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

Sep
10
Mon
6:30 pm Ellis County Strategic Doing @ Robbins Center at Fort Hays State University
Ellis County Strategic Doing @ Robbins Center at Fort Hays State University
Sep 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Sandy Jacobs at 785-621-4090 or heartland@gscf.org.   The meeting will include a webinar about how to find and secure[...]
Sep
11
Tue
12:00 pm Trego County Strategic County @ Western Kansas Cooperative Community Room
Trego County Strategic County @ Western Kansas Cooperative Community Room
Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Hardy Howard at 785-743-5791.   The meeting will include a webinar about how to find and secure[...]

Recent News

United Way of Ellis County Partners Through Strategic Doing

The United Way of Ellis County has received a $6,980 grant from Heartland Community Foundation to fund the digitization and distribution of the Ellis County Community Resource Directory. This endeavor was initiated through the Social Services Group of the Strategic Doing process. This group is a collaborative effort of various social service entities in Ellis County who identified the need to have access to and provide access to community resources. The Heartland Community Foundation grant will be used to develop an app for first responders, social and human service entities and individuals to be able to have contact information for referral[...]

Next Strategic Doing Dates Announced for Ellis, Rooks & Trego Counties

  Heartland Community Foundation announces the next Strategic Doing meetings in each county. Each meeting will include a webinar about how to find and secure additional funding sources for community improvement projects. They are open to current Strategic Doing teams, as well as others in each community who would like to learn more about current projects and the process. All meetings are free, but please see below for RSVP information. Rooks County: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, at Rooks County Health Center Education Center, at Highway 183 and Washington St. in Plainville. A pizza meal will be provided. Please RSVP to board[...]