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.
11/17/2016Hundreds travel to McCook for peer learning in community-building
McCOOK — More than 400 volunteer community leaders and guests — including several from Northeast and North Central Nebraska — attended Nebraska Community Foundation’s recent expo and banquet following all-day peer learning training sessions with a theme of “Dreams at Work.”
Training topics focused on ways philanthropic investments can help attract “returners, stayers and newcomers.” Volunteers with affiliated funds of Nebraska Community Foundation have stressed that the best way to learn about what works when it comes to raising and investing charitable dollars is to learn from one’s peers.
More than 50 experienced volunteer community fund-raisers served as peer mentors for leaders of Nebraska Community Foundation’s affiliated funds located throughout the state. Volunteer community-builders came together in round robin sessions to discuss common challenges they face in their hometowns and solutions that work.
At the evening banquet, Jeff Yost, president of the Nebraska Community Foundation, reminded those in attendance that with today’s technology, “people can choose to live just about anywhere. Our job is to help them choose ‘here.”
Several young adults spoke about their hopes and dreams for their hometowns. Ashley Armstrong moved with her family from Kansas to Red Cloud. A pediatric physical therapist, she is now part of a steering committee to build a first-class child development center in Red Cloud for infants, toddlers and pre-school children. The facility will be staffed with professional, certified teachers.
As a graduating high school student in Imperial, Tyler Pribenno received a scholarship from the Imperial Community Foundation Fund. He credits his community’s expression of faith and confidence in him as an influence in his decision to return to his hometown to practice law.
Other speakers included Lynn Roper of Lincoln and Doug Skiles, Dale Dueland and Mark Graff, all of McCook.