This past year, the Foundation saw increases in the following “numbers”:
Increase #1 – Our Board of Directors added two new members, Michael Nevrivy and Hauli Sabatka!
Increase #2 – We added two new donor advised funds!
Increase #3 – We were able to make more grants from our Community Grants Fund than ever before!
Increase #5 – Our Key Society grew to 113 memberships!
Increase #6 – We began planning our first ever “Give Hastings Day!”
Increase #7 – Our assets have increased every year for the past five years!
Increase #8 – On December 7, 2013, the Foundation turned 26 years old!
Gayle McClure, past President of the Hastings Community Foundation had the following comments regarding our 25th anniversary year!
The artist Vincent van Gogh said, “I dream my painting and then I paint my dream.” The Founders of our Foundation started with little more than a dream a quarter century ago, but were inspired by the possibilities such an organization would offer this community. As they began to paint the dream, they established principles of sound judgment, commitment to the community and optimism that have guided us through the last 25 years.
The paint and brushes are the generosity of our wonderful donors and the leadership of our board of directors and staff, which have made it possible for the Foundation to flourish. Since its founding in 1987, the Hastings Community Foundation assets have grown to over $7 million, and the Foundation has been able to award more than $6½ million in the form of grants, scholarships and other support.
We have much to be grateful for as we reflect on 2011 and make plans for the future:
*The Hastings Community Foundation received its sixth, and largest-to-date bequest gift. We look forward to our future grant- making ability thanks to the careful planning and forethought of this community-minded, anonymous benefactor.
*The Foundation welcomed six new funds this year, bringing the total number of funds entrusted to our care to over 100.
*Our Key Society is back in action! Key Society membership and the fund balance are both growing. As the community’s children enjoy the Splash Pad, we are looking forward to our next project!
*We are launching a website to share the good news of the HCF. Go to www.hastingscommunityfoundation.org to see how donors, large and small, are really making an impact on community needs!
Unlike one of Van Gogh’s paintings, the Hastings Community Foundation is still a work in progress. We believe with the continued support of our generous donors, it is shaping up to be a masterpiece. We hope you will join us in making the next 25 years even better!
Mr. Gayle McClure
Hastings Community Foundation
A Word From An Original Founder, (and beloved member of our board) Lafe Anderson
In the late 1980’s, I had a good friend in Lincoln who died in an airplane crash. It was suggested that his memorial gifts be given to the Lincoln Community Foundation. A few weeks after I sent my memorial, I began to receive occasional mailings from the Lincoln Foundation describing the charitable work it was doing, the funds that had been established and the grants they were providing for the community of Lincoln, I thought to myself “Why not here?” I talked this over with Gerry Whelan who suggested we needed to talk to Hal Lainson. We began sharing our ideas with other community leaders and eventually, we formed a group of 13 charter members and we all agreed…this would be good for Hastings.
We knew that Hastings was a very generous community and we could see the advantages of starting our own community foundation. Here was a place where donors, large and small, could really make an impact on community needs.
The Foundation started small, awarding its first scholarship in 1990. Since then, because of the generous giving of many people, the Hastings Community Foundation has been able to distribute millions of dollars to charitable causes in the form of grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships.
I think a lot of people would be surprised to learn what a positive impact the Foundation has had on the community in the last 25 years—I’m glad to see the Foundation become more active in promoting the good work that it does.
As I recall those early conversations, the Hastings Community Foundation has certainly realized what we hoped it would become and it’s only the beginning. We hope you will join us in making the next 25 years even better!
A Charter Member of the Hastings Community Foundation