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                    Topeka Gives Frequently Asked Questions

What is Topeka Gives? A one-day event celebrating charitable giving. The Topeka Community Foundation will provide $35,000.00 in “match” money for contributions made to support 111 different nonprofit organizations in the community.

When is Topeka Gives? From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Where is Topeka Gives? Inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall – 21st and Fairlawn.

How and where do I donate? Contributions made by check, cash or credit card will be accepted inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall at 21st and Fairlawn.

Should I bring my children with me to Topeka Gives? Yes! Many of the nonprofit organizations will have kid-friendly, hands-on activities.

Which nonprofit organizations are participating? 111 different organizations are participating. A full listing can be found at www.topekacommunityfoundation.org

Is there a minimum or maximum donation amount? There is a $25 minimum gift. Matching funds will be awarded to the first $1,000.00 of each donor’s contribution. There is a limit of 5 agencies per donor contribution.

Can I mail in my donation or make a donation on-line? No. Contributions must be made in person at Fairlawn Plaza Mall that day.

How will my gift be matched? Topeka Community Foundation is offering a $35,000.00 pro-rated match and NOT a dollar-for-dollar match. The match percentage will be calculated as: $35,000.00/Total Gifts Raised = Match Percentage for each gift. 100% of your gift plus the match will be passed on to the organization(s) selected on your contribution form.

To whom should my check be made payable? Checks should be made payable to the Topeka Community Foundation and should accompany the contribution form outlining the nonprofit organization(s) being credited with your contribution. Forms are available at www.topekacommunityfoundation.org and will be provided at the event.

Can I make a donation to more than one organization? Yes. There is a $25 minimum limit and your donation can support up to 5 organizations.

What percentage of my donation will the organization receive? 100% of your gift goes to your selected organization(s). We cannot estimate the match.

Can my gift be private? Yes, you can choose for your gift to be made anonymously.

Is my gift tax deductible? Your gift is 100% tax deductible as allowable by law.


For more information, contact the Topeka Community Foundation at 785-272-4804.



What is SCMS HealthAccess?

SCMS HealthAccess is a community partnership to improve access to health care for low-income, uninsured residents of Topeka and Shawnee County. HealthAccess combines donated physician care, hospital services, and medication assistance in a coordinated program led by the Medical Society designed to complement and enhance the work of existing low-income clinics and other community agencies.

HealthAccess’ focus is on preventative care rather than emergent care and help individuals establish a “medical home” to provided better continuity of care.

A new place to turn for healthcare…

HealthAccess is a referral network available to existing clinics and other agencies that give medical care to the low-income uninsured. HealthAccess is designed to provide comprehensive health care services that are beyond the scope of care available at these clinics and agencies.

Patients can be referred to HealthAccess by doctors and nurses working in the Marian Clinic or the Shawnee County Health Agency and by any participating physician member of the Shawnee County Medical Society as well as any participating optometrist.

Patients enrolled in the program receive necessary physician care and hospital care, and medication assistance. 

What is donated through this program?

Physical Health Services: office visits; regular check ups; immunizations; hospital services; inpatient and outpatient services; lab and x-ray; and generic prescription medications.

Medications Assistance

1. There is a 12 month maximum coverage of $1000, and a maximum cost of $200 per prescription, unless additional funds are available and preauthorized by SCMS HealthAccess. 

2. Most types, but not all generic medications are available through this program. Your physician may be contacted and asked to prescribe medications which are covered by the program.

3. A pharmacy may stop participating at any time, for any reason.

4. A co-pay per prescription will be required by your pharmacy.


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