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

Free Webinar: Looking Beyond Hansen for Funding

When communities are considering a large project such as a new community building or a new swimming pool, project planners may wonder where to go for funding. In Northwest Kansas, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation immediately comes to mind, but there are many other sources to consider for project support. Plus, grant applications to any funder are stronger when multiple funding sources are included. Learn more about alternative funding options during a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. “Looking Beyond Hansen for Funding” will be presented by Carol Sloper, grants coordinator for the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation.[...]

Community foundation announces spring grant cycle

The Ottawa County Community Foundation is accepting applications for spring grants now through May 1, 2018. More than $65,000 is available for charitable projects that address the present and future needs of Ottawa County. Grants will be awarded from the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund, the Ottawa County Community Impact Fund and the Ottawa County Public Health Fund. Focused on improving quality of life, funding will support education, health care, community social services and security, conservation and environment, arts and culture, and community beautification. Nonprofit organizations, government and public entities, educational institutions and churches are encouraged to apply. Grants are limited[...]