Thank you donors

We believe rural communities, family farms and local businesses are national treasures that provide the foundation upon which our nation was built. Thank you for your generous support in our mission to ensure a strong and vibrant future for this American treasure. 

Support our work and help create a vibrant rural America.

Thank you 2018 donors

We couldn’t do it without you!

This list reflects funders of the Center for Rural Affairs and its subsidiaries from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018. Thank you for your support.

Granary Foundation donors

The Granary Foundation is the Center’s endowment fund. Gifts to the Granary are invested and the income is used to support the Center’s mission. Contact Nick Bergin (402.687.2100 ext. 1035 or nickb@cfra.org) if you would like to discuss making a gift to the Granary Foundation now or in the future through your estate plan or an annuity.​

$10,000 to $49,999

Cornelia & Jan Flora

$2,500 to $4,999

Don Ralston

$100 to $249

Michelle Lee


Center for Rural Affairs Donors

$25,000 to $49,999

Todd and Betiana Simon Foundation

$10,000 to $24,999

Everett Holstein
Meshewa Farm Foundation

$5,000 to $9,999

Katie Weitz, PhD

$2,500 to $4,999

Larry Crooks
Gretchen Hall & David Saadah​
Lois Thom

$1,000 to $2,499

Leverne & Nancy Barrett
Robert & Joann Barry
Brian Depew​
Barbara Francisco
Grain Place Foods
Connie & David Hansen
John Kinney
Don & Pat Lamb
Kent Lewandowski​
Robert & Jennifer McNeil
James & Cynthia Mohl​
Paul Neukirch​
Helen & Robert Nichols
Mary Jo & Lester Schmerr​
Robert Stoddard
Paul & Diane Thompson
Mark & Margaret Yackel-Juleen​
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$500 to $999

Paul Barby​
Bill Bishop & Julie Ardery​
Mary Blackmore
Cloyd & Linda Clark
Dennis & Ruth Demmel​
Mike & Donna Eisenstat​
Alvin Eshe*
First Northeast Bank of Nebraska
Melissa Florell*
Tim & Lisa Fossa
LeRoy Hansen
William & Judith Heffernan​
Gretchen & George Hirschbach​
Keith Johnson
Charles & Margaret Karpf​
Rhea Landholm
Joe Lesiak & Charisse Hutton
Matt Liebman & Laura Merrick
Amanda & Patrick McKinney
Michael & Becky Mordhorst​
Doug Nopar & Joann Thomas
Rita J Ormsby*
Kevin & Jessica Raun​
Dan & Marge Schlitt​
Murray Schmechel*
Stephen Tiwald​
Lynn & Beverly Wightman​
Tony Wolk & Lindy Delf​
Anonymous

$250 to $499

Lorado & Arllys Adelmann​
Ann Beckenhauer & George Wimmer​
Richard Benning​
Robert Benzel & Joseph Sullivan
Joe Blankenau & Monica Snowden*
Elizabeth Partridge Blessington​
Mike & Lori Bride*
Byron Brogan
John & Patricia Buck
Linda & Joe Butkus​
Virginia Clarke*
Jerry Depew & Dorothy Lamberti​
Tricia & Brook Darnell
Robert Edgerton​
Ronald & Joan Ellermeier
Claryce Evans
Janaki Fisher-Merritt
Lisa & James French
Elizabeth Garst​
Rebecca Gould*
Mark Gustafson & Dianne Travers Gustafson
Natalie Hahn
Mark Halverson​
Jennifer Hansen
Gary Heineman​
Stephen Hilliard
Douglas Hillmer​
Harmon Hoff & Eve Ann Shwartz​
Deborah Jacobs
Cleo Kottwitz​
Larry Kramer
David Kunzweiler​
Donald & Gail Marti
Kevin McCarron​
William & Rita McDonald
Phil Menke*
Harlan Meyer
Janece & Wayne Mollhoff*
Montana Farmers Union
Dan Morgan
Arland & Deloris Mozer​
Mark Muller
Ann Nore*
Thomas & Debra Posey
Kimberly & Trevor Preston*
Lisa Pruitt
Eugene Rahn​
Jordan & David Rasmussen*
Karen Rathje​
Ruth Ann Schultz
Charles & Joan Shapiro
Richard Siemers
Richard & Diana Sloan
Kathie Starkweather*
Donna Steffen
Joe Stehlik​
Paul & Mary Jo Swanson
Jonathan Teller-Elsberg*
T&M, Inc.
Janice & Richard Tiggelaar*
Karen & Jim Tikalsky​
Ron & Lois Todd-Meyer
Ruth Tonachel​
Katherine Townsend
Ann Van Hoff
Tom & Denesse Willey
Stan Yogi & David Carroll
Jane & Loren Yule 

