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.
3060 East 1st Street – Kearney, NE 68847 – 308.237.1000
The Board of Directors for The Archway and the Kearney Area Community Foundation are pleased to announce the establishment of the “Friends of The Archway Fund”.
Archway Board President Phil Jossi stated “We are pleased to partner with an outstanding and credible foundation while ensuring efficient and easy opportunities for donors to support The Archway.”
The purpose of the Friends of The Archway Fund is to provide resources for special educational and cultural programs as well as operating and capital needs of the facility.
To donate, please send a check to the Friends of The Archway Fund, c/o Kearney Area Community Foundation, 412 W. 48th Street, #12, Kearney, Nebraska 68845. Please contact the foundation office if you would like to donate with a credit card or other non-cash gift.
CONTACT: Sharmond Loeffler, Business Manager, (308) 237-1000
About The Archway: The Archway is a tribute to American heroes and their amazing journeys as they travel across the United States. Enjoy spectacular interactive exhibits of pioneers, wagons, trains, stampeding buffalo, and much more that followed The Great Platte River Road. As an entertaining educational experience, The Archway is located at the very center of the United States near where the California, Mormon, and Oregon Trails crossed paths and moved West.
About the Kearney Area Community Foundation: The Kearney Area Community Foundation is a 19-year-old tax-exempt public charity, which recently reported assets of $10.85 million. Since 1995, the KACF has granted more than $30.1 million dollars in grants, scholarships and program support to the community.
KEARNEY – The estate of philanthropist Carol Cope has made an $887,000 gift to the Kearney Area Community Foundation to further their mission of “enhancing the quality of life in the Kearney Area by promoting the spirit of charitable giving and effectively responding to the community’s needs.”
“This is the largest gift given to the Kearney Area Community Foundation”, said Judi Sickler, Executive Director, “It is a true reflection of Carol’s love of her community and a legacy of helping local nonprofits meet the needs of our community.”
The estate gift creates an unrestricted permanently endowed fund that will generate funds the Kearney Area Community Foundation board and staff can utilize to help nonprofits in the community.
Recently, more than $28,000 was used from the Ron and Carol Cope Unrestricted Endowment Fund to bring the Give Where You Live – Kearney Area giving day to our community, as well as funding prizes and incentives for local nonprofits raising funds during the 24-hour campaign December 5.
“This type of gift gives the Foundation the ability to meet emerging needs within our organization and the community,” Sickler added. “It combines the flexibility of unrestricted funds with the longevity of endowed funds, so the Foundation can make an impact in our community in perpetuity.”
Carol Cope died on her 103rd birthday on Sept. 13, 2012. During her lifetime, she served as a volunteer on many organizations’ boards including the Kearney Area Community Foundation.
The January 1st deadline for applying for a Building for Tomorrow grant is fast approaching! Applications will be accepted on a bi-annual basis with deadlines of July 1 and January 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 or deliver the application and copies to Kearney Area Community Foundation, 412 W. 48th Street, Suite 12 Kearney, NE 68845 by the deadline, January 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 Community Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.