WAUSA, Neb. – The Wausa Community Foundation Fund Advisory Committee approved grants totaling $32,480 to six local organizations during its May meeting, furthering the fund’s vision of promoting a welcoming community that attracts people of all means to live in, work in and visit the Wausa community.
- Wausa High School Food & Consumer Science, which received a grant to assist in the purchase of equipment and material to promote Wausa Public Schools and the community of Wausa. The hope is that this grant will spark interest and possibly sway families to consider living in Wausa.
- Wausa High School, which received a grant to help with expenses for 14 students traveling to the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago this summer.
- Village of Wausa, which received a grant to provide free swimming lessons this summer.
- Lied Lincoln Township Library, which received a grant to help create an outdoor reading library.
- Wausa Public Schools, which received a grant for the elementary playground.
- WHS Skills USA Team, which received a grant to assist with travel expenses for eight students participating in the Industrial Technology National Skills Conference.
“We are excited to invest in our young people and opportunities to enrich our community,” said FAC member Darren Vanness. “In the past three years we have been able to invest more than $70,000 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 a community unrestricted endowment, 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 quality of life in Wausa. The principal—and your gift—remains intact and grows forever.
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 or get in touch with any of the following volunteer Fund Advisory Committee members: Deb Vanness, Rod Banks, Carolyn Hall, Brian Eldorado, Darren Vanness, Barb Strivens, 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. To learn more and support the work of the Wausa Community Foundation Fund, visit www.nebcommfound.org/give/wausa-community-foundation-fund.
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.