Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Health Fund

Women's Giving Circle

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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 Giving Circle was established in 2007.  Each year members of the Women's Giving Circle review grant applications and approve funds for programs fulfilling the Fund’s mission. Since 2007, the WGC has contributed over $265,000 to fund grants for women's health. Additional information on this endowed fund is available to potential members by contacting the Foundation office: 620.231.8897

Applications for the 2020 Women's Health Fund grant cycle were due by May 15, 2020. If you have any questions or would like additional information about Women's Health Fund grants, contact us or email Program Coordinator Sherri Stephens.

Women’s Health Fund Mission Statement

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

2020 Grant Recipients

  • American Cancer Society - Giving Hope a Home - Kansas City Hope Lodge.
  • Angels Among Us, Inc. - Financial help for the needs of cancer patients.
  • Catholic Charities - SEKS Neighborhood Financial Stabilization Project.
  • Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas Inc. - The Baby Box Project.
  • The Family Resource Center - Crawford County Diaper Stock.
  • Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters - One-to-one mentoring: Guiding Girls Toward Promising Futures in Crawford County.
  • Pittsburg State University School of Nursing - Preemie Hal: Premature-infant-patient simulator. 

States across the country are experiencing an unprecedented transfer of wealth as estates change hands from one generation to the next. By 2020 in Kansas alone the transfer of wealth is estimated to be $79 billion, and will increase to $598 billion by 2064.

Many people designate their entire estate to their children. Since more people leave the communities where they were raised much of the inherited wealth leave, too. The Keep 5 in Kansas campaign promotes capturing 5% of the estate wealth which could be up to $4 billion going back to communities.