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

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting spring grant applications

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Friday, March 15, 2019. Over $117,000 is available through the following funds: Smoky Hills Community Fund – supports projects that improve quality of life for Ellsworth County residents.Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund/Kansas Health Foundation Fund – granted to projects that promote healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund – available for programs and projects that address 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[...]

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation scholarships available

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year. This year, over $15,000 is available to Ellsworth County students through the foundation’s eight scholarship funds: Charles and Velma Westerman Scholarship, for graduating high school seniors or graduates of Ellsworth High School. Dawn L. Pruitt Memorial Scholarship, for graduating high school seniors or graduates of Ellsworth High School. Eleanor Hunter Scholarship, for graduating Wilson High School seniors. Fran Malir Memorial Scholarship, for graduating Wilson High School seniors. Geraldine L. Anschutz Memorial Scholarship, for graduating Wilson High School seniors. Jack R. Janousek Memorial Scholarship, for graduating[...]