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.
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!
Teachers & Health Care Workers Named NCCFF 2020 Philanthropists of the Year
The definition of a ‘Philanthropist’ is “a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others.” If that is true, then who better deserves to be proclaimed the Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund’s 2020 Philanthropists of the Year than the people who put themselves on the front line during the pandemic to teach our children and keep Nebraska City residents healthy and care for our loved ones? Therefore, this honor is going to the Nebraska City teachers in all our schools and the health care workers in our hospital, clinics and senior living spaces.
“The health crisis this country has experienced in the past year has severely tested our educators and health care workers,” said Brad Moyer, NCCFF FAC Chair. “NCCFF wishes to applaud these professionals who have stepped up to the plate day after day to keep us and our loved ones as safe and healthy as possible as well as continue to educate our children. The entire Nebraska City community owes them a huge debt of gratitude. Thank you!”
During the coming months, NCCFF will be asking this community to join them in giving recognition to the Nebraska City teachers and the healthcare providers. This Spring, recognition events will be planned outside of CHI-St. Mary’s Hospital and the senior living areas in our community. Look for invitations to join us at these events on the NCCFF Facebook page and website.
Everyone in Nebraska City is welcome to join in as NCCFF applauds the 2020 Philanthropists of the Year!
Record Number of Non-Traditional Scholarships Awarded
For the first time in the 20-year history of the Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund, a total of seven Non-Traditional Scholarships are being awarded at one time, each for $2,000.
“It was discussed that all these applicants were very deserving,” said Sally Juilfs, Chair of the NCCFF Non-Traditional Scholarship Committee. “We felt all would potentially stay in our community and greatly benefit the people of Nebraska City.”
Juilfs pointed out this year’s scholarship applicants represent several diverse fields of study, fields that could potentially affect all three Nebraska City educational institutions as well as our local veterans.
The NCCFF’s Non-Traditional Scholarships are designed to assist adult workers who need to acquire college or technical school credits to advance themselves in an existing job or launch a new career. In the past two decades, nearly 70 Nebraska City adults have received a Non-Traditional Scholarship to help them reach their educational goals.
The 2020 winners are: Justin Aaburg, Tammy Jo Bando, Nicole Griepenstroh, Michael Kearney, Corey Kenter, Chad Miller and Kristin Olmstead. Let’s take a look at these winners.
Nebraska City native Chad Miller is a 1991 graduate of Nebraska City Senior High School. He works full-time for Otoe County as the Veterans Service Officer in the Courthouse. Chad attended Southeast Community College in 2000 but did not have a major at that time. He has been attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha since last May working towards a Bachelors of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) with a concentration in Sociology, a major in History and a minor in Anthropology. He is on course to graduate in the fall of 2022.
“I chose this area to study because I have a deep interest in society, how we behave and the history of mankind along with the world itself,” he said. “My future aspirations are to improve my capabilities at work and continue to represent veterans in our community to the Department of Veteran Affairs post graduating.” After getting his bachelor’s degree, he plans on pursuing a masters in Sociology.
A single parent with two boys: Cayden, 12, and Carson, 9, Chad’s parents, Michael and Debera Miller, also live in Nebraska City. Chad believes this NCCFF scholarship is the exact way a community helps people from within better themselves and in turn better the community itself.
“I am a non-traditional student and know there are not a lot of scholarships available to people returning to school later in life. I am very grateful to have been chosen as one of the recipients,” he said. “I think anyone who feels they want to not only improve or enrich their own lives and the people in the community around them by pursuing a college education should apply for this scholarship.”
Born and raised in Nebraska City, Corey Kenter is a first-time NCCFF Non-Traditional Scholarship winner. “I was really excited to find the letter in my mailbox,” he said.
A 2009 graduate of Nebraska City High School, Corey now teaches 10th-12th grade English there.
“My senior year was Mr. Hoover’s first year as principal. Most of the teachers that taught me have retired, but I have had the pleasure of working with a few of them,” he said. Corey says he is happy teaching in Nebraska City. “We have a very passionate staff and administration. Our students are also very passionate. I truly do enjoy getting to know them and working with them daily. It is rewarding to serve the community I grew up in.”
Corey competed a general studies and technical theater degree through Iowa Western and then transferred in 2016 to Peru State College to get his degree in secondary teaching. “I am enrolled in a 19-month cohort program at Peru State College to complete my graduate degree in curriculum and instruction.”
