The idea for the RWCS Foundation originated from the VISION COMMITTEE of the Red Wing Collectors Society. A special committee of RWCS members formally established the Foundation in 2000. An independent, volunteer, 13 member Board of Directors elects twelve directors to staggered three-year terms. One board position is allocated to the Historian of the RWCS. The Foundation is recognized as a federal tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
The Foundation endeavors to provide information about the role of Red Wing stoneware, art pottery, and dinnerware in American history and culture to broaden public knowledge. This effort includes community outreach programs, educational videos, displays, and walking tours. The Foundation encourages and supports scholarly activity that would result in new knowledge and publications. The Foundation gives a scholarship to students who are studying in areas of ceramic history, ceramic engineering, or pottery making.