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

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 [...]