The Big Give to Valley County

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The past five years of The Big Give have been a great success! The Valley County Philanthropic Partners look forward to the next Big Give on March 15-16, 2018!

The Big Give to Valley County 2013:
310 donations, $40,047
The Big Give to Valley County 2014:
446 donations, $83,854, over 30 recipients
The Big Give to Valley County 2015:
445 donations, $71,090, over 25 recipients
The Big Give to Valley County 2016:
454 donations, $95,288, over 25 recipients
The Big Give to Valley County 2017:
550 donations, $95,944, over 26 recipients

Throughout the past four years of The Big Give, a total of 2,205 donations have generated $386,233 in contributions that are supporting the programs and work of dozens of non-profit organizations throughout Valley County.

Final Thermometer Totals

Pictured: Results of The Big Give 2017

 

2018 Big Give Participants: 

501(c)(3) Public Charities

Gifts to these organizations may be deductible as charitable contributions to the extent allowed by law. Consult your tax advisor for advice specific to your circumstances.

  1. Central Community College Foundation – Ord Learning Center
    • DONATE ONLINE (select “The Big Give – Valley County/Ord”) 
      DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      1514 K Street Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      The goal of the Central Community College Foundation is to assist students by providing scholarships and supporting programs for those students pursuing an education at CCC through the Ord Center. In addition, the Central Community College Foundation awards scholarships to Valley County students pursuing an education with CCC at any of the campuses and/or learning centers within the 25 County area.
    •  Contact Information
      Crystal Ramm, Ord Learning Center Manager
      (308) 728-3299
      crystalramm@cccneb.edu
      www.cccneb.edu/foundation
      www.facebook.com/cccordlearningcenter
  1. Central NE Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK)
    • DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      1818 M Street Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      Central Nebraska Farm Safety 4 Just Kids has educated over 2,750 local children over the past 15 years through attendance at the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in Ord, Nebraska. Our 2018 safety day is scheduled for June 5. Our safety days teach youth about rural safety issues through fun, hands-on, learning activities. By teaching youth safety and health information for our rural areas, we hope to prevent injury or death that could occur because of an accident. Central Nebraska FS4JK is a non-profit program funded totally through generous donations and volunteers who serve as presenters, group leaders and others giving of their time, talent and treasure. We know safety education is the best way to prevent accidents. You are invited to help us reach youth through our work with this organization.
    • Contact Information
      Bev Smedra
      (308) 728-3244 ext. 3
      bev.smedra@ne.nacdnet.net
  1. Forged In Faith Oak Ministries
    • DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      145 N Hastings Street Arcadia, NE 68815
    • More Information
      Forged In Faith Oak Ministries is a nonprofit corporation in the process of becoming a 501c3.  We are called by Christ to serve others with the intent of sharing the truth through grace, encourage wholeness through relationship with Jesus and stand in faith through His word.  Walking in the mission of UNITING to KNOW Jesus Christ, we provide opportunities for others to heal while not stifling God’s creativity on what that should look like.  These opportunities include retreats/events for women, men, youth, families, and organizations. We held our first Unite to Know women’s retreat in October 2017 and look forward to bringing similar retreats to the Valley County area and beyond.  All of our retreats are free to attendees, supported by volunteers and financed with donated funds.  The Forged in Faith Oak Ministries Board has decided to donate all 2018 Big Give to Valley County donations received to a youth event focused on bringing area youth together with the focus on ‘discovering the hope, purpose and identity we find in Jesus Christ’ being held in Valley County in 2018.
    • Contact Information
      Jodi Sell
      (308) 202-0025
      unitetoknow@gmail.com
      www.facebook.com/unitetoknow
  1. The Golden Husk
    • DONATE ONLINE
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      PO Box 56 Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      The Valley Performing Arts Theater is a 501c(3) nonprofit public charity organization doing business as The Golden Husk. The vision for The Golden Husk is to create a hub for engaging creative resources, empowering community connection and enriching quality of life. It is a place for people to enjoy sharing artistic experiences and community celebrations. The VPAT Board invites the community to enjoy the exciting events planned throughout the year. During the Big Give to Valley County join us for the Big Give movie!. The Golden Husk Board is truly honored to serve the community by providing space for people to build relationships, explore their creative passions and embrace cultural experiences. We are dedicating 2018 Big Give to Valley County donations to The Golden Husk Revitalization Project involving the renovation and upgrade of the theatre facade, marquee sign, lighting, sound system and HVAC systems. The renovation project requires over $100,000 in funding and we have leveraged $50,000 in external funding to support the project to preserve our beautiful building and improve the artistic experience for our patrons.
