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.

Nikki Pfannenstiel, Chairperson & Co-Grant Chair
Hardy Howard, Vice-Chairperson
Chris Sook, Secretary & Co-Grant Chair
Dave Herl, Treasurer
Susan Bowles, Past Chairperson
Christi Desormiers
Kelli Hansen
Seth Kastle
Sally Lowry
Robert Muirhead
Kathy Ramsay

Recent News

Community foundation accepting spring grant applications

HAYS, Kan.—The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, is accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications open March 15 and are due Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Over $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. Non-profit organizations including government and[...]

Your contributions are "twice as nice" in February!

Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties could each earn an additional $50,000 for charitable grants in the community through a county-wide “Twice as Nice” gift matching campaign. In February, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation will match all public gifts to the Ellis County Legacy Fund, the Rooks County Legacy Fund and the Trego County Legacy Fund at the Heartland Community Foundation, up to $50,000. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar, at a maximum of $5,000 per donor. If the $50,000 goal for each county is met this year, each of the three funds will gain a total of $100,000. Over the[...]