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.
Rural Development Philanthropy (RDP) is a community-led approach that creates locally controlled assets and invests them to strengthen rural places. It builds a community’s ability to shape a better future and promote the well-being of all community members. RDP unites the tools of community, economic and resource development, engaging all people to come together across their differences with their voices, ideas, strategies, talents and giving.
Leaders of several Nebraska Community Foundation affiliated funds share their thoughts on the power of “active hope”—imagining a better future and then taking action to effect positive change in their hometowns.
Due to reduced state aid, the Norfolk school district was unable to fund its High Achievers summer classes in 2011. Thanks to the Connie Endowment Fund, children were able to participate through an alternative Summer Arts Challenge at the Norfolk Arts Center. Teacher Mary Haas helps Isaiah Roemhildt during the third and fourth-grade “Mobiles” class at the Norfolk Arts Center.
Photo courtesy Norfolk Daily News.