Looking Back on 2023

In 2023, Nebraska Community Foundation marked a major milestone—over half a BILLION dollars reinvested into our wonderful hometowns. This year alone, the NCF network injected $54 million back into the state via grants and disbursements.

Your work and support are making Greater Nebraska even better. We’ve celebrated community triumphs in every corner of the state this year. Within our network, dreams from 10 or 20 years ago are now reality. New businesses, new housing, better education, greater wellbeing, and more young families are now rooted in hundreds of Nebraska hometowns.

A primary reason these dreams are coming to fruition is because our work is rooted in abundance. Nebraska has so many assets—great schools, vibrant businesses, and of course, our greatest asset, our people. The NCF network helps community leaders discover and appreciate all these blessings and then connects them to create a brighter and more prosperous future for all.

Below we reflect on just some of the good news from 2023 as we look forward to an even better 2024.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!
Your Friends at Nebraska Community Foundation

Community Success
McCook native leaves $5 million legacy
Organized Chaos: Celebrating Corky’s spark and passion in Pender
Benefiting the next seven generations in Walthill
Dreams inspire dreams in Leigh and Columbus
Improving life for all in Bertrand
Five to Thrive inspires in Atkinson
Holt County extended her an invitation, now she’s paying it forward

Youth Engagement
Youth poet laureate writes about growing up in rural Nebraska
Greater Nebraska Youth Survey reveals students prefer small towns
2023 Hometown Interns make an impact

NCF News
Fostering youth leadership and legacy planning: highlights from Dreams Inspire Dreams
Ryba joins Nebraska Community Foundation
Bahensky, Mekelburg recognized for gift planning excellence
Three new members join NCF Board of Directors
NCF network reinvests more than $500 million
Crotty promoted to Director of Advancement

NCF in the Headlines
Flatwater Free Conversation with Jeff Yost
Flatwater Free Press: Cross-state exchanges build bonds between North Omaha and Southwest Nebraska
Midwest Messenger: Revitalizing rural America

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All News

Fund helped make the Ravenna library a reality

KC Belitz: The spirit of 9/12

Nebraska Community Foundation network reinvests over $500 million into state