$100 to $249

Jonathan Andelson
John & Susan Arens​
Pam Baker
Sister Therese Bangert​
Mark & Melanie Bannister
Jim & Carol Barr
Patrick Bauer
Penny Bausch*
Dena Beck & David Branham-Beck
Bernard Berger
Jeannette Bergt​
Elizabeth Bird
Gene & Laura Bittner
Ross & Lorena Blount
Donna Bolz​
Richard Breckenridge
Kate Brooke
Stacey Brown
Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel​
David Burr
Susannah Burrows*
Steve & Lynn Carnes*
Elizabeth Clark
Glynnis Collins
Sam Cordes & Trish Brown
David & Linda Cunningham
Linda Daniel
Joan Davidson
John Davidson & Cathy Beard
Carol Deardorff​
Gordon & Jewell Deichmann​
Esther & Ray Dell
Bill Deutsch
Paul Dicke​
Krista Dittman​
Wes & Louise Doerr​
Laurie Donnell
Doris Fund
Margaret Dyson-Cobb*
Carroll Ebner​
Milton Emry​
Mark Epp & Cathy Wismer-Epp​
David Ferneau​
Lowell Fey
Merlin & Marcia Fick​
Bob & DeAnne Finken​
First Community Bank
Aaron Fischbach​
Ellen & Al Fisher
Wyatt & Jeannie Fraas*
Kevin Fulton
Tom & Rebecca Furlong
George Gehant​
Susan Gillies
Max Glenn
Gloria Goll​
Mark Graff
Dan & Norma Green
Alan & Cathrine Guebert​
Don Hagedorn​
Patricia Halbur​
Pauline Hansen
Phil Hardenburger
DeLynn & Esther Hay
Michael Henning
Jeff Herrick & Christine Laney
Dan Hodges
Stephen Hopkins
Glenda Humiston​
Debbie Hunsberger​
Kim Hunter & Scott Walters
Charles Isenhart​
Elizabeth Ivers​
Vern & Delores Jantzen​
Claude Jensen
Ron Johnson
Troy & Susan Kash-Brown​
Ron Kielkopf​
Fred Kirschenmann & Carolyn Raffensperger​
Martin & Linda Kleinschmit​
Richard & Rosalie Kleinschmidt​
Jim & Carolyn Knopik​
Ted Kooser & Kathleen Rutledge
Steven Kreitman​
Scott & Wendy Kubik​
Pat Kubly​
Barb Kudera​
Edward & Bernadette Lange
Charles Langford*
G. Wade Leak & Jay Yost
Mark & Susan Liebig
Marvin Liewer​
Larry & Joanna Lindberg​
Anne Lippstreu​
Charles & Hertha Lutz
Keith & Peggy Mahaney
Marj Manglitz​
Charles Manlove
Massena Corporation
Fredric Martz​
Robin Matthews
Mark & Susan McConnell
Liz McFarlane*
Vickie & Wayne McLane​
Margot McMillen​
David Meints​
Melvin & Delores Meister​
Robert & Suzanne Meyerson​
John Miller
Mary Ellen Miller
Bill & Dana Milton
Sandy & Bob Moellenbeck​
Francis & Maxine Moul​
Delmar Mueller
Janie & Dan Mullanix​
John & Pat Muntz​
Tom Nekoliczak​
Andrea Nelson
Dale & Sunny Nimrod
Elaine Nuessmeier​
Renee O’Brien
John & Joan Oeltjen​
Paul Olson
Erica & Michael Parde​
Darrel Parish
Gerald Paulson
Tom Paulson
David & Susan K. Pease
Don Peregrine
John Pesek​
Gary Peterson*
David & Ginger Podoll​
Bill Pratt
David & Gail Prestemon​
Ron & Marilyn Prochaska​
Gregory Putnam
Don & Barbara Reeves
Sandra Renner*
Stephen & Joanna Reno
Paul & Susan Rice
Tim Rinne & Kay Walter
Wally Rose
Bob & Matilda Rupp​
Dawn Ryan
Russell Salisbury & Elsie Tuss
Darreld & Rhonda Saltzman​
Bob & Connie Scharlau​
Carol & Joe Schmieding​
Ben Schole​
Lucia Schulz*
Diane Seaver*
Lynette Seigley​
Eugene & Kathleen Severens​
Jim & Sara Shelton
Marvin Shirley
Charlotte Shivvers & Robert Baker
Ben Shomshor​
Shari Sirkin​
Connie & Bill Smith
Mary & Richard Smythe*
Veronica Spindola​
Emma & George Steen
Bob & Lyda Steiert​
Aubrey Streit Krug*
Ann Tashjian​
Pat Tomlin
Janet Topolsky​
Jeff Tracy
Alfred & Carol Turek​
Joe & Anita Twitchell
UnitedHealth Group
Ingolf Vogeler​
Thomas von Geldern​
Ron & Nancy Vos
Michael & Barbara Wahler​
Robert & Gudrun Warrick
Margaret & Leonard Weber
Joyce Wells
Larry & Rebecca Williams
Norma and Jerry Wilson
Wade Wilson
George Wolf
Richard Wynne​
James & Eileen Zentner​
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$50 to $99

