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

2017 Year-End Giving Information

Here are some tips for completing your 2017 gifts to the Foundation before the end of the year. If you have any questions about year-end giving, contact Susan Weis, Director of Finance, at 785-823-1800 or susanweis@gscf.org. To Make Your Gift by Check: Date your check on or before December 31, 2017. Mail via U.S. Postal Service with a postmark on or before December 31. All checks should be mailed, shipped or hand delivered to: Heartland Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1673, Hays, KS 67601 Note: Checks that are mailed through the U.S. Postal service with a postmark and check date before December 31,[...]

Heartland Community Foundation grants over $145,500

The Heartland Community Foundation awarded a total of $145,526 to 30 nonprofit organizations in Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties during its fall grant cycle. Grants were funded by the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, the Heartland Area Action Fund and the Heartland Healthy Living Fund/Kansas Health Foundation Fund The following organizations received funding: High Plains Mental Health Center, $10,445 for Youth Mental Health First Aid expansion. Trego County Sheriff's Office, $10,000 for an impaired driving education and awareness program for high school students. Rooks County Healthcare Foundation, $9,007 to purchase temperature and humidity monitors for every critical storage unit and[...]