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.
In many areas in Nebraska, declining population is a barrier to future prosperity. For the Nebraska Community Foundation, stabilizing and growing population in these communities is our highest priority.
Our goal is to build communities where young people will choose to live, work and raise their families. Many adults are surprised that this is what the majority of young people would actually prefer.
NCF surveyed 5,927 students in 40 Nebraska middle and high schools in rural areas. More than half of these young people say they would like to stay in their community or return home after they complete college. Family ties are the most important reason. More than half – 51% – picture themselves living in the area in the future if career opportunities are available. More than 40% are interested in taking an entrepreneurship class and owning their own business someday. Only 12% say their town is too small.
Nebraska Community Foundation Youth Survey Highlights
|80%||Rate their hometown as average or above for a young person to live|
|87%||Plan on continuing their education after high school|
|51%||Picture themselves living in the area in the future if career opportunities are available|
|44%||Are interested in owning their own business someday|
|45%||Are interested in taking an entrepreneurship class|
|12%||Say their town is too small to return|
Growing small businesses will play a key role in fueling Nebraska’s economic engine. We have a unique set of opportunities to jumpstart that engine today:
Across Nebraska, NCF is working in rural communities to change attitudes, behaviors and the conversations adults are having with young people:
These are just a few examples of how NCF communities are preparing a place for tomorrow’s young leaders. Much more work must be done.
Late in 2007 Don Harpst and his wife, Alice, challenged the McCook Community Foundation Fund to raise $75,000 by December 31, 2007. If successful, the Harpsts promised to donate an additional $25,000.
The Fund Advisory Committee visited with members of the community asking them to become Founders at the $1,000 level. All together the campaign produced $137,817. All but $4,000 is for an unrestricted endowment.Read more →