Our Foundation

The Valley Hope Foundation is the charitable arm of Valley Hope and as such raises and manages charitable gifts to support treatment scholarships, treatment programs, equipment and capital needs of Valley Hope. The Foundation also maintains an endowment in support of Valley Hope. Valley Hope Foundation accepts a wide range of charitable gifts. If you would like to discuss, please contact Megan O’Connor, Foundation Director: The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. EIN: 48 1236586

How to Give


Every day new patients arrive at Valley Hope’s doors. Their stories are different, but they have one thing in common. Their lives are unmanageable, and they need addiction treatment.  

Your first gift is doubled this year by the GIFT OF RECOVERY Challenge Grant! 

Challenge grant dollars will match new donor dollars and current donors’ increased amounts over last year. Your gift provides financial assistance to Valley Hope patients with a financial need. You are preventing a family from experiencing the devastating consequences of generational addiction.  


You can give a family a second chance and help to break the cycle of addiction.



Valley Hope is committed to a $12 million expansion and renovation of the center.  The BUILDING HOPE PARKER PROJECT CAMPAIGN serves to develop a portion of the funding for the expansion, with a working goal of $2.5 million. To date, nearly half has been contributed thanks to Colorado funders!

The treatment center has a waiting list for admission due to demand for services and a lack of recovery room detoxification (detox) beds. General overcrowding is evident in all areas of the center including the admissions center, dining hall, lecture hall, therapy rooms, community rooms, and parking. The Parker Project will expand the center and improve efficiencies of treatment services. The facility will receive a fresh face along with relief from the current cramped conditions. The Parker Project will reduce the waiting lists for admission. Click to learn more!

You can help us reach our goal! The impact of your charitable gifts will improve lives for generations to come.

parker proj circle

We are excited to launch our GEM (Give Every Month) Program!  We are grateful for your consideration to become a GEM Program member.

GEMs are monthly donors working together towards one goal: ensuring financial assistance is available to Valley Hope patients.

Why should I become a GEM?

  • Addiction treatment saves lives and positively impacts families and communities.
  • You provide steady available resources to patients.
  • You remove financial barriers to those in need.
  • It’s convenient and has a direct impact.

To get started, click Donate and check "Recurring Donation" on the form. If you need assistance, please call us at (785) 877-5111.

Thank you for your support!

Our Staff


Pictured left to right: Kortney Poire, Megan O'Connor, Lisa Ruzicka

Megan O'Connor, Executive Director

(785) 202-1358 (mobile) | (785) 877-5111 (office)

Megan is responsible for leading and strengthening a comprehensive fundraising program in support of Valley Hope’s mission and goals.  She is responsible for the Foundation’s administration, programs, marketing and stewardship. After earning a BS in Business Administration/Marketing from Oregon State University, Megan worked extensively in the hotel/hospitality management industry. She joined Valley Hope of Norton as a Licensed Addiction Counselor in 2003.  Megan was promoted in 2005 to direct the Foundation where her efforts have helped countless patients and their families.  Megan furthered her education attending The School of Philanthropy, University of Indiana.

Kortney Poire, Annual Fund Manager

(785) 202-0471 (mobile) | (785) 877-5111 (office)

Kortney is responsible for planning and coordinating activities for an integrated mass appeal program, known as an annual fund program.  She oversees the direct mail program, digital platform, recurring gift program and special events.  Kortney holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Emporia State University.  Before coming to Valley Hope in 2017, she worked extensively in management of child welfare programs. She has been an integral member of the Foundation staff and was promoted to Annual Fund Manager in 2018.

Lisa Ruzicka, Major Gifts Coordinator

(785) 202-0163 (mobile) | (785) 877-5111 (office)

Lisa is responsible for coordinating and implementing the major gifts program to meet the organization’s fundraising goals.  In addition, she facilitates the  growth of the The 1967 Circle, Valley Hope’s planned giving program.  She joined Valley Hope in 2018, with wide range of experience in construction, real estate and publishing.  Lisa’s love of people and her skills are important to Valley Hope’s work with grant writing, marketing and stewardship.  Lisa was promoted to Major Gifts Coordinator in 2020.  She has a passion to support people in treatment and recovery.