Nebraska Community Foundation Prepares Local Leaders for Community Campaigns

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Nebraska Community Foundation Prepares Local Leaders for Community Campaigns

The positive energy was undeniable at the Nebraska Community Foundation ( Rural Development Philanthropy Pre-Campaign Workshop on May 5-6 in Kearney. More than 50 Fund Advisory Committee members from 12 affiliated fund communities learned how to cultivate donor relationships and plan for the launch of their unrestricted endowment-building campaigns.

Each fund must raise $200,000 to receive the maximum $100,000 challenge grant provided by The Sherwood Foundation. To be eligible, each of the community-based funds had previously completed action planning and a robust self-assessment and application process earlier this year.

Participants were deeply engaged in the presentations and peer-learning sessions. As people shared their thoughts at the end of the day during a “closing circle” exercise,  one volunteer leader exclaimed, “I wish everyone in our Fund Advisory Committee were here. I can’t believe what they are missing and I can’t wait to get back home and share this with them.” Thanks go out to our peer mentors from Shickley, Nebraska City, Ainsworth and McCook, and to program partners at The Sherwood Foundation and Peter Kiewit Foundation for sharing their insights and advice throughout the workshop.

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