Sunflower Nonprofit Center

Food & Society at the Aspen Institute, a leader in initiatives to expand access to food and nutrition interventions that aid in preventing, managing and even reversing chronic disease, will be hosting its Food is Medicine Midwest Convening Jan. 25 and 26 at the Sunflower Nonprofit Center in Topeka. The event is set for 9 […]

Fourth Trail Talk Tuesday, ‘Where’s the Money? set for Jan. 9

It’s time for another K-State Research and Extension Trail Talk Tuesday, with this month’s topic focusing on money matters. Trail Talk Tuesday, a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, Sunflower Foundation and the Kansas Trails Council, is a webinar series for public trail enthusiasts in Kansas who want the opportunity to network with each other and […]

KU Center for Public Partnerships & Research to lead KFA needs assessment

Results will guide the long-term investment strategies of the Kansas Fights Addiction Grant Review Board. Sunflower Foundation has selected the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) to conduct a year-long, comprehensive statewide needs assessment of substance use disorder (SUD) systems and related work in Kansas that will be used to guide […]

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