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 Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund was formed during the Summer of 2000 by a group of area citizens interested in community improvement. Our goal is to mobilize charitable giving and to provide a mechanism to support the civic, recreational, cultural, educational and other appropriate needs of the Community.
|Mural funded through Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund grant and was completed by a Plattsmouth High School student and is located on a building off of Main Street.|
The Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund encourages people from all walks of life to give back to their community by providing a full range of gift opportunities. A volunteer Fund Advisory Committee works actively to increase charitable giving and award grants to worthwhile organizations that are addressing the emerging needs and future opportunities in our community.
The Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund enhances the quality of life and helps create new opportunities in the Plattsmouth area by:
As an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, all contributions to the Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund are tax-deductible. The Nebraska Community Foundation is confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, and has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards of operational quality, integrity and accountability.
Plattsmouth resident, Mrs. Laura “Merle” Atkinson, designated $180,000 from her estate to create a permanent community endowment for the Community through the Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund. This substantial gift will have a significant effect on the Community. The Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund is very thankful for this individual’s generosity.
Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund contributed a $500 grant to Plattsmouth Rotary Club. Grant used to purchase dictionaries for every third grader at Plattsmouth Elementary School, Conestoga Elementary School an St. John the Baptist School. Pictured are 3rd Graders from Conestoga Elementary School.
Cass County Courthouse in downtown Plattsmouth
Accepting 2011 Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund Grants, made possible through the Merle Atkinson endowment, on behalf of their respective organizations are, front from left, Elbert Frye of Boy Scout Troop 399; Leigh Jean Koinzan of Plattsmouth Conservancy; Sue Baker and Terri Johansen of Plattsmouth Animal Shelter and Happy Paws; Russ Kathol of Plattsmouth Rotary Club; and Tracy Krasser of Plattsmouth Baseball Parents Association.
Main Street, Downtown Plattsmouth
The Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund encourages people to give back financially to their community. But just as important as giving monetarily is a person giving of their time and talents. Plattsmouth has countless citizens who volunteer many hours to help make our community a better place. To help recognize those who have made an impact on this community, the Foundation Fund names a Citizen of the Year for the community. Past winners include Don Steube, Terry Little, Art Schleicher, Doug Duey, Gerry Byrk and Doug Lorence. Please join us at this year’s annual meeting to help recognize one of the community’s incredible volunteers.
Opened: May 2001
Related Towns: Plattsmouth
Related Counties: Cass
Name: Keith Roby
Phone: (402) 235-3805
An account used by the local Fund Advisory Committee to support and maintain the affiliated fund’s activities within the community.
Plattsmouth resident, Mrs. Laura Merle Atkinson, designated $180,000 from her estate to create a permanent unrestricted endowment for the community of Plattsmouth. Mrs. Atkinson had intended to leave some money to charity since she didn’t have any children. She chose to make a gift to the Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund because of the flexibility it gives to donors in supporting various community needs and organizations. She liked the idea of a lasting endowment the income from which could be used for the community as its needs change. This substantial gift is having a significant effect on the community.
An account to provide scholarship awards to individuals pursuing an undergraduate degree in Education. Scholarship recipients must be graduates of Plattsmouth (Nebraska) High School, with a preference for students attending a Nebraska college or university. Individuals are eligible to receive scholarships for their second or subsequent years of undergraduate study. Students may apply for a Neil Lancaster Scholarship during their senior year in high school for their sophomore year of college, or may apply while in college upon declaring a major in Education. Individuals may re-apply for a scholarship for subsequent years, provided that they maintain a cumulative grade point average of B or better average in their undergraduate studies.
A permanent account whose assets are invested to generate an ongoing source of income year after year. Investment earnings from the endowment are used to support community improvements and programs. The Fund Advisory Committee determines how the money generated from the endowment will be used to benefit the community now and in the future.