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January 30, 2019

Health Fund Celebrates $70M in Grantmaking

In 1986, the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund started with a $30 million endowment established from the sale of Wesley Hospital. Since that time, the Health Fund has turned that investment into more than $70 million in grants to improve the health and wholeness of Kansans.

The Health Fund, which serves the state of Kansas from its headquarters in Hutchinson, has supported more than 2,400 health projects since inception, helping drive progress especially on oral health, breastfeeding, and rural health issues. Now the organization is looking to the future, with plans to focus specifically on access to care, early childhood, and congregation-led community health projects through a program called Healthy Congregations.

“$70 million in grants is a major milestone, and it is the result of board members and staff who have dedicated themselves to the sound management of our assets and the strategic deployment of grants,” said David Jordan, President and CEO of the Health Fund. “We are positioned to make an even greater difference in Kansans’ health for generations to come.”

In addition to a three-year strategic plan focused on their three areas of work, the Health Fund recently released a new brand identity including a new logo, website, and messaging. “Our ability to communicate with and inspire our audiences is crucial for creating impact,” said Jordan. “We saw an opportunity to communicate our role and our work through a new look and better storytelling.”

For more information about the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, the strategic plan, or the visual identity, visit HealthFund.org

About the Health Fund

The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund works to facilitate conversation and action to improve the health and wholeness of Kansans—especially those in rural and under-served communities. By funding programs, moving ideas to solutions, providing hands-on expertise, and convening influencers, we work to advance innovative solutions to improve Kansans’ health for generations to come. We steward a $55 million endowment, which has provided more than $70 million in grants and program support since our inception in 1986.

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