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

Kansas Profile – Now That’s Rural: Angie Muller, Russell County Area Community Foundation

Written by Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University. https://blogs.k-state.edu/kansasprofile/2019/04/24/kansas-profile-now-thats-rural-angie-muller-russell-county-area-community-foundation/?fbclid=IwAR1OLYmotodxs3P9rJ2vnCz5vusUo2SpRH0w_c3j_k17F0wz6zFpBaojMkY#more-873 Audio and text files of Kansas Profiles are available at http://www.kansasprofile.com. For more information about the Huck Boyd Institute, interested persons can visit http://www.huckboydinstitute.org. [...]

RCACF awards $44,300 in grants to support Russell County Area

The Russell County Area Community Foundation is pleased to award $44,300 in grants to organizations that benefit the Russell County area, including support for education and the arts. Funding comes from the Kansas Health Foundation Children's Fund and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.  Deines Cultural CenterGallery Space for Second-Floor Landing, $8,675 Lovegrass Music FestivalBluegrass Festival at Wilson Lake, $1,500 Post Rock Family Services & Lambda Epsilon Sorority Little Free Book Nook, $800Russell Arts Council Ad Astra Festival Billboard & Banner, $1,437 Ad Astra Festival High School Honor Choir, $1,500 Russell County Food Pantry Food Pantry Revitalization, $10,244   Russell Development Inc. Walking Trail Statue, $3,200Russell Pride[...]