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The mission of Sheridan County Community Foundation is to encourage, prudently manage, and distribute charitable contributions to improve the quality of life in Sheridan County residents, now and in the future.

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Think about the future of your Ellsworth County. Does it have what it needs to be a great place for generations to come? How can you make sure it does? The answer is simple: Keep 5 in Kansas! By investing in Ellsworth County through the Smoky Hills Community Foundation, we’ll have permanent funding to support our schools, hospital, parks and nonprofits…for tomorrow’s residents.

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Amber Peschka
Board Chair
Allison Koch
Board Vice-Chair
Sarah Dlabal
Board Treasurer
Gary Everett
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Kendra Ploutz
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Sherry Johnson
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Amanda Webb
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Chris Tully
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Sandy Robinson
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Kimbree Hopkins
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Cheryl Rathburn
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Colby Richard
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Ellsworth, KS 67439-0265

785-810-1235

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The Foundation became an affiliate of GNWKCF in 2012. An affiliate is a collection of community funds to increase philanthropic giving in a geographic area. Both endowed and non-endowed funds are developed to provide financial support to 501(c)(3) and other qualifying nonprofit organizations and for charitable purposes to benefit area residents.

The mission of Sheridan County Community Foundation is to encourage, prudently manage, and distribute charitable contributions to improve the quality of life in Sheridan County residents, now and in the future.

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Colby Richard
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Amber Peschka
Board Chair
Allison Koch
Board Vice-Chair
Sarah Dlabal
Board Treasurer
Gary Everett
Board Member
Kendra Ploutz
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Sherry Johnson
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Amanda Webb
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Chris Tully
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Sandy Robinson
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Kimbree Hopkins
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Keep 5 in Kansas

Think about the future of your Ellsworth County. Does it have what it needs to be a great place for generations to come? How can you make sure it does? The answer is simple: Keep 5 in Kansas! By investing in Ellsworth County through the Smoky Hills Community Foundation, we’ll have permanent funding to support our schools, hospital, parks and nonprofits…for tomorrow’s residents.

Learn More

Donor Advised Funds (DAF’s)

Donors receive charitable gift receipts for the contributions to their established DAF.  The fund is normally named in someone’s memory or established as a “Family Fund”, however, the donor(s) may personalize as they wish.  The donor(s) are setup as the advisors to their Fund, which allows them to make all grant recommendations from their DAF.  Grant recommendations must be to qualifying charitable 501(c)(3) organizations, educational, government or religious entities per IRS rules.  The donor(s) may name succeeding generations as successor advisors or transition it to the Foundation to advise over upon donor(s) death.

Contact one of our
Smoky Hills Community Foundation
board members or staff to learn more, or contact GNWKCF directly at 785-734-2406.

Visit Ellsworth County

Learn about what you can do in Ellsworth County and perhaps you can visit one day.

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Types of Funds

Designated Funds

Funds which support a specific charitable organization or community foundation designated in the establishing documents.

Donor Advised Funds

A charitable fund in which the donor recommends grants to charitable organizations of his / her choice. Download more information HERE.

Field of Interest Funds

A fund established to provide grants to specific causes (not just one specific charity) you designate such as the arts, education, health and human services, a geographic location, or the environment. Download more information HERE.

Organizational Funds

A fund specific to a named community foundation or charitable organization.

Scholarship Funds

A fund to disburse scholarships to students meeting a set criteria (geographic, field of study, academic performance, community service, etc.), generally on a competitive basis, to be used for educational expenses. Scholarships are made payable to the educational institution on behalf of the student and not payable directly to the student.

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Unrestricted Fund

A fund in which a  broad range of interests and activities may receive grants empowering the community foundation to make strategic grants wherever the greatest need and opportunity exists.

Endowed vs Non-Endowed

Donations made to an ENDOWMENT fund are intended to be given for perpetuity. The principal funds are invested and only the earnings are available for charitable grants.

Donations made to a NON-ENDOWED fund may be granted at any time per the guidelines of the established fund.

Not to add confusion to the mix, there is also a QUASI-ENDOWED fund which in essence is still an endowment fund with some prevision that principal may be accessed at the organization’s discretion when there are extenuating circumstances.

Regardless of endowment status, all funds are still subject to donor restrictions or intents per establishing documents.

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