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.
For a long time, we’ve been talking about potential. We’ve been talking about the fact that we can. What’s so fun about today – about now – is that we are!
People who are dreaming about the future in a way they haven’t dreamed about the future in a long time. People are investing in their future. That’s exciting. That’s inspiring. And that’s what the 2016 annual affiliated fund training, expo and banquet was all about.
Built on the belief that the only people that can build and sustain a place are those who live and work there, and that adults learn best from one another, NCF’s affiliated fund training featured a mix of workshop-style breakouts, place-based learning, and peer group consultation to help participants make tangible, substantial progress on fund development and community impact and grantmaking.
2016 Training Participant Roster
2016 Affiliated Fund Training Materials
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Opening: The Future is Now
Fifty of Nebraska’s rural counties are experiencing a notable net in-migration of 30- and 40- somethings. Young leaders across the NCF network are stepping up and creating the hometowns of their dreams. They realize that no one else is responsible, and no one is better qualified. Hear their stories about how they came to understand that ‘we are the people we’ve been waiting for.’
View a video of the panel discussion:
21st century community development is about building, growing and sustaining hometowns that are ‘magnetic’ – hometowns that attract stayers, returners and newcomers to be in community with us. The People Attraction track dug into how your affiliated fund can build and sustain a community where people with choices choose to live, work and play. We heard how affiliated funds have used their community-focused unrestricted endowment to develop a margin of excellence for their community, and planned thow to use an endowment to envision and realize new possibilities.
View the video of the opening presentation with Jeff Yost, Karl Shaddock and Mark Graff:
Asking as an Invitation
The essential role of leaders is to connect the assets in a community. When people join together in new connections and relationships, they build power. Asking for an investment in the future of your hometown is an invitation to the donor to connect to future generations and enter into a deeper relationship with their community. Working with peer mentors and other affiliated fund leaders, this track will focus on developing the skills necessary to build a collective vision and to better understand the local opportunities that create a powerful case for inviting investment in your community’s biggest dreams.
Nebraska Community Foundation is an amazing system of local leaders working to make their hometowns the best places they can be. The afternoon is designed to tap into the power of this network. Take a tour of McCook and hear how McCook Community Foundation Fund has become one of NCF’s most influential and successful affiliated funds. The tour will highlight magnetic, quality-of-life grants, powerful community partnerships, fundraising campaigns led or incubated by the affiliated fund, but, most importantly, the vision, leadership and engagement the McCook FAC has practiced over the years to make McCook “Capital of the Buffalo Commons.”
We Are All NCF
While one group tours McCook, the other will unleash the wisdom of the group to gain insight on issues affiliated fund leaders face, and we will discover solutions and strategies to move forward. In quick round-robin ‘consultations,’ individuals ask for help and get advice immediately by tapping the expertise and inventiveness of everyone in the group. Be sure to bring a “sticky” question, looming challenge, or issue about which you’d like advice.
All we need is ‘in the room.’
Columbus Public Schools superintendent Troy Loeffelholz (l) and school board member Ken Curry view progress being made at the construction site for the new Columbus High School building in July 2015.Read more →