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.

Kearney High School Receives Skilled Training Donation

The Kearney Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce the funding of a new CNC Lathe for Kearney Public Schools.  Thanks to a generous donation by John and Sonia Sahling of Kearney, $25,000 will go towards the purchase of the new CNC machine.  “Providing young adults with resources used in today’s business is critical to students finding a career path.  This equipment especially applies to the young adults that learn with their hands”, said John Sahling.  The gift is being donated through larger gift given to the Kearney Area Community Foundation.  KACF Executive Director Judi Sickler stated “The need for this type of hands-on training was brought to the Sahlings and without hesitation they were onboard.  Kearney is fortunate to have so many great donors that quickly tackle area needs.”


CNC, or computer numerical control, machines are used in everyday manufacturing.  CNC machines can be seen on television shows like American Choppers and are used extensively in Buffalo County by companies such as Baldwin Filters.  The Economic Development Council of Buffalo County will contribute $10,350 to finalize the purchase.  EDCBC President Darren Robinson stated “CNC machining is one of the highest demand positions in the country.  Training on this machine will result in Kearney youth finding an immediate job with some of Kearney’s largest employers.  I applaud the Sahlings for their thoughtful gift.”


The community’s education need for a CNC machine was brought forward by Andrew Moland, Kearney Public Schools Industrial Technology instructor, with support from Kearney High School Principle Dr. Jay Dostal.  Kearney High School expects to begin training on the equipment this Fall.

Summer 2014 Newsletter

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Grant Funds Available to Area Organizations; Deadlines Extended

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 new extended deadlines of August 1 and February 1.


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  68845 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].

Spring 2014 Newsletter


Click here to read the spring 2014 newsletter and learn about the upcoming Nebraska Wine and Jazz Festival.

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