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

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[...]

Socially Responsible Investing Options

Socially Responsible Investing OptionsToday, more and more people are choosing to invest based on personal values that consider both financial return and social impact. This is known as socially responsible investing (SRI). The community foundation is pleased to offer SRI options for your fund! A quick summary of socially responsible investing (SRI)In general, socially responsible investors encourage corporate practices that promote environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights, and diversity. Some avoid businesses involved in alcohol, tobacco, fast food, gambling, pornography, weapons, contraception/abortion, fossil fuel production or the military. These are often summarized into three areas: environment, social justice, and corporate governance. What[...]