Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance quality of life, today and in the future, by:

  • Enabling donors to fulfill their charitable desires
  • Building a permanent endowment
  • Facilitating prudent management and care of funds
  • Meeting needs through grants, awards, and scholarships;

Our History

The Republic County Community Foundation was founded on September 20, 2007, to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving benefiting communities in Republic 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 Republic County Community Foundation is one of twelve affiliates in the Greater Salina Community Foundation (GSCF) in Salina, Kansas. The Greater Salina Community Foundation was established in 1999 and is led by executive director Jessica Martin. Including its 14 affiliates, GSCF has more than $200 million in assets.

Recent News

Community foundation accepting applications for spring grants

Community foundation accepting applications for spring grants BELLEVILLE, Kan.—The Republic County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications are due Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Last spring, the Ag Ed instructor at Pike Valley identified a need for a small engines course to meet student interest and skills. “Our district has many students interested in mechanically driven career interests, such as engineering, ag technology, programming, and mechanical operations,” said grantee Katie Carlgren. Thanks to a grant from the community foundation, the students of Pike Valley Jr/Sr High School will have opportunities to explore mechanics and engineering through the Briggs and Stratton Small Engines Training and Educational Kit. “We will[...]

Socially Responsible Investing Options

Socially Responsible Investing OptionsToday, more and more people are choosing to invest based on personal values that consider both financial return and social impact. This is known as socially responsible investing (SRI). The community foundation is pleased to offer SRI options for your fund! A quick summary of socially responsible investing (SRI)In general, socially responsible investors encourage corporate practices that promote environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights, and diversity. Some avoid businesses involved in alcohol, tobacco, fast food, gambling, pornography, weapons, contraception/abortion, fossil fuel production or the military. These are often summarized into three areas: environment, social justice, and corporate governance. What[...]