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

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[...]