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 accepting fall grant applications

Community foundation accepting fall grant applications WASHINGTON, Kan.— The Washington County Community Foundation is accepting applications for fall grants. Online applications open August 1 and are due October 1, 2020. Recently, to support the Hanover Hospital's exercise program for the residents, the Washington County Community Foundation awarded the organization funding to purchase various exercise equipment and videos. "This project has been extremely beneficial to our residents by helping them improve strength and range of motion," said grantee Brittni Oehmke. “This has allowed them to maintain independence and ability to complete activities of daily living. We use this equipment one-on-one with individuals and in[...]

Community foundation awards scholarship

Grace Ottot Community foundation awards scholarship WASHINGTON, Kan.— The Washington County Community Foundation recently announced the recipient of the Columbus, Vera and Morris Jones Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is for seniors graduating from Washington County High School, with a preference for students attending Kansas State University. Grace Otott, Washington, received a $772 scholarship. More information about the foundation’s scholarship program can be found at www.washingtoncountycf.org/scholarships. [...]