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 Washington County. This local knowledge will help us to better identify and serve the needs in our communities.
  5. You need a tax deduction. The Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington County Opportunity Fund, allowing WCCF to respond to current local needs.
  4. Help support the work of the Foundation by contributing to the Washington 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 Washington County Opportunity 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 Washington County Community Foundation and the services that we provide.

Recent News

Community foundation accepting spring grant applications

WASHINGTON, Kan.—The Washington County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for spring grants. Online applications open Friday, February 1, and are due Monday, April 1, 2019. Over $11,000 is available to charitable projects in Washington County through the following funds: Washington County Opportunity Fund – available for projects that help fulfill the foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life in Washington County.Hanover Community Fund – available for charitable projects that address the present and future needs of Hanover, Kansas.Clifton Community Fund – available for charitable projects that address the present and future needs of Clifton, Kansas. Grants are limited to communities in Washington County and will be awarded through a competitive application process. Nonprofit organizations,[...]

Community foundation scholarships available

  The Washington County Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year. The following scholarship is available: Columbus, Vera & Morris Jones Memorial Scholarship, for seniors graduating from Washington County High School with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Preference will go to students who plan to attend Kansas State University. Washington County students may also apply for the following scholarship through the Community Foundation for Cloud County:  CF Sunshine Scholarship, for graduating high school seniors or graduates from Cloud County or Washington County who are pursuing the medical or education field, or plan to attend a recognized trade school. All[...]