Youth Philanthropy Projects Underway

April 11, 2017

Local youth are putting their philanthropic skills to use by completing projects that will impact the community. Winners were selected by the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council as recipients of this year’s Youth Contest. The students are matched with a local mentor non-profit organization and will complete their project by fall 2017. Youth Contest funding is provided by the Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund.


2016-17 Youth Contest Winners:

Recess for Mom and Dad - A project that supports families in our community who struggle with finding respite care for their high needs dependents.

Madeline & Lillian Hudnall and Mac & Ella Shevlin


Continue Learning with Drones - The purchase of drones for the Communities Together Can After School Program (CTC) to allow for additional learning opportunities for students enrolled in the program.

Eastyn Luebbe and Maggie Shevlin


Goodnight Sleep Tight - Bedtime packages for children in need in the Columbus area to include items such as one stuffed animal, a book, toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.

Sara Kruse


Fidget Quilts for Alzheimer's Patients - A small lap quilt that provides sensory and tactile stimulation for the restless or "fidgety" hands of someone with Alzheimer's or related Dementias and provides sensory or tactile stimulation through the use of fabric choices, colors, value of colors next to one another, textures, and the use of accents or simple accessories such as pockets, laces, trims, appliques, buttons, secured beads, ribbons, and braids, etc.

Maia Velecela and Anette Gomez


Birthday in a Box - A “party in a box” including a cake mix, frosting, birthday candles, party plates, birthday card, and decorations. The purpose is to make sure children who otherwise would not be able, to have the opportunity to blow out candles and make a birthday wish on their special day.

Gia Velecela


Hair Care with Flare - The purchase of hair care items for cancer patients to show our community’s  support and affection towards individuals affected by cancer. It would be a financial relief to patients who are unable to purchase these items for themselves. Some items will be purchased locally to help support small businesses in our community.

Rachel Oceguera and Amos Zelasney


Improve Girl Scout Park - To provide a place in our community for visitors to enjoy nature, for families to picnic and build strong bonds, and for people - especially kids - to unplug from technology. There are several parks that have grills, but fire rings for bonfires are much harder to find. This could be used not only by Girl Scouts, but church youth groups, families and more.

Elizabeth Svatora, Anna Lindahl, Julia Davidchik, Tessa Pedersen, Jessica Reiff, Sarah Massman

Please reload

The Columbus Area Future Fund (formerly Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund) is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation and strives to build a community endowment to promote local leadership development, entrepreneurship, youth engagement and community philanthropy.  Your gift will be used to advance those efforts and ensure dollars are available locally for use in determining our region’s future.

Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund logo

Contact CAFF:


P.O. Box 1734
Columbus, NE 68602

The Columbus Area Future Fund is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charitable non-profit corporation. 

The Columbus Area Future Fund is a founding member of the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council.

© 2017 Columbus Area Future Fund

  • Facebook Black Round
  • Twitter Black Round
  • YouTube Black Round