A Community Foundation is a vital element in creating and maintaining vibrant communities. 

Governed by a Board of Directors who live, work, or have roots in Ripley County allows our work to be tailored to local needs and responsive to local opportunities. By supporting the Ripley County Community Foundation, your charitable dollars will benefit your community and your neighbors. The community foundation gives a voice to local donors and connects them with local causes.  This allows donors to see the meaningful impact of their donation.  As an organization, we strive to keep community in the Ripley County Community Foundation.

The Ripley County Community Foundation was established in 1997 with $19,000 by a group of local citizens who had the vision to leave a lasting legacy for future generations. 

Founding Board Members include:

  • Front Row (Left to Right): BJ Cox, Vicki Kellerman, Cathy May, and JoDell Koelling / Steuver
  • Back Row (Left to Right): Daren Baker, Carter Everage, Mark Comer, Steve Gookins, and George Brinkmoeller.
  • Board Members not pictured: Cindy McKittrick, Clyde Allen, John Kellerman II, Gene Cofield, Bill Foster, Jim Wade, Bob Miles, Denny Harmeyer, & George Stegner
For two decades the Ripley County Community Foundation has granted over $15 million back into the local community while building an enduring source of charitable assets for the future.  We serve our donors and communities by putting into practice our mission of, “Connecting People Who Care with Causes that Matter.”  We continue to be governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who ensures that we are good stewards of your donations.
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