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

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 nearly $4,000 to two projects throughout the Smoky Valley area. The following organizations received funding: Raymer Society for the Arts, $1,000 to help support the Brunswick Arts and Crafts Fair. Bethany College, $2,995 to help with the challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation. This round of grants was made possible by the Smoky Valley Community Enhancement Fund, created by individuals who have contributed money to the foundation for charitable uses to address the present and future needs of the Smoky Valley area. The foundation’s[...]

Smoky Valley Community Foundation accepting grant applications

LINDSBORG, Kan.— The Smoky Valley Community Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications open March 1 and are due Saturday, May 1, 2021. This year, over $12,000 is available for charitable community improvement projects within the Smoky Valley area, which covers northern McPherson County and southern Saline County. Grants will be awarded from the following funds: • Smoky Valley Community Enhancement Fund – available for projects that address the present and future needs of the community.• Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Smoky Valley – available for projects that promote and encourage healthy lifestyles. Grants will be awarded through a competitive[...]