Organization Fund Benefits

There are several benefits to having an organization fund with the Foundation.

  • Our board is available for consultation with you, your board members, and potential donors of your organization.  As an affiliate, we also have access to professional expertise from the Greater Salina Community Foundation staff.
  • If you do not already have a private foundation, you can establish a fund with us and avoid the paperwork, time and expense of running your own private foundation..
  • Your money is invested with all the funds held at Greater Salina Community Foundation and its regional affiliates.  This allows your money to be invested in more sophisticated funds with a higher buy in level that otherwise you would not have access to. Learn more about our investment strategy here.
  • Your organization will be listed in the Foundation’s annual report, on our website and are sometimes featured in our newsletters.

Regardless if your organization has a fund at the Foundation, we still offer opportunities for all nonprofit organizations and others performing charitable work in Ellsworth County to apply for grants from the Foundation’s Smoky Hills Community Fund. A call for applications is announced in the Foundation’s newsletter, on our website, and through the mass media.

Recent News

Community foundation awards scholarships

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. Hannah Wilson, Ellsworth, and Sydney Wilson, Ellsworth, both received a $600 scholarship; Janae Schulte, Ellsworth, received a $450 scholarship; Micah Bolton, Ellsworth, Kara Rodriguez, Ellsworth, and Lukas Sebesta, Wilson each received a $300 scholarship; and Bransen Schulte, Ellsworth, Caden Whetzel, Ellsworth, and Grant Gwinner, Ellsworth, each received a $250 scholarship. The Dawn L. Pruitt Memorial Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and graduates of[...]

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[...]