The Kearney Area Community Foundation announced today that it will be sponsoring the third annual 24-Hour giving day called “Give Where You Live” on December 3, 2015. This community-wide event will benefit more than 145 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 3, 2015, 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 the last two years, 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 second year for a 24-hour giving day raising more than $420,625 on December 4, 2014, which included prizes, match monies and other incentives. Donations came in from 1246 unique donors that made more than 2949 different gifts for 120 organizations/causes. “We were blown away; this is such a generous community,” said Sickler. “We think it will be even bigger and better this year. We have 145 organizations registered to participate this year, which is 21% more than last year.”
“The Kearney Area raised more than $873,000 the last two years combined through the Give Where You Live campaign!”, Sickler added.
How it Works
On December 3, 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: https://givewhereyoulive.razoo.com and look at the list of local nonprofit organizations registered for the giving day. Donors can begin making online gifts today through midnight December 3. If online giving doesn’t fit the donor’s style, they may stop by the Kearney Area Community Foundation office on Thursday, December 3, 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 $20,000 per donor, qualify to receive funds from the Give Where You Live Challenge Match Pool. Today that Challenge Match Pool is $100,000 (doubled from the last two years) and is provided by the Kearney Area Community Foundation and generous sponsors.
“For example, if the community raises $500,000 on that day and the Challenge Match Pool is $100,000, every dollar donated will be matched 20 percent”, said Sickler. “So a $100 gift now means the donor’s charity will receive $120. It is a fun way to help expand your gifts to your favorite local charities!”
Sickler added that there are other incentives to donate on December 3. 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” – $200 prize grants – will be given randomly to donors’ charities every hour throughout the day.
“We learned a lot from last two years 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!”
145 Local Organizations Participating (as of November 15)
ALS in the Heartland
Alzheimers Association – Greater Plains Chapter
American Red Cross
Amherst Public Schools Foundation
ARC of Buffalo County, Inc.
Boy Scouts of America – Overland Trails Council
Bravehearts Equine Therapy and Learning
Buffalo County Community Partners
Buffalo County Goodfellows, Inc.
Buffalo County Historical Society
Campus Kitchen Project
Central Community College Foundation-Kearney Learning Center
Central Elementary School
Central Nebraska Veteran’s Memorial
CHI Health-Good Samaritan Foundation
Child Evangelism Fellowship
Classic Car Collection
Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska
Crane River Theatre
Crossroads Center Rescue Mission
Double R Horse Rescue Fund
Elm Creek School Foundation
Faith Christian School
Families Care, Inc.
Family Advocacy Network
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Fund
First Lutheran Preschool
First United Methodist Church East Lawn Mission Trailer
Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo
Fort Kearny Shooting Sports Association
Friends of the Axtell Public Library
Friends Program of Kearney
Gibbon Ball Association
Gibbon Boosters, Inc.
Gibbon Community Center
Gibbon Community Foundation
Girl Scouts – Spirit of Nebraska
Girls on the Run
Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska
Good Samaritan Society – Kearney
Helping Hands Ministry
Hollyjean’s Hope Cat Spaying
Junior Golf Classic Fund
Justin Balfany Memorial Tennis Association
K-9 Freekz Rescue Fund
Kearney Area Animal Shelter, Inc.
Kearney Area Arts Council
Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce-Mark Benjamin Memorial Scholarship
Kearney Area Children’s Museum
Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity
Kearney Area Storytelling Festival
Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra
Kearney Catholic High School Foundation
Kearney Cemetery Beautification Fund
Kearney Community Learning Center
Kearney Community Theatre
Kearney Concert Association, Inc.
