Foundation Finance

The Foundation’s mission is to meet charitable community needs through leadership, grants and services. One way we achieve our mission is to facilitate prudent management and care of our funds.

The Foundation believes the  best long-term performance will be achieved through a balanced portfolio  consisting of 75% equities and 25% fixed income and cash.  As an affiliate of the Greater Salina  Community Foundation (GSCF), the funds at the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation are pooled together with all the funds held by GSCF and their affiliates. The funds are invested with Vanguard and  governed by a local Finance Committee at GSCF.

We are confident in our performance and rate well when compared to other investment pools. See our GSCF Investment Portfolio to see where we rank among other comparative indices.

Additional Resources

GSCF Statement of Investment Policy

2017 SHCF Annual Report
2016 SHCF Annual Report

2015 SHCF Annual Report
2014 SHCF Annual Report

2016 GSCF Annual Report
2013 Form 990

 

Recent News

Community foundation awards over $59,000 in spring grants

Community foundation awards over $59,000 in spring grants ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded over $59,000 to 14 projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding: Wilson Heritage Museum - Past & Present Inc., $10,458 for a handicapped accesible ramp.Paul Aylward American Legion Post 174, $8,036 to upgrade heating systems.Ellsworth Child Care & Learning Center, $7,620 to convert lighting to LED lights.USD 327, $5,397 to purchase additional AED machines.Lang Memorial Library, $5,000 for restorations to the library.Wilson Economic Development Corporation, $4,800 to fund a clean-up event.Ellsworth Family Connections, Inc., $4,442 for a new heating[...]

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications ELLSWORTH, Kan.—The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Sunday, March 15, 2020. Last spring, the charitable foundation awarded the Wilson Community Foundation with funding to continue the multi-phase Wilson Czech Tourism Hub project. The first phase included the creation of an interactive tourism board and creation of seven four-foot Czech eggs to guide tourists through the historic district of Wilson. The second phase of the project guides visitors to the different sites. “We have heard from past residents and tourists how helpful they are finding different locations in the city,” said grantee Melinda Merrill. This year[...]