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.

Recent News

Heartland Community Foundation awards over $163,000 in grants

  The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, recently awarded over $163,000 in fall grants to area organizations across the three counties. Grants were funded through the foundation’s Heartland Area Action Fund, Dane G. Hansen Community Action Fund, Heartland Healthy Living Fund, Kansas Health Foundation Fund and the Legacy Funds for Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties. The following organizations received funding: Ellis County The Arc of Central Plains, $15,000 to purchase sensory equipment for a new Accessible Recreation Complex playground. O'Loughlin Elementary PTA, $10,000 for new playground equipment at O'Loughlin Elementary. Grow Hays, $10,000 for technology upgrades to BriefSpace meeting[...]

Heartland Community Foundation welcomes new board officers

The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties is pleased to introduce new board officers for 2019. The following individuals will serve in the following roles: Nikki Pfannenstiel, Sunflower Electric, president; Hardy Howard, WaKeeney city administrator, vice president; Chris Sook, Jeter Law Firm, secretary; and Dave Herl, Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball, treasurer. “Heartland benefits from a dedicated and hardworking board of directors,” said Pfannenstiel. “I am honored to serve among this excellent group of volunteers for betterment of the foundation and the community.” Additionally, the board welcomes new member Gina Riedel from Ellis County. As a coach, speaker,[...]