Newsletter vol 1 2021
KCFF Helps bridge the learning gap
Nebraska Community Foundation’s Bridging the Learning Gap effort invested a total of nearly $1.2 million in 51 Greater Nebraska schools last year. KCFF took advantage of the opportunity to award $20,000 in grants to Ogallala Public Schools and Paxton Consolidated Schools. The money went toward Chromebooks, mental health resources, Logitech Crayon Pencils, and improved internet access for all students. The impact was immediate. “Ogallala Public School District has greatly appreciated the support from this grant,” said Teacher Heather Orth. “Our kindergarten students have received a huge benefit from the ability to have touch screen computers available to them. When I walk into a room where students are using them, rapt engagement and interaction with learning concepts is happening almost effortlessly as students touch the screen and the computer responds. This integration of technology is helping to meet student needs intuitively right before our eyes.”
Schilz Farms of Brule recently directed a $2,500 America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, sponsored by Bayer Fund, to the Kathleen Lute Public Library. The newly completed library will use the funds for audio/ visual equipment in the conference room. “We appreciate the Schilz family for designating the library for this donation,” said Kendra Caskey, library director. “The new high definition computer-based TVs are Apple and Android compatible, and we’re really excited about all the programming opportunities this will open up for our patrons here in Keith County, from children to adults. We’ll be able to cast content directly from a smartphone or laptop on the Wi-Fi. So when we’re doing a class, for example, we can put up a YouTube video with directions on the big screens. We can use them for our children’s Friday movie afternoons. And humanities speakers or meeting hosts can use the screens for PowerPoints and videos.” Amy Schilz said, “Schilz Farms is happy to support the library and grateful to the Bayer Fund for providing us the opportunity.” The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by Bayer Fund, partners with farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits to help their communities. Through the program, farmers enroll for the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization of their choice. The America’s Farmers programs have given more than $57 million to rural America since 2010.
Hello from Keith County! Keith County Foundation Fund has received an anonymous gift of over $7,000,000! Together with our existing endowment, and the success of our Building Community Capacity Campaign, our endowed funds will now exceed $9,000,000! The implications of this money is endless. KCFF will be able to use the earnings from these endowed funds to literally shape the future of Keith County. Payouts from our endowments are expected to exceed $400,000 EVERY YEAR! We are very excited to share this news. On June 25, 2019, we held an event where we shared the news with 140 attendees from all over Keith County. Everyone was stunned and amazed at the generosity of the donor, and the possibilities for our future. Separate from the large gift, our Building Community Capacity challenge of $500,000 has been met. The Sherwood Foundation will match our challenge up to $250,000! It is worth saying that we met this challenge without using any money from the $7,000,000 gift. This is a credit to all of our donor partners who see the incredible opportunities we have with a large endowment. Our Fund Advisory Committee has had a busy summer. Several members have attended webinars, meetings, and have traveled to visit other communities to expand our vision for what is possible in Keith County. Finally, KCFF wants to thank Nebraska Community Foundation for their guidance and expertise in putting this significant gift to work in Keith County. Because of the education and training we have participated in through NCF, our FAC is in a good position to make grants that impact the future of Keith County. Sincerely, Eric Duhachek,