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

Spring Appeal—From Darkness to Light

Since 1967, Valley Hope has been a beacon of hope as a national, accredited, nonprofit drug and alcohol treatment organization. Our mission is to restore lives affected by addiction and support lifelong recovery. Our strong legacy has saved and changed thousands of lives. Your support can help people like Kristen.  

Kristen was an athlete at a major university. After an injury, she became addicted to alcohol and pain medication. Her addiction progressed and eventually she was hospitalized. She sought help from Valley Hope. Her life was saved and changed. 

Kristen recently celebrated 11 years in recovery. Today, she is helping others find the road to recovery. She says, “Life could not be better. I owe so much to Valley Hope.” 

Please consider contributing to our 2022 Spring Appeal. Your gift will allow Valley Hope to provide financial assistance to patients in need. You can help individuals thrive, not just survive.  

DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, your donation will be matched! Your impact is doubled by a $70,000 matching pool. Your support will help us provide assistance to more patients this year.  

There is joy in watching people as they move from darkness to light. Their lives are filled with new purpose and meaning, and families are reassembled. Thank you for helping.  



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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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


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.


Andrea Cuddy

Major Gifts Coordinator

Andrea is responsible for coordinating and implementing the work of Valley Hope’s Major Gifts Program. As a Major Gifts Coordinator, she works to help meet the overall fundraising goals of the Valley Hope Foundation. Andrea embodies collaboration and teamwork and works closely on the Parker Project and 1967 Circle, among other campaigns key to the mission of Valley Hope. She has been a valuable and dedicated member of Valley Hope since October 2021. Before joining the Foundation, Andrea served as the Executive Director for a Child Advocacy Center, where she gained and honed skills in grant writing, fundraising and evidence-based program management. Andrea is a firm believer that addiction treatment and recovery will have a long-term positive impact on individuals, families, and communities.


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.