Foundation Finance

The Foundation’s mission is to meet charitable community needs through leadership, grants and services. One way we achieve our mission is to facilitate prudent management and care of our funds.

The Foundation believes the  best long-term performance will be achieved through a balanced portfolio  consisting of 75% equities and 25% fixed income and cash.  As an affiliate of the Greater Salina  Community Foundation (GSCF), the funds at the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation are pooled together with all the funds held by GSCF and their affiliates. The funds are invested with Vanguard and  governed by a local Finance Committee at GSCF.

We are confident in our performance and rate well when compared to other investment pools. See our GSCF Investment Portfolio to see where we rank among other comparative indices.

Additional Resources

GSCF Statement of Investment Policy

2017 SHCF Annual Report
2016 SHCF Annual Report

2015 SHCF Annual Report
2014 SHCF Annual Report

2016 GSCF Annual Report
2013 Form 990

 

Recent News

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications.

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Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation scholarships available

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation scholarships available ELLSWORTH, Kan.—The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year. This year, over $18,000 is available to Ellsworth County students through the foundation’s nine scholarship funds: Caryle Jean Bender Memorial Scholarship, for graduating high school seniors from Ellsworth High School or college freshman or sophomore students that have graduated from Ellsworth High School planning to major in medical technology, pre-medicine or biological sciences.Charles and Velma Westerman Scholarship, for graduating high school seniors or graduates of Ellsworth High School.Dawn L. Pruitt Memorial Scholarship, for graduating high school seniors or graduates of[...]