2020 Leadership Transformation Grant Partners

October 16, 2019

Kansas Leadership Center announces recipients of 2020 Leadership Transformation Grants

Wichita, KS. – The Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) has selected 33 new organizations and 30 returning organizations across Kansas to serve as 2020 Leadership Transformation Grant Partners.

“In the five years we’ve been offering Leadership Transformation Grants, we have more grantees this year than ever before,” said Ed O’Malley, president and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center. “In 2020, KLC will partner with 63 organizations across Kansas to help them manage change and make lasting progress for years to come.”

Every year, KLC provides grants—valued at up to $150,000 each—to civically engaged organizations across Kansas to participate in KLC leadership programs. The grants are divided among five sectors: education, non-profit, faith, government and business. By the end of 2020, KLC will have given 257 grants, trained over 8,700 people and invested close to $7 million in Kansas organizations and communities.

The following organizations have been selected as new 2020 Leadership Transformation Grant partners:

Business Sector Partners

  • Olathe Latino Coalition

Education Sector Partners

  • Friends University
  • Kansas City Kansas Public School District
  • Lawrence School District
  • Teach for America
  • Wellsville School District
  • WSU Tech

Faith Sector Partners

  • Catholic Charities
  • Catholic Diocese
  • Central Kansas Dream Center
  • Heritage Presbyterian Church
  • Ministry Leadership Initiative
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
  • Tallgrass Community Church
  • The District Church
  • Thrift on Woodlawn

Government Sector Partners

  • City of Garnett
  • Hutchinson Correctional Facility
  • Kansas Democratic Party
  • Kansas Department of Corrections
  • Kansas Department of Health & Environment
  • Linn County
  • Sedgwick County Republican Party
  • Shawnee County

Non-Profit Sector Partners

  • EmberHope Youthville
  • Habitat for Humanity of KC
  • Harvester Arts Inc.
  • Kansas City Repertory Theatre
  • Kansas Library Association
  • Music Theatre Wichita
  • Southwest Developmental Services
  • The Villages Inc.
  • Wichita Children’s Home

The following organizations have been accepted to continue with a second phase of funding as 2020 Leadership Transformation Grant partners:

Business Sector Partners

  • Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Great Topeka Partnership
  • Rotary District 5710

Education Sector Partners

  • Augusta USD 402
  • Blue Valley School District
  • Emporia State University
  • Emporia USD 253 Schools
  • Fort Hays State University
  • Greenbush – Southeast Kansas Education Service Center
  • K-State Research and Extension
  • Newman University
  • Seward County Community College
  • Wichita Public Schools, USD 259

Faith Sector Partners

  • Dirt Roads Network
  • Mending Place
  • Saint Francis Ministries
  • Western District Conference and South Central Conference of the Mennonite Church USA

Government Sector Partners

  • City of Augusta
  • City of Wichita
  • Douglas County Government
  • Sedgwick County
  • Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas

Non-Profit Sector Partners

  • Civic Engagement Coalition
  • Climate + Energy Project
  • Four County
  • GLSEN Kansas
  • Greenwood County Hospital
  • Hutchinson Community Foundation
  • Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams
  • NBC Community Development Corporation

“The Leadership Transformation Grant is a three-phase process that helps organizations develop a shared language for problem solving, greater collaboration skills and the internal capacity to address and intervene in the most daunting adaptive challenges,” said Ashley Longstaff, program manager at the Kansas Leadership Center.

Applications for Leadership Transformation Grants are accepted between June and August each year. Learn more on our grants page.


About the Kansas Leadership Center

The Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) is a first-of-its-kind educational organization founded to foster civic leadership for healthier Kansas communities. Its programs and teachings present leadership as an activity available to anyone at any time. KLC offers training for organizations, teams and individuals as well as advanced programs for leadership development practitioners. It provides development grants for civically oriented organizations in Kansas, partners with local community leadership programs and offers customized trainings for the business sector. KLC hosts civic leadership forums and encourages Kansans to take active part in public life for the common good. KLC Press publishes books on leadership and The Journal, a nationally recognized, award-winning civic leadership magazine. Based in Wichita, KLC receives core funding from the Kansas Health Foundation. Learn more at www.kansasleadershipcenter.org.                                    


Carrie Lindeman
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