Rita J. Bicknell Women's Health Fund

Circle of Friends

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The Rita J Bicknell Women's Health Endowed Fund is made up of two giving circles, the Women's Giving Circle (WGC) and the Circle of Friends (COF).  The Women's Health Fund's mission is:

To improve the health and well-being of women by supporting education, increasing awareness and sharing quality of life opportunities to benefit all women.

Each year, members of the two giving circles meet to review grant applications and approve funds for programs that fulfill the Fund's mission. Since 2007, the WGC has contributed more than $265,500 to fund grants for women's health. In 2013, WGC members invited others to join them in creating the Rita J. Bicknell Circle of Friends Giving Circle. To date, the COF membership has supported women's health by contributing more than $36,500 since 2013.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Women's Health Fund can obtain additional information by contacting the Foundation office: 620.231.8897.

Applications for the 2021 Women's Health Fund grant cycle were due by April 30, 2021. If you have any questions or would like additional information about Women's Health Fund grants, contact us or email Program Coordinator Sherri Stephens.

Circle of Friends Grant Recipients 2020

  • Fostering Connections - Foster- and adoptive-moms wellness events.
  • Labette Health Foundation - QCPR Resuscitation Baby and birthing stools.
  • Pittsburg Mother to Mother Ministry - Parenting-program supplies.
  • Safehouse Crisis Center - Safehouse Saving Hearts AED purchase.
  • Special Olympics Kansas - Specialized fitness program.

As the giving circle grows, so does its impact for the good of women when new members are added. Contact the Foundation office, 620.231.8897 to learn more.

Whether you're a potential donor, a professional advisor, a local nonprofit director, or someone who's simply concerned about the future of Kansas, connecting with your local community foundation is the first step toward a better tomorrow for your community