The Swope Health Foundation was formed in 1985 to support the operations of Swope Health.
Swope Health’s leadership at the time stated the purpose: “to promote, assist, finance, endow and encourage gifts, bequests and endowments to carry out the objectives of the health center.”
The original assets of the Swope Health Foundation were approximately $400,000. The assets increased significantly when Swope Community Enterprises dissolved and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of FirstGuard Insurance were directed to the Swope Health Foundation.
At the end of 2021, with assets just greater than $40 million, the governing board of the Foundation approved a grant policy to support Swope Health annually, and to protect the assets of the Foundation for the long-term so that it might exist in perpetuity.
The Swope Health Foundation has supported growth and innovation at Swope Health for 37 years. As a major community asset, the current focus is supporting program growth so that Swope Health can continue to thrive.
The Foundation is working to support the PACE KC Adult Wellness Center capital campaign, the Kansas City Kansas Downtown Education, Health and Wellness Center capital campaign and the launch of Tenney Pediatrics, a new clinic of Swope Health serving families in the Hickman Mills area.