Greater Grand Island Community Foundation’s fall cycle begins

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Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 7:02 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Recently, the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation awarded 13 different nonprofits a total of $73,455 for their spring cycle.

Now, the fall cycle is open Aug. 1 through Oct. 1 and nonprofits in the greater Grand Island area are encouraged to apply.

Megan Vaughn, GGICF’s Communications Officer said they’re always looking for new organizations to give to.

Although, grants aren’t all GGICF offers.

“We also offer education to our nonprofits through our Nonprofit Excellence Institute, we offer a youth program called our Youth Philanthropy Board that will be starting up here in September, we actually have mentor trainings that are starting up here this week so we’re very excited to get that up and rolling again,” stated Vaughn.

Upon completion of the Nonprofit Excellence Institute, those organizations are eligible for their NEI grant up to $5,000.

One organization that received those funds is the Prairie Loft Center for Agricultural and Outdoor Learning.

“It’s part of a worldwide movement to show that outdoor experiences are essential to our humanity,” said Executive Director of the organization Amy Sandeen.

Prairie Loft was a part of the year-long institute that was sponsored and offered by GGICF. Since Summer of 2021 they were in monthly programs that worked on capacity building and best practices for nonprofits.

“So like any business, a nonprofit is always looking for the best ways to do what we do. Our mission is to teach agriculture appreciation, outdoor education, cultural connections and the wise use of natural resources and to do that we always have to be creative. Find the best resources, the best people, engage the community and we’re always working on better ways to do that. So by building capacity what I mean is, we are really looking at the strategies, the plans, the methods, the approaches and the connections that help us do that,” stated Sandeen.

During the institute the non-profits learned new methods and ideas to get better as nonprofits. Therefore, Prairie Loft is using their grant for a full-staff retreat to solidify and reflect on their methods and ideas.

Sandeen really wants to focus on how Prairie Loft is doing, what they are doing well, how they can do it better and what happens next. After this they will develop and publish a printed piece to share this message with everyone.

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