The Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund has been renamed Columbus Area Future Fund (CAFF).
The name change will better reflect the fund’s role in the community - to provide funding for projects and programs that have a community-wide reach in the Columbus area for generations to come.
“As our fund continues to grow, we decided to take the opportunity to update our name to one that reflects our desire to support, and complete, the needs and wants of Columbus and the surrounding communities in ways that have not yet been dreamt.” -Jordan Mueller, Chair, Fund Advisory Committee.
The Columbus Area Future Fund is an affiliated fund of the umbrella organization, Nebraska Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) located in Lincoln, NE. CAFF is comprised of 15 volunteers in the community who are passionate about building a base of endowed funds that support area initiatives. CAFF prioritizes funding for local leadership development, entrepreneurship, youth engagement, and community philanthropy. Examples of recently approved projects include Camp Invention scholarships, Inclusive Playground funding, Higgins Memorial clean-up, ToP Facilitator training and Film School for area non-profits, a local Boys Town Parenting Class, Columbus Ice, Leadership Columbus projects, Youth Philanthropy projects, and National Day of Prayer speaker funding. CAFF also houses and facilitates funding provided for the Quality of Life projects.
Volunteers on the Fund Advisory Committee include: Jordan Mueller, Chair; Rick Chochon, Vice Chair; Molly Reinecke, Secretary; Adam Urkoski, Treasurer; Nicole Anderson; KC Belitz; Jan Curry; Bud Fleischer; Bill Flint; Karen Gomez; Matt Gotschall; Dee Hanson; Dennis Hirschbrunner; Wendy Jackson; Amanda Polacek; and Coordinator Ashley Karges.