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.

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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Kearney area and the success of Give Where You Live. We are so
grateful for the generosity of this amazing community!

Thank You Kearney Area!


From the bottom of our hearts, the Kearney Area Community Foundation and participating nonprofits say THANK YOU for being part of Give Where You Live 2014! Your generosity has affected countless lives through Kearney area nonprofit organizations that address our community’s needs in a continuously changing world. Together we are strengthening our community.


Thank you for donating during Give Where You Live – you have all been part of something very special! We encourage you to take a moment and review the impressive results of Give Where You Live at givewhereyoulive.razoo.com


Would you like to help improve next year’s event? Please take a moment to provide your feedback by following the link below. If you participated as both a nonprofit organization and a donor, please complete both surveys.

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The Kearney Area Community Foundation Announces 2nd Community-Wide 24-Hour Giving Day


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The Kearney Area Community Foundation announced today that it will be sponsoring the second 24-Hour giving day called “Give Where You Live” on December 4.  This community-wide event will benefit more than 121 charitable causes in and around the Kearney area that improve the quality of life for Kearney area residents!


Give Where You Live is a one-day fundraising event on December 4, 2014, that will unite donors in the Kearney area to support nonprofits and improve our quality of life. Give Where You Live is a community effort led by the Kearney Area Community Foundation that will encourage area nonprofits to build their capacity, find new donors and identify new funding streams. KACF’s goal is to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in one day by encouraging local residents to support their favorite charities.


“This was such a huge success last year, so we are bringing back the 24-hour giving day.  We are committed to our mission of promoting the spirit of charitable giving and effectively responding to the community’s needs,” said Judi Sickler, Executive Director of the Kearney Area Community Foundation. “We believe that the Give Where You Live campaign accomplishes just that!”


Last year was the first year for a 24-hour giving day raising more than $453,214 on December 5, 2013, which included prizes, match monies and other incentives.   Donations came in from 1156 unique donors that made more than 2316 different gifts for 99 organizations/causes.  “We were blown away; this is such a generous community,” said Julie Ann Stepanek, Event Coordinator and Assistant Director of the Kearney Area Community Foundation.  “We think it will be even bigger and better this year.  We already have 121 organizations registered to participate this year and we expect that number to climb.”


How it Works

On December 4, our communities in the Kearney area will come together online and off for 24 hours of generosity. Every donation made during Give Where You Live will help qualify the organization for prize money and awards, furthering the impact of the donor’s investment.

Donors go to the website:  www.givewhereyoulive.razoo.com and look at the list of local nonprofit organizations registered for the giving day.  If online giving doesn’t fit the donor’s style, they may stop by the Kearney Area Community Foundation office on Thursday, December 4, at 412 W. 48th Street, Suite 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to donate with cash or a check.  The Foundation will also be able to accept gifts of grain or stock.

Donations, up to $10,000 per donor, qualify to receive funds from the Give Where You Live Challenge Match Pool.  Today that Challenge Match Pool is $50,000 and is provided by the Kearney Area Community Foundation.

“For example, if the community raises $500,000 on that day and the Challenge Match Pool is $50,000, every dollar donated will be matched 10 percent”, said Stepanek.  “So a $100 gift now means the donor’s charity will receive $110.  It is a fun way to help expand your gifts to your favorite local charities!”

Stepanek added that there are other incentives to donate on December 4.  The top three organizations that receive donations from the greatest number of unique online donors will receive Nonprofit Bonuses of $1,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively.   In addition, 24 “Golden Tickets” – $100 prize grants – will be given randomly to donors’ charities every hour throughout the day.

“We learned a lot from last year and made several improvements,”  Sickler said.  “I would just encourage donors to check out the website to learn more about the giving day, special events during the campaign, contests, challenges, prizes and much more!  We encourage donors to use this campaign to make gifts to organizations they haven’t supported in the past, as well as make an additional gift to their favorites!”


