An Affiliate of Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation

Affiliate Board

Cora A. House

Dale Schields

Kris Yost

Melanie Daise

Jeff Bhend
Jessica Cole
Jeff Deeds
Tyson Livengood
Candi Owens
Ron Schilling


Stephanie Kling, Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

Sherman County Community Foundation
PO Box 888
Goodland, KS 67735
785-734-2406 (GNWKCF – Phone)
785-734-2412 (GNWKCF – Fax)

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Sherman 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 Sherman County Community Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the community for present and future generations. The Foundation is a non-profit vehicle for all means to make a lasting difference in our community. It is the goal of the Foundation to provide leadership and act as a catalyst in identifying and addressing evolving community needs.

Foundation Funds:

  • Black and Gold Booster Club Fund

The Black and Gold Booster Club Fund was one of the original funds of SCCF, established to provide operational support for the Black and Gold Booster Club and support for any USD 352 activities. The “Bushels for Bleachers” project, replacing the bleachers and seating within the Max Jones Field House, was a large project of the Sherman County Community Foundation and Black and Gold Booster Club Fund.  Lighting and signage were replaced as well; an added enhancement to their wonderful facility which has been enjoyed by many throughout the years.

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  • Brianna Linin Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Brianna Linin Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to fund a scholarship, in memory of Brianna Linin of Goodland, a 5 year old girl who had a huge heart and a big smile; she lost her fight to cancer but her legacy lives on.  This scholarship fund began awarding to its first recipients in the year 2017, Brianna’s classmates.

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

To date, Sherman 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 Sherman County benefit. Qualifying entities may apply online; grants are awarded through a competitive application process. The Hansen Foundation has announced that the funding will continue through 2025, providing continual county-wide participation in the Sherman 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.

  • Sherman County Community Foundation Endowment Fund

Thanks to generous “matching” opportunities provided by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation these past few years, Sherman County Community Foundation has been able to establish and build this endowment fund that will continue to benefit Sherman County projects “forever”!  Grant funding will be made available for distribution based off the net income each year.

  • Sherman County Community Initiative Fund

The Sherman County Community Initiative Fund was established for general grantmaking, community projects and programs, and general operations of the Sherman County Community Foundation.

Other Funds:

  • Elizabeth Laing House Fund
  • Gennifer Golden House Family Fund
  • Sherman County Community Foundation Operating Fund
  • Sherman 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 Sherman County Community Foundation board members or staff to learn more, or contact GNWKCF directly at 785-734-2406.

Other Information

Sherman County Community Foundation Brochure
Sherman County Benefits of Charitable Giving
Give a Gift of Grain – Donation BrochureBlue Bow
Purchase or Redeem a Giving Card

Need to find a gift for someone who has everything? Give a Giving Card. Much like retail gift cards, Giving Cards are given to celebrate birthdays, holidays, a job well done, or other special occasions. Giving Cards can be redeemed to benefit any 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States (including schools, churches and synagogues).

Keep 5 in Kansas 

Providing for family is important, but what about those who also want to support the community where they raised their family, earned a living and enjoyed a good life?  Sherman County Community Foundation can help provide opportunities for both!!  Visit with a foundation board member or staff member who can help discuss what’s important to you.  As little as 5% to the community foundation through an estate gift, can help make an impact in our local communities!

To learn how you can Keep 5 in Sherman County, visit, or click HERE for the Keep 5 in Kansas brochure.