Impact on the Plains

Celebrating nonprofits with bright ideas

Impact on the Plains is a ‘Shark Tank’-style social innovation competition in pursuit of bold solutions to complex community issues.

United Way awarded $105,000 in grants to four entrepreneurial nonprofit programs to transform how social issues are addressed in our focus areas of health, education, financial stability and basic needs at a live event on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Read the event press release here.

Group photo of 2023 Impact on the Plains recipients.


FIRST PLACE: $40,000

Financial Stability

Culture Creations logo. BeyondFoster – Restorative Justice Youth Circles for Kansas Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood
Transitions young people out of foster care with the support, education and resources that lead to holistically healthy lives while empowering them on their journey toward independent adulthood.



Aspire Academy, a division of Women Aspire, logo.Aspire Academy Childcare Center
Delivers enhanced self-sufficiency skills through quality early education for children and resources for parents seeking advanced employment opportunities

THIRD PLACE: $20,000


Medic All logo.

HealthBridge Initiative: Connecting Communities to Comprehensive Care
Provides improved access to quality healthcare for low-income and uninsured individuals with a cost-free pathway that eliminates financial, geographical, documentation and linguistic barriers through telemedical consultations.


Basic Needs

Children First CEO of Kansas logo.

Journey Home – Homeless Family Housing Program
Helps stabilize homeless families with financial assistance and wrap around services that include family peer support.


Logo of Berry Companies.
Hutton logo.
Logo for Textron Aviation.
Kansas Star Casino logo.
Spirit AeroSystems logo.
Table Sponsors:

6 Meridian
Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.
Bank of America
Bombardier Learjet
Camarena Adelante Foundation
Capitol Federal
Cordell Wealth Management
Credit Union of America
Eby Construction
Kansas Health Foundation
Kansas Leadership Center
Lee Aerospace
Mid-Continent Instruments & Avionics
Meritrust Credit Union
NWI Aerostructures
P.B. Hoidale
Stand Together


Headshot of Abel Frederic.

Abel Frederic
Vice President of Community Impact
(316) 267-1321 ext. 4211

Contact for questions regarding financial stability. 

Headshot of Heather Crump.

Heather Deters
Community Impact Manager for Education
(316) 267-1321 ext. 4234

Headshot of Sarah Crick Milligan.

Sarah Crick Milligan
Community Impact Manager for Health
(316) 267-1321 ext. 4212

Headshot of Matt Lowe, United Way Community Impact Manager for Basic Needs.

Matt Lowe
Community Impact Manager for Basic Needs
(316) 267-1321 ext. 4233