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  [email protected]
    Office Hours: By Appointment

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



  2. Board of Directors
  3. Devin Weis, President
    Wamego Telecommunications
    PO Box 25
    Wamego, KS  66547
    Phone:  (785) 456-1071
    E-mail:  [email protected]

    Kayla Savage, Vice President
    Kansas Department of Commerce
    1000 SW Jackson, Suite 100
    Topeka, KS  66612
    Phone: (785) 458-9026
    E-mail:  [email protected]

    Chantel Routh-Engstrom, Treasurer
    R-Tech Tool & Machine
    401 Miller Drive
    Wamego, KS  6654
    Phone: (785) 410-7621
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Robin Dolby, Director 
    Kansas Dept. of Agriculture
    2114 Prairie Lea Pl.
    Manhattan, KS 66502
    Phone: (785) 456-3669
    E-mail:  [email protected]

    Nicole Vestal, Director
    1015 Kaw Valley Park Circle
    PO Box 245
    Wamego, KS  66547
    Phone: (785) 684-2592
    E-mail:  [email protected]

    Mary Alice Phillips Patten, Director
    13725 Burr Oak Rd
    Wamego, KS  66547
    Phone:  (785) 456-5258
    E-mail:  [email protected]

    Kenzie Olejnik, Director
    Triad Partners
    E-mail:  [email protected]

    Kristin Brighton, Director
    New Boston Creative Group
    E-mail: [email protected]