By supporting the Columbus Area Future Fund, you have the power to nurture, shape, and secure the future of our community. The Columbus Area Future Fund provides many gift opportunities for people of all walks of life.

You can make an online cash gift by visiting the Nebraska Community Foundation.

As you consider the legacy you would like to leave for the Columbus area, you may also want to consider some other unique gifting options such as:

  • Gifts of Securities

  • Gifts of Retirement Assets

  • Gifts of Grain and Livestock

  • Gifts in Your Will

  • Charitable IRA Rollover

  • Beneficiary Designation Gifts

  • Charitable Gift Annuity

  • Donor-advised Funds


Transfer of Wealth

In 2011, the Nebraska Community Foundation recently completed its 2011 Transfer of Wealth Study.  The study provides stunning insights into the true abundance Nebraska enjoys, and the critical need to act now.

Over the next 50 years, $603 billion will transfer from one generation to the next in Nebraska. This wealth may be held in residential and agricultural real estate, securities, retirement accounts, business ownership and other assets.    

In Platte County the estimated 50-year inter-generational transfer of wealth is $7.75 billion. Over the next 10 years, $897 million is expected to transfer.  Some of this wealth will go to taxes.  Most will go to heirs, many of whom no longer live here in Platte County where the wealth was built over generations.  

If only a small portion of this wealth – just 5 percent – were given back through charitable gifts and endowed in community funds over the next decade, Platte County would have a $45 million permanent “savings account.” 

The transfer of wealth study gives us an opportunity to dream and the motivation to act. Imagine what the earnings on a $45 million endowment could do for Columbus and its surrounding communities.  



If just 5% of the estimated 10-year transfer of wealth were given to endowments benefiting Platte County, more than $45 million could be put to work for community and economic development. 


Endowed Funds

When Einstein was asked what the most powerful force in the universe was, he paused for a moment and then quipped “compound interest.” 

In general, “an endowment is a permanent fund whose assets are invested to generate income to be used by the beneficiary nonprofit organization.”  An endowed fund receives charitable donations of money or property with the stipulation that the donation be invested and that the donation principal remains intact. The institution supported by the endowment can spend only the annual earnings of the invested principal and in accordance with the wishes of the donor. This allows for the gift to provide support to the institution for an unlimited number of years. 

Funds donated to the Unrestricted Endowment Account will remain in that fund with investment income generated will be designated by the Fund Advisory Committee for projects within the Columbus area community.

Get In Touch

Director: Eve (Ortmeier) Jacobson

Location: 753 33rd Avenue Columbus, NE 68601

Telephone: (402) 606-6783


Hours: M-F: 8:30am - 5pm

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