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, Jessica Martin. 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

Community foundation accepting fall grant applications

Community foundation accepting fall grant applications HAYS, Kan.—The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, is accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications open September 15 and are due Sunday, November 15, 2020. Last fall, the foundation awarded Redbud Village funding to update their dining facilities. This provided a comfortable atmosphere for residents, staff and guests. “Our residents look forward to inviting their family to see the new furniture and enjoy a meal. Without the help of the foundation, our residents would still be using the old restaurant style tables, that were loose, chipped and unsightly,” said grantee Megan Zahn. This year, over $190,000 is available to charitable projects in[...]

Heartland Community Foundation welcomes new board members

Heartland Community Foundation welcomes new board members HAYS, Kan.—The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties is pleased to announce new board members for the 2021 fiscal year. New Board Members: Ellis County – Jenne Dempewolf Todd Powell Rooks County – Donna Hudson-HamiltonKayla Hilbrink Honored outgoing board members with Board Member Emeritus: The foundation has also honored outgoing board members Nikki Pfannenstiel, Bob Muirhead and Sally Lowry with Board Member Emeritus status. New Officers for the HCF Board of Directors include: President - Hardy Howard, WaKeeneyVice President - Kelli Hansen, PlainvilleSecretary - Katie Dorzweiler, Hays Treasurer - David Herl, Hays [...]