Corey said this program has already impacted his teaching philosophy. “I chose the program because I believe it is important to remain a lifelong learner. Being a teacher, it is important to continue studying new research, strategies and technology to help improve my performance,” he said. “Peru State prepared me well to become a teacher, so I am excited to pursue my graduate degree through PSC.”
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have received this scholarship,” he said. “It’s great to know we have foundations designed to help people impact our community in positive ways. It will benefit me and my goals tremendously,” he said. “I would tell others they should absolutely take the time to apply for this scholarship.”
Scholarship winner Kristin Olmstead is thrilled that this NCCFF Non-Traditional Scholarship will get her closer to her goal of becoming a teacher of blind and visually impaired students.
“I have worked at the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired (NCECBVI) for 10 years,” Kristin said. “I have had wonderful experiences working with all of the students and amazing staff there. My job is very rewarding and inspired me to continue my education and become a teacher.”
Originally from Atlantic, IA, Kristin received her GED in 2001 and then got an AA in Psychology from Iowa Western Community College. She moved to Nebraska City in 2009 and a year later took a job at NCECBVI. She is now a student at Peru State College majoring in Special Education K-12. “I would like to eventually earn my master’s and become a teacher of the visually impaired.”
Kristin and her husband John have five children. “I am honored to receive the NCCFF scholarship and it will help me to continue fulfilling my dreams of higher education,” she said. “With the scholarship, I hope to earn my degree and help blind and visually impaired students across Nebraska. I encourage others to apply for the scholarship and use it to give back to the great community of Nebraska City.”
Nicole Griepenstroh is using her Non-Traditional Scholarship to achieve her goal of becoming a preschool/kindergarten teacher. A 2004 graduate of Palmyra High School, Nicole received an associate degree in early childhood education from Southeast Community College.
“I am currently working on achieving my bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Doanne University. From there I will move on to what they call the fast track program to earn my teaching certificate.”
Nicole and her husband John moved to Nebraska city in 2014. They have two children: Kayla and Jacob. She strongly encourages other non-traditional students to apply for this NCCFF scholarship.
“It’s not hard and helps out!”
A first-year physical education teacher at Lourdes Central Catholic School, Michael Kearney was thrilled to be the recipient of a $2,000 NCCFF Non-Traditional Scholarship. While he grew up in Lincoln, Michael has called Nebraska City home for over 20 years.
A 1994 graduate of Pius X High School in Lincoln, Michael graduated from Peru State College in 2000 with a degree in Sports Management. He is now in the Transitional Teaching Program through the University of Kearney.
“I am excited and grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship. It will go a long way in helping with my education,” Michael said. “I think this is a great opportunity for local people who are looking at furthering their careers or changing careers. If you have ever thought about getting more education, this is a great way to get that started.”
Michael and his wife Jenny have five children: James, Joseph, Nicholas, Elizabeth and Hannah.
Tammy Jo Bando
Nebraska City native and 2000 Nebraska City High School graduate, Tammy Jo Bando is a three-time NCCFF Non-Traditional Scholarship winner, previously winning in 2017 and 2018. Her goal is to become an excellent substitute teacher in Nebraska City.
In 2008, Tammy graduated from Bellevue University with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management. In 2017, she went back to school to get her teaching certificate. “I will complete the Early Childhood Inclusive Certification Program at UNK in May 2021,” Tammy said. She is currently student teaching 1st Grade at Northside Elementary School.
“I love working with children,” Tammy said. “I have been an in-home childcare provider here in Nebraska City since October 2008, offering preschool services as part of the care I provide. I obtained my substitute teacher permit and loved subbing when my schedule allowed.”
Tammy Jo said she has seen the need for quality substitute teachers for this district. “I hope to fill that void as much as possible while still spending time with my family. My husband Chris is a deputy sheriff for Otoe County and his current schedule offers some flexibility that will allow me to substitute teach up to three days a week.” The couple have six children ranging from two-year-old twins to an 18-year-old college student.
“I am extremely grateful and thankful to once again have received this scholarship,” Tammy Jo said. “I have been able to accomplish my educational goals without accruing more student loan debt.” Tammy Jo thanks the donors to the Foundation and the Scholarship Committee for continuing to invest in the citizens of Nebraska City. “I would strongly encourage anyone seeking to further their education to apply.”
