Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund

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The Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund was formed during the Summer of 2000 by a group of area citizens interested in community improvement. Our goal is to mobilize charitable giving and to provide a mechanism to support the civic, recreational, cultural, educational and other appropriate needs of the community.


PCFF makes grants annually to further projects and causes that advance our goal: to develop Plattsmouth as a vibrant community that honors the past, celebrates the present, and looks to the future.

An application, guidelines and granting rubric can be downloaded below (under Materials).

DEADLINE: January 31, 2024 at 5:00 pm

Neil Lancaster Scholarship

Neil Lancaster, a lifetime Plattsmouth resident and educator, passed away 2012 and established The Neil Lancaster Scholarship Account. Current Plattsmouth high school seniors, as well as PHS graduates who are sophomores-seniors in college, are invited to apply. Money will be available beginning the sophomore year in college, and will potentially be renewable for subsequent years. For further information, contact Mike Schuldt at

DEADLINE: February 29, 2024 at 5:00 pm

Citizen of the Year

The Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund encourages people to give back financially to their community. But just as important as giving monetarily is a person giving of their time and talents. Plattsmouth has countless citizens who volunteer many hours to help make our community a better place. To help recognize those who have made an impact on this community, the Foundation Fund names a Citizen of the Year for the community. Past winners include Art Schleicher, Doug Duey, Geri Byrk, Doug Lorence, Fay Jose, Don Steube, Terry Little, Neil Lancaster, Jim & Sandy McKnight, Mike Wilson, Claudia Wylie, Sharon Smith, and Merlin Olson. Please join us at this year’s annual meeting to help recognize one of the community’s incredible volunteers.

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  • Unrestricted Endowment

    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.

  • General

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

  • Laura Merle Atkinson Memorial Endowment

    Plattsmouth resident, Mrs. Laura Merle Atkinson, designated $180,000 from her estate to create a permanent unrestricted endowment for the community of Plattsmouth. Mrs. Atkinson had intended to leave some money to charity since she didn’t have any children. She chose to make a gift to the Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund because of the flexibility it gives to donors in supporting various community needs and organizations. She liked the idea of a lasting endowment the income from which could be used for the community as its needs change. This substantial gift is having a significant effect on the community.

  • Neil Lancaster Scholarship Account

    An account to provide scholarship awards to individuals pursuing an undergraduate degree in Education. Scholarship recipients must be graduates of Plattsmouth (Nebraska) High School, with a preference for students attending a Nebraska college or university. Individuals are eligible to receive scholarships for their second or subsequent years of undergraduate study. Students may apply for a Neil Lancaster Scholarship during their senior year in high school for their sophomore year of college, or may apply while in college upon declaring a major in Education. Individuals may re-apply for a scholarship for subsequent years, provided that they maintain a cumulative grade point average of B or better average in their undergraduate studies.

Fund Details

  • Opened: May 2001
  • Related Towns: Plattsmouth
  • Related Counties: Cass

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