    • Contact Information
      Dahn Hagge
      (308) 730-8133
      goldenhuskarts@gmail.com
      www.goldenhuskarts.com
      www.facebook.com/thegoldenhusk
  1. Heartland Youth Ranch
    • DONATE ONLINE
      DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      80997 Hwy 11 North Loup, NE 68859
    • More Information
      Heartland Youth Ranch is a 501c3 public charity. Heartland Youth Ranch provides a place for children and their families to find hope, healing and encouragement. Heartland Youth Ranch offers an environment of unconditional love and acceptance founded on the belief that we are all created in the image of God. A place where visitors will learn respect for themselves, others the animals they work with and the environment we live in. Heartland Youth Ranch is a faith based ministry founded on the belief that the Bible is God’s inspired Word. A place where lives can be transformed through the love of the Savior. A place where the freedoms we enjoy in our country and the beliefs that it was founded upon are celebrated and appreciated and we support the men and women who serve in our military. Our values of good work ethics and honesty are evident in all ranch activities and we demonstrate these principles to all who visit Heartland Youth Ranch.
      One aspect of our ministry is rescuing horses and these horses are used in our program. Something unimaginable and profound occurs when a human begins a meaningful, emotional and interactive relationship with a horse. Horses help us discover hidden parts of ourselves. They cause us to become better people, better parents and better friends. We serve children seven years old and up and their families and we do not charge anything to participate in our program.
      We are excited to participate in the Big Give again this year. Funds received will be used to care for the horses in our program and to create some areas around the new barn and arena for visitors to have a special place to sit and enjoy the environment.
    • Contact Information
      Susan Schauer
      (308) 496-4348
      heartlandyouthranch@hotmail.com
      www.heartlandyouthranch.org
      www.facebook.com/pages/Heartland-Youth-Ranch
  1. Loup Valley Ag Society Foundation (of the VCCFF)
    • DONATE ONLINE (select “Loup Valley Ag Society”) 
      DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      Pat & Kathy Waldmann 46383 Sargent Ord Road Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      The Loup Valley Ag Society oversees the Valley County Fair and helps to maintain and improve the fairgrounds facilities. These facilities are available for use during the year by various groups. All Valley County Fair Board/Loup Valley Ag Society members are also members of the Loup Valley Ag Society Foundation. Funds from The Big Give 2018 will be used for two new drinking fountains and new tables and chairs for events.  The Loup Valley Ag Society Foundation is an account of the Valley County Community Foundation Fund (an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation).
    • Contact Information
      Kathy Waldmann
      (308) 728-5505
  1. Ord-Arcadia TeamMates Chapter
    • DONATE ONLINE (select “Ord” when answering “I want my donation to be designated toward:”)
      DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      820 S. 16th Street Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      The Ord-Arcadia TeamMates Chapter is a school-based one on one mentoring program and currently serves approximately 50 child/adult matches in our area. The goal of the program is to empower youth to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education.To reach this goal, youth meet one hour per week with a caring adult who serves as a mentor and participate in a variety of group relationship building activities throughout the year. Activities throughout the year include an ice-cream social, fall harvest celebration, Christmas and Valentine’s Day parties, a college visitation program, the Cornhusker Football Spring Game trip and more! The Chapter also sponsors  a scholarship program to support youth in the program as they pursue post-secondary educational opportunities and the chapter has set a goal to offer a scholarship to every student who completes the mentoring program. Therefore, the Chapter is designating all Big Give contributions to support the local scholarship program and college visitation program for students in the TeamMates program. The chapter is always in need of support to sustain the valuable activities and programs for youth and volunteers to serve as mentors. Mentors are volunteers from the community who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors give youth a sense of hope, purpose, and vision. 
    • Contact Information
      Rebecca Vanek
      (308) 728-3241
      rvanek@ordps.org
      www.teammates.org
  1. Ord Flagpole Committee (an account of the City of Ord)
    • DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      City of Ord, Flagpole Project, PO Box 96 Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      Several years ago, a group of men, some of them veterans, had a vision of seeing a large flag flying over the City of Ord. The group formed a committee and identified a good location for such a flag. They then began raising the necessary funds. In 2005, a 150 foot flag pole was erected and the first flag (30 x 60 ft.) was raised. The committee continues to have fundraising activities annually so new flags can be purchased. The committee volunteers their time to help with fundraising and to raise and lower the flag. Due to the size of the flag, this is not an easy task.
