Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to build permanent endowment funds and meet charitable community needs. 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 Jessica Martin. Currently, the Greater Salina Community Foundation hosts 14 regional affiliate foundations and has more than $200 million in assets, including its affiliate assets.

Recent News

Smith County Community Foundation accepting Fall 2019 grant applications

SMITH CENTER, Kan.—The Smith County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Friday, November 15, 2019. Last fall, a community foundation grant helped pay for construction-grade drawings of a new Smith County Child Development Center. These drawings helped increase awareness and generate support for the project, which gained momentum through the Strategic Doing process. The center aims to provide consistent child care for the local workforce and is projected to have the capacity to care for 50 children, including the after-school program. “Without this funding, we would not have been able to move forward and get[...]

Nourish Your Community

Grain farmers have a vital role in moving lives forward; growing food that nourishes our community and the world. The community foundation, too, is committed to improving quality of life in the areas we serve, both today and in the future. Giving a gift of grain is a simple way to make a lasting difference. Gifts of grain are a unique way to make a charitable gift. Using grain to make a gift to the community foundation – which may be designated for the purpose you choose – can be a wonderful way to invest in the future while achieving tax[...]