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 (NCF) provides a variety of education and training opportunities for affiliated funds in statewide, regional and local community settings and through interactive Web-based training sessions.
NCF hosts monthly web-based training sessions for its affiliated funds. These training topics are chosen based on suggestions from affiliated fund leaders. Information about future webinars is available on the calendar. Descriptions and recordings of past webinars are available from the Webinar Trainings page (login required to view recordings).
NCF hosts training sessions each November in conjunction with its annual celebration banquet. This training allows participants to ask the experts and learn best practices from their peers. Topics may include FAC leadership development, donor visitation, impact grantmaking, effective marketing and action planning.
NCF workshops help affiliated funds to better understand fundraising principles and techniques of using charitable giving as a community betterment strategy. The workshops are designed to build an overall awareness of the various gift tools available. Summaries of sample workshops are listed below. These workshops are available by request.
The Nebraska Community Readiness Assessment helps a community determine what collective capacities it needs to develop to create and sustain meaningful change and community betterment. The assessment survey is available here. If you are interested in using this survey in your community, contact NCF for assistance deploying the survey and analyzing the results.
NCF hosts periodic multi-day conferences that draw both statewide and national participants. The conferences offer plenary and break-out sessions that explain NCF’s model for community development philanthropy and provide strategies for adapting the model in different rural environments. Read more about conferences.
NCF convenes regional meetings which provide an opportunity for local leaders of affiliated funds to meet and share ideas. Attendees say that networking is a great advantage of being part of NCF. Topics are chosen according to the needs of the communities attending.
Teleconferencing is a way to bring several affiliated fund leaders together to discuss specific topics. Contact NCF to request this service.
NCF can provide on-site, customized training or problem solving for an entire Fund Advisory Committee or a small group. Contact NCF for more information.
The Byron Community Foundation Fund was established in July 2011. During its first year the Fund received 18 gifts of grain worth more than $100,000. With additional cash gifts and pledges, the Fund raised over $450,000 in less than a year.
Chair Jeremy Heitmann has some ideas about why the gifts of grain have come pouring in. “You can say we had the wind at our backs with the farm economy. People are capable of giving now, much more than in the past. And it’s a win-win situation when you can get a full tax deduction and still write off all of your expenses. A lot of people were surprised they could do this,” Heitmann said.Read more →