Promise on the Plains

An investment opportunity that builds a more equitable and inclusive community.

Through Promise on the Plains, United Way invests in Wichita area nonprofits led by and serving Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to help close gaps and disparities in health, education, financial stability and basic needs.

INVESTING IN EQUITY

This investment opportunity works to reduce inequities in the BIPOC nonprofit sector by assisting in building organizational capacity to help foster a more just and inclusive community. Grants intentionally support and strengthen nonprofit organizations serving the BIPOC community, while advancing the work of United Way in the areas of health, education, financial stability and basic needs. Through Promise on the Plains, United Way invests grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 in nonprofit organizations that benefit the BIPOC community.

United Way of the Plains envisions an equitable and inclusive community where individuals of all racial and ethnic backgrounds can succeed. Read our statements of principle on diversity and inclusion.

Through Promise on the Plains, United Way will invest in Wichita area nonprofits led by and serving Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to help close gaps and disparities in health, education, financial stability and basic needs.

“It is our goal to help create a more inclusive and equitable Wichita. By investing in our communities of color, we are signaling that we believe in the ability for everyone to reach their full potential. This is not a one-and-done venture. We want this initiative to carry on year after year to help our region and the people who live here thrive, while retaining and recruiting the best of all of us.”

– Pete Najera, United Way President and CEO

2023 PROMISE ON THE PLAINS RECIPIENTS

United Way of the Plains has announced funding for 15 local nonprofits as part of its ongoing work to help close gaps and disparities experienced by minority nonprofits in the Wichita metropolitan region. Grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 were awarded to these nonprofits. Read the full press release here.

  • Bridges Over Fences Project
    An educational program empowering Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals aged 12-24 with essential knowledge and skills for financial literacy and career success.
  • Common Ground Producers and Growers
    A mobile market food hub serving food deserts and food insecure areas in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties.
  • Culture Creations
    An initiative to provide support for youth in foster care through peer group interaction and education.
  • Destination Innovation
    A mentorship program that teaches entrepreneurship, civic leadership and advocacy to encourage academic success and financial independence.
  • Equity Initiative
    A program that teaches life skills and provides tools to help young people develop confidence, communicate effectively, make healthier choices, develop coping skills and succeed in all aspects of society.
  • Heroes Academy
    An educational mentorship and volunteer program for at-risk students.
  • Hope Community Development Corporation
    An initiative to provide services to help low-to-moderate income residents break the cycle of poverty through financial assistance for housing.
  • ICT Launchpad
    A mentorship program that includes summer camps and after school programs for at-risk youth.
  • Pound the Rock Project
    An academic program that provides tutoring for college preparation testing and other empowerment activities and workshops.
  • Salud + Bienstar
    A health and wellness initiative that assists Spanish-speaking members of the community as they navigate the health care system.
  • The Kansas African American Museum
    Educational programs to support learning and elevate society’s understanding and appreciation of the African and African American culture.
  • Untamed Athletes
    An initiative that helps youth who have been involved in the justice system through an after-school program that provides educational resources and career exploration.
  • Urban League of Kansas
    Educational programs promoting financial literacy designed to ensure all individuals have access to affordable and safe housing.
  • Wichita Birth Justice Society
    A service program dedicated to improving health through programs and services that serve Black/African American, Native American and Chicano/Latino mothers and infants.
  • Youth Educational Empowerment Program
    An initiative that teaches financial literacy to those 24 years of age and under through classes and special camps.

SPONSORS

Special thanks to these generous individuals and organizations for keeping our promise to create an equitable and inclusive community for all.

Kansas Health Foundation logo.
Yolanda and Gene Camarena
Meritrust Credit Union logo.
Boyd gaming logo.
Credit Union of America logo.
Wichita Habitat for Humanity logo.

QUESTIONS?

For more information, contact Abel Frederic, United Way Vice President of Community Impact, at afrederic@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267‑1321 ext. 4211.