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.
Diller Community Foundation Fund launched its endowment-building campaign by using an unrestricted gift (a truckload of fat cattle worth $50,000) to create a challenge grant. The FAC set a goal of raising an additional $50,000 in a quiet private campaign and then announced publicly that they had $100,000 toward their $200,000 goal. A thermometer was created to track the progress. The wooden thermometer with a plastic tube was designed by a college student and built by her grandfather. It was placed in a prominent location at the end of Main Street in Diller. A press release described the original gift and the impactful purposes for which the earnings from the endowment would be granted. The $200,000 goal was successfully reached in December, 2008.
“I gave this a lot of thought and with some help from upstairs, I decided I could help students become Registered Nurses. I’ve been in the hospital more times than I care to count and they [nurses] are the ones that help you get well with all of their care, smiles and conversation. If this part of the country gets more RNs, everyone will benefit with better health.”Read more →