Field of Interest Funds

Field of Interest Funds allow donors to designate a specific cause or geographic area for grant making without having to name a specific organization. Grants are made through an application process administered by the Foundation and/or with a special advisory group with expertise in the field of interest.

Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Grant Fund*
This fund was established by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to fund grants in Ellsworth County that address community beautification, education, environment, health & human service and inter-generational projects/programs.

Joyce Nagel Health, Education & Recreation Fund

Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smoky Hills
This is a public health fund formed as a result of participating in the Kansas Health Foundation’s GROW II program. Like the Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund, it promotes the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Ellsworth County through encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.

Smoky Hills Healthy Living Fund
To promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Ellsworth County through encouragement of healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments.

USD 112 Central Plains Fund

USD 327 Student Benefit Fund

Wilson Forever Fund
This is a geographic field of interest fund that supports charitable projects in the city of Wilson, Kansas.

*Pass-through non-endowed fund

Recent News

Community foundation awards over $89,000 in fall grants

Community foundation awards over $89,000 in fall grants ELLSWORTH, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation awarded over $89,000 to nine projects throughout Ellsworth County. The following organizations received funding: Wilson Community Foundation Inc., $23,364 to replace playground equipment.Ellsworth Fire Department, $20,000 to improve lockers.St. Paul's Lutheran Church, $15,900 for the architectural planning, structural engineering, and site preparation for a new Fellowship Hall.Ellsworth County Sheriff's Office - K9 Unit, $10,950 to purchase a new police service dog.City of Holyrood, $7,970 to purchase picnic tables for the park and splash pad area.Ellsworth County Economic Development, $4,000 to purchase 2[...]

Let's Make A Match

Gifts to the community foundation are worth more in October ELLSWORTH, Kan.—Ellsworth County could earn additional dollars for charitable grants in the community through a county-wide Match Month gift matching campaign. In October, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation will match all public gifts to the Smoky Hills Community Fund at the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation, up to $50,000. Every dollar donated will be matched with $1.50. The Smoky Hills Community Fund is an unrestricted community grant fund that supports projects and programs focused on improving quality of life in Ellsworth County. All donations are tax-deductible. Gifts can be mailed to Smoky Hills Charitable[...]