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.
Fundraising tactics and methods differ from community to community. A few of the more popular strategies include:
In Creighton, population 1,270, the Creighton Community Foundation Fund received a challenge grant from the Hunt family who offered a $50,000 match if the community would raise $150,000. The community accepted this challenge and accomplished the goal by using a number of fundraising strategies, including developing a Founders Club ($1,000 contributions paid over three years), encouraging monthly electronic transfers, focusing on local professionals and approaching the alumni group every year.
The Creighton Community Foundation Fund also received $140,000 in expectancies (planned gifts) that were generated as a result of the campaign. One such gift came through a Charitable Gift Annuity. In her later years, a long-time community member was able to get a higher rate of return from the interest off her Charitable Gift Annuity than she was receiving through a traditional investment. A Charitable Gift Annuity enabled her to make a gift to the community and receive a guaranteed fixed-income for life. When she passes away, the remaining principal will go to the Creighton Community Foundation Endowment Fund.
Another frequently used fundraising method is a builders club. The Pender-Thurston Community and Education Foundation Fund implemented a builders club (donors who make regular annual contributions), which inspired 37 teachers to sign up for payroll deductions of $8.33 per month. As a result of this fund raising tool, the foundation now has 270 builders in this combined community of 1,273 people. The FAC’s goal is to grow to the number of builders to 600, with each donor giving $100 per year for life, which would result in combined contributions of $60,000 per year.
Communities of any size can implement the same fundraising methods that Creighton and Pender-Thurston utilized. The staff of the Nebraska Community Foundation can help each community identify and implement customized strategies that will work best for them.
In 2006 the Robert and Jeanette Hunt Donor-Advised Fund, the family foundation of the founders of Great Plains Communications in Nebraska, offered up to ten $50,000 challenge grants to communities served by the company.Read more →