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, Bill Grevas. 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

Apply now for fall grants

The Ottawa County Community Foundation is accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications are due Monday, October 1, 2018. Over $70,000 in grants is available to charitable projects in Ottawa County. Funding includes $50,000 from the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, $9,973 from the Ottawa County Community Impact Fund, and $10,514 from the Ottawa County Public Health Fund. Grants will be awarded through a competitive application process to charitable community improvement projects that address the present and future needs the community, including education, health care, public health, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community[...]

Ottawa County Community Foundation awards over $121,000 in spring grants

  The Ottawa County Community Foundation recently awarded over $121,000 in spring grants to area nonprofits. Grants were funded through the foundation’s Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, the Ottawa County Impact Fund, Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Ottawa County, the Ottawa County Public Health Fund and the Tescott Community Fund. The following organizations received grants: City of Delphos, $25,000 to launch a multi-phase, multi-year project to restore and adapt the existing Delphos City Auditorium into a community center. Ottawa County Fire District #4/Bennington Fire, $14,331 for 10 new sets of personal protective equipment for volunteer fire fighters. City of Minneapolis/Minneapolis Golf[...]