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.
Holt County Economic Development, a county-wide affiliated fund, celebrated the success of its HomeTown Competitiveness efforts by hosting a “cream can supper.” The event featured exhibitions from each of the small towns in the county. The group produced a video highlighting its achievements in creating and retaining jobs. Keynote speaker Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy was so impressed he put his notes aside and spoke extemporaneously to congratulate the crowd of about 140 people for the successes he had witnessed in Holt County.
The Wausa Community Foundation Fund has been able to get a few minutes on stage at the Wausa Pork Chop BBQ. This popular annual event gave FAC members a chance to announce their grants and give an update of the Hunt Challenge. Representatives of the Hunt family attended and presented matching checks. The endowment-building progress is shown on a “thermometer,” and donors are asked to contribute. In 2009, 422 people were in attendance at the event, a very respectable number in a community of 598.
The Byron Community Foundation Fund was established in July 2011. During its first year the Fund received 18 gifts of grain worth more than $100,000. With additional cash gifts and pledges, the Fund raised over $450,000 in less than a year.
Chair Jeremy Heitmann has some ideas about why the gifts of grain have come pouring in. “You can say we had the wind at our backs with the farm economy. People are capable of giving now, much more than in the past. And it’s a win-win situation when you can get a full tax deduction and still write off all of your expenses. A lot of people were surprised they could do this,” Heitmann said.Read more →