Wichita
County
Community
Foundation

An Affiliate of the Western Kansas Community Foundation

HSPS LogoHeartstrings to Purse Strings Fund

The Heartstrings to Purse Strings Fund was established in 2012 by Wichita County women who made donations to build a permanently endowed fund of $15,500 to support local programs. Their vision, commitment and passion will support annual grants to enable them to address initiatives which improve the quality of life in Wichita County.

The purpose of this fund is: Empowering Wichita County women to take an active and powerful role in philanthropy to serve their community. The Heartstrings to Purse Strings Fund allows dedicated, engaged women to make a difference in the lives of many without a significant time or financial commitment. Please contact the Wichita County Community Foundation to see how you can join hands with women in our community.

Heartstrings to Purse Strings Membership

Each year the Wichita County Community Foundation invites area women to contribute $100 to the Heartstrings to Purse Strings Fund to activate their voting membership that year. The voting membership closes on December 31 of each year so that a grant amount can be established for the Grant Application. One half of the $100 donation provides funding for the grant to be awarded while the other one half is endowed to continue to grow the fund forever.

In 2016, Heartstrings to Purse Strings, awarded a $500 grant to the Wichita County Library to help fund a children’s book distribution project called “Check Up and Check Out”

The Wichita County Library and the Wichita County Health Department have partnered with the two state organizations to make this program available to the families of young children in Wichita County. Marvel Brandt RN, administrator of the WC Health Department, participates by giving a new, developmentally appropriate book to patients at each well-check visit from 6 months to 5 years and encourages parents or caregivers to read with their child every day. These books are donated by the Kansas Pediatric Foundation. When she gives the child a book during their exam, she also gives the parents a one-page flyer describing the six skills children should have before the age of six to be ready to learn to read when they start school. Then she encourages the family to visit the local library. The family brings this one-page flyer to the library and the child receives an additional book from librarian, Stephanie Berning, to take home and keep. This means that participating families receive a total of 16 books in five years to help their children succeed in school.