Board of Directors

The Republic County Community Foundation is operated by an all volunteer board of 9-15 members from Republic County. Their dedication, knowledge, and passion for communities in Republic County are what drives the Community Foundation.

Lesley Popelka, Chairperson
Matt Dowell, Vice-Chairperson
Tim Gottschalk, Secretary/Treasurer
Bruce Ball, Board Member
Susan Childs, Board Member
John Eickman, Board Member
Kathy Johnson, Board Member
Luke Mahin, Board Member
Bill Navis, Board Member
Jeff Thompson, Board Member
Mark Tipton, Board Member

Recent News

Community foundation awards over $68,000 in spring grants

Republic County Community foundation awards over $68,000 in spring grants BELLEVILLE, Kan.— During its spring grant cycle, the Republic County Community Foundation awarded over $68,000 to 17 projects throughout Republic County. The following organizations received funding: City of Narka, $5,000 to replace playground equipment. City of Courtland, $4,000 to fund additional basketball goals for Courtland Mini Park. USD 426, $2,568.52 to add landscaping to the Pike Valley High School outdoor classroom. USD 426, $1,667.38 to purchase equipment for digital media and graphic design pathways. Belleville Ball Association, $2,300 for funding the cost of purchasing and installing sound systems at the Lions ball field and the Legion[...]

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 Thursday, April 15, 2021. Last spring, the Blair Center for the Arts Foundation identified a need to offer high-quality entertainment to people in the area through a mobile outdoor cinema package to utilize while their main facility remained closed during the pandemic. “While the ability to help patrons relieve stress and anxiety through entertainment at the Blair’s current location is not an option, this entertainment could be brought to people in a safe way using outdoor cinema viewing,” said grantee Amy Walker-McGuire. Thanks to a[...]