Thank You To Our Partners | Nebraska Community Foundation

With Gratitude


During this month of Thanksgiving, we take some extra time to share our gratitude for all of our partners — individuals and communities of place and practice. Thank you for all you do to bring forward the research and hands-on work for thriving rural communities of the future.


The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska understands that to truly make a statewide, regional, national and international impact for current and future residents of rural communities, we must partner with the boldest, action-oriented thought leaders and achievers around the world.


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Today we especially thank the Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF).


With an exceptional vision for the future, NCF has created an incredible network of purpose, passion and giving throughout the state of Nebraska.

We have been specifically supported by NCF President and CEO Jeff Yost who served as a RFI Community Innovation Fellow from February 2017 through June 2018. Earlier this year, Jeff spoke to our two campaign questions of 2018, “Why Rural? Why Now?

NCF has also become an instrumental partner in the capacity and resource-building for RFI Student Serviceship. Through the NCF network, RFI gains access to tremendous leaders throughout Nebraska who create meaningful experiences for University of Nebraska students to work, serve and live in rural communities.

Through Rural Prosperity Research Project, NCF has partnered with University of Nebraska faculty to bring forward research and action intended to:

Finally, we were pleased to pass leadership and administration of the Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) network to NCF earlier this year. CYN was created by RFI in 2012 as a network for young leaders throughout Nebraska to create a shared vision and related actions to that vision for the state. We know that CYN is in capable hands under the leadership of NCF.

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Thank you, Nebraska Community Foundation, for all you do for rural people and places in Nebraska!