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.
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Nebraska Community Foundation’s 2015 Affiliated Fund Training and Expo in Columbus, NE on November 5th featured a mix of workshop-style breakouts with community leaders from across NCF’s network, highly-engaging keynotes from community change experts, and a special announcement of Building Community Capacity in Rural Nebraska Round 3 and Rural Development Philanthropy Challenge initiatives. Each activity and presentation was designed to make tangible, substantial progress on fund development, community impact and community convening efforts.
For a long time we’ve been talking about the potential – about “we can”. What was so fun about NCF’s 2015 Affiliated Fund Training, about today, is “we are”. There are all these great things that are happening in affiliated communities across the state, all these great things that have happened, and all these ways that people are dreaming about the future in ways that they haven’t dreamed about the future in a long time. It’s exciting, It’s inspiring, it’s really fun to be a part of.
Rewriting the Rural Narrative: Don’t let the headlines or other ‘anecdata’ fool you, rural America is changing, not dying. Researcher Ben Winchester shared his finding on the importance of community vitality and why young people are coming back to rural Nebraska in a phenomenon called the ‘brain gain.’
Let your AF Coordinator know if you’d like customized county-level data on migration patterns for your hometown.
Writing Your Own Narrative: There’s nothing better than a good story, so why not use this age-old technique to grow your affiliated fund and your community? By learning the kinds of stories leaders-of-change must tell, affiliated fund leaders laid the building blocks of donor development, community engagement and ultimately, community success strategies. Then they practiced telling their own narrative so they can effectively share it with their friends, family and neighbors when they go home.
Help others in your hometown tell their Story of Self.
Nebraska Community Foundation shared an exciting new opportunity for affiliated funds that have completed action planning. The Building Community Capacity Round 3 and RDP Challenge initiative provides a powerful opportunity to grow your unrestricted endowment, build leadership capacity and shape the future of your hometown for generations to come.
Our New Narrative: The Abundant Wealth of Our Community: At its core, Nebraska Community Foundation is a tremendous system of local leaders working to make their hometowns the best places they can be. The afternoon breakout session gave participants the opportunity to identify the assets in their community that really offer abundant opportunity and to hear from other community leaders on how they plan to connect and grow their own magnetic assets. Community leaders left this session with an exciting new tool to take back to share with their community, spur conversations and inform strategic planning.
Take the asset mapping tool back to your community:
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Learn more about the Building Community Capacity opportunity from our 2015 Application Workshop resources.
Start working on your Building Community Capacity application and Self-Assessment.
Request a Peer Mentor. Help build motivation for strong attendance at Peer Learning Sessions, increase awareness about how BCC is about “so much more than the money”, and consider how your FAC can get “campaign-ready” by inviting a Round 1 peer mentor to share their experiences and insights. Let your AF Coordinator know if a peer mentor visit would be helpful.
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