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 Heartland Community Foundation was founded on September 6th, 2007, to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving benefiting the Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties. 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 Heartland 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, Bill Grevas. Currently, the Greater Salina Community Foundation hosts 12 regional affiliate foundations and has more than $200 million in assets, including its affiliate assets.

Upcoming Events

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6:30 pm Strategic Doing #3 – Ellis County @ Fort Hays State University Robbins Center
Strategic Doing #3 – Ellis County @ Fort Hays State University Robbins Center
Mar 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Strategic Doing #3 - Ellis County @ Fort Hays State University Robbins Center | Hays | Kansas | United States
Heartland Community Foundation will host Ellis County’s third “Strategic Doing” session at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, at the Robbins Center on the campus of Fort Hays State University. The meeting will focus on advancing[...]

Recent News

Clean-up Grant Deadline is March 1

The deadline to apply for Dane G. Hansen Community Clean-Up Grants is quickly approaching! Applications are due March 1, 2018. Clean-up grants are designed to assist with community beautification efforts, to eliminate the financial barrier to clean-up projects such as land fill fees and equipment rental, and to promote community pride and encourage volunteerism. Grants can be used for equipment rental, dumpster rental, landfill fees, paint or other consumable supplies, and for support of volunteers. Grants are not intended for the removal of unsafe structures or landscaping projects. Here are some simple, creative ideas that qualify for clean-up grants: Purchase of dumpsters to[...]

Your Gifts are “Twice as Nice” in February!

Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties could each earn up to $50,000 for charitable grants in the community through county-wide gift matching campaigns. In February, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation will match all public gifts to the Ellis County Fund, Rooks County Fund and Trego County Fund at the Heartland Community Foundation, up to a total of $50,000 per fund. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar, at a maximum of $5,000 per donor. “We are very grateful to the Dane G. Hansen Foundation for their continued support of Heartland Community Foundation and the counties we serve,” said Sandy Jacobs, executive director. “By[...]