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

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[...]