Founding Donors

We are forever grateful for the support of these generous donors who heard the story and believed in the vision of the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation.

Individuals & Families
Mr. & Mrs. Harold Grant
Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Hunter
Doc & Lu Jarus
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Kozisek
Jon D. & Patricia L. Mollhagen
Business Entities
Citizens State Bank & Trust Co.
H & B Communications, Inc.
Kirkham, Michael & Associates, Inc.
Stumps Charitable Trust
Sundin Trust, Randy V. Mills & Judy S. Mills Trustees 

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[...]