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

Community foundation announces spring grant recipients

The Washington County Community Foundation recently awarded $13,105 in spring grants to 12 charitable community projects in Washington County. Grants were awarded from the Clifton Community Fund, Hanover Community Fund, Kansas Health Foundation Fund, Washington County Opportunity Fund and the Buckshot and Christine Buchanan Donor Advised Fund. The following organizations received funding: City of Hanover/Hanover Park PRIDE, $2,506.42 to build a handicap-accessible sidewalk at Vets Park.Morrowville Community Center, $1,548 for new chairs for the community center.Washington County Fair Association, $1,538 for new chairs for the Washington County Fairgrounds.City of Clifton-New Beautification Committee, $1,400 for new street signs for the city of Clifton.City of Greenleaf, $1,226 for restroom upgrades in City Park.KSDS,[...]

Community foundation announces Match Madness on May 7

The Washington County Community Foundation will host Match Madness, a county-wide giving day, on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. On this day, donations to any fund at the community foundation will be matched proportionally up to 50% from a match pool of $2,500. Donations can be made in one of three ways: Give online at www.washingtoncountycf.org/matchmadness anytime between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. CST on May 7, 2019.Mail gifts to the foundation at PO Box 24, Washington, KS 66968, postmarked May 7.Deliver cash or check donations to a community foundation board member May 7: Donna Frye, Stephen Hendrickson, Chad Hiltgen, Steve Joonas, Doris Nanninga, Clarice Ohlde, Mary Spence or[...]