Rick Adamski​
Valerian Ahles​
Mads & Chloe Andenas​
Marti Anderson
Clinton & Cecilia Antholz​
Jean Bailey
JoAnn Barker
Joseph Bartmann​
Robert Bataille​
Allan & Joan Benjamin
Cheryl Brown
Tony & Patty Brown
Lin Brummels​
Bill Bryan
Dennis Burke
Janet Carlson
Jonah Carlson
Jerry & Karen Carolan​
Robert & Susan Chaffin​
Darlene & Frankie Charipar​
Richard Colburn​
Paul Conway
Kenneth Cookson​
Gordon & Lenni Coulter
Izola Crispin
Seth Dabney*
Meenakshi Dalal​
Marvin & Deb Deblauw​
William Deutsch
Anne Devries​
Jim & Pat Dinklage​
Terry Dittmer​
John Ebner​
Chris & Carol Eisenbeis​
Jim Eller
Steven Espeland​
Arvin Faig
Hildy Feen​
Jim Fitzgibbon​
Nancy Flock
Susan Frembgen​
Susan French
Norman & Mary Frey
Merlin & Rita Friesen​
Melissa Frigaard​
Sarah Gardner
Carol Glenister​
Ryan Goertzen-Regier
LaDell & Mary Goodroad​
Betsy & Michael Gore
Kathleen Grant
Sarah Grant
John & Margery Graves
Laurel Gress​
Joan Gussow
Sayeed Hasan​
Conrad & Alison Heins​
David Helman​
Helene Hembreiker​
Judy & Larry Hilkemann​
Jackie & David Hladik​
Peggy Holen​
Drew Holt
Patricia Howe*
David Howell
Ruth Hruby​
Luke Jacobsen
Barbara & Frank James
Dean Jansen
Dean Johanneck​
Aaron & Kirstin Johnson
Maxine Johnson
Marilyn & Gary Jones
Susan Jutz​
Kylie & Brenn Kai
Barbara & James Kalbach​
Jean & Gerald Karlen​
Mary Jane Karp
DeAnne Ketter​
Kenneth Kirchner
John Kleinwachter​
David Kozlowski​
Robert & Eleanor Kraenow​
Ron Kroese​
John & Syd Kruse
Stan & Alice Kumm​
Marion Kunzman​
Robert Kuzelka*
Marvin & Evelyn Lange
Buster Langowski​
David & Elsa Larson
Mindy Lincoln
Karen Manning
Philip Margolis​
Mary McCall
Steve & Lisa McConnell
Marilyn McNabb
Margaret Mellon
Brian & Terri Mentink​
Frank Miles Jr. & Nancy Miles
Lee Mills
Jim Millsap​
Robert Mohler​
Lance Morgan
Carolyn Mosher
Annastasia Mullen
Michael Muller
Nebraskans For Peace
Greg Nelson
Mark & Rachel Nelson
Phillip & Debbie Nielsen
Elaine Nighswonger​
Tracy Noel
Danelle Nutt​
Kelly O’Neill
Tom Parks
Janis Peak
Emilee Pease
Nora Perry
Tom & Gretchen Pesek​
George Piper
Marilee Polacek​
Frank & Deborah Popper
Betty & Marvin Poss
Don Preister​
Tyler Pribbeno​
Amy Radding*
Susan Raye​
Brad & Erin Jordahl Redlin​
Griselda Rendon​
Catherine & Jamie Renshaw​
Felix & Linda Revello​
Cliff & Harrietta Reynolds
Mary Rogers
Mark Rose
Randolph Roth
Barbara Rusmore​
Keith Schildt​
Mark & Susan Schulz
John & Julie Schutz​
Bruce & Prudence Skinner
Don & Ellie Skokan​
Donna Smith
Edward Spevak​
Dave & Mini Sprague
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
William & Joan Street
Carolann Streett*
Ralph Surprenant​
Harold & Lora Swanson
Ron Swanson
Nic Swiercek​
Nancy Swift
Leo & Judy Tammi
Dan Taylor
Leroy & Judy Tejral​
Dan Trello​
Carolyn Van Meter
Harold & Paula Vestermark​
Anne Vidaver​
Eve Vogel
Oren & Joyce Vogt
Stanley Walk
Don & Kay Wall
Pat & Norman Wallman
Dongwen Wang
Jack Warrick
Thomas Wellington
Betty Wells
Sarah Wentzel-Fisher​
Norm & Susan West
Deborah White
Lyle & Carolyn Wichman​
Dennis Wicker
Vernon Williams
Angela Winkler
Jesse & Loxi Wolf
Toni Wright
Jamie Young
Robert & Edith Zahniser​
Richard Zimola​
Steve Zimola​
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$1 to $49

