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 $15 million and over 70 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, Jessica Martin. 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

Community foundation awards over $52,000 in spring grants

Community foundation awards over $52,000 in spring grants RUSSELL, Kan.— The Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) is pleased to award $52,869 in grants to 13 organizations that benefit the Russell County area. Funding comes from the Dane G. Hanson Community Grant Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund, and the Fund for a Better Russell. The following organizations received funding:   Russell Regional Hospital, $4,470 to help fund Live Well Russell County. USD 407, $7,500 for improvements to the Bickerdyke Elementary School playground. City of Lucas, $2,800 to help fund Lucas Public Library’s new building furnishings. Russell Regional Hospital, $2,050 to host a free health fair for local[...]

Community foundation now accepting spring grant applications

Community foundation now accepting spring grant applications RUSSELL, Kan.—The Russell County Area Community Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Monday, March 15, 2021. Last spring, the Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas- Pioneer Developmental Center in Russell was awarded grant funding from the community foundation to purchase new conference room furniture. The award went specifically to the current and new conference rooms for Kid-Link staff to hold meetings and consultations that serve the children (aged 0-3) of Russell County. This project allowed for additional space and seating to allow Kid-Link to meet the specific needs of each child[...]