Board of Directors

Our operations are fully transparent. The Foundation is overseen by a distinguished board of community leaders from the Ottawa County area. Their dedication, knowledge, and passion for the Ottawa County area are what drive the Community Foundation.

Steve Baccus, Chairperson
Jason Bird, Vice-Chairperson
Sara Hodges, Secretary
Kay Baccus, Board Member
Jim Bradshaw, Board Member
Waylon Hardesty, Board Member
Michelle Johnson, Board Member
Becky Myers, Board Member
Molly Reilly, Board Member
Amber VanDoren, Board Member

Recent News

Gifts to the community foundation are worth more in March

MINNEAPOLIS, Kan.—The Ottawa County Community Foundation could earn additional dollars for the charitable grants in the community through a county-wide Match Month gift campaign. Throughout the month of March, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation will match all public gifts to the Ottawa County Impact Fund at the Ottawa County Community Foundation, up to $50,000. Every dollar donated will be matched with $1.50. The Ottawa County Impact Fund is an unrestricted community grant fund created by individuals who have contributed money to the Foundation for charitable uses to address the present and future needs of Ottawa County. Donations can be made online here:[...]

Community foundation accepting spring grant applications

Community foundation accepting spring grant applications MINNEAPOLIS, Kan.—The Ottawa County Community Foundation is accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications open February 1 and are due Thursday, April 1, 2021.   This year, over $58,000 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[...]