The Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund is spotlighting highlights from its 2020 activities in a short video, designed by NCCFF winter intern Erik Rodriguez. This 6-minute video gives insights into the non-profit’s many activities during the past year. Since the NCCFF is not holding an in-person annual meeting this year due to COVID-19 precautions, this video is a great way to share the uplifting news about the NCCFF’s many accomplishments in Nebraska City during the past 12 months. Enjoy!
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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 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.
A major highlight of the Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund’s (NCCFF) annual meeting is always the announcement of the Philanthropist of the Year Award. This year, that announcement was mixed with both excitement and sadness as the award was posthumously presented to Yolanda Peck, who passed away this April after a sudden illness.
During her years in Nebraska City, Yolanda Peck was well known for assisting the immigrant population to find ways to improve their lives and the lives of their families. No matter what need arose, no matter how large or small, Yolanda did her best to help achieve a better outcome for everyone. According to the people who knew her, most of the time she was successful. Yolanda spent countless hours working with the Center for Rural Affairs to create an inclusive and welcoming community for immigrants in Nebraska City.
Yolanda’s daughter, Mary Peck, accepted the award on her mother’s behalf at the NCCFF annual meeting. Mary read a copy of Legislative Resolution 153, which was a tribute to Yolanda Peck recently read to the Nebraska State Legislature and then entered into the state record.
This Philanthropist of the Year Award comes with a $500 grant from the NCCFF. Yolanda Peck’s grant will go to Project Response, a non-profit crisis center that provides free support and advocacy to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and related issues in Southeast Nebraska.
Residents of Nebraska City enjoyed a beautiful evening with a free, live performance of "The Dream Switch" — presented in both Spanish and English on August 29, 2021. Attendees enjoyed great food, a beautiful art display featuring local students’ postcard depictions of their hometown, the engaging story and music of "The Dream Switch" (including an original song performed by students from Nebraska City Public Schools and Lourdes Central Catholic School), and a candid community conversation after the show. Topics covered what people love about Nebraska City and BIG DREAMS for the future of the town. Check out the video coverage from News Channel Nebraska to learn more.
“The Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund is excited to be one of the ‘The Dream Switch’ performance sponsors,” according to Denise Davis, Foundation Advisory Committee Secretary. “This collection of songs is about embracing the opportunities that can be found right here in your own hometown. We hope local youth will be inspired to take a good look at what is available to them in Nebraska City and will eventually decide to share their talents and energy to make their hometown flourish.”
Launched in 2020, NCF’s Hometown Internship program is attracting ambitious young Nebraskans to return to their hometowns for the summer and further the work and mission of their local Nebraska Community Foundation affiliated fund. This program is helping young people feel more connected to their hometowns, hone job relevant skills and network with adults and job creators in the area. Importantly, it’s allowing them to envision a bright future right in their own hometown. Learn all about NCCFF's 2021 Hometown Intern Luke Partsch: Click our press release to learn more about Luke and the exciting details of how Luke is working to improve our community!
LEARN ABOUT THE FUND:
The purpose of the Account is to raise funds to support the work of community-based organizations to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the community/region and vulnerable community members. Activities of governmental entities and 501(c)(3) entities to be funded may include, but are not limited to:
– Assisting schools with the technology needed for remote learning
– Providing food assistance for families whose children who may have relied on school programs for meals
– Addressing the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by lost work, closures, and cancellations related to COVID-19
– Addressing the immediate needs of vulnerable elderly populations who may be at high risk due to COVID-19
– Addressing increased demand for medical information and support, including mental health support
– Addressing fear and confusion about the pandemic among the community’s most vulnerable residents, including those with limited English language proficiency
– Community resilience as recovery from the pandemic proceeds
The funding priorities for the Account may evolve as the community adapts to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Melissa Turner featured on Pure Nebraska 10/11 Now discussing COVID-19 Fund.
As funds around the state respond to COVID-19 pandemic issues, 10/11 Now's "Pure Nebraska" program interviewed several leaders, including NCCFF Fund Advisory Member Melissa Turner about how Nebraska City is helping seniors stay in touch with loved ones. Click the video button below to take a look.
FREE WILLS GUIDE
Request your FREE Wills Guide NOW. Click the image to the left or the link below.
An estimated 70% of American adults have either no will or their will is outdated. Planning for the future is easier than you think and 2020 is the perfect time to get started. Nebraska Community Foundation’s FREE Wills Guide will guide you through the process. Download an easy to use, fill-in-the-blank booklet that can help you organize all the information you’ll need to plan your legacy.
JOIN THE CLUB, RECEIVE A WINDMILL
Make a planned gift to the community through our fund and you will receive a "Windmill" recognition award.
Four new “Windmill” donors were honored during the 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting in 2020. Paul and Mary Stevenson, Stacie Higgins and Denise Davis were lauded for setting up planned gifts for NCCFF in their estates. “It's a way for us to give back to the community who supported us by being our employers and our customers throughout our careers," said Mary Stevenson as she received her "thank you" recognition.
Overview of Scholarship Program
If you have questions about our non-traditional scholarship program, please click the button below for more info.
This button will open a .pdf file with an explanation of the purpose and criteria for the program.
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: C. Scott VanderVeen (Planned Gifts); David Partsch (Governance/Website); Erv Friesen (Historian); Kathy Nelson (Scholarships); Joyce Turner (Scholarships); Dr. Paul Madison (Grant Dev. & NCF Board of Directors).
YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE PRESIDENT: Valarie Benne
YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE MENTORS: Jason McNeely
2021 NCF HOMETOWN INTERN: Luke Partsch
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 $1,000,000 in 2020, 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 2019-20, Class #15 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. Their 2018-19 project included a lot of leadership training, taking a lesson from LNC! See "News and Events" section below for more info.
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 and building a concession stand at Steinhart Park.
Each year the Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund offers scholarships 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. Many of these students would not be able to better their education without the assistance of our donors. THANK YOU! A link for the scholarship applications is on our site below - keep scrolling.
The Greater Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair Committee achieved its own 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in 2017 and transitioned into its own charitable entity. We are excited about seeing the entity continue to develop and provide outstanding science competition 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.
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.
Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund, An Affiliated Fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation