Personalized Estate Planning

Figuring out how to balance your estate plan to best serve your family, avoid taxes and benefit charity can be daunting. The Foundation can help.

The Foundation has helped many donors meet their immediate charitable giving needs, and served nonprofit organizations through endowment building, grants and programming. We believe there is more we can do. The intergenerational transfer of wealth happening in our country, our state and locally presents both unique challenges and opportunities. Coupled with tax implications on estates and retirement funds, donors face challenges in planning for the future. We recognize that we can be a resource to assist in that planning process.

The Greater Salina Community Foundation has contracted with Mr. John Griffin of Stewardship Counseling, LLC to provide comprehensive guidance to individuals and couples who want to establish or update estate plans that minimize gift, income and estate taxes. As an affiliate of GSCF, this is a free service available to SHCF donors. Appointments are limited. For more information, contact Greater Salina Community Foundation Interim Executive Director, A. Wayne Lowen, at (785) 823-1800.

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[...]