Why Give

Why Give Through the Community Foundation?

  1. You want to leave a lasting legacy. Because of the power of endowment, the names and goals of these funds live forever creating a lasting legacy while providing sustainability for future generations. Click here to see an illustration of endowment.
  2. You want to save time and money. The Foundation provides administrative and grant making support eliminating the need for donors to set up separate institutions, formulate policies, file innumerable forms and monitor the status of grant recipients.
  3. You want flexibility. The Foundation has the flexibility to respond to the future needs of the community through variance power. If the original donor intent of a gift no longer exists, the local Board of Directors can direct the fund to other uses closely related to the donors’ interests.
  4. You want local knowledge. Our Board of Directors is composed of local community members representing the Russell County area. This local knowledge will help us to better identify and serve the needs in our communities.
  5. You need a tax deduction. The Russell County Area Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation which is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All gifts made to the Russell County Area Community Foundation are tax deductible.

 

How Can You Participate?

The great part about a community foundation is that anyone can participate, making this truly a community effort.

  1. Establish a fund to provide support for your favorite charitable organization or cause, for both today’s needs and those beyond your lifetime. (All fund types are listed on our home page slider.  Click through and see which one fits your needs the best).
  2. Contribute to any of our existing funds that match your charitable interests. (A list of our funds can be accessed by clicking through our sliders of different fund types on our home page).
  3. Support your community with a gift to the Fund for a Better Russell County Area, allowing RCACF to respond to current local needs. A gift of $5,000 or more to this fund will receive permanent name recognition.
  4. Help support the work of the Foundation by contributing to the Russell County Administrative Fund.
  5. Encourage your favorite charity to establish an organization fund to provide ongoing support for their work.
  6. Apply for a grant from the Fund for a Better Russell County Area or any of our other grants listed on our grants page.
  7. Attend community foundation events and workshops to learn more about estate planning, charitable giving, building endowments and other related topics.
  8. Tell your friends about the Russell County Area Community Foundation and the services that we provide.

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. [...]