The Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) held an event last Thursday evening, Oct. 25, at the Community Building on the Story County Fairgrounds in Nevada.

The event was an opportunity for residents from anywhere in the county, but especially in Nevada, to come in and learn more about the efforts of SCCF. While the event highlighted all the work SCCF does, it highlighted some of the work done in Nevada and honored the two current Nevada board members, Laurie Henry and Ann Kurtenbach.

SCCF, which started in 2005, currently administers more than 154 charitable funds. In 2017, it took in $3.3 million in gifts for its funds and was able to provide $677, 628 in grants.

As outlined during a presentation by SCCF Executive Director Sunni Swarbrick, the local community foundation exists to support local nonprofit organizations, help connect donors with causes they are passionate about, help people create personal legacies, building connections with hundreds of local charities and provide expert advice on the professional management of charitable dollars.

“SCCF acts as a resource,” Swarbrick said.

Holding the gathering at the Community Building was partly to showcase the recently renovated facility, which is among the many that SCCF has had hand in with its grant awards.

Amanda Honnold of the Story County Fair Board spoke for a moment about how hard the fair board worked to raise the funds needed for the renovation of the building, which is now fully enjoyed during fair time and also rented out for many events throughout the year. “Sincerely, from the fair association, we want to thank the SCCF for your support…,” Honnold said.

The fair association is just one of the many organizations that SCCF has helped in Nevada. Others that were listed include: American Legion Post #48, Boys & Girls Club of Story County, city of Nevada Police Department, Krysilis, Legal Aid Society of Story County, Memorial Lutheran Church, Nevada Community Historical Society, Nevada Community Resource Center, Nevada Community School Foundation, Nevada First Responders Association, Nevada Public Library, Nevada Senior Center, Prairie Rivers of Iowa RC&D, Raising Readers in Story County, Story County Medical Center Foundation, Story County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and YMCA Ames-ISU.

In growing the future of Nevada, SCCF is working with the following charitable funds: Nevada Community Historical Society Endowment, Nevada High School Class of 1966 Legacy Scholarship Fund, Nevada Public Library Endowment, Story County 4-H Foundation Endow Iowa Fund, Story County Medical Center Foundation Endowment and Wilma & Kermit L. Helland Nevada Senior Community Center Endowment.

Having been in her position for about a year, Swarbrick said the year has been exciting. “I’ve been inspired by the passion and energy that you all have for Story County,” she told those present. “Thank you all for the work you do to support Story County.”