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 Washington County Community Foundation was founded on December 10, 2009, to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving benefiting communities in Washington 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 Washington 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 13 regional affiliate foundations and has more than $200 million in assets, including its affiliate assets.

Recent News

Deadline Nearing for IRA Charitable Contributions

If you are 70½ years old or older, you can make an impact on your favorite charity by making a gift from your IRA to a fund at the community foundation. This is an easy and effective way to make a gift that helps satisfy your required minimum distribution, while also reducing your taxable income. Who can take advantage of the IRA charitable rollover provision? If you have an IRA and are 70½ or older, you and your spouse (each) can take a tax-free charitable distribution from your IRA.Who can receive the gift? The IRA must be gifted directly to[...]

Washington County Community Foundation accepting applications for public health grants

WASHINGTON, Kan.— The Washington County Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications to the Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Washington County. Online grant applications are due Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Last fall, Annie Yungeberg, USD 108 Preschool teacher, was awarded a community foundation health grant to help teach her students the importance of healthy eating. Yungeberg used the funds to buy a small refrigerator for her classroom, along with healthy snacks purchased from the local Kier's Thriftway. Students were able to try fresh foods like raw green beans, mushrooms, pears, mixed nuts, celery, avocado, tomato, cabbage, prunes, tuna, yams, radishes,[...]