The funding from the Downing Foundation has helped Real Men, Real Heroes make a difference in the lives of area youth through tutoring, mentoring and speaking programs. For example, Real Men, Real Heroes is able to accomplish its mentoring goals through the Future Heroes program, designed primarily for boys age… read more
I was born to an unwed mother that spent a great deal of her young life being raped by her father. By the time she met my father she had spent a significant amount of time in a deep depression and had attempted suicide numerous times. My father began a life of petty crime at a very young age and at 15 graduated to mu… read more
Francisco's children were taken from his home while he was working an out-of-town job. Dads Dare to Care supported him through the child welfare process and helped him learn to better manage the behavior of his six children, ages four to 11. Francisco is now a DDTC mentor and has sole custody of his children.… read more
With the new additional accessible housing for six students and the existing duplex built in 2007, KSDS can now provide housing for eight students and graduates. Students will be able to enjoy the accessibility during their training period at KSDS to receive an assistance dog. KSDS will be able to provide accessible housing for a unique "hom… read more
The Downing Foundation has enormously impacted the Wichita Art Museum in recent years, contributing to major renovations and an expansion in the early part of the century. Because of the foundation’s generosity, the museum was able to design and create inviting landscaping that has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visito… read more
On one of the first Mondays The Opportunity Zone (OZ) was open, we had eight youth show up. Everybody ate, two took showers and two did laundry. We handed out clothes and emergency food supplies. Three kids walked in separately and said they had nowhere to go that night. They were homeless. We were able to find all of them a place to go that n… read more
When Jamaal started high school, he had already been involved with gangs for a year. Like many other young men, associating with or being formally involved with gangs and gang related activities was a rite of passage. Upon entering the tenth grade however, Jamaal’s affiliations caused him trouble at school. On several occasions… read more
Because of funding from The Downing Foundation, Caring Ladies Assisting Students to Succeed (C.L.A.S.S.) is making a big difference. For example, Mellissa is the eldest of five children in a single parent home. She is the sole caretaker of four younger siblings due to her mother’s terminal health iss… read more
The primary purpose of the Downing Children’s Garden is to provide a beautiful, safe and playful place where children and families can grow together through shared experience, exploring nature and developing positive nurturing attitudes toward nature and the environment. The name “Garden” does not … read more
In partnership with Fundamental Learning Center (FLC), the Downing Literacy Project investigated the effect research-validated, quality literacy instructional educator training and practice had on children with low-literacy abilities. A total of 331 children received specialized early language and literacy interv… read more
It is easy to fall in love with your work when your work is defined by the people you serve. The CARE (Community of Autism Resources and Education) Program has evolved into an actual community, however it is much more than a place for resources and education. The CARE Program is now defined by hundreds of amazing individuals and famil… read more
The Downing Foundation played a pivotal role in launching our campaign for a new shelter. Not only did they commit a substantial gift early in the fundraising process, but their willingness to engage other community leaders in this project substantially increased our ability to meet our campaign goals.
The Downing Fou… read more
Collaborative. Creative. Focused. Just three words that describe the experience the Sedgwick County Zoo cherished when working with the Downing Foundation on the Downing Gorilla Forest.
From the initial contact of interest, through the planning phases, and finally, project completion, the Downing Founda… read more
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~John Wooden, They Call Me Coach