Jim Ackerman
Edward Acosta
Bonnie Andersen
Mary E. Anderson
Abel Arana
Nancy Athey​
Sandra Atkinson
Norman Barker
Kristy Barnes
Mariel Barreras
John Barrier
Gregg & Kathy Bartak
Richard Baumert
Mike Baxter
Marsena Beck
Mel & Mary Ann Beckman
Janet & Ronald Belitz​
Dorothy & Daniel Benes
Jessika Benes​
Alan Berndt
Sandy & Bob Bettger​
Thomas & DeEtta Bilek​
George & Anne Bird
Kathy Blake
Laurine Blankenau​
Henry & Barbara Blessing
David & Marilyn Bloom
Cindy Bonnet
Julianna Bosmoe
Jackie Boyle
Joan Brabec​
Monica Braun
Marvin Bryant
Wayne Bueltel​
Michael Burgess
Ronald Busch
James Carr
Melissa Cast Brede
Castleland RC&D
Ruth Cheruka​
Brenda Clark
Erik Cleveland
Rena Conner
Kevin & Shannon Cooksley​
Todd & Joyce Cornwell​
Samantha Cradick-Marr​
George Cummins
Hal Cummins
Liz Daehnke​
Otis & M. Jane Dearborn
Jeff Dehne​
Paul Devine
Donald & Gladys Dickerson
James Dickson
John Dietz​
Barbara Dilly
Thomas Donahue
Jim & Brenda Dooley
Robert Doriss & Jean Bonnet
Donna Dornbusch​​
Gail Dunlap
Kent Eaton
Janet Ebaugh*
Debra Ecklund​
Kristi Eggers
Carl & Debbie Engstrom​
Mark Erlander​
Jim & Karen Falk
Jack & Linda Fanning
Steve Fisher
Marcia Forbes
Sam Forbes
Charles & Evelyn Foster
Cora Fox*
Carol Fries
Duane & Judy Fritzen​
Gene Gage
Kathy Gaines
Kara Gallup
David Garrahy​
John Geddie​
Cynthia Gehrie​
Mark Giese
John Ray Gill
Earl Glenn
Rex & Kathleen Gogerty​
William & Shirley Goldfish
Tom Grau​
Diane Gravert​
Kevin Greenwood
Eugene Griffith
Richard Grosshauser​
Gary & Sharon Grugel​
Ken Guenther
Anthony Gurrola​
Jay D. Hall
Paul & Patricia Hamrick​
R.W. Handley​
Lin Hangren​
Rodney & Beverly Hannan​
Lynn & Sharleen Harnisch​
Ronald Harrell
Del Harsh
Mary Hawkes​
Matt & Emely Hendl
Rollie Henkes​
Christian Hertneky*
Valera Heydenberk​
Robert Hitchcock
Johnathan Hladik​
Roger & Freda Hoffman
John Hoover
Paul & Lori Hosford​
Jay Howe
Jerold & Bonnie Hubbard
John Ikerd​
Gregory & Anne Isaackson​
Ona Iverson
Katie Jantzen​
Caitlin Jerabek​
Cheri Johansen​
Charlie & Bette Johnson
Robert Johnson
Betty & Raymond Johnston
Dawn Jones
LeRoy Jons​
David & Nancy Jurgensen​
Gary Kaiser
Merle Kaufman
Roy Kaufman
Tiffany Kegley​
Elias Keim​
Julia Kleinschmit​
Barbara Klubal​
Tom & Lou Ann Kneifl​
William Knight & Carolyn Ristau​
Ronald Koester​
Sue & Bob Kohles
LaRene Konopasek​
Beth Kernes Krause
Brian Kreikemeier​
Boots Kretzmeier​
Starry Krueger
Joel & Carrie Landholm​
Elizabeth Lasensky​
Kim Lecher
Dick Leitschuck​
Linda LeShanna​
