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

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[...]