The Nebraska Community Foundation works with community, organizational and donor-advised affiliated funds serving 255 communities located in 78 counties. NCF and its affiliated funds have reinvested $243.2 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.
Community leaders in northeast Nebraska commissioned an NCF survey of 1,833 students from 15 communities to measure youth perceptions about their community, future education and career plans, and their desire to live in the region in the future. The survey was funded by the Connie Fund in Norfolk and the Nebraska Community Foundation.Read more →