Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance quality of life, today and in the future, by:

  • Enabling donors to fulfill their charitable desires
  • Building a permanent endowment
  • Facilitating prudent management and care of funds
  • Meeting needs through grants, awards, and scholarships;

Our History

The Smoky Valley Community Foundation was founded on July 23, 2002, to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving benefiting communities in the Smoky Valley area, including northern McPherson County and southern Saline 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 Smoky Valley 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, Bill Grevas. Currently, the Greater Salina Community Foundation hosts 13 regional affiliate foundations and has more than $200 million in assets, including its affiliate assets.

Recent News

Scholarship recipients announced

The Smoky Valley Community Foundation has awarded over $52,000 in scholarships to area students for the upcoming academic year. The Brandon Rogers Technology Scholarship is for a senior graduating from Smokey Valley High School majoring in the field of technology. Tyler O'Dell, Lindsborg, received a $2,000 scholarship. The Clyde And Glenn Lindstrom Scholarship is for seniors graduating from Smoky Valley High School or Smoky Valley Virtual Charter who are pursuing a post-secondary education in a vocational field. The following students each received a $3,000 scholarship: Kyle Anderson, Lindsborg; Rilee Carson, Lindsborg; Autumn Frickey, Lindsborg; Noah Hanson, Lindsborg; Jordan Howard, Gypsum;[...]

Community foundation awards spring grants

The Smoky Valley Community Foundation awarded $9,540 during its spring grant cycle. Projects were funded through the Smoky Valley Healthy Living Fund and Smoky Valley Community Enhancement Fund. The following organizations received funding: Lindsborg at Work Association, $1,748, to cover the insurance cost that it will incur from sponsorship of several community events. Midsummer's Festival, $1,500, for the annual Midsummer's Festival in Lindsborg. McPherson County Community Foundation, dba Circles of McPherson County, $1,500, to launch a new youth curriculum in Lindsborg, aimed at surrounding kids with caring and trained adults. Saline RWD #1, $1,342, to support the installation of a storm/emergency[...]