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 awards $61,000 in spring grants

Smith County Community Foundation awards $61,000 in spring grants SMITH CENTER, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Smith County Community Foundation awarded over $61,000 to 11 projects throughout the Smith County area. The following organizations received funding: USD 237 - Smith Center Junior-Senior High School Library, $15,000 to upgrade the active learning space in the library.West Smith County Recreation Commission, $15,000 to replace basketball and football scoreboards at the high school.Smith County Child Development Center Inc., $12,000 for renovation materials for the Bright Beginnings Child Development Center building.Gaylord Cemetery, $7,000 to build a directory building for the cemetery.City of Lebanon, $4,500 to purchase a generator for the community center.Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, $2,471[...]

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[...]