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.
The work you do in your community makes a big impact on its future. Nebraska Community Foundation staff and board members often talk about how lucky Nebraska hometowns are to have dedicated, talented volunteers like you to serve as leaders in our communities. Next week, April 10-16, is National Volunteer Week so we wanted to take just a moment to say…thank you. We see firsthand the tireless work you do and we’re proud to support your efforts!
Check out this week’s e-newsletter.
Notices and Reminders
Beginning with the End in Mind – April 13
Tools and resources for making grants that make a difference
The best way to make a long-term impact in your community is to know what difference you want to make in your community and make grants with that result in mind. The programs, projects and services you choose to fund are the public face of your vision, mission and values and your grants show donors and future donors what’s important to your affiliated fund. NCF has developed several tools to help you maximize your impact on your community and streamline grant administration.
Join Marcia White, NCF Director of Community Development Philanthropy and Doug Friedli, NCF Director of Community Fund Development – Eastern Nebraska, as they discuss impact grantmaking and walk you through the various grantmaking tools available.
This webinar will be offered twice next Wednesday, April 13th. Once at 12:30pm CT (11:30am MT) and again at 5:30pm CT (4:30pm MT). Each webinar 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
If your affiliated fund is considering applying for a grant of any sort there are three things that must be done.
More information on applying for grants is available on the NCF website at nebcommfound.org » For Affiliated Funds » Tools & Techniques » Affiliated Fund Development » NCF Policies, Procedures & Resources » Applying for Grants.
Please do not contact NCF and request our Tax ID number so you can complete a grant application. We will provide that information along with verification of our tax-exempt status as part of our review of your application.
Contact your NCF Development staff member
Grants available for small-town public libraries
Small-town public libraries will receive a helping hand thanks to the generosity of a lifelong educator. A donor-advised fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, established by the late Shirley Kreutz Bennett of Lincoln, will provide matching grants for public libraries in Nebraska communities with a population of fewer than 3,000.
Grants will be made in three areas: planning grants leading to accreditation; enhancement grants to improve library services and/or programs; and facilities grants for new facilities or the renovation, restoration or rehabilitation of current libraries. Grants will be awarded annually in each grantmaking area beginning in the spring of 2012.
The Nebraska Library Commission will assist the Nebraska Community Foundation and the Fund Advisory Committee with grantmaking. Grant seekers are encouraged to review the grant guidelines and application procedures at http://www.nebcommfound.org/fund/kreutzbennett.
Article of Interest
The Art of the Discovery Call
Association of Fundraising Professionals
March 1, 2011
In the fundraising world, a “discovery call” is when someone trying to raise money for a charitable cause calls someone he or she does not know for the first time. Many times, the purpose of this call is to set up a time to meet with this potential donor. This article by the Association of Fundraising Professionals gives several tips on how to view a discovery call.
These three simple tips will help make discovery calls less intimidating and more productive at the same time. Read the full article.
Contact your development staff member for more information.
The information on this page was sent as an e-mail message to NCF affiliated fund leaders on April 7, 2011.
The Calamus Area Community Fund (formerly the Burwell Community Fund) has more than 20 active leaders who head up projects and programs in the Burwell/Taylor/Calamus area. Included here are some of the leaders who make Burwell a growing community.Read more →