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.
NCF’s “Lunch and Learn” series is a virtual path to peer learning. Log-in on the first Wednesday of the month to explore cutting edge topics with your fellow volunteers. Each 30-minute session is designed to give you a powerful idea to ponder for the next month.
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NCF’s first Lunch and Learn features High Impact Grantmaking with Mark Graff of the McCook Community Foundation Fund.
Up first, Mark Graff of McCook Community Foundation Fund draws a comparison between high-impact grantmaking to climbing the world’s highest mountain. Mark’s presentation at the 2016 Affiliated Fund Training was a real standout. Discover how using your unrestricted endowment as a tool for building community requires the same principles as summiting Mt. Everest, including:
• Establish a strong base camp.
• Complacency kills you.
• The weather changes rapidly. (It’s great to have plans, but prepare to be flexible.)
• Things move slowly as you get higher.
• Keep adventuring – and be relentless because it’s about the journey!
Upcoming Lunch & Learn
Join us at noon on Wednesday, March 1st for our next session featuring Dr. Paul Madison of Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund on how he got over his fear of asking for money. When Paul joined the Nebraska City FAC he refused to ask his former patients, friends, or neighbors for money. But now he loves talking to his whole community about why investing in their unrestricted endowment is so important (his wife won’t even go to the grocery store with him anymore because he gets in so many conversations).
Paul will share the moment he realized that he couldn’t wait for someone else to do the hard work for him, how he practiced asking and how he responds to a “no” and he’ll offer his top tips for making an ask.
If your affiliated fund is in a challenge campaign, or hopes to be in one soon, you won’t want to miss this.
Malissa Stec (second from left) joins Rock County Community Fund Advisory Committee members Larry Buell, Homer Buell, Ann Dvorak, and Dennis Swanson at an information booth at the Sandhills Ranch Expo. Stec was drawn as the winner of $500 that she could designate to a charitable organization. She donated the prize back to the Fund.Read more →