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

Seeds of Hope

The SEED OF HOPE begins when a patient enters our doors, willingly or otherwise. Most do not want to be admitted to addiction treatment, but when it’s time for discharge, they don’t want to leave. Their entire outlook on life is new and full of hope for the future. The desire to live a life in recovery usually occurs during the course treatment. Your gift helps provide the means for patients to experience the miracle of recovery.

John M. was able to have this experience, and he recently celebrated 50 years of sobriety.

Your support to the SEED OF HOPE Drive will assist with:

  1. Scholarship dollars
  2. Essentials
  3. Unrestricted funds to help where needed most, you are planting the seed.

Please consider a gift to help. Your charitable donation will be matched 1:1. John and Karen M. are providing a $50,000 matching gift.

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GEMs (Give Every Month) are donors working together to help Valley Hope patients. 

4 reasons to join the GEM community:

• Addiction treatment saves lives and positively impacts families and communities.

• You provide steady available resources to patients.

• You can set it and forget it—monthly donations are automatic.

• You are part of a special and impactful community.


“We would not be the family we are today if it weren’t for the new beginnings we received at Valley Hope. The GEM Program provides an opportunity to give back and express my gratitude to Valley Hope for the restoration of our family.”

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!


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.

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Our Staff


Megan O'Connor

Executive Director Valley Hope Foundation

Megan joined Valley Hope in 2003, fulfilling her dream to become an addiction counselor. Upon learning of Valley Hope Foundation, Megan recognized fundraising as an opportunity to help countless patients and families get the treatment they need. As the Executive Director of the Foundation since 2005, Megan oversees all Valley Hope fundraising activities and stewardship.  She is leading her team in acquiring large grants and major gifts supporting patients across a 7-state region. Megan holds a bachelor’s in business administration and marketing from Oregon State University. She holds a certificate of fundraising management from The School of Philanthropy, University of Indiana.


Kortney Poire

Annual Fund Manager

Kortney is responsible for planning and coordinating activities for an integrated mass appeal program, known as the 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.  She is a licensed professional counselor and licensed master’s addiction counselor. Kortney has more than 12 years of nonprofit experience and has worked extensively in management of child welfare programs. She has been an integral member of the Foundation staff since 2017 and was promoted to Annual Fund Manager in 2018.


Lisa Ruzicka

Major Gifts Coordinator

Lisa joined Valley Hope as the Development Office Administrator in 2018. She integrated a wide variety of business skills into the foundation and began connecting with supporters of Valley Hope. She advanced to the Major Gifts Coordinator position, strengthening ties with donors who desire to financially support patients in their recovery journeys. In addition, she facilitates the growth of The 1967 Circle, Valley Hope’s planned giving program. Lisa’s writing skills are instrumental in securing grant funding from many sources throughout a seven-state region. She is currently pursuing a Business Administration degree from Liberty University.


Makenzie McGinnis

Development Office Administrator

As the Development Office Administrator, Makenzie is responsible for recording and entering donations, grant research, and donor appreciation. She went to Kansas State University and graduated in December of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Prior to joining Valley Hope she worked for First American Corporation as a Customer Service Representative. Makenzie is very detail oriented and possesses a variety of valued computer skills. She understands the impact of Valley Hope’s services and is excited to be a part of this important mission.