    • Contact Information
      Dan Petska
      (308) 728-7941
      daniel.j.petska@usps.com 
  1. Ord Golf Course Foundation (of the VCCFF)
    • DONATE ONLINE (select “Ord Golf Course”)
      DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to
      521 S. 23rd Street Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      The Ord Golf Course is an amazing place in our community that contributes to the great quality of life for local residents and serves as a destination for tourists. Funding received by the Ord Golf Course Foundation during the Big Give will be used to replace the carpet in the clubhouse. The Ord Golf Course Foundation is an account of the Valley County Community Foundation Fund (an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation).
    • Contact Information
      Mary Sevenker
      (308) 730-0744
      rm7ker@citlink.net
      www.ordgolfclub.com
      www.facebook.com/pages/Ord-Golf-Club
  1. Ord Public Schools Foundation
    • DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      320 N 19th Street Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      The goal of the Ord Public Schools Foundation is to develop and maintain programs focusing on the highest level of educational excellence for the students and the entire community. The Foundation is organized exclusively for education, scientific and charitable purposes and 100% of donations are invested and distributed – no deductions are made for administrative expenses. Funds from The Big Give 2018 will be used for security upgrades for the elementary and high schools and a buzzer system at the high school front entry. 
    • Contact Information
      Kathy Waldmann
      (308) 728-5505
      waldmann@frontiernet.net
      www.ordps.org
      www.facebook.com/OrdPublicSchools
  1. Ord Township Library Foundation
    • DONATE to the General Fund at a Giving Station or via Mail or DONATE to the Endowment ONLINE (select “Ord Library Endowment Account”) 
      DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      PO Box 206 Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      The Ord Township Library Foundation was established with the mission to secure private support for the long-term financial needs of the Ord Township Library. The goal during this year’s Big Give is to generate funds for programming and services for the library. Donations for these projects will be deposited into the Foundation’s General Fund. Donations earmarked to the endowment will go in the Ord Township Library Foundation account of the Valley County Community Foundation Fund – an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation. These funds will generate revenue for the library for generations to come. 
    • Contact Information
      Kristi Hagstrom, Director or Christina Pollard, President
      (308) 728-3012
      director@ordlibrary.com
      www.ordlibrary.org
      www.facebook.com/pages/Ord-Township-Library
  1. St. Mary’s Endowment Fund
    • DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      527 North 20th Street Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      Any funds received from The Big Give would be primarily used to update technology in the computer room and possibly get more iPads for students to use.
    • Contact Information
      Kari Scheideler
      (308) 219-0574
      k.l.scheideler@gmail.com
      www.ordstmarysschool.org
      www.facebook.com/St-Marys-School-OrdNE
  1. SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy (SVLA)
    • DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      PO Box 56 Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy (SVLA) inspires, creates and innovates powerful impacts and perspectives among SVLA Change Agents creating sustainable leadership for individuals, families and communities. The adult academy runs from September through April each year. Over 125 people from Valley County and surrounding areas have participated in the program. SVLA participants have been inspired to launch new businesses, get involved in civic and non-profit organizations and pursue their best life after being a part of the SVLA program. A youth curriculum is also offered for Valley County students in 8th grade. SVLA provides a wonderful way to connect with people interested in leadership growth and community impacts. Proceeds from The Big Give will enhance SVLA’s ability to cultivate community capacity.
    • Contact Information
      Heidi Proskocil, SVLA Treasurer
      synovationvalleyleadership@gmail.com
      www.synovationvalleyleadership.org
      www.facebook.com/SynoVationValleyLeadershipAcademy
  1. Valley County Community Foundation Fund (VCCFF)
    • DONATE ONLINE (select Valley County Unrestricted Endowment Account)  
      DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      129 S. 16th Street PO Box 56 Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      During the 2018 Big Give, the VCCFF will be featuring the Vibrant Future Fund (Unrestricted Endowment) Campaign Challenge. The goal of the campaign is to raise $500,000 in unrestricted endowment funds. Once this goal is achieved, The Sherwood Foundation will grant the VCCFF an additional $250,000. The immediate impact of achieving this challenge will bring a significant increase in annual grants to enhance our county-wide community by approximately $35,000 per year. Your contribution to the Vibrant Future Fund will ensure permanent funding for Valley County to support numerous community development programs and empower the VCCFF to initiate new programs, projects and granting to meet the evolving needs and opportunities in our area! All contributions are tax deductible as the VCCFF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation.
