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.
Look around you and you will find hundreds of items and printed materials that can help raise awareness for your affiliated fund. There are calendars, stickers, placemats, coffee cups, posters and lapel pins. Before you invest in these items think about the cost vs. the benefit. What is the “shelf life” of the item?
Here are a few examples of different promotional items:
Brown County Endowment Campaign Pledge Form
Newspaper Ad: Imperial
Fundraising Campaign Ad: Rock County Community Fund
Magazine Insert: Brown County
Thayer County Hospital Invite
McCook Ultimate Gift Brochure
Consider tapping into free publicity through different community channels: Community calendars, bulletin board displays and speakers bureaus for different community events.
Other organizations may be happy to give you space in their newsletters for stories about your affiliated fund.
Also consider giving presentations to the local bankers, attorneys, accountants, financial advisors and funeral home directors.
The late Richard Manning admitted that he liked to kid around. However, the charitable gift that he and his wife, Louisa, made will have a truly meaningful impact for generations to come.
Richard and Louisa Manning, both 1944 graduates of Exeter High School, used a charitable IRA distribution to make a $50,000 challenge grant to the Exeter Community Foundation Fund to establish an unrestricted endowment. The Charitable IRA Rollover law allows those age 70½ and older to transfer funds from an IRA to a charity tax free. Their hometown community successfully raised over $100,000 in additional funds in just two years, creating a $150,000 permanent endowment.
In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Manning contributed $50,000 to the Nebraska Community Foundation’s endowment.Read more →