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Wichita Community Foundation to move to the Epic Center

WICHITA — The Wichita Community Foundation is moving from its space at the Garvey Center, but it's not leaving downtown.

The foundation, which promotes charitable giving, is moving to 2,600 square feet on the first floor of the Epic Center.

"The big issue with us is it's more visibility," says Rob Allison, president and CEO.

And it's visibility in a building with a lot of professionals — particularly lawyers and accountants whose clients are the type of people likely to support the foundation.

"The tenant mix is absolutely a big factor on why we wanted to move," Allison says. "Believe me, the closer to them that you are, the more they understand what you're trying to do in the community."

That's an issue that he says affects every community foundation.

"The more visibility they have . . . the more people can understand them."

The foundation has $42 million in assets and last year gave $4.2 million to local nonprofits.

"A community foundation is there to help and understand community needs," Allison says. "That role is emphasized even more when you have difficult economic times."

The foundation will open on Oct. 1 in its new location.

Patrick Ahern and Dave Wagner of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the transaction.

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