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

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications.

Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation accepting grant applications. ELLSWORTH, Kan.—The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Monday, March 15, 2021. Last spring, the charitable foundation awarded the Ellsworth County Fair Association with funding to provide a better and safer county fair. The fair experience was enhanced for both spectators and attendees.   This funding allowed the fair association to upgrade the sound system with additional speakers and make repairs to the bleachers. This allowed them to project sound to more areas of the fair barn so participants could follow the progress of classes and spectators[...]

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[...]