Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to build permanent endowment funds and meet charitable community needs. The Foundation achieves its mission by:

  • Enabling donors to fulfill their charitable desires
  • Increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations to fulfill their individual missions
  • Facilitating prudent management and care of funds
  • Promoting community philanthropy through education
  • Providing affiliate services to neighboring communities
  • Meeting needs through grants, scholarships, and pass-through funds

Our History

The Foundation was established in 1999 by a committed group of individuals who wanted to create a vehicle that would promote endowment building in the Salina community.  The group recruited a Board of Directors who donated the funds and time to complete the paperwork to create the nonprofit corporation.  A founding donor campaign was initiated and completed within the first year.  Board members secured $2.9 million in gifts and pledges from more than 100 donors to form an administrative endowment for Foundation operations.  In 2000, the Foundation’s first Executive Director was hired and served in the role until 2015.  Today, the Foundation has grown to six staff members in the Salina office and one in the Russell office.

The Foundation’s name was chosen with care to reflect a desire not to limit the scope of its work within the boundaries of Salina.  With Salina being the “hub” of a region of smaller communities, the Board of Directors felt it was important to allow these smaller communities to be included, thus resulting in the addition of the word “Greater” to its name.  The first affiliate was established in 2000.  Additional affiliates were added over the years and GSCF now hosts twelve regional affiliate foundations and serves north central Kansas.

Since 1999, the Foundation has enabled donors to generously contribute through its 501(c)(3) status to benefit charitable organizations in Salina and throughout the nation.  The first Foundation Board set a goal to have $10 million in assets in 10 years.  On the Foundation’s 10th anniversary, GSCF had assets of more than $50 million and had distributed more than $20 million on behalf of its donors.  The Foundation’s assets are now over $145 million. Currently it is the largest community foundation in the state and has grown to include more than 600 funds, serving the needs of hundreds of nonprofits, initiatives and funds throughout greater Salina and north central Kansas.

The Greater Salina Community Foundation continues its vision to multiply the impact of charitable giving by connecting community members, nonprofits and other partners to look forward to a brighter future.  Much has been accomplished and we are ready to do more.

View this timeline to see brief snippets of the Foundation’s growth over time.

Recent News

Major Grants Awarded for Development Projects

Story written by: Gary Demuth, Salina Journal The next three years are going to be a prosperous time for local artists and residents of north Salina, thanks to a financial windfall from the Greater Salina Community Foundation. The Foundation, through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Grant Fund and the Fund for Greater Salina, has awarded large, multi-year grants to two Salina development projects. North Salina Community Development, Inc., will receive $150,000 from the Hansen Foundation for the North Town District Neighborhood Improvement Project in installments of $60,000, $50,000 and $40,000 over the next three years.  The Artists Initiative for Creative Ingenuity, Healing[...]

Assaria Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

The Greater Salina Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for the Assaria Community Fund.  Grants are limited to charitable grants that improve the quality of life for citizens of Assaria, KS. Grant requests may not exceed $1,500. All grant applications are due June 1 and must be submitted through the Foundation's online grant system to be considered. To find out more about the grant guidelines, go to http://gscf.org/search-apply-for-a-grant. In the past, grants from this fund have supported the Assaria Community Garden and new playground equipment at the Assaria Family Park. For more information, please call Jessica Martin, Grants & Scholarships Coordinator, at 785-823-1800.[...]