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Capper Foundation returns to original corporate name

The Capper Foundation was founded in 1920 by Arthur Capper and continues building abilities and expanding quality programs, services, support, advocacy and opportunities for people of all ages with a range of disabilities across Kansas.

In 2005, the organization signed an affiliate agreement with a national organization, Easterseals, Inc., and operated with the name Easterseals Capper Foundation, yet remained a separate Kansas nonprofit corporation governed by its own Board of Trustees.  A strategic decision has been made by the organization to end the affiliate agreement with Easterseals, Inc. effective April 15, 2019.

Through research and feedback from long-time supporters, the organization found there was brand confusion and the benefit of brand association had diminished over time.  The organization felt that this change would allow them to continue to focus on the local needs in Kansas communities, while ensuring and clarifying to the public that all of the money raised here stays in Kansas to support the mission and services.

As the renowned Kansas nonprofit organization approaches its 100th Anniversary in 2020, it will return to its roots and corporate name Capper Foundation.  This is the corporate name registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The organization will move forward with a fresh new look and updated mission and vision statements.  The mission of Capper Foundation is to build abilities and empower people of all ages living with disabilities. Capper Foundation’s vision is that every person is valued and enjoys access, independence and opportunities to advance their hopes and dreams.

Capper Foundation plans to celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2020 with 100 Stories to Celebrate 100 Years. Anyone who has been impacted by their programs and services is invited to share their story. To submit, email 100stories@capper.org or call 785.272.4060 x 187.

The organization says its staff includes 320 skilled professionals who provide support and services to over 2,000 persons served with over one million hours of service.

Charity Navigator recognized the organization with its highest 4-star rating for the sixth consecutive time, indicating it outperforms most other charities in America.

Jim Leiker, Capper Foundation President & CEO, said, “We are very proud of our long, meaningful history and our positive, life-changing impact on so many individuals with disabilities, their families and communities for nearly a century. Now, we are excited to move forward as Capper Foundation and continue building abilities and capabilities together with individuals with disabilities, their families, volunteers, donors and community partners. When everyone is empowered and included, we all win. “

The organization’s headquarters is located at 3500 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka. For more information call 785-272-4060 or visit easterseals.com/capper.

Some of Topeka’s very best artists are featured at Capper Creations Gift Shop. Items are created by individuals with disabilities and proceeds of these sales directly benefit the artist. The gift shop is open 9 am – 4 pm weekdays.

–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice News


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