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

2019 Year-End Giving Information

Year-End Giving Information Your gift by checkDate your check on or before December 31, 2019, and mail via U.S. Postal Service with a postmark on or before December 31st. Gifts made by check that are mailed through the U.S. Postal service with a postmark and check date before December 31, 2019 will be counted for 2019 regardless of when they arrive at the Foundation. The address for mailing, shipping, or hand-delivery of your check: Greater Salina Community Foundation119 W Iron, 8th FloorPO Box 2876Salina, KS 67402-2876 Your gift of securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds) Contact your broker early to determine the processing time necessary to complete[...]

Community foundation awards over $61,000 in fall grants

Community foundation awards over $61,000 in fall grants ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded over $61,000 to 12 projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding: City of Kanopolis, $13,400 for repair and improvements to the Quonset.City of Ellsworth, $10,000 to purchase a shelter and complete the sidewalk connection to the splash park. City of Lorraine, $8,300 to purchase a mosquito fogger for the city.Central Kansas Mental Health Center, $5,857 for scholarships to participants in the Mental Health First Aid program.Wilson Tourism Hub, Inc., $5,000 for supplies to document community stories.Ellsworth County Cares, $4,890 for preservation and updates to the building at 205 W[...]