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.

Recent News

Apply Now for Russell Area Youth Activities Fund

  Students heading back to school are reminded that the Russell Area Youth Activities Fund is available to support extracurricular activities, such as scouting, sports, music and the arts. The fund helps kids, particularly pre-teens, who would otherwise be unable financially to participate. To apply, click here. You must apply at least two weeks prior the activity. Grants are limited to $200 per applicant or $400 per household, per year. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by a local grants committee. For more information, contact Angie Muller, RCACF Executive Director, at 785-445-3611 or email rcacf@eaglecom.net. [...]

Apply now for fall grants!

The Russell County Area Community Foundation is now accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Monday, October 15, 2018. Over $60,000 is available through the following: Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund - available for programs and projects that address education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification. Helen A. Hampl Student Aid Fund - provides aid to Russell County students in preschool and grade school. Grant applications should be submitted by teachers. Russell Schools Apple Seed Fund - supports projects that enhance the education of Russell public school students. [...]