Nebraska Community Foundation to host Annual Celebration in La Vista

NCF network reinvested $40 million across the state in most recent fiscal year

Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF) will convene its statewide network this November in La Vista to celebrate shared success, including the reinvestment of more than $40 million throughout the state in the most recent fiscal year.

This year’s Annual Celebration unfolds Nov. 17 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in La Vista and includes a full day of training and an evening banquet. Centered on the theme of “Connect,” NCF volunteers and fellow ambitious Nebraskans will convene for a day of peer learning and training on a variety of topics including fundraising, marketing, impact grantmaking, community economic development and more. The evening banquet will gather hundreds of NCF supporters to share a meal and celebrate the achievements of the organization’s 1,500 volunteers serving 276 communities in 83 Nebraska counties.

On Nov. 18, Nebraska Community Foundation and University of Nebraska Extension in partnership with the Nebraska Chamber and Peter Kiewit Foundation are convening Nebraska’s first ever People Attraction Summit, also at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, which invites people attraction proponents across numerous communities, professions, and industries for a day of connection, collaboration, and innovation.

Find a detailed training session brochure, schedule and registration information at www.nebcommfound.org/celebrate. The deadline to register for all aspects of NCF’s 2022 Annual Celebration is Oct. 31.

In the past five years, the NCF network has reinvested more than $172 million into Nebraska’s people and places. Among the $40 million NCF affiliated funds reinvested through grantmaking and disbursements in the 2022 fiscal year (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022), $2 million benefitted people attraction efforts; $1.4 million went to parks and recreation; $2.7 million furthered education; $1.2 million went to arts, culture, and humanities; $1.3 million benefitted health care; $1 million went to community centers and libraries; and over $370,000 was granted in support of entrepreneurship.

Across the NCF network, all grantmaking is determined at the local level, according to local needs and priorities—for instance, early childhood education in Albion, a new community center in Laurel, a “Welcoming and Belonging Community Grant Challenge” in Columbus, local foods in Hebron schools, housing development in Ogallala and Eustis, library services in Nebraska City, opera house renovations in Friend, an inclusive playground in Sidney, STEM education in Norfolk, leadership development in Valley County, expanded learning opportunities in Syracuse, nursing scholarships in Burwell, heritage tourism development in Red Cloud, pediatric dental health care in Bassett and Scottsbluff, small business and entrepreneurship development in Holt County, and scholarships for Native American students throughout the state.

“Our network continues to astound with its tenacity in raising funds and momentum to create even more vibrant communities,” said NCF CEO and President Jeff Yost. “We will honor their dedication this year in La Vista, while we look ahead to new opportunities in 2023.”

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