• GICF awarded a grant for the purchase of exercise equipment to be placed at Hall County Park.
  • The Grand Island Police Department received a grant from the Jackson Dinsdale Fund to support a police service dog. 
  • A bequest in the will of E.J. Wolbach established GICF in 1960 with a legacy that lives on today. 
  • A grant to Peace Lutheran supported a Comfort Dog to help people open their hearts in times of need. 
  • Christa Speed is honored with the 2013 Kim West Dinsdale Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • A Kids Kingdom grant supported this community-built playground designed by Grand Island youth.
  • The Tom Dinsdale Outreach Challenge Fund provides basic necessities to school-age youth.
  • The State Fair Fund at GICF is instrumental in providing ongoing support for the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
  • The GICF ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fund has raised awareness and funds for ALS research in hopes of finding a cure.
  • Gloria Wolbach presented a gift to Go Big GIVE from the newly established Wolbach Charitable Foundation.  
  • Grand Island Community Foundation provided a grant of $5,000 to support the Mission of Mercy.
  • GICF provides funding to support the food pantry, meal program and shelter at The Salvation Army.
  • GICF proudly supported the effort to bring the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to Grand Island.
  • The Quilted Conscience portrays past memories and future dreams of 16 Grand Island Sudanese-American girls.
  • GICF supported the Grand Island Little Theater’s capital campaign to expand at College Park.
  • Doniphan Veteran’s Memorial Park, designed by Girl Scout Troup 734, honors veterans who served our country. 
  • A Mark Twain portrayal at Chautauqua recreates the tent programs that traveled to Nebraska in the late 1900's. 
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Enrich the lives of others.

Mission

The mission of the Grand Island Community Foundation is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in central Nebraska and assist donors in realizing their charitable goals. 

ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE FUND

The Grand Island Community Foundation started the ALS Challenge Fund and has raised thousands of dollars to date for the ALS Association. The Community Foundation staff and Board of Trustees took the ice bucket challenge in memory of John Brownell and in support of Densel Rasmussen and everyone in our community who suffers from ALS. 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has swept the nation and created a community of support and awareness for those suffering from ALS.  There is currently only one drug approved for treatment by the FDA.

As leaders in our community, we believe in and want to share this wonderful quote below. 

“Building a life of significance, and creating a legacy of real value, means being willing to get your hands dirty. It means being willing to step out in your life and onto the platforms of influence you’ve been given and touch the lives of people in need. Whether it’s in your business, your school, your community, or your family, if you want to make a difference in the lives of the people you lead, you must be willing to walk alongside them, to lift and encourage them, to share moments of understanding with them, and to spend time with them, not just shout down at them from on high. Mentors build mentors. Leaders build leaders. When you look at it closely, it’s really one and the same thing.” 
Tony DungyThe Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People & Teams That Win Consistently

You can make a deep and lasting impact.

The Grand Island Community Foundation is a growing legacy, not of a single person, but of the entire community. It is, in a very real sense, the community's foundation. Under one organizational roof, it unites donors, large and small who want to make our community a better place for all.

Accreditation

The Grand Island Community Foundation is accredited by the Community Foundations National Standards Board and has been confirmed in compliance since 2009. 

News & Events

Community Foundation marks 54th anniversary

September 13, 2014
The Grand Island Community Foundation, which was established on Sept. 12, 1960, marked its 54th anniversary on Friday. The idea for the foundation began with Harold Null, a vice president at the First National Bank in Grand Island, who had studied the Cleveland Community Foundation. He shared his i...

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  • Grand Island Community Foundation
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  • Grand Island, NE 68803
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