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 greater Salina area. This local knowledge will help us to better identify and serve the needs in our communities.
  5. You need a tax deduction. The Greater Salina Community Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All gifts made to the Greater Salina 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. (All fund types are listed on our home page slider.  Click through and see which one fits your needs the best).
  2. Contribute to any of our existing funds that match your charitable interests. (A list of our funds can be accessed by clicking through our sliders of different fund types on our home page).
  3. Support your community with a gift to the Fund for Greater Salina, allowing GSCF to respond to current local needs. A gift of $5,000 or more to this fund will receive permanent name recognition.
  4. Help support the work of the Foundation by contributing to the Greater Salina 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 Fund for Greater Salina 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 Greater Salina Community Foundation and the services that we provide.

Recent News

Match Madness raises over $270,000 for area nonprofits

The Greater Salina Community Foundation hosted Salina’s 7th annual Match Madness giving day on Thursday, March 15, at Salina Fieldhouse. In 24 hours, over $270,000 was raised for 75 area nonprofit organizations through donations and bonus prizes. A total of 744 unique donors contributed a record-breaking total of $267,755.45 through 1,815 gifts. This is the highest total dollar amount and number of gifts raised in the event’s history. “The generosity of this community continues to amaze me,” said Jessica Martin, president and executive director of the foundation. “We are so lucky to have such strong nonprofits in the Salina area, and the[...]

Match Madness set for March 15 at Salina Fieldhouse

The Greater Salina Community Foundation will host Salina’s seventh annual Match Madness giving day on Thursday, March 15, 2018. On this day, donors can multiply their impact when they give to one or more of the 75 participating charities. All donations will go to a participating organization’s endowed fund held at the Greater Salina Community Foundation. These funds are permanently invested to produce a steady stream of income charities can count on every year, which eases the pressure to raise annual funds. On March 15, every gift to a nonprofit’s endowed fund will be matched up to 50% with a cash grant[...]