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 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

Smoky Valley Community Foundation announces spring grant recipients

Smoky Valley Community Foundation announces spring grant recipients LINDSBORG, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Smoky Valley Community Foundation awarded over $11,000 to six projects throughout the Smoky Valley area. The following organizations received funding: Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church - KICK, $3,000 to fund supplies for the children’s program.Broadway RFD, $3,000 to upgrade the electrical on the Swenson Memorial Band Shell.Marquette Learning Center, Inc., $2,925 to purchase two AED machines for the center.Midsummer's Festival, $1,312 to purchase Kubb Tournament sets for the festival.Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, $1,270 to support the Dala Pantry, a community food bank for Lindsborg.Lindsborg At Work Association, $750 to support the annual Lindsborg Street Dance. This round of grants was made[...]

Smoky Valley Community Foundation Community Support through COVID-19

Smoky Valley Community Foundation Community Support through COVID-19 In collaboration with three local charities, the Smoky Valley Community Foundation is working to support the Smoky Valley community during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to donating $750 each to the Lindsborg At Work Association, the Messiah Luthern Church Dala Pantry and The Associated Churches of Lindsborg, SVCF is hosting a matching event from May 15 through June 15, 2020. SVCF will match all donations to each of the three Lindsborg charities, up to a total of $750 each. To donate, give directly to the charity of your choice. When giving to one of these organizations, donors should put[...]