Youth Philanthropy Contest Winners Chosen

February 26, 2019

The Columbus Area Future Fund has announced five projects to be awarded up to $1,000 each in grants for the 2019 Youth Philanthropy Contest. And these projects contain many youth of all ages from our community striving to make a difference.


Project 1 - Rockin' for the Residents

Amount Awarded - Up to $500

          Second graders from a local elementary school will be invited to Brookestone Acres to learn a dance and then perform it for their residents. The purpose behind this project? The dance class will be for approximately ten students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to be in dance. Along with that, the Brookestone residents will get the chance to watch and be entertained by four practices and a mini-recital.


Project 2 - A Good Night's Sleep

Amount Awarded - Up to $1,000

          This project is to provide air mattresses, sheets, blankets and a pillow to kids in the community who do not have a comfortable bed to sleep on. This group of students realize there are kids in our community who do not get a good night's sleep, and they want to improve this aspect of their lives.


Project 3 - Cancer Care Packages

Amount Awarded - Up to $500

          This project with be all about preparing care packages for patients receiving chemotherapy at the Columbus Cancer Center. The students in the project will prepare canvas totes with the supplies necessary to comfort patients receiving chemotherapy, which includes a handmade positive note.


Project 4 - The Real Cure

Amount Awarded - Up to $200

          A few students of our community have the mission to put a small library in the Columbus Community Hospital. Their plan is to put up two or three shelves so adults and kids have a place to get away and escape in a book while in the hospital. Their ultimate goal? This group would love to create a space with a rug, comfy bean bags, pillows, etc. in collaboration with the hospital.


Project 5 - Twirling Tutus

Amount Awarded - Up to $1,000

          This project is a four week summer dance class and recital for kids in kindergarten through third grade that cannot afford dance. The goal of this project is to give both boys and girls a chance to be a part of dance when many would never have the opportunity otherwise.


Projects Still in Need of Funding


There were two other worthy applications this year for the Youth Philanthropy Contest. These projects could still be funded with help from the community!



          A group of students from Columbus Middle School is seeking funding to obtain a water bottle fill station at Columbus Middle School. The students want to give back to their fellow peers and help students drink more water throughout the day rather than wait until lunch to buy a bottle of water.


Student Activity Night

          Another group of students from Columbus Middle School want to put on four activity nights, one activity night per grade level. The students want to purchase food and equipment for the activity nights in hope to increase the number of students who will participate. They also believe with more participation, the grades will start to feel more like a family.








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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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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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