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

Community foundation now accepting grant applications

Community foundation now accepting grant applications RUSSELL, Kan.—The Russell County Area Community Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due October 15, 2020. Last fall, the community foundation awarded USD 407 a grant to bring Reality U to Russell High School. Reality U is a program that works with students to implement financial goals and help them understand money management, the different sources of income, and the relationship between income and career prep. This project is significant because students will soon be on their own with these responsibilities. This program reached 130 students; students learned what the real world was like in simulation. Grantee Rashelle Schlyer said, "This grant[...]

Community foundation awards scholarships

Community foundation awards scholarships RUSSELL, Kan.— The Russell County Area Community Foundation has awarded over $310,000 in scholarships to area students for the upcoming academic year. This includes three scholarships that are being renewed for recipients from previous years. The Sean Paul Banks Memorial Scholarship is for students graduating from Russell High School who are involved in sports their senior year and maintain high academic standards. Megan Peeler and Rhett Pospichal, both of Russell received a $425 scholarship. The Adolph Boehler Student Aid Fund is for students graduating from Russell High School. Ashlynn Hobbs, Russell, received a $1,000 scholarship. Kenneth Butler, Russell, and Hunter Reddig, Russell, both received a $500 scholarship. The Doran and Bina Dole Scholarship is for[...]