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 scholarships available

WASHINGTON, Kan.—The Washington County Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 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 scholarship[...]

Washington County Community foundation awards over $3,700 in fall grants

Washington County Community foundation awards over $3,700 in fall grants WASHINGTON, Kan.— During its fall grant cycle, the Washington County Community Foundation awarded over $3,700 to three projects throughout Washington County. The following organizations received funding: Linn Lutheran School, $1,984 to purchase new playground equipment.Church of Christ (Christian), $1,500 to purchase a refurbished Automatic External Defibrillator.KSDS, Inc., $300 towards housing expenses, supplies, and veterinary care for placement of facility dog for USD 108. This round of grants was made possible by the community foundation’s Kansas Health Foundation Fund, which supports the protection and promotion of the health and well-being of individuals and[...]