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.

Vision

Making McCook an even better place to call home

Mission

MCFF is connecting and impacting our community through intentional investment of time and financial resources.

Values

Stewardship | MCFF will wisely use all of its resources, believing in honesty, integrity, confidentiality.

Respectful | MCFF values people and will work to be inclusive and accepting, making sure both growing up and growing old are priorities.

Grit | MCFF will support those who are resilient, passionate, resourceful, and courageous.

Collaboration | MCFF will connect organizations, individuals and programs to benefit the community, weaving partnerships and relationships along the way.

Leadership | MCFF invests resources in people who take the initiative to help others, who are optimistic and innovative.

Posterity | MCFF will strive to provide for generations to come and to secure the future of McCook and Southwest Nebraska.

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

  • COVID-19 Response Account

    The purpose of the Account is to raise funds to support the work of community-based organizations to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the community/region and vulnerable community members. Activities of governmental entities and 501(c)(3) entities to be funded may include, but are not limited to:
    - Assisting schools with the technology needed for remote learning
    - Providing food assistance for families whose children who may have relied on school programs for meals
    - Addressing the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by lost work, closures, and cancellations related to COVID-19
    - Addressing the immediate needs of vulnerable elderly populations who may be at high risk due to COVID-19
    - Addressing increased demand for medical information and support, including mental health support
    - Addressing fear and confusion about the pandemic among the community’s most vulnerable residents, including those with limited English language proficiency
    - Community resilience as recovery from the pandemic proceeds

    The funding priorities for the Account may evolve as the community adapts to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • General | Use for Big Give McCook

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Discovery Center 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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