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.

Bill Evans, Chairman
Roger Pearson, Vice-Chairman
Rita Whitmer, Secretary
Angela Bunch
Gary Everett
Sharon Folk
Judy Gebhardt
Amber Peschka
Don Siemsen
Devin Weis

Recent News

Community foundation announces fall grant recipients

  The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded $36,455 during its fall grant cycle. Projects were funded through the community foundation’s Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund. The following organizations received funding: Ellsworth County Fair Association, $9,386 to help purchase and install a storage shed to house its growing inventory. Kanopolis Sunflower Civic Club, $8,000 to purchase 15 pole-mount snowflakes to decorate the main streets of Kanopolis for Christmas. Lang Memorial Library, Wilson, $4,813 for an outdoor sign with a changeable message board. Ellsworth County Historical Society, $4,200 for supplies to preserve, catalog and index thousands of photographs and documents in its archival[...]

Let's Make a Match Campaign launches in October

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation needs your help this month! During October, every $1 donated to the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation will be matched with a $1.50 from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation! If we reach our $50,000 goal, our community will receive a total of $125,000 to support community grants and foundation operations. How to Donate: Mail: Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 265, Ellsworth, KS 67439 Drop off in person: Amber at Berkeley Capital Management, 1502 Aylward Ave, Ellsworth, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Online: Click here to make a gift online with a credit card. (Please designate your gift[...]