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 accepting grant applications

Smoky Valley Community Foundation accepting grant applications LINDSBORG, Kan.— The Smoky Valley Community Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due October 15, 2020. Last fall, the Smoky Valley Community Foundation awarded USD 400 funds to matte, frame and clean the three prints so that they could be displayed in the middle school library. The Smoky Valley Middle School Library is home to three historic Birger Sandzen prints. With art taking a bigger role in the library's atmosphere, it is important that these prints are preserved to keep on display for students to appreciate. "The timing of the cleaning, matting, and framing was right on, as the framer mentioned[...]

Free virtual grant writing workshop hosted by the Smoky Valley Community Foundation

Free virtual grant writing workshop hosted by the Smoky Valley Community Foundation LINDSBORG, Kan.— The Smoky Valley Community Foundation, will host a free virtual grant writing workshop, Wednesday, September 16 from 6:30 to 8:00p.m. Designed for nonprofits and others who apply for grants, this workshop will provide practical tips for writing stronger grant applications to help secure funding for a variety of community projects. Presented virtually via Zoom, by Katy Kitchen, director of regional affiliates, and Jessica Fuller, grants and scholarships coordinator, at Greater Salina Community Foundation. This session requires registration by September 16. Register online at: https://conta.cc/2DHgZoV. Following registration, you will be emailed the information to participate in this[...]