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2018 Scholarship Application Now Open

The Grand Island Community Foundation (GICF) encourages students in pursuit of post-secondary education to complete the Foundation’s online application to apply for scholarships. The Community Foundation awarded 117 scholarships last year and expects to surpass that number this year. Each year scholarships are offered for both traditional and nontraditional college students. With one application…


Excellence in Teaching Nominations Being Accepted

The Grand Island Community Foundation is seeking nominations for the Kim West Dinsdale Excellence in Teaching Award.

To be eligible for the Excellence in Teaching Award, a certified educator must be employed by a school located in Hall County, public or private, in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. Students, former students, parents, colleagues, and friends are encouraged…


GICF announces NEI class 2 participants

The Grand Island Community Foundation has selected the following five organizations to participate in the second class of the Nonprofit Excellence Institute: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Island, Hope Harbor, Leadership Tomorrow, Stuhr Museum, and the Stuhr Museum Foundation.

Beginning in August, the executive directors of these organizations will meet monthly with Mary Lee Fitzsimmons…


First year of NEI completed

In 2016, the Grand Island Community Foundation launched the Nonprofit Excellence Institute – a 12-month, intensive training designed to help local nonprofit organizations strengthen their organizations. Throughout the year, executive directors and board members of the selected organizations worked with cohort facilitator, Mary Lee Fitzsimmons of Mission Matters, to address capacity building efforts…


Spring Grant Recipients Announced

The Grand Island Community Foundation recently awarded $34,700 to 8 area nonprofit organizations during its spring grant cycle. 

Grant funds are made possible through both named funds established by area donors who wish to support community causes and projects. The Foundation has also established additional grant making funds to support the areas of arts and culture, basic needs, children…


Cronin Makes Estate Gift to GICF

The Grand Island Community Foundation recently received a gift of over $400,000 from the Frances J. “Fran” Cronin estate to establish the Impact Fund at the GICF.

“The Impact Fund will help to create stronger, more sustainable nonprofit organizations in the area through programs such as the Nonprofit Excellence Institute, targeted workshops and seminars, and capacity building grants. Through…


Go Big GIVE on May 3rd

The Grand Island Community Foundation and the Heartland United Way have partnered to present the 4th annual Go Big GIVE on Wednesday, May 3.  Go Big GIVE is a 24-hour, online giving event to grow philanthropy and awareness in Hall, Howard, Hamilton, and Merrick counties. Matching funds and incentive prizes are available to amplify charitable donations to participating organizations. In 2017, 110…


GICF's Newest Fund - The STOP Fund

 Through the vision of its founders, Susan and Travis Hageman and Cyndi and Dale Wieseman, the Grand Island Community Foundation recently opened a new fund called the STOP Fund. This fund's primary purpose is to provide charitable support for efforts to address…


GICF Grant Recipients - Fall 2016

 

The Grand Island Community Foundation recently selected the recipients of their fall 2016 grant cycle. Six local nonprofit organizations will receive a combined total of $15,900 to assist with various community causes.

Through named funds established by donors who want to support a variety…


Excellence in Teaching Award Winner

The Grand Island Community Foundation (GICF) staff and board of trustees arrived at Trinity Lutheran Church December 7th, to surprise an exceptional teacher. Students, faculty, administrators, and guests showed up for a Christmas advent play put on by the Trinity Lutheran School,…