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Tyler Pribbeno of Imperial and Ken Snyder and Pam Abbott of Ogallala visit the local coffee shop while checking out the community of Winterset, Iowa, on a peer learning bus trip. (Courtesy photo)

Peer-learning opportunity takes local community builders to Iowa, Minnesota

Tyler Pribbeno, Doug Gaswick and Lori Pankonin from the Imperial Community Foundation Fund were among 25 Nebraskans who took an Iowa and Minnesota-bound tour bus to learn about the assets and opportunities available to neighboring community builders and the innovative ways they are capitalizing on them.
Those on the trip represented hometowns across the Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF) network of 235 affiliated funds serving 258 communities.
The tour group included volunteers and NCF staff members from Imperial, Ogallala, McCook, Bennet, Bertrand, Columbus, Howells, Lincoln, Minden, Norfolk, Omaha, Red Cloud and Stuart. Imperial is among other communities working to meet generous challenge grants to build their community’s unrestricted endowment.
Imperial is one of five of those communities currently receiving a 50% match on every dollar up to $250,000 from the Sherwood Foundation of Omaha. The foundation’s fund advisory committee is well on their way to raising the $500,000 by December 2020 to meet that challenge and welcomes the community to be part of the success. Donations can be made at

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