• 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. 
  • 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.  
  • GICF provided a grant to help the Grand Island Little Theatre purchase new stage curtains.
  • GICF awarded a grant to Stuhr Museum to help them enhance the Hornady Family Arbor! 
  • GICF provided a grant to Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center for their forensic interview services.
  • GICF awarded a grant to the Grand Island Dive Rescue Team to help them update their emergency communication equipment.
  • GICF received a pink Christmas Tree from the East Coast in honor of Gloria Wolbach & the AOK Ladies.
  • 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. 
  • Congratulations to Nancy Chavez, the recipient of the 2014 Kim West Dinsdale Excellence in Teaching Award!
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Enrich the lives of others.


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.

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.


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

Our grant application is officially live!

The Grand Island Community Foundation grant program is designed to address unmet charitable needs and opportunities in the Hall County area. Applications are due May 1, 2015. To download an application or for more information visit: http://www.gicf.org/~gicf/grants

AKSARBEN taking Good Neighbor applications

The AKSARBEN Foundation, in association with the Omaha World-Herald, is now accepting entries for AKSARBEN Good Neighbor Awards. The program honors individuals nominated by neighbors for performing unselfish, neighborly deeds without compensation or personal gain. Nomination forms can be obtained from your local county fair board office or online at www.aksarben.org. All nominations must be received at the AKSARBEN Foundation offices no later than May 1.

News & Events

Abbott Sisters Day

March 20, 2015
Grand Island, NE- Friday March 20, 2015 is the 15th annual Nebraska ABBOTT SISTERS DAY, a state-wide recognition of the life and work of social justice pioneers Grace and Edith Abbott. The Abbott Sisters were born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska and have a fund established in their honor at the...

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