Youth Philanthropy Contest 2019

January 15, 2019

The application process is open! To receive an application, contact Eve Ortmeier at Applications are due to Eve by February 15, 2019 by 5 p.m.






Winners will receive up to $1,000 and a community mentor to help them implement their project, courtesy of the Columbus Area Future Fund. If selected, winners should plan to create a tabletop display of their project to present to the community on May 7. If funded, the project should be completed by May 7 or a timeline should be presented to Eve Ortmeier.


When it comes to supporting our community, area youth have many ideas. Take a look at this list of former Youth Contest winning projects to come up with some of your own. The possibilities are endless!


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


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.


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.


Save the Bees - A project that created a community garden to increase bees and other pollinators.


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.


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 dementia 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.


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.


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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.

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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.

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