Norman Leuenberger​
Doug Little
Sharon Loftis​
Martha Lowe
Betty Lucas
Paula Mares
Ryan Marquardt​
Donald & Laurie Marsden
Martin Massengale​
John McCarthy
Molly McLain​
Richard McManus
Michael McMullen
Joan Mencher​
Phillip & Tamira Metzger​
Robin Metzner​
Roger Meyer
Rory Mikkonen​
Jim & Nancy Miller
Kermit & Wilma Miskell​
Mona & Steven Mitzel​
Audrey Mohr
Kathy Moore
Andrea Morgan
Terry & Kim Mosel
Stephen Mott
Tommy Mullen
John & Lavelle Muller
April Myers
Wayne & Jo Ann Myers
Verlyn Naimon​
Donald & Anita Nelson
Laverne & Arlene Nelson
Gregory Nielsen
Neal Nollette​
Daryl & Jackie Obermeyer​
Fred & Marilyn Obmann​
Brian O’Donnell
Harold Olson
Michelle Olson
Rev. Phillip & Virginia Olson
Roger & Gail Osten​
Richard Ouren*
Robert Noel Patten
Eileen Paulsen
Janita Pavelka​
Anne Pearson
David Peck
Yolanda Peck
Donald & Audrey Pedersen
Mark Peterson
Mary Peterson
Evey Phillips
Michael Phillips
R.K. Piper
Lyndsey Pohlmeier​
Debra Polacek
Dawne & Bill Price
John Proctor
Joe Reestman
Gayland & Marcia Regier​
Greg Reineke & Maxine Adelstein​
Leander & Mary Rerucha​
George Rethmeier​
Walter & Marilyn Rhoades
Helen Richardson
Harlyn & Karen Riekena
Leisha Roberts
Katie & William Rock*
Madelene Rose
John & Jeanne Rosener​
Kyle Rosfeld​
Deb Rost​
Dale Roth
Frederick Rother​
Robert & Peggy Rover
Joanne Rudnick​
Wayne Ruppert​
Susan Rutledge
Joan & Paul Sadowski​
Barbara Sanders
Juan Sandoval
Heidi Schulz
Deborah Schumacher
Joan Schumaker
Hervey Scudder
LaRoy & Mary Seaver​
John Shanley​
Dwight Sheets
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
Beth and R.P. Smith
Roxanne Smith
Jane Sooby​
Wayne Sorenson
Pamela Sorrell*
Jonathan Specht​
Robert & Leona Speck
Ardith Sporleder​
JB Stamper
Beth Stecker​
Rose Stoller​
Orrin Strand
EJ Sulc
Kelsea Sutton
Phyllis Swigart​
Maria Sykes
Jodi Teal
Mike & Debbie Teti​
Thomas Thelen​
Tom Tomas
Steve Toney
Virgil & Mary Tworek-Hofstetter​
Union Pacific GivePlus Program
Bonnie Vacha​
Kitty Vacha​
Santiago Vasquez
Village of Wolbach​
M. Judd Wagner
Brian Waldstein​
John & Mary Wall
Bill & Candace Weaver
Steven Wehmer​
Jon Welch
James & Sara Welbourn​
Bonnie & John Wennekamp​
Shirley Wenzel
Henry Winckler​
Bruce Woita​
Glen Wollman​
Susan Wunderlich​
Michael & Carolyn Yoder​
James Yon
Larry & Shirley Young
Bill & Dorothy Zales​
Ben & Helen Zoss​
Megan Zoucha​
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*members of Evergreen Society, donors who make monthly or quarterly automatic gifts.


