The Nebraska Community Foundation works with community, organizational and donor-advised affiliated funds serving 250 communities located in 80 counties. NCF and its affiliated funds have reinvested $269 million in Nebraska since 1994.
The Nebraska Community Foundation uses the tools of philanthropy, community development and economic development to help communities help themselves.
NCF creates a path to greater prosperity for all by helping communities:
The Nebraska Community Foundation envisions a state where communities of engaged individuals create opportunities for all people to reach their highest potential. People embrace Nebraska’s culture of giving and our values of good work, accountability and responsibility. Nebraska communities are prosperous places where people want to live, raise families, do business, work and enjoy the good life.
The following values guide the decisions, actions and attitudes of the NCF Board and staff:
The Nebraska Community Foundation, a Sec. 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1993 by a group of nine visionary volunteers representing the concerns of rural communities throughout the state. Their goal was to raise $25 million in 10 years to support capacity-building efforts in Nebraska’s hometowns. That goal was met several years ahead of schedule.
Since its inception, NCF and its affiliated funds have reinvested $263.8 million in Nebraska’s people and places. As of June 30, 2016 NCF had $117.7 million in total assets with $70.9 million in permanent endowments under management.
These impressive achievements are the result of building relationships with community, business, government and institutional leaders across Nebraska.
NCF is not a charity and it is not a typical community foundation. NCF has evolved to become an institution that uses philanthropy as a tool for community capacity building and economic development.
NCF’s “theory of change” moves people and communities away from a culture of dependency toward self-reliance based on local assets.
We define community philanthropy as a tool for community capacity building and economic development. Philanthropy and endowment building in and of themselves are not the primary goal, but a tool for community economic development.
Community philanthropy is a tool for building individual skills and confidence that can be translated into all forms of community development.
Community philanthropy must be inclusive, and systems must be geared to motivate and engage the middle-class; therefore, the NCF system encourages the habit of giving among its network of donors and throughout the broader community.
Unlike most community foundations, NCF is not exclusively donor-driven. We seek to balance community needs with donor wishes.
NCF educates donors and community leaders on the impact of grantmaking on community economic development goals.
Community philanthropy and government (especially local government) must support, reinforce and leverage one another.
Unrestricted community endowments are a new form of locally controlled opportunity capital to pursue new and unforeseen community opportunities.
NCF is a value-added partner. We provide communities with assistance and technical expertise to maximize the effectiveness of community philanthropy.
A $2.3 million endowment established to support entrepreneurship and people attraction in north-central Nebraska has grown to nearly $4 million. Rudolph R. Elis created a donor-advised fund in 2006 that was funded by a bequest upon his death.Read more →