2020 Covid Response Grants - Kansas

Grantee Organization: Kansas Action for Children and NBC Community Development Corporation

Kansas Action for Children (KAC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to improving the lives of Kansas children and families by providing comprehensive data, advocating for sound public policy, and collaborating with lawmakers. Through support from individuals and private foundations, KAC has worked for nearly 40 years to make Kansas the best place to live, work, and raise a family. KAC has been very successful at advocating for state policies that impact children and families but have recognized they must engage local, trusted grassroots advocacy organizations if they are going to address the root causes of racial and health inequities facing children and families in Kansas.

NBC Community Development Corporation (NBC) was created July 16, 2002 as the outreach arm of The New Bethel Church of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, KS with a mission “to empower our youth for a greater future, cherish our seniors to honor the past, increase quality of life in health, education, business, and hope, honoring our God so residents are celebrating life, the community is strengthened, and we foster reconciliation”. Today, they work on a wide range of projects with many collaborators to continue to provide services to Wyandotte County residents.

Convergence funding is seeding a new collaborative partnership between KAC and NBC to develop a shared, grassroots driven policy agenda to advance health, racial justice, and economic equity in Kansas. The two organizations are working together to identify additional BIPOC-led local organizations to join an action network that can build and wield power to influence policy and systems change and shape public opinion.