The formation of the Kansas Rural Communities Foundation (KRCF) in 2006 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation created an efficient mechanism through which individuals, families, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and private foundations have been able to create funds and make gifts to benefit their communities.

Donated dollars have established scholarships, built new community playgrounds, assisted families who have children with disabilities, and aided historical preservation, just to name a few. Some of the communities that have benefited from the services provided by the KRCF include Havensville, Manhattan, Norton, Olsburg, Onaga, St. George, St. Marys, Wamego, Westmoreland, and Wheaton.

The Kansas Rural Communities Foundation exists to help concerned individuals mobilize charitable giving to support the betterment of Kansas communities and organizations. To this end, the Foundation assists many communities in rural Kansas to provide or continue essential services, such as health care, telecommunications, education, environmental protection, libraries, community centers, parks/recreation, and scholarships.

Mission Statement

  • Enrich the quality of life in all Kansas communities;
  • Build statewide awareness of community needs and opportunities;
  • Provide a vehicle by which individuals, families, businesses, and organizations can financially support the needs of their communities;
  • Solicit funds and educate potential donors about the advantages of giving for both the donor and their community;
  • Ensure professional management of perpetually endowed funds.

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  1. Staff
    Audrey Williams, Executive Director
    Kansas Rural Communities Foundation
    PO Box 396
    Wamego, KS 66547
    Phone: (785) 456-8444
    E-mail  director@thekrcf.org
    Office Hours: By Appointment

    Mailing address:
    Kansas Rural Communities Foundation
    P.O. Box 396
    Wamego, KS 66547



  2. Board of Directors
  3. Julie Roller-Weeks, President
    Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau
    201 NW 2nd St.
    Abilene, KS 67410
    Phone: (785) 263-2231
    E-mail:  julie.roller@gmail.com

    Devin Weis, Vice President
    Wamego Telecommunications
    PO Box 25
    Wamego, KS  66547
    Phone:  (785) 456-1071
    E-mail:  dweis@wtcks.com

    Chantel Routh-Engstrom, Treasurer
    R-Tech Tool & Machine
    401 Miller Drive
    Wamego, KS  6654
    Phone: (785) 410-7621
    E-mail: chantelr@rtechtools.com

    Robin Blume, Director 
    Kansas Dept. of Agriculture
    2114 Prairie Lea Pl.
    Manhattan, KS 66502
    Phone: (785) 456-3669
    E-mail:  blume.robin@gmail.com

    Joe Thomas, President
    Custom Woods
    415 E Bertrand
    Phone: (785) 437-6533
    E-mail: joet@cwponline.com

    Nicole Vestal, Director
    Kaw Valley State Bank
    1015 Kaw Valley Park Circle
    PO Box 245
    Wamego, KS  66547
    Phone: (785) 684-2592
    E-mail:  nicholevestal@att.net

    Vivien Olsen, Director
    Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation
    303 S. 9th Street
    St. Marys, KS  66536
    Phone: (785) 633-8975
    E-mail:  vivienolsen01@gmail.com

    Mary Alice Phillips, Director
    13725 Burr Oak Rd
    Wamego, KS  66547
    Phone:  (785) 456-5258
    E-mail:  Phillips.maryalice@gmail.com

    Kenzie Olejnik, Director
    E-mail:  kenzie.olejnik@yahoo.com