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

Community foundation announces fall grant recipients

  The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded $36,455 during its fall grant cycle. Projects were funded through the community foundation’s Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund. The following organizations received funding: Ellsworth County Fair Association, $9,386 to help purchase and install a storage shed to house its growing inventory. Kanopolis Sunflower Civic Club, $8,000 to purchase 15 pole-mount snowflakes to decorate the main streets of Kanopolis for Christmas. Lang Memorial Library, Wilson, $4,813 for an outdoor sign with a changeable message board. Ellsworth County Historical Society, $4,200 for supplies to preserve, catalog and index thousands of photographs and documents in its archival[...]

Let's Make a Match Campaign launches in October

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation needs your help this month! During October, every $1 donated to the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation will be matched with a $1.50 from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation! If we reach our $50,000 goal, our community will receive a total of $125,000 to support community grants and foundation operations. How to Donate: Mail: Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 265, Ellsworth, KS 67439 Drop off in person: Amber at Berkeley Capital Management, 1502 Aylward Ave, Ellsworth, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Online: Click here to make a gift online with a credit card. (Please designate your gift[...]