Funding

Friends of the Kaw is funded by membership contributions, special events and grants.  We sincerely thank all those individuals who generously support our advocacy efforts to protect and preserve the Kansas River.

Grants gratefully received by Friends of the Kaw

NOTE:  Friends of the Kaw only applies for grants that will allow us to work towards our mission of protecting and preserving the Kaw.  While we are very fortunate to receive these funds for specific projects, we still very much need community support for our organization through memberships and donations. Membership dues and donations are needed so we can continue to investigate pollution reports, turn in evidence of pollution to the appropriate agencies, mediate solutions and if all else fails file a law suit.

2014

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mayetta, KS – $2,000 to continue outreach education and projects in the Soldier Creek watershed.

Paddle Nation - $2,500 to assist the National Park Service and Freedom Frontiers in providing a paddling experience day for five local Boys and Girls Club summer camps.

Douglas County Heritage Foundation, Lawrence, KS - $10,000 for Kansas River cleanups.

REI, Seattle, WA – $2,000 for Kansas River cleanups.

Johnson County Stormwater Management, Olathe, KS – $15,000 for stormwater education to include the Kids About Water Project for grades 6-12 and Kansas River cleanup floats.

Konza Rotary Club, Manhattan, KS – $2,000 for river cleanups, monitoring and float trip supplies.

2013

Patagonia,Ventura, CA – $9,500 to continue our efforts to end in-river sand and gravel mining in the Kansas River.

New Belgium Brewing Company, Ft. Collins, CO – $2,000 to improve the health of the natural environment.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA – $1,000  from Patagonia for the October 11, 2013 hosting of the film festival at Liberty Hall in Lawrence.

 

2012

New Belgium Brewing Company, Ft. Collins, CO – $2,000 to improve the health of the natural environment.
Patagonia, Ventura, CA – $8,000 for our project “Sustainable Sands: Stop In-River Dredging on the Kansas River”

Johnson County Stormwater Management Grant – $48,000 to implement stormwater education for agricultural producers and landscape firms in the Kansas River Watershed in Johnson County.

Together Green, funded by Audubon & Toyota – $25,000 to do outreach education in the Soldier Creek watershed.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA – $1000  from Patagonia of the October 12, 2012 hosting of the film festival in Lawrence.

Water Protection Network, Washington D.C. – $4,000 to work to ensure that water projects and policies are economically and environmentally sound. This grant will fund additional research on in-river sand mining.

 

2011

New Belgium Brewing Company, Ft. Collins, CO – $2,500 to assist in protection activities on the Kaw.

Patagonia - $6,000 to continue our efforts to end in-river sand and gravel mining in the Kansas River.

Johnson County Stormwater Management Grant -  $31,200 to implement stormwater education for agricultural producers and construction and development companies in the Kansas River watershed in Johnson County.

EPA Environmental Justice Grant - $25,000 to address environmental justice issues in eastern Kansas City, KS.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Truckee, CA – $1,000 from Patagonia for the October 14, 2011 presentation of the film festival in Lawrence.

Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas City, MO – $3,400 to implement stormwater education for local communities using fishing and recreational lakes in or near the Kansas River watershed regions of Wyandotte, Johnson and Leavenworth Counties.

Kingsbury Family Foundation, Charlottesville, VA – $3,000 for Kaw River Inventory Project. Friends of the Kaw is partnering with Kansas State University on this project.

Google Earth Pro for Non-profits -  awarded us a grant for Google Earth Pro through their Google Earth Outreach program, valued at $400

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation – $1000 to support nutrient reduction advocacy.

The Norcross Wildlife Foundation – $3,800 to purchase water testing equipment.

EPA Education Grant – $29,902 to support computer based environmental programs for students in Kansas City, KS.

2010

New Belguim Brewing Company, Ft. Collins, CO – $3,000 to assist in protection activities on the Kaw.

Patagonia - $4,500 to continue our efforts to end in-river sand and gravel mining in the Kansas River.

The Norcross Wildlife Foundation - $3,250 for equipment purchases.

Johnson County Stormwater Management Grant -  $43,000 to implement stormwater education for agricultural producers and construction and development companies in the Kansas River watershed in Johnson County.

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation – $2,000 to support the protection and preservation of natural resources and the care of Mother Earth.

The Westar Foundation – $3,500 to begin a River Ambassadors program for middle school and high school students.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Truckee, CA – $1,000 from Patagonia for the October 21, 2010 presentation of the film festival in Lawrence.

Kansas Humanities Council – $2,200 mini grant to do historical signage at the 8th Street Boat Access Park in Lawrence.

