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 9 staff members in the Salina office, one in the Russell office, and one in Hays.

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 14 regional affiliate foundations and serve 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 $200 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

Greater Salina Community Foundation awards $41,000 in community grants

SALINA, Kan.— The Greater Salina Community Foundation recently awarded over $41,000 to 11 charitable projects and organizations in Saline County. The following organizations received funding: Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas, $5,000 to purchase playground equipment for children who access DVACK services at the organization’s new facility.Heartland Early Education, $5,000 for food to send home with children, birth to age five, with food insecurities.  Salina Innovation Foundation, $4,929 to update The Temple’s wheelchair lift and ensure accessibility for the whole community.Salina Rescue Mission, $4,726.49 to replace the salad bar and add air curtains to the food preparation area.Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina, $4,200 to host a weekly study hall for “littles.”Salina Media Connection, $4,000[...]

Community foundation sponsors SAYP's Party with a Purpose

Congratulations to the Love, Chloe Foundation! They were the grand prize winners at the Salina Area Young Professionals 3rd Annual Party with a Purpose Lip Sync Battle, held Friday, September 6, 2019, at Paramout Bar. As the winners, they received a check for $2,019.  In addition to a sponsorship from the community foundation, the event raised funds through raffle ticket sales and a $5 charge for all attendees. Other nonprofit participants included the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank, the Salina Alzheimer's Association and Ashby House. The Love, Chloe Foundation makes it to the final round of the lip sync battle at Party With[...]