BACKGROUND: The Wakefield Community Foundation (WCF) was organized by a group of forward-looking citizens of the Wakefield community in November 1993, as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. Gifts received from individuals, families, corporations, private foundations, and governmental agencies are carefully invested with the income used to make grants to public charities that best meet the needs in Wakefield. The WCF supports current community needs and invests in the community’s future by raising, managing, and distributing funds for charitable purposes in the areas of cultural, social, health, or education services.
In 2002, the WCF Board voted to affiliate with the Siouxland Community Foundation. The Wakefield Community Foundation continues to function as it always has, but much of the administrative work is carried out by the Siouxland Community Foundation. This historic step frees the WCF volunteer members to work in the community and create better community awareness of the Wakefield Community Foundation and the role it plays for the future of Wakefield.
The WCF maintains a Book of Memory (currently at the Senior Citizen’s Center) to provide for those who wish to make a donation to honor a deceased loved one, friend, client or customer. The book holds an inscription of the name of each remembered individual.
MISSION: The mission of the Wakefield Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for Wakefield citizens.
The purpose of the WCF is to connect donors who care with causes that matter and to enhance the quality of life in Wakefield, Nebraska.
A Board of Directors representing the varied interests of Wakefield is responsible for governing the Foundation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Laura (Barelman) Dendinger, President
Leslie Bebee,Vice President
M. Theresa Miner, Secretary
Mike Pommer, Treasurer
The Wakefield Community Foundation provides a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving. A local community foundation creates an opportunity for donors to ‘target their charitable giving at home’ and make a lasting difference in their community. You don’t have to be wealthy to make a difference. You can have a lasting impact on the quality of life in Wakefield, right here, right now, and for years to come. The Community Foundation serves as a vehicle to carry out the charitable objectives of donors and offers distinct advantages.
We invite you to partner with the Foundation to create a lasting legacy. Contributions may be sent to: WCF Administrative Office, 505 Fifth Street, Suite 412, Sioux City, IA 51101.
There is so much more we’d like for you to know. For more information and ideas on ways to integrate your financial planning with charitable giving, ask your financial advisor or contact either Laura Dendinger, Board President, at (402) 369-0110 or the WCF Administrative Office at (712) 293-3303.
Other WCF Funds
Leo Robert Clough Scholarship
Merlin “Lefty” Olson Scholarship
Wakefield Community Scholarship
WHS Class of 1955 Scholarship
Wakefield Community School Foundation Funds
Graves Park Forever Fund
WAKEFIELD COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT GUIDELINES
Application Deadline: November 1
Final Determinations: 1st week of January
The Wakefield Community Foundation (WCF) Board is charged with carefully reviewing grant proposals and recommending grants to be awarded. The WCF Board will make grant recommendations based on community needs and the proposing organization’s capacity to effectively enhance the quality of life in Wakefield.
PURPOSE: The purpose of the WCF grant program is to respond to present and emerging needs within Wakefield by making grants in the following areas:
ELIGIBILITY: Grants will be made for charitable purposes to nonprofit organizations and units of local government that:
EVALUATION CRITERIA: Priority consideration will be given to projects and programs that:
The Foundation will not consider grants for religious purposes, political activities, annual fund drives, endowment, budget deficit, general operating, or to individuals.
Grant requests up to $500 (with a required 50% match by the applicant) will be considered.