Kearney Dawn Rotary
Kearney Dobytown Kiwanis
Kearney Family YMCA
Kearney High Booster Club- Spotlight on the Bearcats
Kearney High School Band Boosters
Kearney Housing Agency
Kearney Jubilee Center
Kearney Literacy Council
Kearney Little League
Kearney Noon Rotary
Kearney Optimist Club
Kearney Public Library
Kearney Public Schools Foundation – Share the Stage
Kearney Rail Viewing Platform
Kearney Sertoma Club
Kearney Teen Reach Adventure Camp
Kearney Tennis Association Fund
Kearney Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program
Kearney Volunteer Fire Department Fund
Kearney Whitewater Association
Kearney Woman’s Club, Inc.
Kearney/Buffalo County CASA Fund
Kenwood Walking Bridge
KHS: Grow with Agriculture
Kids & Dreams Foundation
Loper Wrestling Legacy Fund
LOSS Team of Central Nebraska
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska
Meadowlark Elementary PTO
Merryman Performing Arts Center
Midwest Family Mental Health
Miss Kearney/Miss Tri-City Scholarship Pageant
Mother Hull Home
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
Museum of Nebraska Art
National Audobon Society (Rowe Sanctuary)
Nebraska AIDS Project
Nebraska Children’s Home Society
Nebraska Firefighters Museum and Education Center
Nebraska Safety Center
Nebraska State Senior Games
Nebraska Veterans First
Park Elementary Learning Commons Project
Peterson Senior Activity Center
Platte River Children’s Chorale
Pleasanton Community Fund
Pleasanton Fire & Rescue
Pleasanton PIK (Parents Interested in Kids) Fund
Pumpkin Patch Preschool
Ravenna Community Foundation
Residential Assistance to Families in Transition (RAFT)
Royal Family Kids Camp
S.A.F.E. Center, Inc.
Senior College of Central Nebraska, Inc.
Shelton Area Goodfellows
Shelton Area Lions Club
Shelton Cemetery Beautification
Shelton Helping Everyone Live Longer Cancer Fund (SHELL)
Shelton Historical Society
Shelton Public School Foundation
Shelton Teens Against Negative Decisions (STAND)
Shelton Youth Sports Club
South Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging
Special Olympics Nebraska
Tasha Keiter Memorial Youth Golf
TeamMates Mentoring Program – Kearney
Todd Becker Foundation
United Campus Ministries
United Way of the Kearney Area, Inc.
University of Nebraska at Kearney Foundation
World Theatre Foundation Fund
Yanney Heritage Park Foundation
Zion Lutheran of Kearney Foundation
Nonprofit organizations were able to register to participate after pledging that at least 80% of funds raised will stay in the Kearney area. Registration is now closed. 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 15)
Central Valley Irrigation
Kearney Regional Medical Center
The Tye Law Firm, PC LLO
Culligan of Kearney
Hits 106 (KQKY)
Midlands Contracting, Inc
Nebraskaland National Bank
NTV & Fox News
Platte River Radio
Redmans Shoes & Ranch Wear
Mitch and Katie Bean
Best Western Plus
Blessing Construction, LLC
Cash-Wa Distributing Company
Contryman Associates, PC
Eakes Office Solutions
Horizon Designs, Inc
Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce
Kearney Floral Company
Kearney Visitors Bureau
Oldfather Financial Services
Viaero Event Center
Yanda’s Music & Pro Audio
AmericInn Lodge & Suites
Ashley Furniture Homestore
Barney Financial Services
Bush Family Dentistry
Dermatology, PC – David N Kingsley MD
First National Bank
Five Points Bank
Hellman, Main, Coslor, & Kathol, PC
LandMark Implement, Inc
Parker, Grossart, Bahensky, Beucke & Bowman
Vertical Focus Realty/Kearney Rental Pros
West Pharmaceutical Services
Wilkins Hinrichs Stober Architects, LLC
Affiliated Brokers Insurance
Alpha Rehabilitation, PC
Arbys/ Motel 6
Barney Abstract & Title Co
Black Oak Investment Counsel, Inc
Central Nebraska Spinal Surgery Center, PC
Century 21 Midlands
Ellerbrock-Norris Insurance-Tracy Pritchard
Farm Bureau Insurance – Rich Peters
Farmers & Merchants Bank
First Care Medical, PC
Good Samaritan Society – St. Lukes
Great Plains Asbestos Control, Inc
Great Western Bank
Integrity Dental Arts
Kearney Clinic PC
Kearney Eye Institute
Kearney Federal Credit Union
M & J Signs
Mollees Motor Works
Nebraska Central Telephone Co
Nebraska Neurosurgery & Spine Clinic PC
O’Brien Straatman Redinger Funeral Home
Risk & Insurance Solutions
Ron and Joyce Lieske
T. James Enterprises
The Breakfast Cart
Tonniges & Associates, PC
Town & Country Bank
UNICO Group of Kearney
Craig and Nancy Weber
Wilke’s True Value
The Kearney Area Community Foundation is a 20-year-old tax-exempt public charity, which recently reported October 2015 assets of $16 million. Since 1995, the KACF has granted more than $40 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 200 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.
