Dane G. Hansen Foundation awards grant for disability service initiative

A man in a wheelchair smiling at the camera.Wichita, Kan. – The Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Inc. (CPRF) received a $100,000 grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation (Logan, Kan.) in support of the organization’s new endowment campaign.

This campaign will support CPRF’s Wheelchair & Posture Seating Clinic and Equipment Fund programs, which provide customized seating systems and funding for assistive technology/medical equipment for people with all types of disabilities in Ellis, Russell, Cloud, and Saline Counties. For decades, CPRF has served adults and children in this area who otherwise may not receive the services or equipment they need. As one of only three Medicaid-approved seating clinics in Kansas, the services provided by CPRF are critical for those with disabilities.

Though Kansas Rehabilitation Services and United Way of Ellis County are long-time supporters of CPRF, the organization faces a sizeable funding shortfall each year to administer these programs in the four-county area.

“CPRF is truly blessed to have the generous support of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to assist in establishing this endowed fund,” said Patrick T. Jonas, CPRF President & CEO. “Those we serve in northwest and northcentral Kansas will undoubtedly benefit from this initiative, and we hope to soon reach our fundraising goal to allow for the ongoing support of these vital services for generations to come.”

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation’s contribution initiates the CPRF Community Mobility Fund at the Greater Salina Community Foundation. This endowed, designated fund will support only those who reside in the four-county area. The CPRF Board of Directors pledged a 20 percent match for all funds raised toward this $725,000 endowment fund goal.

To find out more about this campaign and how you can help, contact Jennifer Knight, CPRF Vice President of Development at (316) 652-1552 or jenniferk@cprf.org.

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About CPRF: Founded in 1972, CPRF is a nonprofit organization that provides people with all types of disabilities of all ages the customized services, support, and technology they need in order to facilitate their chosen personal and economic independence, with a focus on mobility and employment. CPRF’s Wheelchair & Posture Seating Clinic addresses the needs of people with various types of physical disabilities, offering custom-built wheelchair seating systems. Since the program began in the 1980s, we have built tens of thousands of systems for Kansans of all ages throughout the state. The CPRF Equipment Fund is a resource for people with disabilities throughout Kansas who need referral services, information, or financial assistance for medical devices and assistive technology.

About The Dane G. Hansen Foundation:

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation was established as a charitable organization in 1965, with the primary goal of making the communities of Northwest Kansas better places to live and providing opportunities, for the people, to enjoy the highest possible quality of life. Established through a generous estate donation from Dane G. Hansen, the Foundation awards grants and scholarships every year to qualified recipients in Northwest Kansas who demonstrate a strong desire for community improvement.