      The Valley County Community Foundation Fund (VCCFF) works to build a vibrant community by focusing on dynamic leadership development, igniting innovative entrepreneurs, engaging passionate youth, strengthening our philanthropic culture and initiating progressive partnerships. Since 2011, over $150,000 of endowment payout funds and general account funds have been reinvested and leveraged in Valley County to support programs and projects such as EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) Camp, Business Discovery Day, Career Discovery Day, Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter, SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy, Valley County Veterans Day program and reception, I Love Valley County Video and youth outreach and community attraction programs and more!
    • Contact Information
      Dahn Hagge, HomeTown Competitiveness Director
      (308) 730-8133
      vccommunityfoundationfund@gmail.com
      www.ordnebraska.com/give/valley-co-community-foundation-fund
      www.nebcommfound.org/affiliated-funds/find/details/1992
      www.facebook.com/VCCFF
  1. Valley County Economic Development Endowment (of the VCCFF)
    • DONATE ONLINE (select “Valley County Economic Development Board”) 
      DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      1514 K Street Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      Big Give donations in 2018 will help contribute to non-traditional scholarships to high school seniors entering high-demand trades. Over the past 16 years, Valley County Economic Development has facilitated 120+ business start-ups, expansions and transfers, supported local wellness and recreational opportunities, engaged and retained area youth, addressed issues important to local businesses – from workforce recruitment and development to business planning, launched housing development efforts in order to provide quality housing for community members and newcomers and formed valuable partnerships with local, regional and state-wide organizations to maximize our impact in Valley County. VCED has facilitated and often financed the transition of dozens of small businesses throughout Valley County, recruited businesses such as Shopko Hometown, Trotter Event Center and Cobblestone Inn & Suites and worked closely with the City of Ord to move wellness projects forward such as the planned Ord Aquatic Center.
    • Contact Information
      Trevor Lee, Executive Director 
      (308) 728-7875
      trevorlee@ordnebraska.com
      www.ordnebraska.com/work/vced
      www.facebook.com/ordnebraska
  1. Valley County Health System Foundation
    • DONATE ONLINE
      DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      PO Box 321 Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to continue to ensure high quality healthcare and health programs in Central Nebraska by supporting Valley County Health System. The Foundation is in place to ensure there is access and availability of healthcare for patients and communities served by Valley County Health System through philanthropic giving. The Foundation Board is made up entirely of volunteers, and our mission is to seek, receive and administer donations and gifts for the sole benefit of Valley County Health System. Funds raised during The Big Give will be used to purchase needed radiology equipment.
    • Contact Information
      (308) 728-3011
      foundation@valleycountyhealthsystem.org
      www.vchs-foundation.org
      www.facebook.com/ValleyCountyHealthSystemFoundation
  1. VCHS Childhood Development Committee
    • DONATE ONLINE (designate your online contriubtion to the Childhood Development Committee)
      DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to
      c/o VCHS Foundation PO Box 321 Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      The VCHS Child Development Committee is excited to be participating in the Annual Big Give to Valley County. Did you know this group is funded 100% by donations and managed by volunteers? We give free baby bags with educational materials, growth charts, books, music, a developmental toy and much more to all new moms and babies in Valley County, sponsor the annual Kids Fair, help with Family Literacy Night, provide the Ord North Pole Express, provide parenting articles for the newspaper and help with local car seat checks. In the past, the committee hosted the String Beans and Mighty Magic Pants concerts for family entertainment. We also hosted author Julia Cook’s school visit and parent presentation and so much more. Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children in Valley County. Some of our goals are to provide education to parents about their child’s growth and development, promote early childhood health, prevent neglect and abuse, and assure that children arrive at school ready for success. Please help us to continue making Valley County a family-friendly place to live!
    • Contact Information
      Jeanette Koelling
      (308) 728-5456
      jkoelling@ordps.org
      www.vchs-foundation.org/child-development-committee
  1. Valley County Historical Society
    • DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      PO Box 101 Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      The Valley County Historical Society maintains the Valley County Museum located in downtown Ord.
    • Contact Information
      (308) 728-3433
      www.facebook.com/Valley-County-Historical-Society

