Grow II Challenge


In 2009, the Greater Salina Community Foundation was accepted to receive an $800,000 matching grant from the second chapter of the Kansas Health Foundation’s Giving Resources to our World (GROW II) Healthy Kansas Initiative. Over the next 5 years,  new endowed gifts were matched using a two-tiered ratio. Some gifts were matched at the rate of 1-to-2, or $1 match for every $2 of new gifts, and some gifts were matched at the rate of 1-to-4, or $1 match for every $4 of new gifts. In 2013, GSCF completed the match, two years ahead of schedule, a tribute to the generosity of our community!

Ten of our Affiliate Foundations were also selected to participate in the GROW II challenge. For information on their progress, visit the affiliate pages.

By creating GROW II, the Kansas Health Foundation hoped to achieve two specific goals 1) to help more Kansas community foundations build permanent resources that will measurably improve the health of local residents and 2) to support collaboration and alliances among community foundations to ensure a well-managed and self-sufficient community foundation field in Kansas.

Where did the matching dollars go?
In accordance with the GROW II grant agreement, the matching funds were divided into two endowed funds created by the Kansas Health Foundation—the Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Greater Salina, a public health fund, and the Kansas Health Foundation Operating Fund for Greater Salina, an administrative fund.

What kind of impact does this mean for our community?
GROW II encouraged more than $2 million in new endowed money invested in the Greater Salina Community Foundation, which will ultimately benefit the needs of current and future generations.

For more information about the GROW II challenge, visit the Kansas Health Foundation’s website.