Crofton Community Foundation Information
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CURRENT CHALLENGES & FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES
There’s a lot of work to be done around town. Everyone knows the swimming pool, open for business in 1970, is showing wear and tear after 40 years of water fun. Growing the foundation makes future grants to community projects like pool improvement a reality in the future. The South Park was enhanced with playground equipment this past summer but now it’s time to turn our eyes to the North Park.

Funding those types of projects is a huge task for the city, especially when we all know, budgets and money is tight. The city needs help. Through the volunteer efforts of community residents and generous donations, the work can get done.

It’s all about pride; pride in Crofton, pride in the way the city looks and pride in all of us for contributing to a successful city, worth living in and working for.

The city has budgeted for a number of North Park improvements. The Crofton Parks and Recreation Committee is spear-heading improvements to our community swimming pool. Resurfacing of the pool will be completed by the fall of 2012, and an improvement to the facilities is also on the committees list. New playground equipment, like the improvements made at South Park is of interest. An upgrade to the soft ball facilities is another desired improvement.

The Crofton Community Foundation Fund has established a Parks and Recreation Account specifically for donations to the city pool improvements. Donations can be made through the Foundation specifically for the pool improvements. Donations can be mailed to Crofton Community Foundation Fund, P.O. Box 52, Crofton NE 68730. Make checks payable to Crofton Community Foundation Fund and please note the donation is for pool improvements. 100% of the donations received for the pool improvements will go directly to the Parks and Recreation Committee and donations are tax deductible when processed through the foundation.

Remember challenges can be made to show your support and to inspire others. Think about issuing a challenge to your neighbors, family, friends, and alumni or from one business to others.

MISSION STATEMENT
The Crofton Community Foundation would like to establish a financial base for the citizens of Crofton and the surrounding area so they can continue to have a prosperous community and strive to add to the betterment of the area.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Crofton community Foundation Fund is working to build a nest egg and to create a culture of giving. It's a process for a city, village or a town - like growing up. Once the practice of giving by community residents is repeated a few times and watched by other residents, it becomes woven in the very life of the community. This is why your contribution is important and will have a lasting impact on the Crofton community. Your tax deductible donation is a chance to give back to Crofton and your people. The Crofton Community Foundation Fund will accept donations of any size at any time and offer many ways to donate with just some including:

  • Donations of money ~ Donations of money can be made by contacting any of the committee members or mailed directly to Crofton Community Foundation Fund, P.O. Box 52, Crofton, NE 68730
  • Donations of grain ~ The Crofton elevator is set-up to conveniently take donations of grain for the Crofton Community Foundation Fund. Just indicate the grain donation amount and the Crofton Elevator will issue the donation to the Foundation in your behalf.
  • Donations from estates ~ Donations from estates, such as property or insurance payouts are also welcome donation options. These types of donations require arrangements by contacting a committee member.
  • Donations in memory of others ~ The foundation has donation cards that can be sent to the family recognizing a donation has been made to the Foundation in their behalf. In memory of cards are available from any committee members or can be obtained at Town and Country Insurance.
  • Donations of business services ~ The Foundation’s activities are conducted by volunteers and business expenses are minimized so that donations can be given back to the community, therefore the foundation welcomes donations of business services. Printing services, promotional products, advertising and business supplies are appreciated and will help keep operational cost at a minimum.

  • FOUNDATION NOTES
    The Crofton Community Foundation Fund wants to leave a lasting impression so the community and rural area will enjoy bountiful rewards, which will affect the lives of family and friends who will follow in our footsteps for years to come. Keeping the community strong and progressive will attract younger families who will make a positive impact on the Northern edge of Knox County.

    Remember the monies which the Crofton Community Foundation Fund raises, stays in the Crofton community, and operates locally through volunteers only. We hope to make improvements in the city's two parks and even a museum has been discussed. We sincerely hope you all join in the conversation on ways the Foundation can make a positive impact, and please send your suggestions to the foundation.

    Consider giving one of the committee members a moment of your time and listen to all the good things which can come from a community project and ask how you can help make the foundation a success.

    The endowment fund is a permanent investment account, which is similar to a personal investment account, where the principle remains in the account and grows through investments managed by the Nebraska Community Foundation. The Nebraska Community Foundation helps Crofton manage our local foundation and manages the investments. Once the foundation has built-up the endowment and starts receiving returns, Crofton’s Foundation will then return the money made back to the community. Some examples of what the foundation can provide is money for our youth in scholarships, park projects, city improvements, assistance to other community organizations or specific improvements the committees feel are most appropriate. The endowment is very important to the future of Crofton and the future of Crofton’s foundation, and is a permanent asset to the community.

    The Crofton Community Foundation Fund meets once a month in various locations in town. It’s an informal, come-as-you-are-type of meeting. The Foundation is represented by a variety of business people, town people and farmers. However the foundation would prefer to have more representation from area agriculture and farming, the mainstay of the community. Therefore anyone interested in joining the Crofton Community Foundation Fund Committee please contact any of the committee members.

    Any CCFF committee members are able to assist with any donation or pledge, gift or estate memorial. The members will be glad to answer any questions regarding the Foundations. The CCFF committee members include:
    ~Mick Reifenrath, Peoples Grocery, Crofton
    ~De Carlson, Upper Missouri Trading Company, Crofton
    ~Doyle Stevens, Doyle Stevens Construction, Crofton
    ~Terry Mueller, Town and Country Insurance, Crofton
    ~Charleen Buschkamp, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, South Yankton, Crofton
    ~Michael Guenther, Downtown Auto Service, Crofton
    ~Jon Zavadil, Prairie Creek Property Maintenance, Crofton
    ~Jay Haberer. Village Variety & Dollar, Crofton
    ~Linda Wuebben, City of Crofton Economic Development Director


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    HELP YOUR COMMUNITY AS OTHERS HAVE:
    Mick and Kathy Reifenrath; Downtown Auto; Buschkamp Farm; Sprakel Farms; Sprakel Sports Stop; Mike and Terry Mueller; Doc and De Carlson; Doyle and Joyce Stevens; Allan and Irma Arens; Jon Zavadil; Farmers & Merchants State Bank;Al and Debby Larson; Alice Stevens; Vern and Rose Wuebben; Charlie and Judy Guenther; Craig and Heidi Marsh; Bill Hesse; Glenn and Mary Loecker; Diane Goudy; Gary and Karen Poppe; Ken and Mary Thoene; Joannie Keller; Frank Potts; Kevin & Monda Kohles; Joseph Dreesen and Conney Prawer; Kenny and Rosie Dreeesen; Bill and Toyo Prawer; Wesley Zart; Tom and Tara Pavlik; Crofton Historical Society; Donald and Arlyce Ausdemore; Gladys (Leader) Johnson; Francis and Sharlene Guenther; People’s Grocery; Francis and Sharlene Guenther; Ralph and Lillian Heger; Melba Jessen; Ryan and Janel Loecker; John and Ruth Seaman; Roger Smith and Ruth Ann Grimm; American Legion Post 128; John & Dorothy Case; Doyle Stevens Construction; Matthew & Martha Lee Heyne; Marvin & Verlyn Nohr; Kevin's Plumbing Service; Don & Kathy Meink

    Please download THIS PDF FORM for more information on contacts and CCFF.

    CLOSING THOUGHTS

    The future of Crofton is up to us. Following the leadership of the CCFF committee will make Crofton shine. Talk to a CCFF committee member, or get involved in the community and set in on a meeting.

    Thanks to everyone for the support and donations, we are all building a better future for Crofton.