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


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!

Special Request

Our patients need you.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Valley Hope has cancelled many vital spring fundraising events. Last year, event dollars provided 954 patients with direct support for treatment books, dental visits, clothing, personal hygiene items and sober-living housing after treatment.

The need in the coming months will only increase as the full force of this health crisis hits. We know the dangers of addiction dramatically increase in the face of heightened anxiety, stress and isolation.

Without event dollars, our ability to provide help is depleted.

Last year, events raised $60,000 for the Immediate Patient Aid Account. In recent days, several event sponsors have committed $15,000 knowing we will not be hosting spring fundraising events.

Will you join these wonderful supporters and help bridge this gap?

With gratitude,

Megan O’Connor

Executive Director

Building Hope Campaign

Campaign Initiatives

Valley Hope seeks to invest more than $15 million into treatment scholarships, program enhancements, equipment, renovation and construction projects as part of the BUILDING HOPE Comprehensive Campaign.

Treatment Assistance

Valley Hope seeks current and deferred gifts to assist patients who otherwise are unable to afford treatment.

Capital & Equipment

Valley Hope residential treatment facilities require significant renovation and expansion – specifically in the area of detox services. The current opiate epidemic continues unabated and requires Valley Hope to expand its detox centers at its residential treatment facilities.


Thanks to the vision and generosity of many since 2000, Valley Hope Foundation has built an endowment of $4 million. Named endowed funds may be established at Valley Hope Foundation or gifts may be made to the General Endowed Fund. Current and deferred gifts can be made for endowment purposes. Treatment scholarships, equipment and recovery programs can be funded by your endowed funds.

How to Give

Valley Hope Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization under the IRS Code (EIN 48-1236586). The organization accepts a variety of gifts as donations for endowment, capital initiatives and for programs to benefit the institution, including, but not limited to:

  • Gifts of Cash
  • Gifts of Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds
  • Gifts of Personal Property
  • Gifts of Real Property
  • Gifts of Trust
  • Gifts of IRAs
  • Gifts of Bequests
  • Gifts of Insurance
  • Donor-advised funds

We encourage you to discuss these gift-giving options with your adviser, accountant and/or attorney and select the most effective way for you to make a gift to Valley Hope Foundation. Current gifts can be pledged up to a five-year period.

Foundation Board of Trustees

  • Gonzalo Ardavin, Gilbert, AZ
  • Scott Bahe, Gothenburg, NE
  • Dan McCormick, Norton, KS
  • Steve Knuth, Holdrege, NE
  • Tom Lolley, Denver, CO
  • John Miller, Lincoln, NE
  • Joe Sims, Overland Park, KS

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.