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 scholarships available

SMITH CENTER, Kan.—The Smith County Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Two Scholarships are available.   Kelling-Tomlinson Scholarship, Two $1,000 renewable scholarships will be awarded to: (1) a student who will attend a 4-year college or university (renewable for up to 4 years), and (2) a student that will attend a vocational educational or technical school (renewable for up to 2 years).   All scholarship applications must be submitted through the foundation’s online scholarship portal by February 15, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded by mid-April. The application portal and scholarship guidelines can be found at www.smithcountycommunityfoundation.org/scholarships. For more information,[...]

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[...]