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.

Recent News

RCACF awards $54,500 in grants to support Russell County Area

RCACF awards $54,500 in grants to support Russell County Area  The Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) is pleased to award $54,500 in grants to organizations that benefit the Russell County area, including support for education, first responders, the arts and senior citizens. Funding comes from the Kansas Health Foundation Children's Fund and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.  Black Gold Pheasants Forever, Russell High School Trap Team, $400 Developmental Services Northwest Kansas, Pioneer Development Center Kid-Link, $1,500 Lovegrass Music Festival, 4th Annual Music Festival, $1,500 Lucas Arts & Humanities Council, 25-year Retrospective of Outsider Art, $1,000 Luray Fire Department, SCBA Masks, $2,300 Luray Senior Center, Ramps and Stairs to Senior Center, $2,700 Russell Arts Council, Free Family Movies at Dream Theater, $1,000 Russell Arts Council, Ad Astra Music Festival Opera Preview,[...]

Community Foundation Match Month Campaign

I Love Russell County, Community Foundation Match Month Campaign The Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) exists to preserve our rural way of life. In February, we have the bold goal to raise $50,000 as part of the I Love Russell County Campaign to strengthen the Fund for a Better Russell County Area, a permanent endowment that awards grants for parks, recreation, schools, the arts, public health, economic development and more. Here are some ways grants from the Fund for a Better Russell County Area help our local communities:    Promote Post Rock Country as a major tourism destination through the work of the newly formed Post Rock Coalition in[...]