Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to meet charitable community needs through leadership, grants and donor services. The Foundation achieves its mission by:

  • Building permanent endowments which benefit local communities;
  • Inspiring and enabling donors to fulfill their charitable desires;
  • Facilitating prudent management and care of funds;
  • Increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations to fulfill their individual missions;
  • Advocating for issues which promote community philanthropy;
  • Facilitating grants, awards, and scholarships.

Our History

The Smith County Community Foundation was founded on May 12, 2008, to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving benefiting communities in Smith County. The Foundation is a permanent source of charitable assets to meet both emerging and existing needs of the local communities.

The Foundation believes that as a community we are stronger than we are as individuals. This belief is reflected in our rope logo.

“The idea of a rope– individual fibers braided together to make a stronger whole– inspired this design. The same principle applies in a community: many individuals and groups working together to do what cannot be done alone. The Community Foundation provides a ‘rope’ for this area, enabling projects and furthering creative ideas that might unravel without community help and support.”
– Pamela Harris, Designer

The Smith County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation in Salina, Kansas. The Greater Salina Community Foundation was established in 1999 and is led by Executive Director, Bill Grevas. Currently, the Greater Salina Community Foundation hosts 13 regional affiliate foundations and has more than $200 million in assets, including its affiliate assets.

Recent News

SCCF awards over $86,000 in spring grants

  The Smith County Community Foundation awarded over $86,000 to area organizations during its spring grant cycle. Projects were funded through the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund and the Smith County Action Fund. Recipients include: St. John Lutheran Church, Athol, $21,501 to create handicap accessible restrooms at the church. USD 237, $11,362 to purchase nine computer workstations loaded with Chief Architect Design Software to enhance the wood technology class curriculum. City of Gaylord/Gaylord Volunteer Fire Department, $10,000 for to purchase complete sets of personal protective equipment for all thirteen of its department members. Thunder Ridge, $8,520 to purchase 40 new iPads[...]

Free Webinar: Looking Beyond Hansen for Funding

When communities are considering a large project such as a new community building or a new swimming pool, project planners may wonder where to go for funding. In Northwest Kansas, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation immediately comes to mind, but there are many other sources to consider for project support. Plus, grant applications to any funder are stronger when multiple funding sources are included. Learn more about alternative funding options during a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. “Looking Beyond Hansen for Funding” will be presented by Carol Sloper, grants coordinator for the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation.[...]