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.
We have a variety of resources in this edition of the e-newsletter.
Notices and Reminders
Online Training: Planned Giving Live! – February 9
Talking with Jim Gustafson and your peers about getting conversations started.
Since Larry King retired, we’re adopting his format! Sheri Hink will host this talk-show format webinar and her first guest will be Jim Gustafson talking about getting conversations started. Jim will share a few of his experiences talking to people about making a planned gift. Then, it’s your turn in the guest chair – the webinar will feature an “open mic” portion where you can ask questions and have a real-time conversation with Sheri, Jim and your fellow webinar participants.
|This lively, in-depth discussion will give you new ideas on how to approach your neighbors about making a planned gift back to your community and your favorite charitable organizations. Unlike previous NCF webinars, participants will be un-muted and able to “chime in” at any time – in fact, we hope you do.|
The point of this training is to give you the opportunity to ask questions and share stories about your experiences.
These online conversations will be offered twice on February 9th, once at 12:30pm CT (11:30am MT) and again at 5:30pm CT (4:30pm MT). Each conversation will last up to one hour.
“Seats” are still available, register today!
Due to the interactive nature of this webinar, each session will be limited to the first 25 registrants.
for the 12:30pm CT/11:30am MT webinar
for the 5:30pm CT/4:30pm MT webinar
To ensure compliance with the law, NCF must appoint the Scholarship Selection Committee members for each affiliated fund annually and insure that no such committee is controlled by a donor. It is time to appoint Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) members for 2011. Because you know your community or mission best, we are asking each Fund Advisory Committee (FAC) to nominate members of your scholarship selection committee. You cannot begin the scholarship selection process until your nominations have been approved by NCF. A packet of information and complete instructions was sent to the primary contact for each affiliated fund on January 27, 2011.
Scholarship payments that are not made in compliance with the law are subject to a 20% tax. We will not make any scholarship payments that would subject any NCF affiliated fund to this tax. To avoid the embarrassment of not being able to pay a scholarship you have already announced, your affiliated fund must comply with these procedures and timelines.
Action Items for Fund Advisory Committees
For Affiliated Funds that DO NOT award any scholarships:
For Affiliated Funds that DO award scholarships:
A full explanation of NCF’s Scholarship Administration Policy and FAQs regarding scholarship administration can be found on our Web site at nebcommfound.org » For Affiliated Funds » Tools & Techniques » Impact Grantmaking »
Contact NCF if you have questions regarding this process
Community Best Practice: New Tools to Engage Donors
Flyers to encourage producers to make gifts of grain and livestock
The Fund Advisory Committee of the Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund developed two new flyers to share with commodity producers to help encourage gifts of grain and livestock. They were generous enough to allow NCF to create templates of these tools and share them with you.
|Gifts of Livestock
Download and customize this template(pdf) (doc) (pub) and hang it at local sale barns.
|Gifts of Grain
Download and customize this template (pdf) (doc) (pub) and hang it at local grain elevators and feedlots.
If your affiliated fund is considering applying for a grant from an outside funder, NCF MUST be the legal applicant and MUST review the grant application before you submit it. Please allow at least a week for this review. That means NCF must receive your draft grant application at least a week before the deadline for submission.
More information on applying for grants is available on the NCF Web site 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.Questions?
Contact your NCF Development staff member
Organizational Best Practice: Valley County Health System
Post information about the Charitable IRA Rollover on your Web site
NCF affiliated fund, Valley County Health System, recently adapted an NCF press release and few things from the NCF Web site to create their own Web page that provided great information for donors. This is a great practice for organizational affiliated funds (or community affiliated funds with non-NCF Web sites) to consider. See the VCHS post on their Web site.
The information on this page was sent as an e-mail message to NCF affiliated fund leaders on February 3, 2011.
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