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Partnership supports integrated care

Access to behavioral health services remains a critical issue for far too many Kansans, particularly those living in rural areas, where specialized support is often difficult to find. Sunflower Foundation has long supported innovative efforts to modernize the state’s behavioral health care delivery system and improve access to services, and we believe that integrated care […]

Flint Hills Trail receives grant

Flint Hills Trail

Sunflower Foundation is proud to have been a partner in the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks successful efforts to secure the $24.8 million federal RAISE grant that will be used to complete the final stretch of the 118-mile Flint Hills Trail.  Elizabeth Burger, Vice President of Healthy Communities and coordinator of the Sunflower Trails […]

Zimmer named new CFO

Shanna Zimmer

The Sunflower Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of veteran financial controller Shanna Zimmer as its new chief financial officer.  Zimmer, of Topeka, joins Sunflower Foundation after spending the previous six years as a controller in both the health care and nonprofit sectors. She brings considerable experience in accounting processes; financial planning, reporting and […]

Scott gives $4M gift

MacKenzie Scott

Gift Will Help Organization Expand on Wide-Ranging Health Philanthropic Work TOPEKA, Kan. – Sunflower Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a one-time, unrestricted gift of $4 million from billionaire philanthropist and novelist MacKenzie Scott. “We are grateful for and humbled by Ms. Scott’s gift,” said Billie Hall, Sunflower Foundation president and CEO. […]

Foundation launches Food is Medicine

Food is Medicine

As health systems across Kansas struggle to address the growing prevalence of chronic disease, which can cause devastating effects on individuals and families and contribute to the rising costs of health care, Sunflower Foundation is focusing on the critical role nutrition can play in preventing, treating, and even reversing these conditions. On Aug. 24, the […]

Mildred Store Remains Hub

Mildred Store

MILDRED – Regena and Loren Lance have fond childhood memories of shopping at Charlie Brown’s grocery store in their tiny hometown of Mildred, Kan. Located in a building built in 1913 that once was a hardware store, feed store, garage and eventually a grocery store in the former cement boom town, Charlie Brown’s was the […]

Trails Can Fuel Tourism

K-State Research and Extension First Friday e-Call set for Aug. 5 TOPEKA, Kan. – When a community develops public trails, it’s not only making an investment in the health and well-being of its citizens, but also improving the appeal and vitality of the community itself – to residents and visitors alike. How trails can be […]

Market Continuing to Thrive

MORAN – When the lone grocery store in Moran, Kan., (pop. 479) was on the brink of closing in May 2018, a group of individuals in and around the town came to the rescue. The former Stub’s Market, 129 W. Randolph St., had been on the market for several years and was struggling to keep […]

Family Brings Back Humboldt Store

HUMBOLDT – Before Our Market Butcher & Grocery opened in July 2021, more than two years had passed since residents of Humboldt, Kansas in Allen County, had been able to buy fresh produce, meat, and other items at a local grocery store. Since Moon’s Hometown Market, which operated out of the same location as Our […]

Hays’ Werth Appointed to Board

Image of Tim Werth

Garden City’s Sosa, Goodland’s Schears Re-appointed TOPEKA, Kan. – Sunflower Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Werth of Hays to the foundation’s Board of Trustees, as well as the re-appointments of trustees Liz Sosa of Garden City and Ben Schears of Goodland to the nine-member board. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt made […]

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