How to Give

In a Community Foundation, no gift is too small. A gift of $25, $10, or even $1 to any of our current funds can make a difference for Ellsworth County. You can give now during your lifetime, or later through your estate. The choice is up to you!

Give Now

Mail cash or check to Smoky Hills Community Foundation, P.O. Box 265, Ellsworth, KS 67439. Please make your check payable to Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation with the name of the fund to which you are donating to written on the check’s memo line.

Donate online. As an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation, all online donations to SHCF are processed through Paypal. SHCF donors can make a gift to their fund of choice by with these easy steps:

    1. Click the “Make a Donation” button in the upper right corner.
    2. Follow the online directions – it’s that easy!

Your online donation will be tax deductible.

Give Later

Including a gift to the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation through your estate plan is a simple way to make a lasting gift to your community. The Foundation is an excellent vehicle for those who wish to benefit one or dozens of charitable organizations after their death. Using wills, trusts, insurance policies and other estate planning tools, donors can create a lasting legacy.

Give by Will or Living Trust. The Foundation may receive bequests from people who direct, through a will or a trust, certain money or property to be transferred to the Foundation. The Foundation encourages such donors to contact the Foundation during their lifetime to discuss their charitable intent. Donors are encouraged to consult a professional advisor for assistance.

Gifts of Life Insurance. A donor may make a gift of life insurance to the Foundation in several ways. You may choose to make the Community Foundation the owner and irrevocable beneficiary of your life insurance policy—you can either give a paid-up policy or continue to pay premiums.

You receive a tax deduction for the approximate cost or fair market value, whichever is less. If the policy is paid up, you receive an immediate tax deduction. If it is not, you can claim continuing tax deductions on premium payments you make directly or through gifts to the Community Foundation.

Gifts that Provide Income. Charitable trusts provide income to the donor and are also a way to support the Foundation. At this time, the Foundation does not serve as a trustee for charitable trusts. Please consult your professional advisor to set one up.

Charitable Remainder Trust. A charitable remainder unitrust offers you a great deal of flexibility. Under this type of trust, a donor makes an irrevocable gift of money, securities, or other property to a trustee selected by the donor. The trustee then pays the donor (or other income beneficiaries designated by the donor) a fixed percentage of the trust’s fair market value, or a fixed dollar amount. The eventual distribution to the Community Foundation will only take effect upon the death of the trust’s income beneficiaries, or at the end of 20 years. At this time, the remainder of the trust transfers to the Community Foundation to support your charitable giving goals.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust. A charitable remainder annuity trust is similar to the unitrust except that the income beneficiary receives a fixed dollar amount annually from the trust. This amount is based on your age: the older you are the greater the annuity payment. After receiving annuity payments for life, the remainder interest may be used to establish a charitable fund, or be added to an existing fund.

Charitable Lead Trust. A Charitable Lead Trust enables you to make significant charitable gifts now while transferring substantial assets to beneficiaries later. Under this type of trust, the Foundation receives annual payments from the interest earned on the trust assets for a period of years or for the lives of one or more individuals. When the trust ends, the principal is returned to you or distributed to other non-charitable beneficiaries designated by you. The trust assets pass to the recipients at reduced tax cost—sometimes even tax-free.

At this time, the Foundation does not serve as a trustee for charitable trusts. Please consult your professional advisor to set one up.

Recent News

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