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Fall 2018 Grant Cycle Opens August 1

Public and private organizations in Grand Island and Greater Hall County are eligible to apply for project or initiative grant monies as part of the Grand Island Community Foundation's biennial grant process. This article includes details on eligibility and the application process, and is a great starting point for interested applicants.


Kim West Dinsdale Excellence In Teaching Award highlights exceptional educators

Few of us can look back on our journeys through school and fail to point to the one or two teachers who made all the difference in the world for us. Maybe it was the third grade teacher who helped you finally get your spelling rules straight, or the ninth grade algebra teacher who took the time to meet with you before school every single day of your freshman year to help you work through your frustrations…


STOP Fund to Hold "Voices for Freedom" Event

The STOP (Stop Trafficking on the Plains) Fund held at the Grand Island Community Foundation will be holding its inagural fundraising event called "Voices for Freedom" on Saturday, March 24th at Riverside Golf Club. This event will feature dinner, a live and silent auction, as well as performances by three local vocalists who will remain hidden from view until the end when a winner is chosen by…


GICF Names New Trustees

The Grand Island Community Foundation (GICF) board of trustees approved the addition of five incoming trustees. New board members elected to serve their first three-year terms are Katie Goering, Denise Myers, Jason Roe, Tim White and Brad Fegley.

 “As…


Fall 2017 Grant Awards

The Grand Island Community Foundation recently awarded $64,924 to 11 area nonprofit organizations during its fall 2017 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 also has established additional grantmaking funds to support the areas of arts and culture, basic needs, children…


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…