 

Other Community Organizations

Gifts to these organizations are not deductible as charitable contributions.

  1. Arcadia Community Boosters
    • DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      PO Box 398 Arcadia, NE 68815
    • More Information
      The Arcadia Community Boosters…promoting Arcadia for over 45 years with Fall Festival shows, Christmas lights and Santa Claus, Easter activities, Centennial and Q-125 celebrations, park development and improvements, community history books, music shows, welcome banners, school improvement projects, Fall Festival queen floats and many other projects which have contributed to the lifeblood of our community…with special emphasis on providing encouragement to our youth. We rely almost solely on your donations for all of the projects, which we undertake. For several years, with the help of your kind donations and partnering with the Village of Arcadia, the Arcadia Booster Club has been improving the Arcadia Garden Club Park. After having many events in the park, it was suggested that more picnic table covers were needed. The Valley County Community Foundation Fund has generously donated funds to get us started with this project. With your help, we can make this goal a reality.
    • Contact Information
      Kelli VanSlyke, President
      (308) 202-0066
      kelli.vanslyke@gmail.com
      www.arcadiane.com
  1. Helping Hands Ministry
    • DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      PO Box 274 North Loup, NE 68859
    • More Information
      Helping Hands Ministry is a group of Christians dedicated to helping others in the name of Jesus. Our vision is to share God’s love by offering financial or practical assistance to those who are struggling with an unmet physical need. Practical assistance includes such tasks as yard work, snow removal, small carpentry projects and transportation needs. We have also assisted with expenses incurred by medical treatments and unexpected family emergencies, utility bills, adoption fees and funding for local youth groups. All financial requests are reviewed. No cash is given directly to the applicant but goes to the source of their obligation. While we are based in North Loup, we work with individuals and families in our surrounding area as well. Helping Hands Ministry is not affiliated with any church, denomination or other ministry. Membership is open to anyone wanting to see God’s love shared through serving others. All members are strictly on a volunteer basis and receive no compensation for their service.
    • Contact Information
      Duane and Darlene Psota
      (308) 496-4363
      helpinghands@nctc.net
      www.facebook.com/helpinghandsministrynl
  1. North Loup Lions Club
    • DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      PO Box 6 North Loup, NE 68859
    • More Information
      The Lions Club is dedicated to serving people with visual and hearing impairments, supporting Diabetes research and treatment, and promoting organ donation programs for those needing transplants. The Club also supports community improvement projects, youth engagement programs and mobile screening unit services. Currently there are 35 active members who work together to make a true difference in the lives of others. Volunteers are always needed to help with a wide range of projects.
    • Contact Information
      Jim Craft
      (308) 496-3377
      gr8life@nctc.net
  1. North Loup Popcorn Association
    • DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      48211 Paider Rd. North Loup, NE 68859
    • More Information
      The North Loup Popcorn Association organizes and supports Popcorn Days in North Loup, Nebraska. The event features a parade, talent show, carnival, games, antique tractor show, lots of free popcorn and more! The organization is always in need of additional volunteers willing to give their time and talents to keep this long standing tradition alive in Valley County. Generations of families enjoy Popcorn Days each year!
    • Contact Information
      Larry White
      (308) 496-3423
  1. Valley County Ministerial Association
    • DONATE at a physical giving station
      DONATE by mailing your donation to

      PO Box 68 Ord, NE 68862
    • More Information
      The primary purpose of the VCMA is to glorify Jesus Christ, to afford all Christian ministers of Valley County the opportunity for fellowship and to share in Christ’s mission through the expression of Christian unity. Ongoing projects include Sunday afternoon worship services at Valley View Senior Village and Grandview Assisted & Independent Living, a non-resident assistance program and a weekly “Spiritual Corner” in the Ord Quiz.
    • Contact Information
      Doug Durre
      (308) 728-7088
      doug@ordchurch.com
      www.facebook.com/valleycountyministerialassociation

 

The Big Give to Valley County is coordinated by Valley County Philanthropic Partners (VCPP), a networking group of representatives from charitable and non-profit organizations throughout Valley County.  VCPP provides resources, insight, and ideas for organizations as they work for the greater good of our county-wide community. To learn more or become involved with the VCPP, call (308) 728-7875.

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