Building Hope Campaign Exceeds $15 Million

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:05

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Written by Ashley Barcus, Valley Hope Foundation


The Valley Hope Foundation recently announced $15 million gifted and pledged to its first ever comprehensive campaign, “Building Hope.”

The charitable organization, established in 2000, supports patients receiving treatment at Valley Hope, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment provider with 17 centers in seven states. The foundation secures gifts and grants to aid Valley Hope patients and their families to receive drug addiction treatment and recover from alcohol and other drugs.

“The Building Hope Campaign represents a multi-year effort to secure expanded charitable support for our facilities and programs,” said Megan O’Connor, Executive Director of Valley Hope Foundation.  “As a result, our patients seeking treatment and those early in recovery have ever more resources focused on their success.”

O’Connor said campaign gifts, large and small, came from 49 states and 871 communities.  Campaign highlights:

  • 3,173 donors.
  • $15,002,300 gifted.
  • $1,270,000 gifted for building updates and equipment.
  • $4,841,000 gifted for treatment and program.
  • $8,891,300 committed through a new planned giving society.


“The Valley Hope family celebrates the thousands of donors who are helping our clients,” O’Connor said. “More than 5,000 patients have been positively impacted by this campaign.”


  • 5,421 patients directly impacted.
  • $2,571,800 distributed in patient assistance.
  • 1,330 patients received treatment scholarships
  • 1,295 patients received financial help with sober living rent after treatment.
  • 2,796 patients received assistance with treatment books, clothing, dental visits and more.
  • Four building projects were completed enhancing residential treatment.


“We are incredibly grateful to all those who responded to our call for support,” said O’Connor. “Philanthropy must become an ever-greater component of helping our patients. Each year we are blessed that more and more individuals, businesses and foundations are joining our team.”

Steve Knuth, Valley Hope Interim CEO, said the historic campaign communicates the need for the organization’s services, and the desire of thousands of supporters across the country to help those in need. “Alcohol and drug addiction is a cruel disease.  It affects not only the victim but also family members, employers and the communities in which they live.  We are proud that so many people joined in this comprehensive campaign to help more individuals find recovery.”

Started in Norton, Kansas in 1967, Valley Hope has become a leader in drug and alcohol treatment and recovery with three treatment centers in Kansas and centers in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Over that last five decades, Valley Hope has provided addiction treatment services to more than 310,000 individuals.

For more information:  Megan O’Connor  Foundation Executive Director   (785) 877-5111

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