The Nebraska Community Foundation works with community, organizational and donor-advised affiliated funds serving 255 communities located in 78 counties. NCF and its affiliated funds have reinvested $243.2 million in Nebraska since 1994.
The Nebraska Community Foundation uses philanthropy as a tool for community development. NCF does not itself make grants; it empowers local leaders to raise their own funds and make their own grants based on their local community development priorities.
NCF serves as the nonprofit “umbrella” organization for its affiliated funds. NCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, which enables its affiliated funds to receive tax-deductible contributions. NCF prepares and files the IRS Form 990 and obtains an audit of its financial statements by an independent CPA firm. This frees up our affiliated fund leaders’ time, money and energy and insures full compliance with all legal requirements.
NCF provides professional services for its affiliated funds, including all day-to-day financial record keeping, disbursements, financial reports and endowed asset management. This allows affiliated funds to fully focus on their mission of cultivating charitable giving for community improvement.
NCF provides real time assistance to affiliated fund leaders for goal setting, strategic planning, leadership development, donor cultivation, fundraising and endowment building. NCF development staff members consult one-on-one with community leaders to answer questions, share techniques and solve problems with the goal of building broad-based support for community philanthropy.
NCF deploys a corps of volunteer peer mentors with specific areas of expertise who work one-on-one with communities. NCF supports a statewide peer learning network of volunteers who share best practices through workshops, regional meetings, conferences and webinars. These events bring affiliated fund leaders together for structured training on specific topics and informal discussions about how success is being achieved in hometowns across the state and the nation. By sharing success stories and strategies, individual leaders return home with new ideas and renewed inspiration.
NCF assists attorneys, CPAs, insurance agents, financial planners, bankers and brokers and their clients and donors with charitable gift planning. Brochures, materials and consultation are available at no charge.
NCF provides its affiliated funds with marketing materials at minimal or no cost, and assists local leaders in developing customized brochures, fundraising letters, press releases and articles. Individual affiliated funds share NCF’s Web site, where they can post information about their funds, attract potential donors and financial planners and accept online donations.
Richard and Darlene Walter utilized a withdrawal from their IRA and the ownership of a life insurance policy to make a generous charitable gift to the Shickley Community Foundation.
“The use of a life insurance policy allows Richard and me to make a much larger future gift to our hometown,” said Darlene Walter.Read more →