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.
24 hours of community giving.
One incredible chance to shape our future.
On December 5, 2013, our community will come together for 24 hours of nonprofit giving during the Give Where You Live –Kearney Area event. It’s our community’s biggest-ever day of giving, and it’s your chance to make a real impact. All you have to do is commit to donating to your favorite Kearney area nonprofit on Thursday, December 5!
KEARNEY, NE – The Kearney Area Community Foundation announced today that it will be sponsoring a 24-Hour giving day called “Give Where You Live – Kearney Area” on December 5. This community-wide event will benefit more than 76 charitable causes in and around Kearney that improve the quality of life for Kearney area residents!
Give Where You Live – Kearney Area is a one-day fundraising event on December 5, 2013, that will unite donors in the Kearney area to support nonprofits and improve our quality of life. Give Where You Live – Kearney Area 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. Our goal is to raise thousands of dollars in one day by encouraging local residents to support their favorite charities.
“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 – Kearney Area campaign will accomplish just that!”
How it Works
On December 5, our communities will come together online for 24 hours of generosity. Every donation made during Give Where You Live – Kearney Area will help qualify the organization for prize money and awards, furthering the impact of the donor’s investment.
Donors go to the website: http://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 5, 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 $25,000 per donor, qualify to receive funds from the Give Where You Live – Kearney Area Challenge Match Pool. Today that Challenge Match Pool is $50,000.
“For example, if the community raises $200,000 on that day and the Challenge Match Pool is $50,000, every dollar donated will be matched 25 percent”, said Julie Ann Stepanek, Assistant Director of the Kearney Area Community Foundation and event coordinator for the Give Where You Live – Kearney Area giving day. “So a $100 gift now means the donor’s charity will receive $125. 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 5. The top three organizations that receive donations from the greatest number of online donors will receive Nonprofit Bonuses of $1,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively. In addition, 15 “Golden Tickets” – $100 prize grants – will be given randomly to online donors’ charities throughout the day.
Local Organizations Participating
Amherst Public Schools Fund
Angel of Hope Project
ARC of Buffalo County
Boy Scouts – Overland Trails Council
Buffalo County Community Partners, Inc.
Buffalo County Historical Society
Central Community College Foundation
Central Health Center
Central Nebraska Veterans’ Memorial
Christian Heritage Children’s Home
Classic Car Collection
Community Action Partnership of Mid-NE
Crane River Theater
Crossroads Center Rescue Mission
Double R Horse Rescue
Elm Creek Public Schools Fund
Faith Christian School
Family Advocacy Network
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Fort Kearny Shooting Sports Association
Friends of the Ravenna Library
Friends Program of Kearney
FUMC East Lawn Mission Trailer
Gibbon Community Fund
Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation
Good Samaritan Society-Prairie View
Good Samaritan Society-St. John’s
Good Samaritan Society-St. Luke’s
Goodfellows of Buffalo County
Hollyjeans Hope Cat Spaying
Justin Balfany Memorial Tennis Fund
Kearney Area Animal Shelter, Inc.
Kearney Area Children’s Museum
Kearney Area Habitat for Humanity
Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra
Kearney Catholic High School Foundation
Kearney Cemetery Beautification Fund
Kearney Community Theatre
Kearney Competitive Girls Softball Assoc.
Kearney Concert Association, Inc.
Kearney Dawn Rotary – Dictionary Project
Kearney Family YMCA
Kearney High School Band Parents
Kearney Jubilee Center
Kearney Literacy Council Fund
Kearney Little League, Inc.
Kearney Outdoor Fitness Park
Kearney Public Library Foundation
Kearney Public Schools Foundation, Inc.
Kearney Tennis Association Fund
Kearney Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Kearney Whitewater Association Fund
Kearney Woman’s Club, Inc.
Kearney/Buffalo County CASA Fund
Kearney/Buffalo County Friends of Law Fund
Loper Legacy Wrestling Fund
Main Street Kearney
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska
Midwest Family Psychiatric Care
Mother Hull Home
Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial
Museum of Nebraska Art
Nebraska AIDS Project
Nebraska Children’s Home Society
Nebraska Firefighters’ Museum
Pleasanton Community Fund
Ravenna Community Fund
Residential Assistance to Families in Transition
Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center
Royal Family Kids Camp
S.A.F.E. Center, Inc.
Senior College of Central Nebraska
Shelton Area Lions Club – Park Renovations
Shelton “Building for Tomorrow” Fund
Shelton Cemetery Beautification Fund
Shelton Fireworks Fund
Shelton Historical Society Fund
Shelton SHELL Cancer Fund
Shelton Teens Against Negative Decisions
Shelton Youth Sports Club
Skate Park of Kearney Fund
South Central Area Agency on Aging
Tasha Keiter Memorial Youth Golf Fund
Teammates Mentoring Program
Teen Reach Adventure Camp
Todd Becker Foundation
United Way of the Kearney Area, Inc.
UNK Campus Kitchen
World Theatre Foundation Fund
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 – Kearney Area giving day.
“We are expecting a few more organizations to register this week”, said Stepanek. “I have been impressed with the surrounding communities getting involved too. Shelton has a small committee that is working at getting eight of their hometown causes organized and energized for the giving day.”
“We have seen giving days in other communities like Lexington, Holdrege, Lincoln and Omaha have wild success! We thought it was the perfect time to bring this new giving concept to the Kearney Area”, said Sickler. “We appreciate the Community Foundation board and other community donors supporting the event financially so we can have a successful launch to what we hope becomes an annual event for our community.”
Sponsors for the Give Where You Live – Kearney Area giving day (as of November 5)
Kearney Area Community Foundation, Pratt-Hines Foundation, Dr. George and Roxanne Bascom, Dr. Basil Stevenson, Jackie Rosenlof Memorial, Kearney Hub, Charter Media, NTV, and NRG Media.
The Kearney Area Community Foundation is an 18-year-old tax-exempt public charity, which recently reported October 2013 assets of $10.9 million. Since 1995, the KACF has granted more than $30.1 million dollars 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.
The Kearney Area Community Foundation will award the eighth annual “Celebration of Giving” Philanthropy Awards November 12. The Community Foundation will be honoring Tom and Mary Henning, Yvonne Barth and the Kiwanis Clubs of Kearney.
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 Volunteer, Corporate and Philanthropist.
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.
Tom and Mary Henning will be awarded the Philanthropist Award, Yvonne Barth will be awarded the Volunteer Award, and the Kiwanis Clubs of Kearney will be awarded the Corporate Award.
Awards will be presented at the Kearney Area Community Foundation Annual Dinner November 12, 2013, at the Younes Conference Center. Reservations can be secured for $40.00 by contacting the Kearney Area Community Foundation before November 4.
Kearney Area Community Foundation is located at 412 W. 48th Street, #12 Contact us at 308-237-3114 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.