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

GSCF's COVID-19 Response

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to update our valued partners about actions GSCF is taking during this time. We are working proactively to: Provide timely and accurate support and service to our clients, grantees and advisors.Ensure the safety of our staff and event attendees.Protect the organization’s assets. The Greater Salina Community Foundation’s office is closed to the public, effective Monday, March 23 as part of recommended social distancing protocols. While our physical space will be closed, our full team will continue to serve our donors and community remotely. Virtual Office – How to Contact Us The first and best[...]

Community foundation announces Match Madness changes amid public health concerns

The Greater Salina Community Foundation has issued the following statement regarding changes to the Match Madness giving day event, scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020: After careful consideration of public health concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the public Match Madness event at the Salina Fieldhouse on March 19. While we are disappointed that we don’t get to celebrate with all of you in person, this decision was made in the best interest of our donors, nonprofits, and community. The Match Madness giving day will still take place virtually, however. We are still collecting donations to your[...]