Three-time Non-Traditional Scholarship winner Justin Aaberg teaches U.S. History and three electives -- Contemporary Social Issues, Public Policy and Psychology -- at Nebraska City High School. He also coaches the high school speech team. Justin says he is excited for the upcoming speech team season. “We have a lot of experienced speakers on the team returning from the prior season.”
Originally from Stanton, NE, Justin graduated from Stanton High School in 2013. He began teaching at Nebraska City High School in 2017 right after he earned his degree in Social Sciences Education from Wayne State College. He is now working on a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Social Sciences at Wayne State and this NCCFF $2,000 Non-Traditional Scholarship is helping him to achieve this.
Getting his master’s degree puts Justin that much closer to being able to teach dual credit courses at the high school. Dual credit courses allow high school students to earn college credit that will shorten their time in college, which is a big win for them.
“I am grateful for the NCCFF scholarship and would highly encourage people to apply for it, especially other teachers who want to work toward their master's degrees,” Justin said.
Anyone interested in applying for a NCCFF Non-Traditional Scholarship can download an application by going to: https://www.nebraskacitycommunityfoundation.org/ and clicking on: Scholarship Application. The next submission deadline is August 1, 2021.
New Fund Advisory Committee Chairperson Wants More Community Involvement
A simple invitation from a friend six years ago was all it took to launch Nebraska City native Brad Moyer on a rewarding and often inspiring journey with the Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund (NCCFF).
Brad’s journey with Nebraska City’s local non-profit foundation began when Scott VanderVeen, a former Foundation Advisory Committee (FAC) Chair, asked his friend to participate on the NCCFF’s Grant Development Committee, which regularly evaluates grant requests to NCCFF. Surprised at the invitation, Brad recalls answering his friend with a bewildered, “Now why would you want me to do that?” However, after giving it more thought, he said yes.
Being on this committee eventually led to Brad accepting a seat on FAC and becoming its Vice Chair two years later. Recently, Brad’s involvement moved into an even higher gear with the announcement from NCCFF that he is now the new FAC Chair.
Thinking about his new position as Chair of this 20-year-old non-profit foundation, Brad says he wants to get back to more of the ‘fostering a culture of giving’, which is an important part of the NCCFF’s Mission Statement. “I would like to see NCCFF become even more involved in the community,” he said. “We need to let people know who we are. We need to be more approachable.”
Brad recalls when he was first involved in NCCFF he attended several peer learning sessions arranged by the Nebraska Community Foundation with other similar hometown non-profit foundations throughout Nebraska. “Communities would mentor other communities,” Brad said. “It gave me a sense of belonging to a bigger goal and I’d like to get back to that.”
Born in Nebraska City, Brad was raised on a farm south of town and educated in a country school. He went on to attend Nebraska City High School and then spent his senior year at the Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO. After graduating from Wentworth, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Ft. Ord, CA where he was trained to be a helicopter mechanic.
Brad married Nebraska City native Lori Dankof in 1984. He left the Army two years later and the couple moved to Arizona where Brad pursued a career in aviation, becoming a certified airframe and power plant mechanic. In 1990, they moved back home so Brad could work on the family farm. From 2003 through 2005, Brad served in the Nebraska Army National Guard with the 24th Medical Company in Lincoln NE. After his parents died in 2004, Brad began farming with his brother Dan.
Besides being active in NCCFF, Brad is active in the Memorial Building Restoration Project. He is the Commander of the American Legion Post 246 out of Talmage, NE, and on the Americanism Committee on the state level. Brad and Lori are active with the Church of Christ in Nebraska City, where he is the Benevolence Contact for the church.
The couple have two children. Daughter Cassie works for Mutual of Omaha in Bellevue/Papillion. Son Benjamin lives in Waverly, NE and works for the Department of Defense and serves in the National Guard.
“We are so pleased to have Brad leading NCCFF,” said Doug Friedli, an original founder of the organization. “His deep roots in and commitment to our community provide valuable insights and inspiration for all of us to invest in Nebraska City.”
Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund Works to Bridge Learning Gap
Through a funding opportunity available exclusively to affiliated funds of Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF), NCCFF will receive $17,600 to benefit Nebraska City Public Schools, Better Together and Lourdes Central Catholic Schools. When combined with the required 1:1 local match, that is a $35,200 grant/match investment in Nebraska City students. Click our press release to see the exciting details of how these funds will benefit youth in 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.
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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
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.
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.