Nebraska Community Foundation personally invites you to Unleash Active Hope at our biggest event of the year—the 2021 Annual Celebration! Join hundreds of the most ambitious and dedicated Nebraskans to share ideas, learn from one another, and work together to achieve our dreams. In 2021 we focus on unleashing the active hope that is fueling a movement to better our Nebraska hometowns. Bring your most audacious ideas, unbridled optimism, and boldest vision for a brighter future.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are making some [exciting!] changes to this event.

  • As usual, our all-day training will occur in-person on Thursday, November 18.
  • Instead of our usual banquet, Thursday evening will feature a unique “Night on the Bricks” experience celebrating McCook and Southwest Nebraska. This event will take place in multiple locations throughout downtown McCook and will feature countless opportunities to taste, see, and feel Southwest Nebraska.

COVID-19 Precautions

  • We expect all attendees to use COVID-19 prevention strategies including regular handwashing and social distancing. If you are ill, please stay home and join us at next year’s celebration.
  • Masks are welcome, encouraged, and will be provided as needed. Any masking mandates put in place by our hosting venues or local health/government officials will be strictly adhered to.
  • Vaccination for COVID-19 is highly encouraged.
  • Event is subject to change as pandemic conditions evolve.

The health of our network is critical to the success of our network and we will continue to explore ways to hold this event safely. Thank you for your assistance in protecting our community.

Registration for the 2021 Annual Celebration and Training is CLOSED.

View the Training Brochure

Significant Support Provided by

$100,000 and Above


$25,000 to $99,000

Abel Foundation | Lincoln

Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraska | Lincoln

Graff Charitable Foundation | McCook

Judy and Ron Parks | Papillion

Pinnacle Bank | Nebraska

$10,000 to $24,999

Bridges Trust | Omaha

Bruning State Bank | Bruning

Wayne and Bev Buller | Albion

Kurt and Jerene Kruse | Albion

Al and Lois Steuter | Johnstown

Lynn and Dana Roper | Lincoln

Bob and Jean Stowell | Ord

Sandi and Steve Wendell | Axtell