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 Fall Grants

RUSSELL, Kan.—The Russell County Area Community Foundation is accepting applications for fall grants until October 15. Approximately $94,400 total in grants are available to area nonprofit organizations, municipalities, schools and other qualified charitable recipients that support the Russell County area. Please apply at www.rcacf.net. The Foundation will grant approximately $34,000 from the Fund for a Better Russell County Area. Funding for these grants comes from the generosity of donors who contribute to the Foundation's unrestricted grant fund which allows the board of directors to respond to emerging needs and problems. Examples of past grants include community park development, the arts, recreation, education and[...]

Let's Make Russell County Great is Sept 7

Please join us for a public meeting on Thursday, Sept 7, 6:30 pm at Fossil Creek Hotel, Russell to brainstorm ways to make Russell County an even greater place to live. This is the second in a series of meetings hosted by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) and Russell County Economic Development and CVB. "The purpose of the meeting is to promote strategic-doing, a process that brings civic leaders together to prioritize and collaborate on areas that could transform Russell County, such as investment in parks, the arts, downtown revitalization, rural housing, entrepreneurship, tourism, and economic[...]