McCook Community Foundation Fund

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The McCook Community Foundation Fund is looking forward while giving back to the community. Since its formation in 2001, the Fund has granted more than $300,000 to community organizations. The grants have benefited McCook and the surrounding area in many ways, from youth programs to services for the elderly, from education and cultural activities to large and small community projects.

From the beginning, our grants have continued to reflect our focus on people. We funded the McCook HomeTown Competitiveness Youth Task Force to help young people in our schools finance community service projects they choose, coordinate and complete with guidance from local charitable organizations. In addition, grants helped promote exercise programs for older adults at the YMCA and art projects for older citizens through the McCook Art Guild. We also funded renovation of the McCook Public Library children’s reading section.

MCFF has helped young people get scholarships, complete nursing degrees, participate in the Southwest Nebraska Leadership Institute and mentored Youth Change Reaction, a high school philanthropy group.

We support projects that promote healthy families in our community – Prairie Plains CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), McCook’s Community Chest, the Toy Box, Share the Heat, and Habitat for Humanity.

We encourage arts and cultural programs through support of the High Plains Museum, Fox Theater, the McCook Public Library and special events such as the Prairie Roots Festival.

Mission:

It is the mission of the McCook Community Foundation Fund to inspire investment in the quality of life for the people of Southwest Nebraska.

Vision:

  • We work to ensure that McCook is a vibrant, inclusive community with access to the world. We nurture innovation, economic and educational opportunities, quality community leadership, cultural arts, and healthy families and lifestyles.

Values:

  • We believe in helping our community and area to give back to the present and future generations by following unlimited dreams that grow through a collaboration of responsible and innovative people.
  • We believe all people have the inherent capacity to effect change in their lives, in their organizations, and in their communities. We respect individuals and value their collective interests, strengths and cultures.
  • We believe stewardship requires fidelity to the spirit and to the intent of the founder, and wise use of resources.

Community Grants

The McCook Community Foundation Fund invests in innovation, economic and educational opportunities, quality community leadership, cultural arts and healthy families and lifestyles. Organizations that work in these areas are encouraged to apply for a Community Grant. McCook Community Foundation Fund will place priority on projects that will have a broad impact on the quality of life for a significant number of people, propose creative ways to address community needs, engage young people in the community, or support innovative approaches to economic development.

All applications must be received by 5 p.m. CDT on April 1 or October 1.

For additional information, contact Ronda Graff at (308) 340-3412 or mcffund@gmail.com.

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Accounts

  • * Unrestricted Endowment - Sehnert Challenge

    A permanent account whose assets are invested to generate an ongoing source of income year after year. Investment earnings from the endowment are used to support community improvements and programs. The Fund Advisory Committee determines how the money generated from the endowment will be used to benefit the community now and in the future.

  • Barbara Fassler-Neumann Nursing Scholarship Account

    An account to provide scholarships for individuals to attend an accredited college, community college or vocational school to pursue a degree, certification or additional training in the field of nursing. This shall include, but not be limited to, a course of study leading to qualification as a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or nurse’s aide. Recipients shall demonstrate interest in practicing nursing in southwest Nebraska, including McCook.

  • Bison Alumni & Newsletter

    To benefit and sustain the Bison Alumni Newsletter.

  • Celebrate McCook Account

    An account to support the charitable activities related to the promotion of the community of McCook, Nebraska and its surrounding southwest area.

  • Community Chest of McCook Account

    An account to raise funds to provide grants to 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental entities which serve humanitarian and social service needs of the communities in southwest Nebraska.

  • Community Hospital Endowment Account

    To build an endowment fund to support the Community Hospital Health Foundation, a Sec. 501(c)(3) organization, in McCook, Nebraska.

  • General

    An account used by the local Fund Advisory Committee to support and maintain the affiliated fund’s activities within the community.

  • Heritage Square

    To raise funds to support McCook, Nebraska’s Heritage Square.

  • Hillcrest Nursing Home Foundation Endowment

    A permanent endowment that provides funds to support the Hillcrest Nursing Home Foundation, Inc., a Sec. 501(c)(3) public charity located in McCook, Nebraska.

  • HomeTown Competitiveness (HTC) Youth Task Force

    To support charitable activities related to the engagement and retention of youth and young adults in the McCook community.

  • HTC – Youth Advisory Council Endowment

    To provide funds for grantmaking by the McCook Community Foundation Fund Youth Advisory Council. Grants will be made to enhance the quality of life for youth and young adults in the McCook and surrounding area.

  • Kansas Nebraska Good News Broadcasting Corporation Endowment Account

    To support the operations and mission of the Kansas Nebraska Good News Broadcasting Corporation, a 501(c)(3) organization in McCook, Nebraska.

  • Kathryn A. Wall Endowment Account

    A permanent endowment that provides funds to support:
    - McCook College Foundation
    - McCook Community Hospital Foundation
    - Kansas Nebraska Good News Broadcasting Corporation
    - Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Inc.
    - Lutheran Home
    - Lutheran Family Service of Nebraska
    - Lutheran Hour
    - Lutheran School for the Deaf
    - Dakota Boys Ranch
    - Concordia University

  • Lemoine E. & Geraldine Anderson Endowment

    Unrestricted endowment.

  • McCook College Foundation Endowment

    A permanent endowment that provides funds to support the McCook College Foundation, Inc., a Sec. 501(c)(3) public charity located in McCook, Nebraska.

  • McCook Educational Foundation Endowment

    To support the McCook Education Foundation, a Sec. 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to help enhance educational opportunities and scholarships for students and graduates of the McCook Public Schools in McCook, Nebraska.

  • McCook Recreation

    To raise funds to provide more recreational opportunities in and around McCook, Nebraska.

  • McCook Toy Box

    To raise funds to support the McCook Toy Box, a program that provides Christmas toys to the underprivileged in and around McCook, Nebraska.

  • McCook Volunteers Account

    An account to support volunteerism in McCook, Nebraska which may include such activities as creating and maintaining a website and database for local community associations and individuals involved with philanthropy and marketing and outreach of the McCook Volunteers group.

  • Memorial United Methodist Church Endowment

    A permanent endowment that provides funds to support the Memorial United Methodist Church of McCook, Nebraska or its successor for purposes other than general operations.

  • Myron Mingo Memorial Account

    To contribute an annual payout to support the Men’s Basketball Program at the McCook Community College in McCook, NE in memory of Myron Mingo. Myron was a former McCook Community College basketball player.

  • Nelda Haag Scholarship Endowment

    An endowed scholarship awarded to a graduating senior from McCook High School with financial needs.

  • St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Account

    An account to support the development and growth of St. Alban’s Church.

  • The Thinkery of Southwest Nebraska Account

    This account is to raise funds to help support the development of a high-quality children’s museum and discovery center in McCook, NE.

  • YMCA Endowment Account

    To build an endowment fund to support the YMCA of McCook, a Sec. 501(c)(3) organization, in McCook, Nebraska.

  • Youth Change Reaction Account

    An account to support the charitable activities and programs of Youth Change Reaction, the “Youth Foundation” of the McCook Community Foundation Fund.

Fund Details

  • Opened: July 2001
  • Related Towns: McCook
  • Related Counties: Red Willow

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