The Sherwood Foundation and Peter Kiewit Foundation based out of Omaha Nebraska have presented a challenge grant to Rock County Community Fund, an affiliate of the Nebraska Community Foundation, providing an opportunity that will help ensure success for our community in the future.  For every dollar, up to $200,000. contributed to the fund's unrestricted endowment on or before December 31, 2018, those Foundations will contribute fifty cents.   See more at News Page.

What is the Rock County Community Fund?  The Rock County Community Fund is a charitable organization working to improve the quality of life and create opportunities for prosperity in Rock County and the surrounding area.  We have created an endowment, which is like a community savings account - to support community projects, programs and people.

The Fund has also created the 1888 Founders Club, which provides the Fund with an opportunity to recognize all donors who invest at least $1,000 in either cash, livestock or grain proceeds into the endowment.

What does the Rock County Community Fund do?  We address our community needs and invest in its future by providing a way for people to give back to Rock County.  We encourage people from all walks of life to make tax-deductible contributions, both large and small.  We collaborate with other organizations to identify and support projects, programs and people who are helping to build the kind of community where our children can choose to live, work and raise their families.

We are using philanthropy today as a tool for building a prosperous future for Rock County!

Why is this important?  The greatest threat Rock County faces is the loss of local resources that helped to build our community form the start: capital investments, businesses, jobs, young people who are tomorrow's leaders, and importantly, inter-generational wealth.  

Many of today's senior citizens no longer have heirs who live in the area.  This means that when the older generation pass on, the wealth they have built through a lifetime of work - in the form of land, retirement funds and other assets - often passes to heirs who no longer are connected to our community.

The Rock County Community Fund is dedicated to the improvement and long-term viability of our communities.

The Rock County Community Fund enhances the quality of life and helps create new opportunities in Rock County by:

  • Supporting and strengthening local nonprofit organizations.
  • Providing innovative ways for donors to benefit their community.
  • Identifying needs and making grants in our communities.
  • Participating in partnerships with other community groups.

The Nebraska Community Foundation is confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, and has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards of operational quality, integrity and accountability.

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The Nebraska Community Foundations 

provides a way for people to give back to the Rock County Community.

The Rock County Community Fund provides a way for people to give back to the community that has been an important part of their lives.  It is an opportunity for them to consider Rock County as "another child" when planning their estate.