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On Christmas Day 1920, Sen. Arthur Capper created the Capper Fund in his top desk drawer to pay for surgeries, physical services, and equipment for children with illnesses such as Polio. It was the humble beginnings of the Capper Foundation, the non-profit corporation that was incorporated in 1934. Upon his death, Capper bequeathed 25,000 shares of Capper Publications stock to Capper Foundation, enabling the purchase of land and construction of buildings at the current location, 3500 SW 10th Avenue in Topeka, Kansas.
Original services were directed toward children with disabilities and have since extended to all age groups, adding youth, teens, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Support services for families have been added, along with training workshops for professionals. Capper Foundation serves individuals from 16 Kansas counties and 46 cities, building abilities and empowering people of all ages living with disabilities.
To learn more about their programs and services, visit www.capper.org.