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

SVCF's Quarterly Dashboard is now available

SVCF’s Quarterly Dashboard is now available online! 12/31/17 SVCF Dashboard[...]

Community foundation announces spring grant cycle

The Smoky Valley Community Foundation is accepting spring grant applications from February 1 to April 1, 2018. Grants will be awarded from the Heritage Fund, Smoky Valley Healthy Living Fund and Smoky Valley Community Enhancement Fund. Over $12,000 in funding is available for charitable projects that strengthen and preserve the region’s heritage, encourage healthy lifestyles and environments, and address the present and future needs of the Smoky Valley area. Nonprofit organizations, government and public entities, educational institutions and churches are encouraged to apply. Grants are limited to northern McPherson County and southern Saline County. Grants will be awarded through a competitive application process.[...]