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.

Upcoming Events

Jun
11
Mon
6:00 pm SPARC Grant Information Workshop @ Masonic Hall
SPARC Grant Information Workshop @ Masonic Hall
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
SPARC Grant Information Workshop @ Masonic Hall
Nonprofit organizations, government entities and others interested in applying for the new SPARC grant are invited to attend an information workshop on Monday, June 11, 6:00 pm at the Masonic Hall in Russell. Participants will[...]

Recent News

RCACF launches SPARC grant program

  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 to address current and future community needs[...]

RCACF grants $28,711 to USD 407

The Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) recently awarded $28,711 in grants to USD 407. "RCACF is pleased to partner with USD 407 to provide students and teachers grants that support a terrific learning environment," said Angie Muller, executive director. The school district will receive $18,000 to support the Small World Initiative, a research-based program from Yale University that helps students study microbiology, learn cutting-edge STEM applications, and increase their achievement at Russell High School. Russell High School was also awarded $6,820 to purchase equipment for Bronco Media so students can expand original content and events coverage to include sports, musicals, board meetings,[...]