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 fall grant applications

Community foundation accepting fall grant applications MINNEAPOLIS, Kan.—The Ottawa County Community Foundation is accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications open August 1 and are due October 1, 2020. Recently, with a grant funded by the Ottawa County Community Foundation, the Minneapolis Recreation Commission was able to undergo a massive renovation of Rupert Baseball Field. The $22,800 of grant money funded a new scoreboard and controller, secured a schematic to adjust the existing lights, as well as equipment and labor to clean the existing lighting, and secured parts and labor to install backup extension. Over 20 people from the community volunteered their efforts to complete this project, which saved on labor cost and made[...]

Community foundation announces scholarship recipients

Zachary PerryTrevor HaleyColby Nichols Community foundation announces scholarship recipients MINNEAPOLIS, Kan.— The Ottawa County Community Foundation has awarded over $12,000 in scholarships to area students for the upcoming academic year. The John and Olive L. Cornellisson Scholarship. This 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 $3,028 scholarship, Trevor Haley, Delphos, received a $4,000 scholarship, and Zach Perry, Tescott, received a $5,000 scholarship. More information about the foundation’s scholarship program can be found at www.ottawacountycf.org/scholarships. [...]