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 here to 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 the Smoky Valley area. This local knowledge will help us to better identify and serve the needs in our communities.
  5. You need a tax deduction. The Smoky Valley 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 Smoky Valley 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 Smoky Valley Community Enhancement Fund, allowing SVCF to respond to current local needs.
  4. Help support the work of the Foundation by contributing to the Smoky Valley 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 Smoky Valley Community Enhancement 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 Smoky Valley Community Foundation and the services that we provide.

Recent News

Community foundation awards scholarships

The Smoky Valley Community Foundation has awarded over $34,000 in scholarships to area students for the upcoming academic year. The Brandon Rogers Technology Scholarship is for a senior graduating from Smoky Valley High School majoring in the field of technology. Joshua Peterson, Lindsborg, received a $1,000 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 $5,000 scholarship: Ethan Oestmann, Lindsborg, Lane Schrag, Lindsborg, and Kaj Sjogren, Lindsborg. The Dorothy J. Ziegler Music and Art Scholarship[...]

Smoky Valley Community Foundation announces spring grant recipients

The Smoky Valley Community Foundation awarded over $13,000 to nine charitable projects in the area during its spring grant cycle. Projects were funded through the Smoky Valley Community Enhancement Fund and Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smoky Valley. The following organizations received funding: Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, $3,000 to purchase supplies for the KICK (Kids in Christ's Kingdom) afterschool program. Broadway RFD, $3,000 for a sound system upgrade. Bethany College, $2,300 for equipment and choreography for group fitness classes, which will be offered to the community free of charge. Lindsborg Arts Council, $1,200 to support the Lindsborg Landmark Concert Series. Smoky Hill Cemetery, $1,163 to[...]