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

Strategic Doing Re-Start meeting set for Rooks county

The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego counties, has scheduled the Strategic Doing meeting for Rooks County. The Rooks County meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, November 4, at the Rooks County Health Department conference room (upstairs), 426 Main, Stockton Kansas. Results of the working groups from the September meeting will be shared. Additionally, other project ideas will be identified, and project teams will be formed for discussion and action. Strategic Doing is an engaging process that actively helps residents implement their ideas for community improvement projects. New ideas and working groups are encouraged to attend and[...]

Deadline Nearing for IRA Charitable Contributions

If you are 70½ years old or older, you can make an impact on your favorite charity by making a gift from your IRA to a fund at the community foundation. This is an easy and effective way to make a gift that helps satisfy your required minimum distribution, while also reducing your taxable income. Who can take advantage of the IRA charitable rollover provision?If you have an IRA and are 70½ or older, you and your spouse (each) can take a tax-free charitable distribution from your IRA. Who can receive the gift? The IRA must be gifted directly to[...]