Why Give

Why Give Through the Community Foundation?

  1. You want to leave a lasting legacy. Because of the power of endowment, the names and goals of these funds live forever creating a lasting legacy while providing sustainability for future generations. Click here to see an illustration of endowment.
  2. You want to save time and money. The Foundation provides administrative and grant making support eliminating the need for donors to set up separate institutions, formulate policies, file innumerable forms and monitor the status of grant recipients.
  3. You want flexibility. The Foundation has the flexibility to respond to the future needs of the community through variance power. If the original donor intent of a gift no longer exists, the local Board of Directors can direct the fund to other uses closely related to the donors’ interests.
  4. You want local knowledge. Our Board of Directors is composed of local community members representing the Ellsworth County area. This local knowledge will help us to better identify and serve the needs in our communities.
  5. You need a tax deduction. The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation which is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All gifts made to the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation are tax deductible.

 

How Can You Participate?

The great part about a community foundation is that anyone can participate, making this truly a community effort.

  1. Establish a fund to provide support for your favorite charitable organization or cause, for both today’s needs and those beyond your lifetime. (All fund types are listed on our home page slider.  Click through and see which one fits your needs the best).
  2. Contribute to any of our existing funds that match your charitable interests. (A list of our funds can be accessed by clicking through our sliders of different fund types on our home page).
  3. Support your community with a gift to the Smoky Hills Community Fund, allowing SHCF to respond to current local needs. A gift of $5,000 or more to this fund will receive permanent name recognition.
  4. Help support the work of the Foundation by contributing to the Smoky Hills Administrative Fund.
  5. Encourage your favorite charity to establish an organization fund to provide ongoing support for their work.
  6. Apply for a grant from the Smoky Hills Community Fund or any of our other grants listed on our grants page.
  7. Attend community foundation events and workshops to learn more about estate planning, charitable giving, building endowments and other related topics.
  8. Tell your friends about the Smoky Hills Community Foundation and the services that we provide.

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[...]