WHAT IS THE

GOODWILL

FOUNDATION

It is the responsibility of the Goodwill Industries Foundation of Greater Nebraska to raise money to assist Goodwill’s mission of helping individuals who face specific challenges, such as language barriers, a brain injury, substance use or physical or mental disabilities to accomplish things the rest of us may take for granted – like safe and affordable housing, living independently,  transportation, employment, wellness and recovery.

Goodwill accepts cash donations and hosts an end of the year annual campaign each year.  One hundred percent of the funds raised from this campaign stays in greater Nebraska transforming lives of individuals that receive our Goodwill services.

Goodwill also partners with Hornady Manufacturing, Five Points Bank, Beavercreek Marketing, Equitable Bank and other local businesses to sponsor the annual Platte River Charity Shoot, the organization’s only fundraising event.

Planned giving to Goodwill through wills and estates is a wonderful way to leave a legacy, while enjoying the tax advantages of philanthropic giving. Bequests of any size can help make sure that Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska will be here serving our local Nebraska communities with quality support programs and services for generations to come.

Another area the donors can support Goodwill is through one of the several Community Give Days throughout the Greater Nebraska area – be sure to check out the list of the community give days that we participate in.

If you know of a high school senior living with a disability who demonstrates their desire to increase independence through education or employment, be sure to encourage them to apply to be a recipient of our Maggie Thompson Scholarship.

Our Mission

The Goodwill Industries Foundation of Greater Nebraska, Inc. strives to obtain and ensure that funds are available both today and in the future for those in need of the services Goodwill provides.

SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

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SAVE THE DATE!

July 17, 2021

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PLANNED GIVING

Planned gifts include bequests in a will or other contributions made through your estate. By making an estate plan that includes Goodwill Industries Foundation of Greater Nebraska, you can will help promote independence and access to the community, help people become successfully employed, support goals of wellness and recovery, teach responsible behavior and provide safe and affordable housing. We are honored to receive such gifts and will always direct the money straight to our mission: to obtain and ensure that funds are available both today and in the future for those in need of the services Goodwill provides.

How To Make A Planned Gift

Goodwill Industries Foundation of Greater Nebraska is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gifts are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

You can make a planned gift by:

  • Naming Goodwill Industries Foundation of Greater Nebraska in your will.

  • Giving Goodwill Industries Foundation of Greater Nebraska an insurance gift.

  • Declaring Goodwill Industries Foundation of Greater Nebraska as a beneficiary of your 401(k), 403(b), or IRA plan.

  • Creating a Charitable Remainder Trust.

  • You can also make a gift directly to Goodwill Industries Foundation of Greater Nebraska.

    • Call:  (308) 384-7896
    • Mail a check to:
      Goodwill Industries Foundation of Greater Nebraska
      1804 South Eddy Street
      Grand Island, NE 68801

Give a tax-deductible monetary gift today!

Click Here To Give Online

COMMUNITY GIVE DAYS

Give Hastings Day (Hastings) – May

Give Hastings Day is an online fundraising event created to rally community support for local charitable causes.  This unique fundraiser is being organized by the Hastings Community Foundation.  Giving opened on April 20 and will conclude at 11:59 pm pm on Thursday, May 7th . Community members are asked to make donations to show support for the local nonprofit organizations that positively impact our lives every day.

Give Big Lexington (Lexington) – November

Give Big Lexington is a 24-hour day of giving is hosted by the Lexington Community Foundation and is an event that makes giving easy for donors and fundraising simple for nonprofits. Give Big Lexington benefits nonprofits of all sizes in our area.

Go Big Give (Grand Island) – May

Go Big GIVE is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation and Heartland United Way to grow philanthropy in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties. Matching funds and prize money are available to amplify charitable donations. Go Big GIVE is based on other successful giving days hosted by community organizations across the country.

Give Where You Live (Kearney) – December

Give Where You Live is a 24-hour fundraising event created to rally community support for local charitable causes. This unique one-day fundraiser is organized by the Kearney Area Community Foundation. Community members are asked to make donations and show support for the local nonprofit organizations that positively impact our lives every day.

MAGGIE THOMPSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Who Was Maggie Thompson?

Maggie was a Goodwill employee who came to work for us right out of high school.  She developed many skills while at Goodwill and eventually became our receptionist. Maggie left this world in 1988 while in her early 30’s.  Her parents created this scholarship in her honor for students with disabilities who want to further their educational goals.  It is their way of paying it forward.  Maggie represents individuals who overcome obstacles to achieve their goals and many years ago, was recognized for her outstanding achievements by then Governor Charles Thone.

Eligibility Criteria

A high school senior living with a disability and who demonstrates their independence to complete an educational program for employment.

2020 Scholarship Award Winners

Blaine Bonifas
Keeley Allen
Wyatt Hansen
Kamryn Kier
Ryan Hillman

Sarah Lucht
Britt Foland
Ry Cheney
Yom Mapieu

2021 Scholarship Application

Scholarship Application will be available January 2021.

FOUNDATION BOARD

The Goodwill Industries Foundation of Greater Nebraska Board consists of volunteer leaders serving without pay.  These community leaders offer a broad range of knowledge and skills and a deep desire to help individuals with disabilities or barriers improve their lives. Their hours of service allow Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska to fulfill its mission and make positive changes in the greater Nebraska area.

LISSA MOELLER

President
Principal

JERRY HUISMANN

Vice President
Lacy Construction

ROBIN DEXTER

Secretary
Grand Island Public Schools

MIKE GARRETT

Past President
Garrett Tire and Treads

Claudia Fredricks

Board Member
First National Bank

Gil Kuntz

Board Member
Retired

Travis Powell

Board Member
Essential Personnel

Galen Stehlik

Board Member
Stehlik Law Firm

Mark Stelk

Board Member
General Collection

Give a tax-deductible monetary gift today!

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ANNUAL DRIVE

Your Gift = Investing in Changing Lives

At Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska, annual giving is part of our ongoing effort to enhance service impact for people living across greater Nebraska. We want people to live their best lives and are honored they choose us to walk alongside them on their journey to accomplish their goals.

Acting together – local businesses, community friends, board members and employees – we build a strong base of donors who care about Goodwill, the services we provide and the people positively impacted.

When you donate, you show your support for people living with disabilities to have a voice, overcome obstacles, dream big, accomplish much and live their best lives. This campaign raises gifts to complement funds from other sources.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you or someone you know would like to get more information
about the Goodwill Industries Foundation of Greater Nebraska or our events, please contact: 

Lindsey Miles

Director of Marketing & Development
(308) 218-1837

Email Lindsey