Promise on the Plains

A new investment opportunity that builds a more equitable community.

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.

INVESTING IN EQUITY

This investment opportunity will work to reduce inequities in the BIPOC nonprofit sector by assisting in building organizational capacity to help foster a more just and inclusive community. Grants will 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 aims to invest grants up to $10,000 for a total of $100,000 in nonprofit organizations that benefit the BIPOC community.

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

Read our press release announcing this new initiative. 

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

2022 PROMISE ON THE PLAINS RECIPIENTS

Recipients were announced at the Mayor’s Press Briefing on Thursday, June 16, 2022. Read the press release here.

  • Common Ground Producers and Growers, Inc. – Making food accessible to all in need
  • ICT Launchpad, Inc. – Inspiring, educating and empowering at-risk youth
  • NonprofitGO, Inc. (fiscal sponsor for CHD Boxing Club) – Providing a safe, positive and productive environment for youth while teaching life skills and conflict resolution
  • Progressive Community Outreach Program, Inc. (PCOP) – Closing inequities in the areas of health and education for the BIPOC community
  • Reach Out 2 Someone Else, Inc. – Connecting community members, especially people of color, to quality mental healthcare
  • Wichita Asian Association – Empowering Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the area of health equity
  • Wichita Birth Justice Society, Inc. – Creating sustainable health equity through community education, advocacy and informational support for Black, Latinx and indigenous families
  • Wichita, KS Intertribal Warrior Society – Helping elders, families and veterans with emergency and educational expenses
  • Witness Project of Kansas dba Women’s Project of Kansas – Saving lives by educating women of color on the importance of early breast cancer detection
  • Women Aspire, Inc. – Helping women and children who are experiencing poverty, homelessness, domestic violence or aging out of foster care

GRANT APPLICATION

The Promise on the Plains grant application period is now closed. Please visit our Nonprofit Investment Opportunities page to learn about current grant funding applications.

QUESTIONS?

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