Why Give

Why Give Through the Community Foundation?

  1. You want to leave a lasting legacy. Because of the power of endowment, the names and goals of these funds live forever creating a lasting legacy while providing sustainability for future generations. Click here to see an illustration of endowment.
  2. You want to save time and money. The Foundation provides administrative and grant making support eliminating the need for donors to set up separate institutions, formulate policies, file innumerable forms and monitor the status of grant recipients.
  3. You want flexibility. The Foundation has the flexibility to respond to the future needs of the community through variance power. If the original donor intent of a gift no longer exists, the local Board of Directors can direct the fund to other uses closely related to the donors’ interests.
  4. You want local knowledge. Our Board of Directors is composed of local community members representing the Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties area. This local knowledge will help us to better identify and serve the needs in our communities.
  5. You need a tax deduction. The Heartland Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation which is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All gifts made to the Heartland Community Foundation are tax deductible.

 

How Can You Participate?

The great part about a community foundation is that anyone can participate, making this truly a community effort.

  1. Establish a fund to provide support for your favorite charitable organization or cause, for both today’s needs and those beyond your lifetime.
  2. Contribute to any of our existing funds that match your charitable interests.
  3. Support your community with a gift to the Heartland Area Action Fund, allowing HCF to respond to current local needs.
  4. Help support the work of the Foundation by contributing to the Heartland Administrative Fund.
  5. Encourage your favorite charity to establish an organization fund to provide ongoing support for their work.
  6. Apply for a grant from the Heartland Area Action Fund or any of our other grants listed on our grants page.
  7. Attend community foundation events and workshops to learn more about estate planning, charitable giving, building endowments and other related topics.
  8. Tell your friends about the Heartland Community Foundation and the services that we provide.

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,[...]