Board of Directors

The Heartland Community Foundation is operated by part time executive director and a volunteer board made up of local community members. Their dedication, knowledge, and passion for Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties are what drives the Community Foundation.

Susan Bowles, Chair
Nikki Pfannenstiel, Vice-Chair & Co-Grant Chair
Dave Herl, Treasurer
Chris Sook, Secretary & Co-Grant Chair
Hardy Howard
Dr. Kendall Krug
Sally Lowry
Bob Muirhead
Brandon Prough
Christi Desormiers
Kathy Ramsay
Kelli Hansen

Recent News

Community foundation accepting applications for fall grants

HAYS, Kan.—The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, is accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Thursday, November 15, 2018. A total of $150,000 is available to charitable projects in Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties through the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, with $50,000 available per county. Focused on improving quality of life, grants will support education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification. Funding is limited to projects in Ellis, Rooks and Trego counties and will be awarded through a competitive application process.[...]

United Way of Ellis County Partners Through Strategic Doing

The United Way of Ellis County has received a $6,980 grant from Heartland Community Foundation to fund the digitization and distribution of the Ellis County Community Resource Directory. This endeavor was initiated through the Social Services Group of the Strategic Doing process. This group is a collaborative effort of various social service entities in Ellis County who identified the need to have access to and provide access to community resources. The Heartland Community Foundation grant will be used to develop an app for first responders, social and human service entities and individuals to be able to have contact information for referral[...]