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 $103,170 in spring grants

ELLSWORTH, Kan.—The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded $103,170 during its spring grant cycle. Projects were funded through the community foundation’s Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation Fund and the Smoky Hills Community Fund. The following organizations received funding: Ellsworth Housing Authority, $20,000 for elevator upgrades at The Pines Apartments.Wilson Community Foundation Inc., $19,800 for materials and signage to guide highway visitors to the historic Czech tourism district.City of Ellsworth, $13,328 for additional access improvements at the Kiwanis Splash Park in Preisker Park.City of Holyrood, $6,120 for new exercise equipment for the Holyrood Fitness Center.Ellsworth County Fair Association, $6,050 for tables, storage racks, fans and wheel barrows for the[...]

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[...]