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 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[...]