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 Mitchell County area. This local knowledge will help us to better identify and serve the needs in our communities.
  5. You need a tax deduction. The Solomon Valley Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation which is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All gifts made to the Solomon Valley 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 Community Impact Fund for Solomon Valley, allowing SVCF to respond to current local needs.
  4. Help support the work of the Foundation by contributing to the Solomon Valley 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 Community Impact Fund for Solomon Valley 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 Solomon Valley Community Foundation and the services that we provide.

Recent News

November is Match Month!

  Solomon Valley Community Foundation is kicking off November MATCH Month! We have been challenged by the Dane Hansen Foundation to raise $50,000! It is a big task, but the benefits of growing our Community Impact Fund will pay off For Now and Forever! During November, every $1 donated to the Solomon Valley Community Foundation will be matched with a $1.50 from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation! If we reach our $50,000 goal, our community will receive a total of $125,000 to support community grants and foundation operations. We have levels of recognition and we are asking for a 4-year pledge. We appreciate[...]

Community foundation awards fall grants

Over $52,000 was awarded to charitable projects in Mitchell County during the Solomon Valley Community Foundation’s fall grant cycle. Grants were funded through the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund and the Community Impact Fund for Solomon Valley. The following organizations received funding: City of Glen Elder/Waconda Baseball, $6,000 for additions and improvements to enhance the baseball field. USD 272, $5,073 to support a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classroom at Lakeside Elementary School. Zion Lutheran Church, $5,000 to enhance the Zion Lutheran Church building to better serve the community. Boost Ministries Foundation, $5,000 for seating, a copier and[...]