WAUSA, Neb. – The Wausa Community Foundation Fund Advisory Committee approved grants totaling $42,650 to six local initiatives in 2023, furthering the fund’s vision of promoting a welcoming community that attracts people of all means to live, work, and visit in the Wausa community.
• Wausa Community Club – Wausane.com & Social Media
• Wausa Development Corp. – Rural Workforce Housing Grant
• Wausa Village – Payne’s Playground & Swimming Lessons
• Wausa Public Schools – Skills USA
• Lied Lincoln Township Library – Outdoor Musical Instrument Area
“We are excited to invest in opportunities to enrich our community,” said FAC member Darren Vanness. “Since 2019, we have been able to invest nearly $120,000 back into our community thanks to the generous donations to our endowment from many benefactors in our community.”
The vision of the Wausa Community Foundation Fund is to strive to promote a welcoming community that will preserve the integrity of our small-town history and heritage. The fund is achieving this vision by growing an unrestricted community endowment. This is an important tool to keep Wausa growing, thriving and improving for future generations because it creates a steady stream of revenue for community needs today and those that will arise in the years to come.
All contributions to the endowment are invested and continue to increase. Each year, the Wausa Community Foundation Fund Advisory Committee grants out a portion of the income earned by the unrestricted endowment to local projects and programs that are enhancing the quality of life in Wausa. The principal—and your gift—remains intact and grows forever.
The Wausa Community Foundation Fund has grown an endowment to be able to make investments in our community like this each year. WCFF asks all who care about the future of Wausa to consider contributing to the unrestricted endowment. The fund is equipped to accept all kinds of gifts including cash, gifts of grain, livestock, real estate, life insurance, and other assets that have the potential to make high-impact, tax advantageous charitable gifts. Visit www.nebcommfound.org/give/wausa-community-foundation-fund to learn more and contribute. You can also send donations to Wausa Community Foundation, P.O. Box 43, Wausa, NE 68786 or get in touch with any of the following volunteer Fund Advisory Committee members: Deb Vanness, Rod Banks, Carolyn Hall, Brian Eldorado, Darren Vanness, Carlie Johnston, Heather Carlson and Bob Marks.
About Wausa Community Foundation Fund
A group of thoughtful community leaders launched the Wausa Community Foundation Fund in 2005 as an affiliated fund of Nebraska Community Foundation. Now part of a statewide movement to spearhead community development and create prosperity, the Fund is working to build a robust unrestricted endowment to benefit our community long into the future.
About Nebraska Community Foundation
Nebraska Community Foundation unleashes abundant local assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska.
Headquartered in Lincoln, the Foundation serves communities, donors and organizations by providing financial management, strategic development, education and training to a statewide network of 1,500 volunteers serving over 270 communities.
In the last five years, 45,915 contributions have been made to NCF and its affiliated funds. Since 1994, NCF has reinvested $423 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For information, visit NebraskaHometown.org.