Keep 5 in Kansas

Keep Five in KansasThink about what matters to you. 

The church where you worship.  The schools your children attend.  The park where your grandchildren love to play.  A local charity you care deeply about.

How can you ensure that the things that make your community unique continue, long after you’re gone?

Right now, we have an opportunity to create a better future for Smith County.  By keeping 5% of our county’s wealth through the Smith County Community Foundation, we can improve our quality of life and strengthen the communities we call home.

Discover the potential.

The Keep 5 in Kansas campaign is designed to share the message to all Kansans of the importance of leaving a legacy for our hometowns and communities through the power of endowment.

Our state is currently experiencing an unprecedented transfer of wealth, as estates change hand from one generation to the next.  By 2020, the transfer of wealth in Kansas is estimated to be $79 billion, and will increase to $598 billion by 2064.  In Smith County, $103.5 million will transfer from one generation to the next by 2020.

If we “Keep 5 in Kansas,”  by capturing just 5% of this wealth transfer in our county, $5.175 million could be preserved in a community foundation endowment creating over $259,000 in annual grants to benefit Smith County.  Just imagine the possibilities for your community!

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Recent News

Community foundation announces spring grant cycle

The Smith County Community Foundation will accept applications for spring grants from February 15 to April 15, 2018. Grants will be awarded from the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund and Smith County Community Action Fund. Focused on improving quality of life, funding is available for charitable projects that address the present and future needs of Smith County, including education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification. Nonprofit organizations, government and public entities, educational institutions and churches are encouraged to apply. Grants are limited to communities in Smith County and will be awarded[...]

Clean-up Grant Deadline is March 1

The deadline to apply for Dane G. Hansen Community Clean-Up Grants is quickly approaching! Applications are due March 1, 2018. Clean-up grants are designed to assist with community beautification efforts, to eliminate the financial barrier to clean-up projects such as land fill fees and equipment rental, and to promote community pride and encourage volunteerism. Grants can be used for equipment rental, dumpster rental, landfill fees, paint or other consumable supplies, and for support of volunteers. Grants are not intended for the removal of unsafe structures or landscaping projects. Here are some simple, creative ideas that qualify for clean-up grants: Purchase of dumpsters to[...]