Mission Statement

The Kearney Area Community Foundation enhances the quality of life in the Kearney Area by promoting the spirit of charitable giving and effectively responding to the community's needs.


The Kearney Area Community Foundation vision is to maintain a philanthropic culture to assure that donors and the community are served in an atmosphere of trust and professionalism which will, in turn, allow the Kearney Area Community Foundation to make a meaningful and positive impact on the residents of our community, now and in the future.

Summer 2015 Newsletter


The Kearney Area Community Foundation Turns 20!


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Grant Funds Available to Area Organizations

The Kearney Area Community Foundation announced that they will be awarding grants to area organization in August. Applications are accepted on a bi-annual basis with the approaching deadlines of August 1 and February 1. Application forms may be secured online at www.kearneyfoundation.org or by calling (308) 237-3114.


Organizations are encouraged to read the grants guidelines to determine if the organization qualifies for a grant. The second step is to fill out the application, the third step is to make nine copies, and the final step is to mail the application and copies to the Kearney Area Community Foundation, 412 W. 48th, Suite #12, Kearney, NE 68847 so they are postmarked by August 1.


The KACF awards grants in eight fields of interest:

– Arts/Culture
– Health
– Community/Civic
– Human Services
– Economic Development
– Recreation
– Education
– Religion (non-denominational)

If you have any questions please call 308-237-3114 or email the Kearney Area Community Foundation at [email protected].

Foundation Hires Accounting Manager

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The Kearney Area Community Foundation recently hired Angie Vlasin as its new accounting manager.
Vlasin was a senior accountant with an accounting firm in Abilene, Kansas, and worked closely with many clients including the Community Foundation of Dickinson County.
“We are excited to have Angie join our team,” said Judi Sickler, Executive Director of the Kearney Area Community Foundation. “Angie’s accounting experience, foundation knowledge and people skills are a real asset to our growing organization.”
Vlasin recently moved to Gibbon with her husband, Rick. Her son, Marcus Gonzales, is a junior at UNK and a member of the Loper Track and Field team.
The Kearney Area Community Foundation enhances the quality of life in the Kearney Area by promoting the spirit of charitable giving and effectively responding to the community’s needs.
The Foundation is located at 412 W. 48th, Suite #12. Angie can be contacted at 308-237-3114 or [email protected]

The Community Foundation Hosts the 8th Annual Nebraska Wine & Jazz Festival

The Nebraska Wine & Jazz Festival will be held in Kearney on May 8 and 9, 2015. This statewide celebration is coming back for the eighth year to showcase more than 60 different wines from more than 15 Nebraska wineries and beers from a sampling of Nebraska microbreweries. There will be live performances both nights by a total of six bands featuring Nebraska musicians.

This year, the Festival will be held again at the Exposition Center at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. “It was a huge success last year. People loved the atmosphere we created with lighting, trees and table decorations. The Expo Center provides ample space for more seating, more parking and more vendors. It also provides Festival goers indoor restrooms, shelter from inclement weather and better climate control,” said Laurel Rosado, Festival Coordinator. “Everything came together beautifully creating a great ambiance for the event.”

Attendees will pay an admission fee of $25 and receive a souvenir glass and tasting tickets to sample Nebraska wines and microbrews and to hear outstanding Nebraska musicians. Patrons will also have the opportunity to purchase their favorite bottles of wine from Nebraska’s premier vineyards, as well as delicious food from a restaurant serving at the Festival. Must be 21 years old with a valid ID to attend.

The Kearney Area Community Foundation will be coordinating the event. This Festival will give recognition to Nebraska wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms, a value added segment of the Nebraska agri-tourism industry, as well as highlight talented musicians from across our great state. Proceeds from the event will go to the Foundation’s general fund used for operating the organization, as well as giving grants back to the community.

For more information, call Laurel Rosado at the Kearney Area Community Foundation at 308-237-3114 or check out the website www.WineAndJazzFest.org. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting the website.

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