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.
Check out this edition of the bi-weekly affiliated fund e-newsletter.
Notices and Reminders
Bringing Donors Together to Discuss Future Gifts – May 11
A How-To Guide for Hosting Gathering Events and Legacy Dinners
The key to growing your affiliated fund’s assets is to regularly engage new prospective donors and re-engage current and past donors. Hosting gathering events and legacy dinners is a great way to reach your donors – especially those who may be interested in making planned gifts. These events allow you to create a space where many people who are passionate about your affiliated fund’s work can come together to talk about why they have given or would like to in the future. It also gives you an opportunity to share your affiliated fund’s vision for your community with people who are well-suited to provide financial support to meet those goals.
Jim Gustafson, NCF’s Planned Giving Director, and Jana Jensen, NCF’s Director of Community Fund Development – Western Nebraska will lead the webinar. Jim and Jana will be joined by two affiliated fund leaders – Deb Johnson from Shickley and Denise Ringenberg from McCook – who have successfully held gathering events and legacy dinners to encourage planned giving to their affiliated funds. Join this webinar to learn how you can do the same for your affiliated fund!
This webinar will be offered twice on Wednesday, May 11, once at 12:30pm CT (11:30am MT) and again at 5:30pm CT (4:30pm MT). Each will last up to one hour.
Register today using the links below:
for the 12:30pm CT/11:30am MT webinar
for the 5:30pm CT/4:30pm MT webinar
Make Your Grant Dollars Do More
The WealthSpring Fund seeks partners for matching grants
The WealthSpring Fund is seeking partnerships with other NCF affiliated funds to help fulfill their mission of building women’s financial stability, security and self-sufficiency.
Teaming up with WealthSpring, a statewide affiliated fund, can help you make a larger impact in your community.
For more information about WealthSpring visit http://www.nebcommfound.org/fund/WealthSpring
Last week, NCF emailed the primary contact for your affiliated fund and asked him or her to notify us of the FY 2011 endowment payout carry forward for your affiliated fund. Information was also included with your Quarterly Fund Statement.
If your affiliated fund has not disbursed or committed the entire amount of the payout from your endowment for this fiscal year (FY 2011), you have the ability to carry forward all or a portion of the amount not spent as long as you notify NCF of your intention in writing (including email).
NCF must receive your written or emailed request by May 12, 2011 in order to compute the endowment payout amount for next fiscal year, FY 2012, which begins July 1, 2011 and ends June 30, 2012. Unused endowment payout amounts that are not carried forward will be reinvested into the endowment and be part of the asset base calculation used to determine the payout amount for future years.
Last year, NCF introduced the Grant Tracking Worksheet to help you monitor your grant making. You can find the worksheet (no longer available), a sample completed worksheet and instructions (no longer available) on using it on the NCF website. You can also view a short 14-minute recorded webinar (webinar no longer available) on how to use this worksheet. You do not need to send this worksheet to NCF – it is merely a tool to help you know how much you have available to carry forward.
Remember, the purpose of building an endowment is to provide funds to invest in your community. Making grants that have a positive impact in your community not only fulfills the purpose of your endowment but also shows your donors – past, present and future – that your affiliated fund is making a difference. If you need help developing a program of impact grantmaking, please contact your development staff person.
The Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations, public schools, and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities.
Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered: repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.); weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income and/or transitional housing or community facilities; planting trees or community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities; and development of community parks or green spaces.
Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Requests will be accepted from April 4 through October 31, 2011. Visit the Home Depot website to learn more.
Grant Application Procedure:
If your affiliated fund is considering applying for this or any other grant there are three things that must be done.
More information on applying for grants is available at nebcommfound.org » For Affiliated Funds » Tools & Techniques » Affiliated Fund Development » NCF Policies, Procedures & Resources » Applying for Grants.
The information on this page was sent as an e-mail message to NCF affiliated fund leaders on April 28, 2011.
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