Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance quality of life, today and in the future, by:

  • Enabling donors to fulfill their charitable desires
  • Building a permanent endowment
  • Facilitating prudent management and care of funds
  • Meeting needs through grants, awards, and scholarships;

Our Vision

By 2015, the Russell County Area Community Foundation will become the foremost philanthropic organization serving donors seeking to benefit the Russell County Area. The Foundation will pursue this vision by increasing the community awareness and understanding of how to establish component funds and ways to accomplish local gifting that RCACF can uniquely provide. The Foundation will further promote existing endowment funds within the Foundation.

Our History

On July 16, 2001, local civic leaders saw the need to create a permanent source of philanthropy to address current and future community needs through grant making and partnerships. In response to this need, the Russell County Area Community Foundation was formed by affiliating with the already established Greater Salina Community Foundation, serving as a vehicle for charitable giving benefiting the entire Russell County and the areas served by USD 399 and USD 407.

Today, our foundation has assets over $15 million and over 70 charitable funds created by generous people like you.

Over the years, our local board and our donors have directed more than $1 million to meaningful causes and issues- from the arts and early child education to historic preservation and hunger relief. Hundreds of students have attended college with help from our scholarships.

The foundation believes that as a community we are stronger than we are as individuals. This belief is reflected in our rope logo.

“The idea of a rope– individual fibers braided together to make a stronger whole– inspired this design. The same principle applies in a community: many individuals and groups working together to do what cannot be done alone. The Community Foundation provides a ‘rope’ for this area, enabling projects and furthering creative ideas that might unravel without community help and support.”
– Pamela Harris, Designer

The Russell County Area Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation in Salina, Kansas. The Greater Salina Community Foundation was established in 1999 and is led by executive director, Jessica Martin. Currently, the Greater Salina Community Foundation hosts 13 regional affiliate foundations and has more than $200 million in assets, including its affiliate assets.

Upcoming Events

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9:30 am Grant Writing Workshop
Grant Writing Workshop
Dec 10 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Grant Writing Workshop
Grants are a vital piece in your community’s funding puzzle and you can help. Please join us for a grant writing workshop Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm at the Dole-Specter[...]

Recent News

Deadline Nearing for IRA Charitable Contributions

If you are 70½ years old or older, you can make an impact on your favorite charity by making a gift from your IRA to a fund at the community foundation. This is an easy and effective way to make a gift that helps satisfy your required minimum distribution, while also reducing your taxable income. Who can take advantage of the IRA charitable rollover provision? If you have an IRA and are 70½ or older, you and your spouse (each) can take a tax-free charitable distribution from your IRA.Who can receive the gift? The IRA must be gifted directly to[...]

RCACF now accepting applications for Fall 2019 Grants

RUSSELL, Kan.—The Russell County Area Community Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Last fall, Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas (DSNWK) was awarded a community foundation grant to purchase a new I-Lift 450 Power Lift and extend the wheelchair-accessible outdoor patio at the Pioneer Developmental Center, a day service program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “DSNWK envisions a world free of barriers where people with disabilities are included in all aspects of community life. Unfortunately, getting outside hasn't been easily accessible and was often challenging for people with disabilities,” said grantee Cynthia Davis. “In this case, the patio extension has been a[...]