Why Give

Why Give Through the Community Foundation?

  1. You want to leave a lasting legacy. Because of the power of endowment, the names and goals of these funds live forever creating a lasting legacy while providing sustainability for future generations. Click here  to see an illustration of endowment.
  2. You want to save time and money. The Foundation provides administrative and grant making support eliminating the need for donors to set up separate institutions, formulate policies, file innumerable forms and monitor the status of grant recipients.
  3. You want flexibility. The Foundation has the flexibility to respond to the future needs of the community through variance power. If the original donor intent of a gift no longer exists, the local Board of Directors can direct the fund to other uses closely related to the donors’ interests.
  4. You want local knowledge. Our Board of Directors is composed of local community members representing Ottawa County. This local knowledge will help us to better identify and serve the needs in our communities.
  5. You need a tax deduction. The Ottawa County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation which is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All gifts made to the Ottawa County Community Foundation are tax deductible.

 

How Can You Participate?

The great part about a community foundation is that anyone can participate, making this truly a community effort.

  1. Establish a fund to provide support for your favorite charitable organization or cause, for both today’s needs and those beyond your lifetime. (All fund types are listed on our home page slider.  Click through and see which one fits your needs the best).
  2. Contribute to any of our existing funds that match your charitable interests. (A list of our funds can be accessed by clicking through our sliders of different fund types on our home page).
  3. Support your community with a gift to the Ottawa County Impact Fund, allowing OCCF to respond to current local needs.
  4. Help support the work of the Foundation by contributing to the Ottawa County Administrative Fund.
  5. Encourage your favorite charity to establish an organization fund to provide ongoing support for their work.
  6. Apply for a grant from the Ottawa County Impact Fund or any of our other grants listed on our grants page.
  7. Attend community foundation events and workshops to learn more about estate planning, charitable giving, building endowments and other related topics.
  8. Tell your friends about the Ottawa County Community Foundation and the services that we provide.

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[...]