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.
Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund (CACFF) has partnered with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet which draws big crowds. In 2008 Nebraska Football Coach Bo Pelini addressed an audience of more than a thousand people! In 2009 about 400 were present. CACFF got stage time to share its message and present its HomeTown Competitiveness grant awards. Each HTC Pillar recipient had a chance to say thanks and to tell their story about what they were doing in the community. A plus for “piggy-backing” on another event is that the Chamber handled most of the costs and arrangements. This strategy might be very effective for affiliated funds that are just getting started. Eustis Community Foundation Fund and the Butler County Area Community Foundation Fund have also combined their awards ceremonies with Chamber events.
Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund (PCF) has hosted an annual public event for the past several years. When PCF started honoring the Plattsmouth Volunteer of the Year the attendance more than doubled. A PowerPoint presentation of the accomplishments of past grants is shown, current year grants are announced and the recipients explain their projects. PCF shares its vision and mission statements at this event. A list of sub-committees is circulated with descriptions of the job duties, and people in attendance are encouraged to volunteer their time, talent and treasure to help fulfill PCF’s mission.
The Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund held a street dance to entertain the community, show its commitment to family fun, raise awareness and distribute its annual grants. It also honored its first “philanthropist of the year” by awarding a $500 grant to the charity of the honoree’s choice. The event was the perfect setting for this affiliated fund to spread the word about investing in people as it awarded its annual non-traditional scholarships.
Results of youth surveys conducted by NCF in two area middle and high schools prompted affiliated fund leaders of the Boone County Area Foundation Fund (BCAFF) to refocus its grantmaking to emphasize greater long-term impact.Read more →