By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
Last Thursday community foundation leaders from several communities in southwest Nebraska met in Imperial to participate in a peer learning session hosted by the Nebraska Community Foundation.
Representatives from the Wauneta, Imperial, Perkins County, Stratton, Wallace and McCook Community Foundation Funds, all affiliated funds of the Nebraska Community Foundation, participated in the training.
“My biggest take-away from the training was to get youth involved in our foundation,” said Barb Smith with the Wauneta Community Foundation Fund. “Our kids in Wauneta are really bright and they have some fantastic ideas.”
The evening, designed for Nebraska Community Foundation affiliated funds, focused around creating a graphic history of each community. The idea was to take a look back at where each foundation fund had been and use that information, as well as new ideas from other communities, to make plans for the future.
Doug Gaswick with the Imperial Community Foundation Fund said getting together with foundation leaders from other towns was his favorite part of the training.
“The graphic history was really interesting, that with ideas from other communities, really tied it all together for me,” Gaswick explained.
Nebraska Community Foundation Director of Communications Reggi Carlson said the training, led by NCF’s Affiliated Fund Development Coordinator Karl Shaddock and Director of Advancement and Gift Planning Jim Gustafson, was held at the request of area affiliated funds. She added peer trainings are the most requested training by NCF affiliated funds.
Representatives from Wauneta attending the training included Evelyn Skelton, Tina Kitt, Barb Smith and Sheri Hink-Wagner. Imperial foundation representatives included Elna Johnson, Brianna Pribbeno, Logan Pribbeno, Lori Pankonin, Doug Gaswick and Brenda Ledall.
The Nebraska Community Foundation, based in Lincoln, is a statewide organization working with volunteer leaders serving more than 250 communities by providing training, strategic development, gift planning assistance and financial management for its affiliated funds.
In the last five years, more than 35,000 contributions have been made to NCF affiliated funds, and more than $126 million has been reinvested to benefit Nebraska communities.
For more information about NCF and its affiliated funds visit www.NebraskaHometown.org.