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 awards $103,170 in spring grants

ELLSWORTH, Kan.—The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded $103,170 during its spring grant cycle. Projects were funded through the community foundation’s Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation Fund and the Smoky Hills Community Fund. The following organizations received funding: Ellsworth Housing Authority, $20,000 for elevator upgrades at The Pines Apartments.Wilson Community Foundation Inc., $19,800 for materials and signage to guide highway visitors to the historic Czech tourism district.City of Ellsworth, $13,328 for additional access improvements at the Kiwanis Splash Park in Preisker Park.City of Holyrood, $6,120 for new exercise equipment for the Holyrood Fitness Center.Ellsworth County Fair Association, $6,050 for tables, storage racks, fans and wheel barrows for the[...]

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting spring grant applications

The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Friday, March 15, 2019. Over $117,000 is available through the following funds: Smoky Hills Community Fund – supports projects that improve quality of life for Ellsworth County residents.Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund/Kansas Health Foundation Fund – granted to projects that promote healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund – available for programs and projects that address 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[...]