Why Give

Why Give Through the Community Foundation?

  1. You want to leave a lasting legacy. Because of the power of endowment, the names and goals of these funds live forever creating a lasting legacy while providing sustainability for future generations. Click to here see an illustration of endowment.
  2. You want to save time and money. The Foundation provides administrative and grant making support eliminating the need for donors to set up separate institutions, formulate policies, file innumerable forms and monitor the status of grant recipients.
  3. You want flexibility. The Foundation has the flexibility to respond to the future needs of the community through variance power. If the original donor intent of a gift no longer exists, the local Board of Directors can direct the fund to other uses closely related to the donors’ interests.
  4. You want local knowledge. Our Board of Directors is composed of local community members representing Smith County. This local knowledge will help us to better identify and serve the needs in our communities.
  5. You need a tax deduction. The Smith County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation which is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All gifts made to the Smith County Community Foundation are tax deductible.

 

How Can You Participate?

The great part about a community foundation is that anyone can participate, making this truly a community effort.

  1. Establish a fund to provide support for your favorite charitable organization or cause, for both today’s needs and those beyond your lifetime. (All fund types are listed on our home page slider.  Click through and see which one fits your needs the best).
  2. Contribute to any of our existing funds that match your charitable interests. (A list of our funds can be accessed by clicking through our sliders of different fund types on our home page).
  3. Support your community with a gift to the Smith County Action Fund, allowing SCCF to respond to current local needs.
  4. Help support the work of the Foundation by contributing to the Smith County Administrative Fund.
  5. Encourage your favorite charity to establish an organization fund to provide ongoing support for their work.
  6. Apply for a grant from the Smith County Action Fund or any of our other grants listed on our grants page.
  7. Attend community foundation events and workshops to learn more about estate planning, charitable giving, building endowments and other related topics.
  8. Tell your friends about the Smith County Community Foundation and the services that we provide.

 

Recent News

Community foundation accepting spring grant applications

Community foundation accepting spring grant applicationsSMITH CENTER, Kan.—The Smith County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Thursday, April 15, 2021. Last spring, the West Smith County Recreation Commission identified a need for scoreboards at both the gymnasium and football field for Thunder Ridge High School to be replaced. Thanks to a grant from the community foundation, the project was able to be fully funded and both scoreboards were replaced as a result of grant generosity. “The new scoreboards have already generated a good deal of positive response from the student athletes and community members both[...]

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,[...]