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

Smoky Valley Community Foundation scholarships available

  The Smoky Valley Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year. This year, over $57,500 is available to students in the Smoky Valley area through the foundation’s eight scholarship funds. Brandon Rogers Technology Scholarship, for graduating Smoky Valley High School seniors planning to major in the field of technology. Dr. Charles Englund Memorial Scholarship, for Bethany College juniors or seniors majoring in a medical or pre-medical field. Clyde and Glenn Lindstrom Scholarship, for graduating Smoky Valley High School or Smoky Valley Virtual Charter seniors pursuing education in a vocational field. Dorothy J. Ziegler Music and Art[...]

Community foundation announces fall grant recipients

The Smoky Valley Community Foundation awarded over $23,000 to 12 area organizations during its fall grant cycle. Projects were funded through the Heritage Fund, Smoky Valley Community Enhancement Fund, Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smoky Valley and Smoky Valley Healthy Living Fund. The following organizations received funding: Svensk Hyllningsfest, Inc., $3,000 to support marching bands participating in the 2019 Svensk Hyllningsfest Parade. Lindsborg Community Hospital, $3,000 to purchase women’s health equipment and software for the physical therapy department. City of Marquette, $2,966 to purchase needed items to provide a safe and functional space for a variety of community arts and crafts[...]