Philanthropy starts with you

From Pete Najera, United Way of the Plains President & CEO

How many people in south central Kansas require assistance with their most basic needs? Do we really benefit from all the nonprofits that operate in Wichita and the charitable work they provide?

The 2022 data helps answer both questions. In Kansas, the state’s 2-1-1 social service hotline, provides a public service . . . [Read More]

November 15, 2023|Tags: |

Get to Know…Dajahnae Vines

Describe your role at United Way.

I manage the United Way of Plains donor database by performing record data integrity audits, offering system process improvements, and overseeing the organizations electronic fundraising campaign.

Share your career history and how you made your way to United Way.

While serving as a Data Analyst in the United States Air Force, I was introduced to the many . . . [Read More]

September 23, 2022|Tags: , |

Get to Know…Katie Eaton, Associate Director of Philanthropy

Describe your role at United Way.

As Associate Director of Philanthropy, it is my job to connect community members and local businesses interested in funding opportunities to support incredible programs focusing on health, education, financial stability, and basic needs within our community.

Share your career history and how you made your way to United Way.

My career started with . . . [Read More]

May 18, 2022|Tags: , |

Donate to United Way of the Plains without even trying

Donating to United Way of the Plains can be as easy as signing up for nonprofit rewards programs. Once signed up, United Way of the Plains will benefit without you even having to think about it. What could be better? 

Donated dollars go into our general fund, which tackles the root causes of our area’s biggest issues in . . . [Read More]

September 25, 2021|Tags: |

Peter Najera: This Philanthropy Day, pledge to help others

By Pete Najera, United Way President & CEO, Special to the Wichita Eagle

The following OpEd appeared in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. 

President Reagan first proclaimed Nov. 15 as National Philanthropy Day in 1986, honoring the generosity and selflessness of people to help one another that has been part of our American . . . [Read More]

November 15, 2020|Tags: |


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