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

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1:00 pm SPARC Collaboration Workshop @ Masonic Hall
SPARC Collaboration Workshop @ Masonic Hall
Aug 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
SPARC Collaboration Workshop @ Masonic Hall
  This workshop is for all who are interested in applying for a SPARC grant. It will feature Patty Clark, an expert on helping you further develop your project, see its strategic impact, and find collaborative[...]

Recent News

SPARC Collaboration Workshop is August 1

  Nonprofit organizations, government entities and others interested in applying for the new SPARC grant are invited to attend a Collaboration Workshop on August 1, from 9 am until noon at the Masonic Hall, 115 E. Wisconsin, Russell. The theme is "Go Slow to Go Fast" and will be led by Patty Clark, an expert on rural communities and policy. SPARC - The Strategic Partnership for the Advancement of Russell County - is the Russell County Area Community Foundation's (RCACF) 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[...]

RCACF launches SPARC grant program

  CLICK HERE FOR HELPFUL TOOLS AND APPLICATION RESOURCES! 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[...]