Founding Donors

We are forever grateful for the support of these generous donors who heard the story and believed in the vision of the Smith County Community Foundation.  Families and local businesses came together to support the vision of the Community Foundation before it even existed.

Individuals & Families
Julia R. Abbott & Family
Joe & Arloa Barnes
Roger L. & Pamela R. Barta
Leona, Joe & Darla Conaway
Demetre & Debra Evangelidis
Gary & Brenda Frieling
Eugene Kirchhoff and Brad & Karen Cole
Linton C. Lull
Murray D. & Connie J. Lull
Neola S. Matson
Randy & Shirley Merritt
Maxine Meyer
Joan Nech
John & Joan Overmiller
Curtis & Martha Peterson
Duane & Hazel Petty
Burke & Kim Phelps
Ernest A. & Barbara J. Schlatter
Jim & Marianne Schlatter
R.G. & Eda Jean Sheppard
John & Laura Zabel
Business Entities
Central Plains Co-op
Computer Solutions, Inc.- Galen & Judy Lambert
First National Bank of Smith Center
Frieling Grain Co., Inc.
Midway Coop, Inc.
Peterson Industries, Inc.
The Peoples Bank
The Employees of The Peoples Bank
Wiens Harvesting- Donald E. & Doris A. Wiens 

Recent News

Deadline Nearing for IRA Charitable Contributions

If you are 70½ years old or older, you can make an impact on your favorite charity by making a gift from your IRA to a fund at the community foundation. This is an easy and effective way to make a gift that helps satisfy your required minimum distribution, while also reducing your taxable income. Who can take advantage of the IRA charitable rollover provision? If you have an IRA and are 70½ or older, you and your spouse (each) can take a tax-free charitable distribution from your IRA.Who can receive the gift? The IRA must be gifted directly to[...]

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[...]