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, Jessica Martin. Currently, the Greater Salina Community Foundation hosts 12 regional affiliate foundations and has more than $200 million in assets, including its affiliate assets.

Recent News

Heartland Community Foundation welcomes new board members

Heartland Community Foundation welcomes new board members HAYS, Kan.—The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties is pleased to announce new board members for the 2021 fiscal year. New Board Members: Ellis County – Jenne Dempewolf Todd Powell Rooks County – Donna Hudson-HamiltonKayla Hilbrink Honored outgoing board members with Board Member Emeritus: The foundation has also honored outgoing board members Nikki Pfannenstiel, Bob Muirhead and Sally Lowry with Board Member Emeritus status. New Officers for the HCF Board of Directors include: President - Hardy Howard, WaKeeneyVice President - Kelli Hansen, PlainvilleSecretary - Katie Dorzweiler, Hays Treasurer - David Herl, Hays [...]

Heartland Community Foundation awards over $161,000 in grants

Heartland Community Foundation awards over $161,000 in grants HAYS, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Heartland Community Foundation awarded over $161,000 to 37 projects throughout Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties. The following organizations received funding: Ellis County – The Arc of Central Plains, $8,450 to purchase and install a zip line at the park. Jana's Campaign, Inc., $4,000 to develop and implement prevention education programs for secondary and higher education institutions.Learning Cross Preschool, $7,373 to install shade and fencing for the playground.Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, $5,000 to maintain matches through COVID-19.Hays Public Library, $5,000 to assist in the construction costs of multipurpose rooms.Hays Community Theatre, $4,500 for COVID-19 relief of mortgage and maintenance[...]