Pre-Conference Activities

The Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations is pleased to offer two pre-conference site visits this year, as well as the Legal Matters workshop with the Council on Foundations.

During registration sign up for one of these great site visits – either to Empower or to NonprofitGO. As a bonus, both site visits also will view and hear the story of the El Sueño Original (The Original Dream) mural.

Thanks to the Wichita Foundation for sponsoring this year’s site visits. Learn how the Wichita Foundation has partnered with and supported these organizations.

Legal Matters for Community Foundations

Tuesday, October 15, 1-5p - Wednesday, October 16, 8a-12p


Come a day early and take advantage of the Legal Matters workshop led by the Council on Foundations Legal Team. This workshop is flexibly organized to ensure that your broad legal questions for administering funds, grants, and community foundation activities are addressed. The legal team will provide technical and practical understanding of complex rules and regulations. This workshop is open to any board or staff member that is eager to dive into the legalities of business models and identify pathways for more effective management and operations of a community foundation. Special pricing for this opportunity is possible thanks to the Council's KACF conference sponsorship. Limited to 45 participants.

*Special pricing for this opportunity is possible thanks to the Council's KACF conference sponsorship.


2024 Site Visits


Wednesday, October 16 | 25 participants


We seek to empower North End residents – especially our Hispanic community – by providing educational, workforce-readiness, and small business development resources. We believe our work will spark new ideas and new opportunities for the North End, increasing the quality of life and place, and helping make Wichita a stronger community.

Empower is focused on reigniting Wichita’s North End. But what is the North End? The North End is Wichita’s predominantly Hispanic community. Located north of Downtown, the North End encompasses parts of the El Pueblo, Midtown and Benjamin Hills neighborhoods.

The area has a rich history. Following growth in the late 1800s, the area around 21st and Broadway was incorporated into the city of Wichita. By 1914, there was a small commercial area developing along 21st Street and Market. In the 1920s, industries in the area including railways, flour mills, and meat packing plants provided jobs to a diverse population including an influx of Mexican immigrants.

In 1929, the Nomar Theater (short for North Market) opened at 21st and Market. Designed in a Spanish-style of architecture, the theatre provided some of the first talking movies to the area. In 2011, the Nomar International Plaza opened at 21st and Broadway. Building off the style of the Nomar Theatre, the Plaza provides a community gathering space that has housed festivals and markets. Ultimately, the history of the North End is being written everyday.



Wednesday, October 16 | 25 participants


NonprofitGO Inc (NPGO) mentors and educates nonprofit organizations to help them achieve sustainability, build capacity, and enhance their quality of community services. NPGO was established in March 2018 and offers consulting services for nonprofit organizations, with a focus on grant writing, accounting, and nonprofit business services, allowing organizations to focus on their charitable mission.

NPGO believes nonprofit organizations have a meaningful impact in their communities, which is why it strives to keep organizations growing, developing, and expanding those missions. Navigating the intricacies of nonprofit management can be challenging.

NPGO created the Magnify Nonprofit Certification Program to guide nonprofit organizations toward sustainability and expansion. This program is in partnership with, and financially supported by the Wichita Foundation.



El Sueño Original (The Original Dream), painted on grain silos in north Wichita as part of the Horizontes Project that drew in Columbian street artist GLeo, is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest mural created by a single artist, and celebrates the immigration of Black and Hispanic residents into the area. 

Both site visits will visit this mural.