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.

2014 Philanthrophy Awards Nominations

The Kearney Area Community Foundation will host the ninth annual Philanthropy Awards ceremony.  The event, entitled “A Celebration of Giving”, will be held on Thursday, November 13th.


The “Celebration of Giving” Philanthropy Awards will honor individuals, families 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.


Volunteer: Given to an individual, couple or family 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.


Philanthropist: Given to an individual, couple 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.


Community members will have an opportunity to nominate individuals, families and businesses in any of the three categories.  A panel of local judges will make the final selections from the nominations.


Past winners: 

Yvonne Deyle-Barth, Dan and Julie Speirs, Dr. Joel Johnson, Todd and Lois Thalken, the Founders of MONA, Pat Munro, Paul Younes and Gary Roubicek were awarded the Volunteer Award;


Kiwanis Clubs of Kearney, Runza Restaurants of Kearney, Builder’s Warehouse, Cash-Wa Distributing, Baldwin Filters, Platte Valley State Bank, Kearney Hub and Eaton Corporation were recognized with the Corporate Award;


Tom and Mary Henning, Scott D. Morris, Norris and Lori Marshall, Dr. L.R. and Jane Smith, Jackie Rosenlof, Jerry and Edith Marlatt, Dr. Basil and Beverly Stevenson, Carl Spelts and Carol Cope were honored with the Philanthropist Award.


Awards will be presented at the Kearney Area Community Foundation Annual Dinner November 13, at the Younes Conference Center.  Seating will be limited.  Tickets will go on sale October 10.


How to Make Nominations:

Nomination forms can be requested by contacting the Kearney Area Community Foundation at 308-237-3114, clicking here to download the 2014 Nomination Form or by emailing [email protected]

Nomination forms must be received by September 15, 2014. Mail to: Kearney Area Community Foundation, 412 W. 48th Street, Suite 12, Kearney, NE 68845.


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.

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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].

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