An Affiliate of Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation

Affiliate Board

Michelle Foote

Harry Joe Pratt
Vice Chair

Jodi Rogers
Secretary / Treasurer

Whitney Bainter
Mike Mense
Teri Moss
Danielle Schiltz
William Slipke

Youth Advisory Board

Brady Jones
Carson Ochs


Karl Pratt, Executive Director

Contact Information

Sheridan County Community Foundation
PO Box 445
Hoxie, KS 67740

785-675-1240 – Phone

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Sheridan County Community Foundation

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 non-profit 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.

Foundation Funds:

  • Cultivate Sheridan County Fund

The Fund was established in 2017  through a matching initiative provided by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.   Incoming donations into this endowment fund were eligible for a $1 for $1 match up to $50,000 during the designated Match Month.  The Hansen Foundation has pledged to continue this annual match challenge through 2025.

  • Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Grant Fund for Sheridan County

To date, Sheridan County is one of 26 counties in northwest Kansas that has been awarded 14 rounds of $50,000 grants from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, with 12 of those county funds established through the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation. This grant fund was established in March 2015 to allow qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; or educational, governmental or religious institutes per IRS, to apply for funding assistance for projects intended for Sheridan County benefit. Qualifying entities may apply online; grants are awarded through a competitive application process.  The Hansen Foundation has guaranteed additional rounds of funding to continue through 2025, providing continual county-wide participation in the Sheridan County Strategic Doing Initiative, but this funding will adjust to $25,000 increments as of April 2022.  For criteria and application information, click here.

Click HERE to see a list of all grants awarded from January 2017 to April 2019.

  • Gerald A. & Darlene R. Schaffer Fund

Thanks to the Schaffer Family, this newly established endowment Fund will provide grant funding to projects and organizations within Hoxie and Sheridan County.  Grant oversight and awards will be determined by the SCCF Board of Directors.

  • Kathy Bergin-Schiltz Memorial Fund

The Kathy Bergin-Schiltz Memorial Fund was established to honor Kathy; supporting programs and causes that would have been important to her. To learn more about Kathy and her passions in life, click here.

  • Opal and Adolph Harris Estate Scholarship Fund for Hoxie

A memorial scholarship to honor Opal and Adolph Harris was established with the foundation; first scholarships awarded were in 2016.

  • SCCF Benefit Fund

This Fund supports any charitable cause to benefit residents in Sheridan County, Kansas and/or the communities within as determined by the SCCF Board of Directors.

  • Selden Community Fund

This endowment Fund was established in 2021 to assist with projects and needs within the Selden community.  The City of Selden board will provide oversight of this Fund.  Donors may continue to make contributions and leave memorial donations that will provide grant funding for generations to come.

  • Sheridan County Community Initiative Fund

The Sheridan County Community Initiative Fund was established to support community development projects and programs in Sheridan County, Kansas.

  • Sheridan County Health Complex Fund

The Sheridan County Health Complex Fund was established to accept charitable contributions to provide funding for operations and for facility improvements for the Sheridan County Health Complex.

  • Youth on the Move Fund

The Youth on the Move Fund has been established to offer opportunities to Sheridan County youth.

  • Youth on the Move Scholarship Fund

Two scholarship awards are made from this fund annually to Hoxie USD 412 seniors who have been actively engaged in the community, especially youth activities, during their high school career.

Other Funds:

  • Bainter Family Fund
  • Sheridan County Community Foundation Operating Fund
  • Sheridan County Community Foundation Operating Endowment Fund
  • 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 Sheridan County Community Foundation board members or staff to learn more, or contact GNWKCF directly at 785-734-2406.

Other Information

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Keep 5 in Kansas

Think about the future of your Sheridan 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 Sheridan County through the Sheridan County Community Foundation, we’ll have permanent funding to support our schools, hospital, parks and nonprofits…for tomorrow’s residents.

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