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

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[...]