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 Smith County that address community beautification, education, environment, health & human service and inter-generational projects/programs.

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

Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smith County
This fund was established with matching dollars from the  Kansas Health Foundation’s GROW II program. It serves the same purpose of the  Health Needs of Smith County Fund and promotes the health and well-being of individuals  and communities in Smith County through encouragement of healthy lifestyles,  behaviors and environments.

*Pass-through non-endowed fund.

Recent News

Community foundation accepting spring grant applications

Community foundation accepting spring grant applications SMITH CENTER, Kan.—The Smith County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Wednesday, April 15, 2020. This year, over $50,000 in grants is available to charitable projects in Smith County. This cycle will fund local community projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: Projects and programs that improve the quality of life for Smith County residents.Projects and programs that address education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification. Funding for the spring grant cycle is provided by the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund and the Smith County Action Fund. Grants are limited[...]

Socially Responsible Investing Options

Socially Responsible Investing OptionsToday, more and more people are choosing to invest based on personal values that consider both financial return and social impact. This is known as socially responsible investing (SRI). The community foundation is pleased to offer SRI options for your fund! A quick summary of socially responsible investing (SRI)In general, socially responsible investors encourage corporate practices that promote environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights, and diversity. Some avoid businesses involved in alcohol, tobacco, fast food, gambling, pornography, weapons, contraception/abortion, fossil fuel production or the military. These are often summarized into three areas: environment, social justice, and corporate governance. What[...]