In 1998, the late Connie Day of Norfolk used a $500,000 life insurance policy to establish a donor-advised fund with NCF. Over the years, earnings from her endowment have funded more than $340,000 in programs that improve the lives of children and young adults in Northeast Nebraska; yet the principal of the endowment has grown to more than $890,000.
Recently, the Connie Fund partnered with Daycos4Good donor-advised fund and an anonymous NCF donor-advised fund to nurture youth leadership in Northeast Nebraska. The Norfolk Area Youth Task Force will hosted a successful Youth Leadership Summit in February 2019. The Summit involved youths from schools and organizations throughout the area.
A planning committee of about 20 students developed plans for the youth-led event that featured breakout sessions on topics such as positive mindset, self-control, integrity, and respect for others. The issues went beyond the typical youth development activities to more high-impact topics that allow youth voices to be heard. The planning committee worked with the Norfolk Family Coalition, a collaboration of 15 youth-serving community organizations.
The Fund has made a two-year commitment to analyze what program elements prove to be most effective.