Board of Directors

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is operated by an all-volunteer board of 9-15 members from Ellsworth County. Their dedication, knowledge, and passion for communities in Ellsworth County are what drives the Community Foundation.

Theresa Staudinger, Chairman
Lisa Parsons, Secretary
Melinda Boeken
Bill Evans
Roger Pearson
Don Siemsen
Rita Whitmer
Sharon Folk
Judy Gebhardt

Recent News

Apply now for fall grants!

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Saturday, September 15, 2018. A total of $50,000 is available through the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund. Grants will be awarded to charitable community improvement projects that address the present and future needs of Ellsworth County, including education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification. Grants are limited to communities in Ellsworth County and will be awarded through a competitive application process. Nonprofit organizations, government and public entities, educational institutions and churches are encouraged to[...]

Scholarship recipients announced

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation has awarded over $15,000 in scholarships to area students for the upcoming academic year. The Charles and Velma Westerman Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and graduates of Ellsworth High School. Lukas Sebesta, Wilson, received a $1,200 scholarship; Zachary Schneider, Kanopolis, received a $900 scholarship; and Darrell Gustin, Brookville, Dominick Kratzer, Kanopolis, and Janae Schulte, Ellsworth, each received a $450 scholarship. The Dawn L. Pruitt Memorial Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and graduates of Ellsworth High School. Dominick Kratzer, Kanopolis, and Janae Schulte, Ellsworth, each received a $1,000 scholarship. The Eleanor Hunter[...]