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

Community foundation accepting fall grant applications

Community foundation accepting fall grant applications SMITH CENTER, Kan.—The Smith County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications open September 15 are due Sunday, November 15, 2020. Last fall, the Smith County Community Foundation awarded funds to purchase new flags as well as upgrading to spinning flag poles downtown for special events and holidays. "Without the grant we would not have been able to replace the 46 poles, 20 American flags and the 10 welcome flags for our community and guests to enjoy over many more years. These flags remind us of our freedom, patriotism for our City, State and Nation," said grantee Diane Peterson. "As a community we like[...]

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[...]