The Kearney Area Community Foundation (KACF) is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous $225,000 donation by John and Sonia Sahling of Kearney, to create an endowed scholarship fund for non-traditional students. The scholarship fund will annually provide five $2000 scholarships to local non-traditional students getting a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) through the Nebraska Safety Center at the University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK).
“Sonia and I believe in giving back to our community that has been so good to us over the years. We understand that there is a growing need in the Kearney area to provide education for workers in our community that want to better themselves by improving their skills. We hope this endowed scholarship fund will provide assistance to community members forever,” said donor John Sahling.
KACF Executive Director Judi Sickler stated, “I love the Sahlings vision. By providing nontraditional students with a training opportunity, they can begin to earn better wages. By getting a CDL, it improves the quality of life for those that want to live and work in Kearney. In return, this has a ripple effect, by helping local businesses and employers retain and attract the skilled labor they need to be successful and grow their business. The need for this type of nontraditional scholarship 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.”
The Kearney Area Community Foundation will award the 10th annual “Celebration of Giving” Philanthropy Awards November 12. The Community Foundation will be honoring Dr. David and Lorma Wiebe; Charlie and Bev Pickens; and Schrock Chiropractic.
The “Celebration of Giving” Philanthropy Awards will honor individuals and businesses that have encouraged and supported charitable stewardship in the Kearney area. Three awards will be given in the categories of Philanthropist, Volunteer and Corporate.
Philanthropist: Given to an individual or family who has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable stewardship in or around the Kearney area, and whose generosity motivates others to contribute their philanthropic support.
Volunteer: Given to an individual who has contributed their time and energy to successful fundraising efforts, through exceptional leadership in coordinating and/or motivating other volunteers to raise funds in or around the Kearney area.
Corporate: Given to a business/corporation in or around the Kearney area which has contributed financial support to the advancement of philanthropy, and which has encouraged employees and other businesses to contribute through volunteerism and financial support.
Dr. David and Lorma Wiebe will be awarded the Philanthropist Award; Charlie and Beverly Pickens will be awarded the Volunteer Award; and Schrock Chiropractic will be awarded the Corporate Award.
Awards will be presented at the Kearney Area Community Foundation Annual Dinner November 12, 2015, at the Younes Conference Center. Reservations can be secured for $40.00 by contacting the Kearney Area Community Foundation before November 3.
Kearney area nonprofit organizations: It’s that time of year again! Time to register for Give Where You Live. Whether you’re new or you need a refresher course, we encourage you to attend an information/training session to learn the basics of the campaign and general details for setting up your Razoo fundraising page. We will wrap up each session with a question and answer period. Please plan on approximately 1 hour; however, you are welcome to stay later if you have additional questions or need additional help. All session will cover the same general information and attendance is optional. They will be held in the downstairs computer classroom at the Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Avenue.
Thursday, October 1 – Click to sign up here.
Friday, October 9 – Click to sign up here.
Monday, October 12 – Click to sign up here.
One-on-one sessions are available upon request.