Wichita Collective Impact Initiative

Together, we are creating a more equitable place to learn, work and succeed.

The Wichita Collective Impact Initiative brings together the community, nonprofits, businesses and government entities to focus on educational success and workforce readiness, beginning in the 67214 ZIP code.


Why focus on 67214?

  • 67214 is the poorest ZIP code in Kansas
  • Average adjusted gross income in 2018 was $27,906
  • 19.6% had an income below $10,000
  • 39.2% are not currently in the labor force
  • Of those 25+ years of age, 25.3% did not complete high school
  • 24.8% of the population does not have health insurance coverage
  • 43.6% of the population is Black or African American; 24.8% is Hispanic.


Through volunteerism, shared expertise and financial grants, we will achieve collective impact that strengthens equity through educational success and workforce readiness.

Educational Success
  • Increase access to quality early childhood education
  • Improve third grade reading
  • Improve seventh grade algebra
  • Increase graduation rates
  • Improve teacher representation
Workforce Readiness
  • Increase number of students engaged in ready-to-work programs
  • Increase diversity and number of jobs created
  • Improve local post-secondary enrollment
  • Reduce mid-career departures


Four area nonprofits with programs focused on early education have been awarded grants through the Wichita Collective Impact (WCI) initiative. Read about the recipients in our press release.

Check back soon for the next WCI grant application. 


Funded through a $2 million gift from Wichita-based Cargill Protein North America, Wichita Collective Impact is a three-year initiative led by United Way of the Plains, Greater Wichita YMCA and the Public Policy & Management Center at Wichita State University.

United Way of the Plains logo.
Greater Wichita YMCA logo.


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