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

Plainville High School Hosts RoCo Prep for Success

Plainville High School is excited to host RoCo Prep for Success, an ACT preparatory workshop for students and professional development for staff members in an effort to increase ACT test scores for college-bound students. Due to a generous grant from Heartland Community Foundation, this opportunity will be provided for not only Plainville High School, but also students and staff from Stockton High School and Palco High School. During the morning of September 13, a four-hour workshop was held at Plainville High School for teachers of Language Arts, Math, and Science from Plainville, Stockton, and Palco High Schools. The focus of this[...]

Community foundation accepting applications for fall grants

HAYS, Kan.—The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, is accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Thursday, November 15, 2018. A total of $150,000 is available to charitable projects in Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties through the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, with $50,000 available per county. Focused on improving quality of life, grants will support education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification. Funding is limited to projects in Ellis, Rooks and Trego counties and will be awarded through a competitive application process.[...]