Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest Funds allow donors to designate a specific cause or geographic area for grant making without having to name a specific organization. Grants are made through an application process administered by the Foundation and/or with a special advisory group with expertise in the field of interest.

Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Grant Fund*
This fund was established by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to fund grants in Ellsworth County that address community beautification, education, environment, health & human service and inter-generational projects/programs.

Joyce Nagel Health, Education & Recreation Fund

Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smoky Hills
This is a public health fund formed as a result of participating in the Kansas Health Foundation’s GROW II program. Like the Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund, it promotes the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Ellsworth County through encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.

Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund
To promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Ellsworth County through encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.

USD 112 Central Plains Fund

USD 327 Student Benefit Fund

Wilson Forever Fund
This is a geographic field of interest fund that supports charitable projects in the city of Wilson, Kansas.

*Pass-through non-endowed fund

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[...]