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Kansas Masonic Foundation

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Kansas Masonic Foundation (KMF) Kansas Masonic Foundation (KMF) is a nonprofit organization established for the purpose of expanding charitable, educational and scientific philanthropy in Kansas.  KMF has supported cancer research and education for more than 40 years. In addition to funding free cancer screenings over the past 15 years, the KMF supported The Kansas Masonic Cancer Reseacrh Institute and funded health initiatives like the Bob Dole Prostate Cancer Research Fund and the Oncology Nurse Navigator and Psychosocial Oncology Endowments at the University of Kansas Medical Center over the past few decades. More than 5,000 Kansans have attended the Masonic screenings over the past few years. Their remarkable success has always arisen from the "local level," thanks to the hard work of Kansas Masonic Lodges across the State. 

KMF announcement
In 2016, KMF announced a fund raising campaign for a $5 million endowment for
Midwest Cancer Alliance. Once the campaign is complete, the name of the MCA will change to
Masonic Cancer Alliance,in recognition of the endowment.

Kansas Masonic Service Through the Decades
A Tradition of Service

1966 - First Kansas Masonic Foundation Board is formed to show that Masons believe in the brotherhood of man

1967 - First Thanksgiving Day seals campaign kicks off, raising $6,381 1968 - A student grant and loan program is developed to help deserving college students

1972 - KMF donates $5000 for cancer research at KU Medical Center and endows a professor of oncology chair the following year

1975 - The Kansas Masonic Foundation Cancer Institute is dedicated and Foundation assets increase to nearly $250,000 following KMF pledge to refurbish the KU Medical Center Cancer Clinic and provide funds for the center's oncology nursing care program

1992 - KMF shifts grant funding to cancer research and, over the next 20 years funds efforts that include The Kansas Masonic Foundation Chair in Cancer Research, the Bob Dole Prostate Cancer research Fund, the Mark & Bette Morris Family Chair in Cancer Prevention and the Psychosocial Oncology Endowment

2001 - Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Chair established

2003 - Kansas Masonic Lodges begin hosting Cancer Screening Outreach clinics

2004 - 33-year member of Masonic Lodge 65, Roy Jensen, MD, is named head of the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute and, later, Director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center

2007 - The Franklin and Beverly Gaines Professorship established and funded the Breast Cancer Prevention and Breast Cancer Survivorship Centers

2011 - In 7 years Kansas Masonic Lodges had held more than 50 cancer screening clinics in 47 communities and screened more than 3,000 Kansans

2012 - Kansas Masonic Foundation Dale Hill Personalized Cancer Medicine Fund established and MCA Behavioral Health position endowed. KMF support serves role in The University of Kansas Cancer Center's application for National Cancer Institute designation

2015 - KMF quadruples the number of free screenings, offering more than 20 screenings across the state and reaching close to 2,000 Kansans in less than 1 year

2016 - KMF announces a $5 million pledge in support of research and education being done at MCA and its member locations

Last modified: Oct 14, 2019