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 welcomes new board members

The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties is pleased to announce that Katie Dorzweiler and Josh Dreher have joined the foundation board. A McLouth, Kansas, native, Dorzweiler moved to Hays in 2005 to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree and now considers Ellis County her home. She is currently the director of Eagle Marketing Solutions, which encompasses commercial video production, digital marketing and Hays Post advertising. Dorzweiler enjoys being active in the Hays community. She is an member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, an ambassador for the Hays Chamber of Commerce and a board member for[...]

Heartland Community Foundation awards over $165,000 in grants

The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, recently awarded over $165,000 in spring grants to area organizations across the three counties. The following organizations received funding through the foundation’s Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Funds for Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, the Kansas Health Foundation Fund, the Stockton Community Fund and the Trego Legacy Fund. Ellis County John's Lutheran Church of Ellis, $8,687 for a high-efficiency heating and air conditioning unit. The Arc of Central Plains, $8,500 to install a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round at the Hays Accessible Recreation Complex. High Plains Mental Health Center, $6,024 for a public education and outreach project[...]