Helping the Entire State Through a Gift to NCF
Kathleen Thuman joined the NCF Board of Directors in 1999 and served as Board Chair from 2005 to 2007.
“What first attracted me to NCF was what an outstanding vehicle to give back to the towns that were so good to me. I have banks in little towns in western Nebraska and I’m a third generation banker. So those communities have been good to the Thumans for three generations,” said Kathy. She now lives in Lincoln but continues to over see work at her Farmers State Bank branches in Maywood, Trenton and Big Springs.
Kathy Thuman has made cash contributions of more than $180,000 to support the Nebraska Community Foundation’s mission.
“I really feel that the Nebraska Community Foundation’s endowment campaign is a great way to give to the whole state, and have some influence over the whole state, because we really are a single community. We’re a small population and we know each other,” Kathy said.
“The Nebraska Community Foundation has given me a fabulous opportunity to get to know people and see places across the state.”
Kathy said that the experience of settling her father’s estate in San Marcos, CA, made her focus on how she felt about Nebraska and where she wanted to spend the rest of her life.
“When I weighed beautiful weather against the sense of community, influence, knowledge of the people, connections and communications in Nebraska, it was a no-brainer. I sold Dad’s house and I’m staying here, and I’m going to do everything that I can to improve the state,” Kathy said.