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


Not a handout — but a hand up

The COVID-19 pandemic brought isolation and economic hardship to many Americans. The impact on mental health in this country has been significant. Anxiety, depression, and the use of all substances has increased since start of the pandemic. Imagine experiencing mental health challenges, job loss, economic insecurity — all while suffering with the ravages of addiction.   

Valley Hope stands ready to help. We know the healthcare system will see a tremendous rise in the number of individuals seeking mental health and addiction treatment services as we roll forward to “a new normal”. Valley Hope is investing in education and training for clinicians and staff related to co-occurring conditions.

Fundraising events continue to be prohibited and the need for assistance is great.  These vital fundraising events assist patients with the cost of treatment and immediate needs such as dental visits, clothing, personal items, and sober-housing rent.

Your gift provides desperately needed resources. Thank you for offering a hand up to those seeking recovery.

helping hands 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!

Building Hope Campaign

Thank you to our donors for helping us reach our goal!

The Building Hope Campaign represents a multi-year effort to secure expanded charitable support for our facilities and programs. It is the first multi-million comprehensive campaign in the history of Valley Hope as an organization. As a result, our patients seeking treatment and those who are in early recovery have ever more resources focused on their success.

Campaign gifts large and small came from 49 states and 871 communities. Highlights include:

  • $15 million raised
  • $8.9 million committed through a new planned giving society, THE 1967 CIRCLE
  • $4.8 million in gifts and pledges for treatment and programs
  • $1.3 million in gifts and pledges for building projects/updates
  • 5,500 patients have been directly impacted to-date
  • 1,400 patients have received a treatment scholarship from Foundation
  • 1,300 patients helped with sober living rent after treatment
  • 2,800 patients helped with treatment books, clothing, dental visits
  • Several building projects/updates include: Norton, Cushing, Boonville and Atchison

“We are incredibly grateful to all those who responded to our call for support,” said Megan O’Connor, Valley Hope Foundation’s Executive Director. 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 join in this comprehensive campaign to help more individuals find recovery.”

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.