Institutional Funders

Institutional funders are government agencies, foundations, and businesses that provide funding for specific initiatives.

American Farmland Trust
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
CHI Health
Clif Bar Family Foundation
Community Catalyst 
Energy Foundation
Farm Aid
Farm Credit Services of America
First Nations Development Institute
Granary Foundation
Holland Foundation
Lincoln Community Foundation, Alice Dittman Integrity Loan Fund
Lincoln Community Foundation, Family Farm Fund
McKnight Foundation
Nebraska Civic Engagement Table
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Tourism Commission
Nell Newman Foundation 
New Belgium
Newman’s Own Foundation
Organic Valley, Farmers Advocating for Organic
Panta Rhea Foundation
Patagonia 
Peter Kiewit Foundation
RE-AMP Network
Sherwood Foundation
South Dakota Community Foundation
Turner Foundation
U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Risk Management Agency
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Services
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Advocacy and Outreach
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
U.S. Department of Treasury, Community Development Financial Institution Fund
U.S. Small Business Administration, Microloan Program
U.S. Small Business Administration, Women’s Business Center
Walton Family Foundation
Weitz Family Foundation
Wells Fargo, Diverse Community Capital Program
William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation
Woods Charitable Fund


Capital Partners & Investors

Capital partners and investors provide capital to revolving loan funds operated by the Center for Rural Affairs and its subsidiary, the Rural Investment Corporation.​

First National Bank
Lincoln Community Foundation, Alice Dittman Integrity Loan Fund
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Nebraska Enterprise Fund
Peter Kiewit Foundation
Sherwood Foundation
U.S. Small Business Administration, Microloan Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
U.S. Department of Treasury, Community Development Financial Institution Fund
William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation

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