Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to meet charitable community needs through leadership, grants and donor services.  The Foundation achieves its mission by:

  • Building permanent endowments which benefit local communities;
  • Inspiring and enabling donors to fulfill their charitable desires;
  • Facilitating prudent management and care of funds;
  • Increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations to fulfill their individual missions;
  • Advocating for issues which promote community philanthropy;
  • Facilitating grants, awards, and scholarships

Our History

The Ottawa County Community Foundation was founded on September 30, 2009, to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving benefiting communities in Ottawa County. The Foundation is a permanent source of charitable assets to meet both emerging and existing needs of the local communities.

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 Ottawa County 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 14 regional affiliate foundations and has more than $200 million in assets, including its affiliate assets.

Recent News

Community foundation announces scholarship recipients

The Ottawa County Community Foundation recently announced the first recipients of the John and Olive Cornellisson Scholarship. This new scholarship is for graduating seniors of a USD 239 or USD 240 high school who are pursuing further education in the areas of agriculture or vocational training. Colby Nichols, Minneapolis, received a $7,350 scholarship, and Corey Nichols, Minneapolis, received a $3,815 scholarship. More information about the foundation’s scholarship program can be found at www.ottawacountycf.org/scholarships. Colby NicholsCorey Nichols [...]

Ottawa County Community Foundation awards over $81,000

MINNEAPOLIS, Kan.— The Ottawa County Community Foundation recently awarded over $81,000 in spring grants to 10 charitable projects across the county. Grants were funded through the foundation’s Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, Kansas Health Foundation Fund, Ottawa County Public Health Fund, Ottawa County Impact Fund, Bennington Community Fund, and the Tescott Community Fund. The following organizations received grants: Ottawa County, $20,000 for new bathroom facilities at the Minneapolis fairgrounds and athletics fields. City of Bennington, $18,300 to repair and update Bennington Sports Complex ball fields. City of Tescott, $10,000 to purchase a new excavator for clean-up projects and maintenance. City of Minneapolis/Minneapolis Golf Course,[...]