Feature Videos

Each year the CFAs feature organizations in our community that many people may not know a lot about, but that have a major impact in the lives of thsoe they serve. Here you’ll find some of the videos featured in past CFAs.

Celebrating 20 Years – The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation


The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation celebrated 20 years in 2019. We sat down with a few of the founders to see where we started, how far we’ve come, and what we hope for the future. This video is in three parts.


The Crisis Center


The Crisis Center offers clients 24-Hour Crisis Intervention, a safe shelter, advocacy and much more. Our community – police departments, attorneys, hospitals, K-State and more – work together with the Crisis Center to provide victims of intimate partner violence a complete line of support.


Homecare & Hospice


Homecare and Hospice cares for individuals suffering from serious illness, as well as their families and caregivers. They provide an integrative, holistic (physical, emotional, social, and spiritual) approach to care that focuses on the whole person rather than on individual symptoms.


The Homestead


The Homestead is a safe, residential transitional care program for women 18 years & older who are survivors of the sex trafficking industry and have been through a measure of their healing and
recovery. Homestead Ministries provides a network of professional holistic services and support for each survivor. Homesteaders also enroll in school or participate in a job apprenticeship, continue with
support and recovery work, and begin to move from being under a 100% supervisory program to 100% independence, integrating back into mainstream society in a productive and life-giving way.


Flint Hills Breadbasket


The Flint Hills Breadbasket is a community food network that was founded inside a small shed which housed machinery for the city of Manhattan in 1983. Since then, we have grown and continue to offer much needed food assistance through community donations and volunteer support.

Hunger is often an invisible tragedy. The Flint Hills Breadbasket has been collecting and distributing food for more than 35 years to ensure no one in the community goes hungry.




The MAC believes in arts for all. Efforts to establish an arts center for Manhattan began in 1984, but did not immediately bear fruit. In 1991, the Manhattan Civic Theatre joined forces with the Manhattan Arts Council, and in 1993 the MAC was established with the purpose of finding a permanent home for community arts.

The team purchased the facility at 1520 Poyntz Avenue in 1993, with the help of a grant from the City of Manhattan. After months of cleaning and remodeling by volunteers, the building opened.


Quilts from the Heart


Quilts from the Heart is the primary philanthropic activity of the Konza Prairie Quilter’s Guild. The guild provides 150 small comfort quilts annually to the Crisis Center. The program began after the guild took a bus trip to the Houston quilt show in 2003. The guild had $203 expense money left over. Rather than divide that money between the 43 guild members who went on the trip, members decided to use the money as seed money for a new project. In December of 2003 Bonnie Olsen made a presentation to the guild’s board, and the board approved.


Pawnee Mental Health Services


Pawnee offers a wide range of outpatient services for children, adolescents and adults experiencing concerns related to their emotional and mental health as well as to their alcohol or drug use. Pawnee offers services for people looking for short term assistance with general problems related to their life and relationships. Pawnee also offers services for people looking for help with serious mental health or substance abuse issues.


UFM Community Learning Center


UFM is a non-profit campus and community education program serving Kansas State University, the Manhattan area and communities across Kansas. UFM was started in 1968 by a group of KSU students and faculty as a way to bridge communication between the campus community and the Manhattan community. That year seven classes were offered with 150 people participating. The goal at that time was to provide opportunities for students and faculty to interact more easily with the general community and to serve a variety of people in the community. UFM continues to address those goals 41 years later.


Relate 360


Founded in 2006, the Relate 360 program primarily focuses on the principles of Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education, and includes Sexual Risk Reduction (SRR) principles for older students. The program is grounded in quality educators who love students, and love the message of healthy relationships!


Big Lakes Developmental Center, Inc.


In the belief that Big Lakes Developmental Center was incorporated to provide services for the citizen who is developmentally disabled, their mission is “to provide quality services and programs which promote independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion into the community for persons with developmental disabilities.” They advocate the rights of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.


Riley County Humane Society


The Riley County Humane Society, formed in January 1975, is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. Although they do not operate the local city animal shelter, they do work closely with area shelters to promote adoptions. In addition, they have their own animals available for adoptions that are cared for by volunteer foster parents. RCHS is supported by public donations.


People Helping People


The nonprofit organizations in our community work together to provide the most effective service to those in need.


YES! Fund


For the last 20 years, the YES! Fund has played a vital role in funding programs with significant opportunities for boys and girls of every age, ranging from academics to athletics to the arts.




Engineers4Cancer is a fund of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. It was started by a young girl who lost her father to cancer. She decided to create an organization that would support caregivers of cancer patients, since she saw first hand how difficult it is.