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 $9 million and nearly 60 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, Bill Grevas. 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

Jun
11
Mon
6:00 pm SPARC Grant Information Workshop @ Masonic Hall
SPARC Grant Information Workshop @ Masonic Hall
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
SPARC Grant Information Workshop @ Masonic Hall
Nonprofit organizations, government entities and others interested in applying for the new SPARC grant are invited to attend an information workshop on Monday, June 11, 6:00 pm at the Masonic Hall in Russell. Participants will[...]

Recent News

RCACF launches SPARC grant program

  The Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) is pleased to announce the availability of a new grant program called SPARC - The Strategic Partnership for the Advancement of Russell County. This is RCACF's largest grant program to date, awarding $75,000 to $175,000 over a multi-year period toward a project that promotes significant economic development, community collaboration, and has long-term, measured impact. The new program is funded by the generosity of the Russell County Area Community Foundation for the broad benefit of Russell County. RCACF was established in 2001 to create a permanent source of philanthropy to address current and future community needs[...]

RCACF grants $28,711 to USD 407

The Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) recently awarded $28,711 in grants to USD 407. "RCACF is pleased to partner with USD 407 to provide students and teachers grants that support a terrific learning environment," said Angie Muller, executive director. The school district will receive $18,000 to support the Small World Initiative, a research-based program from Yale University that helps students study microbiology, learn cutting-edge STEM applications, and increase their achievement at Russell High School. Russell High School was also awarded $6,820 to purchase equipment for Bronco Media so students can expand original content and events coverage to include sports, musicals, board meetings,[...]