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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Kansas

Each week, Charity Navigator features a few of the highly-rated charities serving the people and communities in one of the 50 states. Today, we’re moving west from Indiana to Kansas, in the Great Plains.

Kansas, also known as the Sunflower State, epitomizes the American Heartland with seemingly endless landscapes of fields and rolling hills. It is also home to more than fifty 3- and 4-star organizations that are having an impact on Kansans, the state's cities and towns, and the world beyond them. Keep reading to learn about a few of these great charities.

Kansas Humane Society (Wichita, KS)
Saving lives since 1888

The Kansas Humane Society is a community resource for pets and people by offering an array of services to promote the human/animal bond, including pet adoption; dog training; behavior consultation; pet supplies; social media outreach including mobile apps, spay/neuter services for the pets of low income families; youth education and community outreach; as well as private cremation and other end of life services for pets. For over 128 years, we have helped Wichita's pets by providing them care, comfort, hope, and most importantly, a second chance at a new life. We provide services for thousands of animals every year including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, and other small pets.

The Land Institute (Salina, KS)
Promoting sustainable agriculture

Founded in 1976, The Land Institute works to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops. We have researched, published in refereed scientific journals, given hundreds of public presentations here and abroad, and hosted countless intellectuals and scientists. We work to save soil from being lost or poisoned while promoting a community life that is prosperous and enduring. The Land Institute's work melds ecology and agronomy. Our programs have been designed to explore basic scientific principles pertinent to a new agriculture.

KC Healthy Kids (Kansas City, KS)
Reshaping our region for a brighter future

KC Healthy Kids rallies the people in our communities to improve access to affordable fresh food and safe places to walk and play. When our neighborhoods support healthy habits, we are less likely to suffer from obesity, which is linked to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and poor mental health. To make a lasting impact, we shape policies that improve our food system and physical surroundings, and, ultimately, the places where we live, work, learn, and play.

Easter Seals Capper Foundation (Topeka, KS)
Ensuring that people with disabilities have opportunities to live, learn, work and play

Founded by Senator Arthur Capper in 1920, Easter Seals Capper Foundation provides exceptional individualized services to ensure that people with disabilities and their families have opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. We provide services to children, teenagers, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Services include, Early Intervention, Pediatric Therapies, Recreation, Professional & Family Training, Parent Support, Equipment Loan, Case Management, Residential & Day Services, Supported Employment, Wellness Monitoring and In-Home Supports.

Wichita Symphony Society (Wichita, KS)
Inspiring audiences through performances of symphony music

The mission of the Wichita Symphony is to enrich, educate, and entertain diverse audiences of all ages in our region through performances of orchestral music, thereby enhancing the vibrancy and vitality of Wichita. A broad range of performances that includes Classics, Pops, Family, and Educational reach thousands each year. Among its many educational programs throughout the season, the Symphony presents two sets of young peoples concerts for nearly 25,000 area third through eighth-grade students, and a Youth Orchestras program with three ensembles serving 225 area music students.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool to find even more highly-rated charities serving the people and communities of Kansas.

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