121 Local Organizations Participating (as of November 6)


Advanced Psychiatric Care
Agape Source Financial Corporation
Alia Arram Children’s Museum
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association
American Red Cross
Amherst Public School
ARC of Buffalo County
Archway Society
Boy Scouts of America – Overland Trails Council
Buffalo County Community Health Partners
Buffalo County Crimestoppers
Buffalo County Goodfellows
Buffalo County Historical Society
Buffalo County Korean War Hero Flight
Campus Kitchen Project
Central Community College Foundation-Kearney Learning Center
Central Health Center
Central Mediation Center
CHI Health – Good Samaritan Foundation
Classic Car Collection
Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska
Crane River Theater Company
Crossroads Center
Dobytown Kiwanis Club – Back-2-School Back Pack Project
Double R Horse Rescue
Elm Creek School Foundation
Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society
Faith Christian School
Families CARE (Center for Advocacy, Resource and Education)
Family Advocacy Network
First Lutheran Preschool
First United Methodist Church East Lawn Mission Trailer
Fort Kearny Shooting Sports Association
Friends Program of Kearney
Gibbon Boosters
Gibbon Community Center
Gibbon Educational Foundation
Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska
HelpCare Clinic
Hollyjean’s Hope Cat Spaying
Junior Achievement of Kearney
Justin Balfany Memorial Tennis Association
K-9 Freekz Rescue
KACC Student Leader Scholarship Fund
Kearney / Buffalo County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Kearney Area Animal Shelter
Kearney Area Arts Council
Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity
Kearney Area Storytelling Festival
Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra
Kearney Catholic High School Foundation
Kearney Cemetery Beautification
Kearney Community Theatre
Kearney Competitive Girls Softball Association
Kearney Concert Association
Kearney Dawn Rotary – 3rd Grade Dictionary Project
Kearney Family YMCA
Kearney High School Band Boosters
Kearney Housing Development Corp
Kearney Jubilee Center
Kearney Literacy Council
Kearney Little League
Kearney Noon Rotary – Read with Rotary Program
Kearney Optimist Club – Local Youth Projects
Kearney Public Library
Kearney Public Schools Foundation
Kearney Soccer Club
Kearney Teen Reach Adventure Camp
Kearney Tennis Association
Kearney Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program
Kearney Toastmasters Club
Kearney Whitewater Association
Kearney Woman’s Club
Kenwood Walking Bridge
Kids & Dreams Foundation
Leadership Kearney
Loper Gridiron Club
Loper Wrestling Legacy Fund
LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Team of Central Nebraska
Make-A-Wish Nebraska
Mosaic in Axtell, Nebraska
Mother Hull Home, Inc
Museum of Nebraska Art
National Audubon Society
Nebraska AIDS Project
Nebraska Children’s Home Society
Nebraska Firefighters Museum and Education Center
Nebraska Senior Games
Nebraska Veterans First
Outdoor Fitness Pad at Yanney Park
Peterson Senior Activity Center
PFLAG (Parents, Friends & Families of Lesbians and Gays)
PIK (Parents Interested in Kids) of Pleasanton
Pleasanton Community Fund
Pleasanton Fire and Rescue
RAFT (Residential Assistance to Families in Transition) House
Ravenna Community Foundation
RESTORE Ministries
Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center
Royal Family Kids Camp
SAFE (Spouse/Sexual Abuse Family Education) Center
Salvation Army
Senior College of Central Nebraska
Shamrock Shuffle
SHELL (Shelton Helping Everyone Live Longer) Cancer Fund
Shelton Area Goodfellows
Shelton Area Lions Club – Playground Project
Shelton Beautification Fund
Shelton Building for Tomorrow
Shelton Fireworks Fund
Shelton Historical Society
Shelton Youth Sport Club
STAND (Shelton Teens Against Negative Decisions)
TeamMates Mentoring Program of Kearney
Todd Becker Foundation
United Way of the Kearney Area
University of Nebraska at Kearney Foundation
World Theatre Foundation
Yanney Heritage Park Foundation


Nonprofit organizations are able to register to participate after pledging that at least 80% of funds raised will stay in the Kearney area.  There is no cost to donors or organizations to participate in the 24-hour community-wide Give Where You Live giving day; however Razoo does charge a processing fee.


Sponsors for the Give Where You Live giving day (as of November 5)



Central Valley Irrigation, Inc

Kearney Regional Medical Center



Baldwin Filters

Charter Media

Hits 106/Y102

Midlands Contracting, Inc


Nebraskaland National Bank

NTV & Fox News

Platte River Radio

Platte Valley Medical Group, PC

Younes Hospitality



Barney Insurance

BD Construction

Mitch and Katie Bean

Blessing Construction, LLC

Cash-Wa Distributing Company

Contryman Associates, PC

Culligan of Kearney

Dermatology, PC

Eakes Office Solutions

First National Bank

Fort Theatre Dentistry

Horizon Designs, Inc

Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce

Kearney Floral Company

Kearney Hub

Kearney Visitors Bureau

Lamar Companies

Lind Eye Care

LIPS Printing

Nebraska Lottery

Nebraska Winery & Grape Growers Association

ProSelect, Inc

Tye Law Firm, PC, LLO

Viaero Event Center


Wells Fargo

Yanda’s Music



AmericInn Lodge & Suites

Barney Financial Services

Best Western Plus

Bruce Furniture

Construction Rental

Edward Jones

Exchange Bank

Hellman, Main, Coslor, & Kathol, PC

Kearney Powersports

LandMark Implement

Martin G. Tilley, MD, DDS, PC

Moonlight Embroidery

Oldfather Financial Services

Parker, Grossart, Bahensky, Beucke & Bowman

Steinbrink Landscaping

Vertical Focus Realty/Kearney Rental Pros

West Pharmaceuticals



Affiliated Brokers Insurance

Alpha Rehabilitation, PC

Bill’s Liquor

Brungardt Engineering

Bush Family Dentistry

Century 21 Midlands

Copycat Printing

Elizabeth House

Eustis Body Shop

Farm Bureau Insurance-Rich Peters Agency, Inc

First Care Medical, PC

Five Points Bank

Great Western Bank

Hilltop Mall

Integrity Dental Arts

Jacobsen Orr PC, LLO

Kearney Dental Clinic, PC

Kearney Eye Institute

Kearney Federal Credit Union

Killion Motors, Inc

Marcotte Insurance

Nebraska Central Telephone Co.

Nelson’s Furniture

O’Brien Straatman Redinger Funeral Home

Risk & Insurance Solutions

Shopping Tripps

Tonniges & Associates, PC

Tranquility Massage Therapy

UNICO Group of Kearney

Vintage Title & Escrow Company

Craig and Nancy Weber

Wilke’s True Value


The Kearney Area Community Foundation is a 19-year-old tax-exempt public charity, which recently reported October 2014 assets of $15.4 million.  Since 1995, the KACF has granted more than $33.7 million in grants, scholarships and program support to the community.


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.  KACF manages more than 160 charitable funds.  The Foundation represents communities as far north as Litchfield, as far south as Norton, Kansas; as far west as Oshkosh and as far east as Shelton.  The Foundation board is made up of 18 members of Kearney and surrounding area.




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