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.
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Notices and Reminders
Online Training: Building an Annual Giving Program – August 10
Engage donors, create a habit of giving and expand your affiliated fund’s reach
Many affiliated funds utilize an annual giving program to engage expatriates and alumni, create a habit of giving and reach more people locally. Marcia White, NCF’s Director of Community Development Philanthropy, will share best practices for creating effective and engaging annual giving campaigns. Affiliated fund leaders will join Marcia and together we will explore examples of how to make the most of your efforts and efficiently manage the process.
This webinar will help those of you considering an annual giving program for the first time and those looking to give your program a facelift. Either way, this webinar is a must for all affiliated funds looking to expand their reach!
Register today using the links below:
for the 12:30pm CT/11:30am MT webinar
for the 5:30pm CT/4:30pm MT webinar
In order to devote more time to her family and ranch, Jana Jensen, Director of Community Fund Development—Western Nebraska, is working a reduced schedule as of July 1. Jana will continue to serve as the primary contact for our affiliated funds in western and parts of central Nebraska.
Jana is a valued member of the NCF team, and we are all committed to providing the support necessary to ensure continuation of the high level of service you and your affiliated fund expect from NCF. If at any time you are unable to reach Jana and need immediate assistance, please call (402) 323-7330, and a member of our development staff will be happy to help you.
If you have any questions about Jana’s change in schedule, please contact Jana or Marcia White, Director of Community Development Philanthropy.
USDA Rural Development Stakeholder Outreach Meeting
July 28, 2011 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. CDT, 1:00-2:30 p.m. MDT
On July 28th, USDA Rural Development Nebraska will convene a USDA Rural Development stakeholder outreach meeting to discuss Rural Development priorities for President Obama’s 2013budget and 2012 Farm Bill. This meeting will provide USDA team valuable input as they develop their mission area priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.
USDA invites you to share your insights on how Rural Development can enhance their program administration and delivery to ensure that rural communities are able to access the critical programs and resources that Rural Development has to offer.
To facilitate this meeting, USDA proposes a discussion framework that will focus on issues in three areas: general topics; programs that help rural communities thrive; and programs that help rural entrepreneurs create economic opportunities.
The stakeholder meeting will take place on July 28, 2:00-3:30 p.m. CDT, 1:00-2:30 p.m. MDT.
|Alliance|| Alliance Public Schools Administration Building
1604 Sweetwater Alliance, NE 69301
|Ainsworth|| ESU #17
207 North Main Street Ainsworth, NE 69210
|Kearney|| ESU #10
76 Plaza Boulevard Kearney, NE 68848
|Lincoln|| Southeast Community College
8800 O Street Room J1 Lincoln, NE 68510
|Norfolk||Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center Room H
801 E. Benjamin Avenue Norfolk, NE 68702
|North Platte|| ESU #16
1221 West 17th Street North Platte, NE 69101
|Scottsbluff|| ESU #13
4215 Avenue I Scottsbluff, NE 68361
The Story of Seymour, Missouri
Want to know how to bring a community together? Welcome to Seymour, Missouri.
The Daily Yonder
By Gary Funk
This story, available online at http://www.dailyyonder.com/story-seymour/2011/07/08/3420, is an excellent example of how the work of a community foundation can make a real difference in a community. Seymour, Missouri is a community with a population under 2,000, without wealthy families or corporate benefactors. Yet, they’ve managed to accomplish wonderful things thanks to the work of many.
…[T]he Greater Seymour Area Foundation has established 42 charitable funds, started a local arts council, initiated a family literacy program, renovated an historic building on the square, and accumulated total endowment assets of nearly $1.5 million—all of this in 13 years of existence, and in a working-class community with its share of rural poverty. With planned giving commitments already in the pipeline, this grassroots community foundation will play a pivotal role in the future of Seymour and its surrounding neighborhoods.
In addition to these accomplishments, the Greater Seymour Area Foundation also led a community-wide long-range visioning exercise, called Vision 2026, to look at where they wanted their community to be in 20 years.
Community foundations – and community affiliated funds – are uniquely positioned to be able to draw multiple groups within your community together to work for the future of your hometown.
The authors write, “community foundations cannot rethink their own strategic roles without developing a deeper understanding of how they fit into the larger network of community philanthropy organizations and vendors.” While other organizations or institutions can accomplish this to some degree, community foundations are positioned to do this best. “Free from electoral cycles and bottom-line pressures,” the report finds, “community foundations can capitalize on their independence by demonstrating their interdependence.”
You can learn even more about Seymour by watching their 10-minute video.
Contact Doug or Jana to learn more about how you can put ideas like this to work in your hometown.
The information on this page was sent as an e-mail message to NCF affiliated fund leaders on July 21, 2011.
Community leaders in northeast Nebraska commissioned an NCF survey of 1,833 students from 15 communities to measure youth perceptions about their community, future education and career plans, and their desire to live in the region in the future. The survey was funded by the Connie Fund in Norfolk and the Nebraska Community Foundation.Read more →