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 accepting spring grant applications

MINNEAPOLIS, Kan.—The Ottawa County Community Foundation is accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications open March 1 and are due Friday, May 1, 2020. This year, over $50,000 in grants is available to charitable projects in Ottawa County. This cycle will fund local community projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: Programs and projects that address education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification.Projects that improve the quality of life for Ottawa County residents.Projects that promote and encourage healthy lifestyles.Projects that support the Bennington community.Projects that support the Tescott community.Projects that support the Delphos community. Funding for the spring grant cycle is provided[...]

Socially Responsible Investing Options

Socially Responsible Investing OptionsToday, more and more people are choosing to invest based on personal values that consider both financial return and social impact. This is known as socially responsible investing (SRI). The community foundation is pleased to offer SRI options for your fund! A quick summary of socially responsible investing (SRI)In general, socially responsible investors encourage corporate practices that promote environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights, and diversity. Some avoid businesses involved in alcohol, tobacco, fast food, gambling, pornography, weapons, contraception/abortion, fossil fuel production or the military. These are often summarized into three areas: environment, social justice, and corporate governance. What[...]