 

2009

New Belgium Brewing Company, Ft. Collins, CO – $3,000 to assist in protection activities on the Kaw.

The Norcross Wildlife Foundation - $1,500 for equipment purchases.

Walmart Foundation, Bentonville, AK – $5,000 to assist in protection activities on the Kaw.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Truckee, CA – $1,000 from Patagonia for a fall 2009 presentation of the film festival in Lawrence.

Kingsbury Family Foundation, Charlottesville, VA – $22,180 for Kaw River Inventory Project.

Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation, Lawrence, KS – $3,000 to design and construct a Kaw River map sign at Lawrence’s 8th Street Access Park.

 

2008

Captain Planet Foundation - $500 for “Kids 4 the Kaw”

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation - $5,000 to support the protection and preservation of natural resources and the care of Mother Earth.

EPA Education – $19,566 for development of Kids for the Kaw to include a Kids Corner on this web site, two sandbar schools and a portable display to promote project at area watershed festivals.

 

2007

Kansas Health Foundation – $20,200 to develop the “Pollution from Run-off” (non-point pollution) section of the Kansas River Atlas, provide technical assistance for the web site, and upgrade hardware and software equipment for the Kansas Riverkeeper.

Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation - $4,500 to begin “Kids 4 the Kaw.” This grant will include funding for the first “Sandbar School” and intial design of the “KidsCorner” web page.

Norcross Wildlife Foundation - $2,500 to purchase a GPS camera with software and a laptop computer.

Kansas Humanities Council - $9,180 to develop the cultural and historic section of the Kansas River Atlas “Life of the Kaw”.

Patagonia - $8,760 to continue our efforts to end in-river sand and gravel mining in the Kansas River.

AT&T - $5,000 to augment the Kansas River Atlas for under served, rural populations of the Kaw River Valley focusing on maintaining healthy watersheds.

New Belgium Brewing Company - $2,271 to assist in great work on the Kaw River for our communities.

 

2006

Clean Water Act Section 19 Grant - $5,000 to fund a Kansas River Valley information and education project.

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation - $5,000 to support the protection and preservation of natural resources and the care of Mother Earth.

Patagonia - $4,000 to further assist our organizations fight to end in-river sand and gravel mining in the Kansas River.

New Belgium Brewing Company – $1,992 to assist in great work on the Kaw River for our communities.

 

2005

Patagonia – $4000 to help Kansas Riverkeeper put an end to the practice of dredging sand in the river, in favor of pit operations in the Kansas River valley.

Norcross Wildlife Foundation - $5,000 to assist in the purchase of a Riverkeeper boat.

 

2004

Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Grant – $15,000 to develop the lower Kansas River section of the Kansas River Atlas, promote Friends of the Kaw and the Kansas River Atlas with a billboard, produce a Fish Consumption Brochure and distribute to local fishermen, and conduct a fish consumption survey.

 

2003

Topeka Community Foundation – $13,000 to develop the middle Kansas River section of the Kansas River Atlas, promote Friends of the Kaw and the Kansas River Atlas with a billboard, and to continue to develop positive relations with various user groups in the river basin.

Acorn Foundation – $5,000 to support the grassroots development of Friends of the Kaw.

Patagonia - $3,000 for preservation, rehabilitation and protection of the Kansas River watershed and efforts to abolish sand dredging in the river.

Norcross Wildlife Foundation - $3,000 to purchase digital and video cameras and water testing equipment.

 

2002

The Ethel and Raymond J. Rice Foundation – $7,000 to develop and promote the Kansas River Atlas.

 

2001

Federation of Fly Fishers – $3,000 to assist in the planning and construction of a recreational boat ramp in St. George, Kansas.

 

2013 Wild and Scenic Film Sponsors

Stroke Technique for the Triathlete

Westar Energy Green Team – Educational Sponsor

KLWN, Lawrence Kansas, News Talk 1320AM

Lawrence Hits & Jay Wachs

Coleman – The Outdoor Company

Kansas City Paddler

 

2012 Wild and Scenic Film Festival Non-profit Sponsors

Kansas Canoe & Kayak Association

Kansas Sierra Club

Kansas Wildlife Federation

Ozark Wilderness Waterways

 

Small Business Sponsors: 2006 – 2013

Bowersock Mills & Power Company
P.O. Box 66
546 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 643-1385

Springhill Suites by Marriot
One Riverfront Plaza
Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 841-2700

Creative Choice Interiors
5610 W. 61st Terrace
Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66202
(913) 677-5854

Kansas City Paddler
211911 Branic Dr.
Peculiar, MO 64078
(816) 779-1195

Green Wish Foundation
32646 W 172nd Street
Gardner, KS 66030
(785)760-1643