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

Donate to the A Jay Steinberg scholarship fund, honor musical legacy!

Donate to the A Jay Steinberg scholarship fund, honor musical legacy! LINDSBORG, Kan.—The Smoky Valley Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship donations for the A Jay Steinberg Scholarship Fund. Contributions are needed so scholarships can be awarded in the future. The scholarships will financially help students graduating from Smoky Valley High School who are pursuing a college music career in Kansas. Help us continue the strength of the Smoky Valley arts and honor Jay’s contribution and dedication to teaching the Smoky Valley community youth. Visit www.smokyvalleycf.org to donate to the A Jay Steinberg scholarship fund online or mail your donation to: Smoky Valley[...]

Smoky Valley Community Foundation announces fall grant recipients

Smoky Valley Community Foundation announces fall grant recipients LINDSBORG, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Smoky Valley Community Foundation awarded over $16,000 to eight projects throughout the Smoky Valley area. The following organizations received funding: Svensk Hyllningsfest, Inc., $3,000 to support travel expenses for area marching bandsAmerican Legion Emil Pinkall Post 140, $2,865 to repair old transport trailer and purchase 100 steel flag poles.The Associated Churches of Lindsborg, $2,855 for the installation and rental of a storage POD and to purchase a commercial dryer.Midsummer's Festival, $2,200 to cover expenses for the Midsummer's Festival Scavenger Hunt in downtown and Kids' World activities in Riverside Park.Steps to End Poverty of McPherson County, $2,074 to support[...]