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WHY GIVE? Donors to the Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund help create a culture of giving throughout the community and invest in people to develop in them the knowledge, skills, abilities, leadership and commitment necessary to ensure that Nebraska City is a thriving and vibrant regional leader - a historic and progressive community that welcomes, retains and engages visitors, residents and businesses.
The Fund Advisory Committee (9 Nebraska City Volunteers) ensures that donations make meaningful and lasting impact in the community by:
Providing ways for donors with many charitable interests to give back to the community or leave a legacy;
Building permanent endowment funds to enable quick responses to changing needs;
Working with community groups to respond to community needs and opportunities.
Fund Avisory Committee
We invite you to contact one or more of the members of the Fund Advisory Committee (FAC) if you have questions or ideas as to how we might expand the scope of our services for the benefit of our community.
EX-OFFICIO VOLUNTEERS: Sharon Hersemann (Asst. Treasurer); Kathy Nelson (Scholarships);
C. Scott VanderVeen (Planned Gifts Director)
YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE PRESIDENT: Chloe Higgins
YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE MENTORS: Jason McNeely
Harry & Grace Moller
Mrs. Grace Moller left $500,000 in her will to the Nebraska Community Foundation Fund to be administered for the benefit of the library through an endowed account.
The Account's earnings generate $20-30K each year for the Library - and will forever. In addition to making those grants the Account has grown to over $900,000 in 2017, so the annual grants available continue to increase.
Leadership & Youth
LEADERSHIP NEBRASKA CITY continues to thrive as it successfully builds relationships and encourages community involvement and active hope. In 2016-17, Class #12 began learning about our community - as they also learn about themselves.
YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE began taking iPads to the nursing homes in 2014 and working with the elderly on learning how they can use technology to communicate with loved ones.
Health and Recreation
A group of young people formed an organization and established the Skate Park Account to raise money to fund the building of a Skate Park for Nebraska City youth. They raised nearly $130,000 in donations and grants, which have aided in the completion of the Skate Park in Steinhart Park.
The Wildwood Dog Park was established through a hard-working group of committed volunteers that raised money to establish this much needed play area for dog owners. A great addition to our already wonderful park areas!
Those involved in the Baseball Fund haven’t slowed down since they established their Account. They not only have kept the American Legion Baseball program alive and well but they have also funded renovating the fields at Steinhart Park and building a new concession stand for the Jaycees.
Each year the Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund offers a $1,000 scholarship to nontraditional students that reside or are employed in the Nebraska City area. These scholarships are directed to adults who are enhancing their careers through education with a focus on staying in or moving to Nebraska City. In 2014 we awarded our 36th, 37th, 38th and 39th scholarships!
The Greater Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair Committee achieved its own 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in 2017 and is transitioning into its own charitable entity. We are excited about seeing the entity continue to develop and provide outstanding science experiences for youth.
Ways of Giving
Note: If you donate on-line, when making a payment for annual dues the deposit should be designated to the General Account.
Can I designate how my donation will be used?
You may designate a specific Account for your donations. Funds donated to the Unrestricted Endowment Account will remain in that fund with investment income generated will be designated by the Fund Advisory Committee for projects within the community focusing on investing in the people of Nebraska City.
Does the donation have to be cash?
No. In fact, there may be some definite advantages in making donations in forms other than cash. Donations may be made in the form of gifts of agriculture commodities, an insurance policy beneficiary designation, a will or trust provision, or donation of appreciated assets. Through some of these means, you may even donate money to the community while receiving income from the funds for the remainder of your life!
Who can I talk to for more information on the kinds of Accounts available and how different types of donations might benefit me?
You may contact any of the Fund Advisory Committee members. They will either answer your questions or refer you to an individual with expertise in the area. Through the Fund's affiliation with the Nebraska Community Foundation, there are many resources available to ensure that your gift is structured properly to meet your intent.
How do I become an Annual Giver?
Annual Givers follow a minimum recommended donation of $100 per year per individual, $150 per family and $100 for non-profit organizations. A sliding schedule applies to businesses, depending upon the number of employees. Annual donations are counted and applied on a fiscal year basis with June 30th being the end of the fiscal year. A lifetime membership is available for a one-time $1500 donation to the General Account.
How will the Annual Giver donations be used?
These donors help us fund nontraditional scholarships and also cover the operating expenses of the foundation so that other donations and revenue generated from their investment will be available for community improvements.
News & Events
See what we're up to!
