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

Community foundation awards $56,000 in community grants

SALINA, Kan.— The Greater Salina Community Foundation recently awarded over $56,000 to 13 charitable projects and organizations in Saline County. The following organizations received funding: Ashby House, Ltd., $5,000 to install a key-card entry security door to the front of the building. USD 306 Southeast of Saline, $5,000 to purchase a CNC Plasma Table so that Agriculture Mechanics students can learn new technology and design projects. Kansas Wesleyan University, $4,684.90 to improve the sound system for Fitzpatrick Auditorium with new microphones and amplifier. Salina Art Center, $4,280 to assist with incorporating scientific concepts and vocabulary into art classes. USD 306 Southeast of Saline, $5,000 to[...]

Foundation announces opening of new grant cycle

SALINA, Kan.— The Greater Salina Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications for its February grant cycle. Online applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2021. Over $65,000 is currently available through the following funds: Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund – supports projects or programs that address arts and culture, community beautification, community social services and security, conservation and environment, education and health care. Fund for Early Childhood Care, Education and Development - supports organizations or programs whose work furthers the care, education, development, health, safety and human service needs of children ages 0-6 to better prepare them for kindergarten. Kansas[...]