“Dreams at Work”: Hundreds Travel to McCook for Community-Building Event

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“Dreams at Work”: Hundreds Travel to McCook for Community-Building Event

More than 400 volunteer community leaders and guests attended Nebraska Community Foundation’s (NebraskaHometown.org) expo and banquet following all-day peer learning training sessions on Thursday, November 10 in McCook. This year’s theme, “Dreams at Work,” reflects the active role philanthropy is playing in helping communities achieve their vision for the future.

As each year passes, the audience for the evening’s expo and banquet appears to be getting younger, as more and more young adults are stepping into leadership roles in their communities. NCF President and CEO Jeff Yost reminded the audience that with today’s technology, “People can choose to live just about anywhere. Our job is to help them choose ‘here.’”

Training topics focused on ways philanthropic investments can help attract returners, stayers and newcomers. Volunteers with affiliated funds of Nebraska Community Foundation have stressed that the best way to learn about what works when it comes to raising and investing charitable dollars is to learn from one’s peers. Participants were energized by one another as they explored the new realities happening in rural Nebraska. More than half of Nebraska’s counties are experiencing net increases in adults in their 30s and 40s.

Nebraska Community Foundation, headquartered in Lincoln, serves more than 250 communities across the state. Visit NebraskaHometown.org.


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