FIVE non-traditional scholarships awarded
At the 2016 Annual Celebration, NCCFF awarded five $1,000 scholarships for non-traditional students and then surprised the winners with an additional $1,000 added to the scholarship awards! These funds will help ease the burden on the families of having a bread-winner going back to school, and will encourage others to never stop learning and seeking better opportunities. The 2016 non-traditional scholars are:
alumni groups recognized for charity
NCCFF selected the Nebraska City High School Alumni Foundation, Inc. and Lourdes Endowment Fund for the 2016 Philanthropist of the Year Awards. The recipients each receive $500.00 to go to the local charitable cause of their choice.
The NCHS alumni foundation has awarded over $800,000 in scholarships, grants and eighth grade awards since 1990. John Callen accepted the award on behalf of the foundation.
The Lourdes Central Catholic School Endowment, which was has its roots dating back to 1980, benefits from the annual Lourdes Event and has about $2.7 million available to support school operations and provide scholarships based on financial need. Deroy Harshman and Fr. Mark Cyza accepted the award for Lourdes.
Youth Philanthropy Contest
In April of 2013, NCCFF conducted the first ever Youth Philanthropy Contest in Nebraska City. We challenged middle school aged youth in the community to think of creative service project ideas that they can perform in Nebraska City if our donors provide them funding. Chloe Higgins (winner in 2013 for her "Boxes of Sunshine" gifts to caregivers) has continued her project with additional donations and in 2015 was named the NEBRASKA YOUTH PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS! Nebraska City is a better place because you care!
Growing Great Kids
Chloe Higgins presents the $500 award check she received for being named 2013 Philanthropist of the Year. The charity she chose was Growing Great Kids, sponsored by Healthy Communities at St. Mary's Hospital, Nebraska City. Pictured are Traci Rueter, Coordinator on the left, Brook Chaney in the middle, and Chloe Higgins on the right.
Expert Guidance; Auditing Services; & More!
AFFILIATION WITH NEBRASKA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PROVIDES GREAT BENEFITS
Benefits of Affiliation
The Funds' affiliation with the Nebraska Community Foundation offers a number of benefits that balance local, Nebraska City, control with professional management services and economies of scale:
Access to NCF’s tax-exempt, Sec. 501(c)(3) status, allows donors to take a tax deduction for contributions. NCF issues charitable receipts conforming to IRS standards.
Local Control with Expert Compliance Oversight
Locally selected Fund Advisory Committee members make the decisions about how the Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund's charitable dollars are spent. NCF in Lincoln has a legal responsibility for all funds entrusted with it to ensure that funds are used consistent with provisions of IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) and in compliance with donor intent. A local foundation would have the same legal responsibilities.
Financial and Administrative Services
Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund has access to NCF’s financial and administrative services. NCF has the sole responsibility for all day-to-day financial activities, including recording contributions; making disbursements; cash management; preparing and filing IRS Form 990; obtaining an audit of its financial statements by an independent CPA firm and issuing the fund’s financial reports. Our endowed accounts can invest in one of two investment portfolios designed for nonprofits and offered by NCF’s investment advisor, the Omaha office of Westwood Trust.
National Standards (Integrity & Accountability)
NCF has received recognition for having organizational and financial practices that are in compliance with National Standards established by the Council on Foundations. This demonstrates NCF’s integrity and accountability to donors.
Peer Learning Network
NCF uses peer learning to help build community capacity and leadership. NCF facilitates peer-learning opportunities on many relevant topics to help our own Nebraska City leaders become more skillful and confident.
Contributions to Multiple Funds
NCF is helping to evolve all Nebraskans’ giving habits to support causes and programs that will have greater impact upon the long-term sustainability of Nebraska’s hometowns. NCF’s educational efforts are helping many donors to consider the multiple causes they can choose to support with their current and planned gifts.
Marketing, Communications and Web site
NCF marketing materials are available to affiliated funds at minimal or no charge. Sample or customized media relations materials, donor letters and financial planner communications can all be provided. NCF maintains an extensive Web site, providing information to affiliated funds, potential donors and financial planners. The ability to accept online donations is also available.
Training and Technical Assistance
NCF staff has expertise in community development, strategic planning, planned giving and the development of public-private partnerships. NCF staff and Board Members are available to help funds get organized, provide guidance for strategic planning and advise on effective fundraising techniques. Workshops on topics ranging from leadership development to donor visitation techniques are held statewide.
Gift Planning Assistance
NCF assists attorneys, CPAs, insurance agents, financial planners, bankers and brokers and their clients/donors with charitable gift planning. Brochures and materials on the benefits of charitable giving are available at no charge.