Administrative Funds

The Smoky Hills Administrative Fund

The Smoky Hills Administrative Fund is the engine that keeps the Foundation going. By contributing the this fund, you are helping the Foundation grow faster to help improve the quality of life for Ellsworth County.

Recent News

Community foundation awards over $61,000 in fall grants

Community foundation awards over $61,000 in fall grants ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded over $61,000 to 12 projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding: City of Kanopolis, $13,400 for repair and improvements to the Quonset.City of Ellsworth, $10,000 to purchase a shelter and complete the sidewalk connection to the splash park. City of Lorraine, $8,300 to purchase a mosquito fogger for the city.Central Kansas Mental Health Center, $5,857 for scholarships to participants in the Mental Health First Aid program.Wilson Tourism Hub, Inc., $5,000 for supplies to document community stories.Ellsworth County Cares, $4,890 for preservation and updates to the building at 205 W[...]

Deadline Nearing for IRA Charitable Contributions

If you are 70½ years old or older, you can make an impact on your favorite charity by making a gift from your IRA to a fund at the community foundation. This is an easy and effective way to make a gift that helps satisfy your required minimum distribution, while also reducing your taxable income. Who can take advantage of the IRA charitable rollover provision? If you have an IRA and are 70½ or older, you and your spouse (each) can take a tax-free charitable distribution from your IRA.Who can receive the gift? The IRA must be gifted directly to[...]