Organization Fund Benefits

There are several benefits to having an organization fund with the Foundation.

  • Our board is available for consultation with you, your board members, and potential donors of your organization.  As an affiliate, we also have access to professional expertise from the Greater Salina Community Foundation staff.
  • If you do not already have a private foundation, you can establish a fund with us and avoid the paperwork, time and expense of running your own private foundation..
  • Your money is invested with all the funds held at Greater Salina Community Foundation and its regional affiliates.  This allows your money to be invested in more sophisticated funds with a higher buy in level that otherwise you would not have access to. Learn more about our investment strategy here.
  • Your organization will be listed in the Foundation’s annual report, on our website and are sometimes featured in our newsletters.

Regardless if your organization has a fund at the Foundation, we still offer opportunities for all nonprofit organizations and others performing charitable work in Ellsworth County to apply for grants from the Foundation’s Smoky Hills Community Fund. A call for applications is announced in the Foundation’s newsletter, on our website, and through the mass media.

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[...]