Jeff Yost

Community Innovation Fellow | President and CEO

Nebraska Community Foundation



Jeff Yost is the President and CEO of the Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF), which is heralded as a national model for empowering community leadership to build and sustain their hometowns. Yost joined NCF in 1998 and became President and CEO in 2003. In the past ten years, NCF and its affiliated funds have grown 17% annually, with total assets now exceeding $125 million. More importantly, NCF is achieving mission fulfillment with its statewide asset-based grassroots model of 225 affiliated fund being led by 1,500 volunteer community leaders. NCF has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Quarterly. Yost is asked to speak frequently and has worked and taught throughout North America and internationally in Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia.


  • Community Foundations
  • Asset-Based Community Development
  • Community Economic Development


  • Nebraska Community Foundation annual report
  • HomeTown Competitiveness in Nebraska: A ‘Come-Back, Give-Back’ Approach to Community Rural Development Philanthropy framework


  • Sherwood Foundation
  • Peter Kiewit Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation