About Us

Our Purpose      |     Our Partners  |     Current Officers |     Our Sponsors

The Philanthropy Council was established in 2010 with a mission to create a culture of giving in northeast Nebraska.  We are comprised of collaborative partners from area non-profit organizations who come together to share resources and support the mission to create a culture of giving.

Our purpose is to:

  • Create a culture of giving.
  • Provide foundation directors and other area non-profit staff, volunteers and board members with an opportunity to meet on a regular basis to discuss issues, share information, and partner to raise awareness on giving opportunities in our communities.
  • Focus on educating area residents on ways in which they can give something back to their favorite non-profits through coordinated events, informational sessions, and mailings.
  • Encourage best practices among area non-profits.
  • Maximize member organizations’ resources.
  • Coordinate volunteers through information sharing, education and partnerships.
  • Reduce duplication of efforts in the community and maximize results.
  • Share resources and jointly produce events and marketing materials that provide information about area non-profits and giving back.

Find out more about the becoming a collaborative partner organization and view our application.

Questions? Contact us at info@philanthropycouncilne.org.

Our Collaborative Partners (updated 07/2020):

Our Current Officers and Committee Chairs: July 2020 – June 2021

Chair – Samantha Lindahl, Women’s Empowering Life Line

Vice-Chair – Tracy Speidel, Nebraska Children’s Home Society

Co-Secretaries – Sarah Dittmer, Norfolk Public Schools Foundation & Jessica Chamberlain, Norfolk Library Foundation

Treasurer – Cheryl Gesell, Norfolk Senior Center

Past Chair – Scott Adams, Project Linus

Youth Philanthropy Contest Chair – Callan Collins, Norfolk Area Community Foundation Fund; Mark Clausen, Read Aloud Norfolk; and Sarah McKinley, Young Life

Big Give Chairs – Samantha Lindahl, Women’s Empowering Life Line

Marketing Chair – Denice Hansen, Norfolk Arts Center


Our 2020 Sponsors 

We couldn’t do the work we do without the support of generous individuals and businesses who believe in the power of giving back. Thank you to this year’s sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors ($1,000+)

  • Daycos
  • Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust
  • Norfolk Area Community Foundation Fund

Gold Sponsors ($500-$999)

  • Appeara
  • McMill CPAs & Advisors

Silver Sponsors ($250-$499)

  • Dinkel Implement
  • Faith Regional Health Services
  • Mark & Kathleen Hall
  • Norfolk Lions Club
  • Norfolk Noon Kiwanis

The Philanthropy Council of Northeast Nebraska is an account of the Norfolk Area Community Foundation Fund, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation.