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Meet Our Supporters

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 2020 Donors

We couldn’t do it without you!

This list reflects donors to the Center for Rural Affairs and its subsidiaries from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. 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. Please contact us if you would like to discuss making a gift to the Granary Foundation or would like to include the Center in your estate plan.

  • Cornelia & Jan Flora
  • Don Ralston

Center for Rural Affairs Donors

We’re pleased to honor our 2020 donors. Your generosity and dedication empower the Center’s work to build a vibrant, welcoming, and just rural America.

$1,000 and greater

Nadine & Michael Bergin
Nicholas, Luna, Willow & Jessi Bergin*
Mary Blackmore
Linda & Joe Butkus*
Brian Depew*
Jerry Depew & Dorothy Lamberti
Claryce Evans*
Barbara Francisco
Bill & Meg Furlong
Connie Gompert
Gretchen Hall & David Saadah
Donna Hansen
Connie & David Hansen
Keith Johnson
Don & Pat Lamb
Sheila Leete
James & Cynthia Mohl
Paul Neukirch
Helen & Robert Nichols
Doug Nopar & Joann Thomas
Kevin & Jessica Raun
Mary Jo & Lester Schmerr
The Shawnee Fund
Cynthia Thomsen
Janice & Richard Tiggelaar*
Ruth Tonachel
Barbara Weitz
Katie Weitz, Ph. D. & Tim Wilson
Mark & Margaret Yackel-Juleen

$250 to $999

Leverne & Nancy Barrett
Robert & Joann Barry
Patrick Bauer
Ann Beckenhauer & George Wimmer
Richard Benning
Bill Bishop & Julie Ardery
Mike & Lori Bride*
Trenton Buhr*
Janet Carlson
Cloyd & Linda Clark
Diane Curran & Ferd Hoefner
Tricia & Brook Darnell*
Scott & Carol Davis
Dennis & Ruth Demmel
Barbara Dilly*
Otto & Barbara Doering
Alvin Eshe*
Janaki Fisher-Merritt
Tim & Lisa Fossa
Merlin Friesen
Mark Gustafson & Dianne Travers Gustafson
Mark Halverson
Gary Heineman
Harmon Hoff & Eve Ann Shwartz
Bradley Hinton
Heather & Jason Holcomb
Glenda Humiston
Elizabeth Ivers
Deborah Jacobs
Anne Jenkins
Ron Johnson
Patricia Kaminski & Richard Katz
Charles & Margaret Karpf
Susan & Troy Kash-Brown
Cleo Kottwitz
Walter & Sharon Koziol
Pat Kubly
Rhea Landholm*
Ross Larson
Kim Lecher
Joe Lesiak & Charisse Hutton
Kent Lewandowski
Matt Liebman & Laura Merrick
Lisa Lillibridge
Rebecca Lyman
Marj Manglitz
Donald & Gail Marti
Amanda & Patrick McKinney
Phil Menke*
Robert & Suzanne Meyerson
Ariel Miller
Janece & Wayne Mollhoff*
Cheryl Mugno & William Trompeter
Janie & Dan Mullanix
John & Pat Muntz
Daniel & Shirley Neary
Rita Ormsby*
Robert Palmer
David & Susan Pease
Thomas & Debra Posey
Bill Pratt
Kim & Trevor Preston
Lisa Pruitt
Karen Rathje
Gerry Rathouz & Dee Ebel
Beverly Rehm
Dawn Ryan*
Dan & Marge Schlitt
Carol & Joe Schmieding
Lucia Schulz*
Richard & Diana Sloan
Toni Smeal*
Dave & Lindy Staub
Paul & Mary Jo Swanson
Paul & Diane Thompson
Stephen Tiwald & Karen Hutt
Ron & Lois Todd-Meyer
Katherine Townsend
Jeff Tracy
Ann Van Hoff
Ingolf Vogeler
Michael & Barbara Wahler
Dave & Deb Welsch
Lynn & Beverly Wightman
Tom & Denesse Willey
Tony Wolk & Lindy Delf
Mary Woolsey
Richard Wynne
Stan Yogi & David Carroll
Will York
G. Wade Leak & John Yost
2 Anonymous donors

$1 to $249

Jim Ackerman
Kathleen Alan
Margaret Alexander
Mads & Chloe Andenas
Alan Anderson
Clyde & Mary Anna Anderson
Clinton & Cecilia Antholz
John & Susan Arens
Beverly & David Armstrong
Nancy Athey
Sandra Atkinson
Catherine & Keith Baker
Pam Baker
Darline Balm-Demmel
Mark & Melanie Bannister
Norman Barker
John Barrier
Herb Bartel
Robert Bataille
Penny Bausch*
Mike Baxter
Mel & Mary Ann Beckman
Bejot Feed Lots
Janet & Ronald Belitz
Robert Benzel & Joseph Sullivan
David Bequeaith
Don & Helen Berheim
Sandy & Bob Bettger
Thomas & DeEtta Bilek
Sandra Black
Laurine Blankenau
Ross & Lorena Blount
Donna Bolz
Patrick Bosold
Carol Bouska
Tom & Sandra Brandt
Monica Braun
Dennis Bricker
Jamie Bright
Byron Brogan
Al Brown
Cheryl Brown
Tony & Patty Brown
Lin Brummels
Mary Ann Bruns
William Bryan
Marvin Bryant
John & Patricia Buck
Wayne Bueltel
Jean Burkhardt
David Burr
Ronald Busch
Jonah Carlson
Steve & Lynn Carnes*
James Carr
Justin Carter*
Melissa Cast Brede
Elizabeth Clark
Mary Lou Clark
Virginia Clarke*
Richard Colburn
Linda Collier
Glynnis Collins
Paul Conway
Carol Cook
Kenneth Cookson
Brett Copeland
Sam Cordes & Trish Brown
Todd & Joyce Cornwell
Ron Cox
George Cummins
David & Linda Cunningham
Linda Daniel
Joan Davidson
Carol Deardorff
Marvin & Deb Deblauw
Gordon & Jewell Deichmann
David DeMayo
Justin & Kelsey Depew
Thomas Deshazo
Bill Deutsch & Martha Davis
William Deutsch
Anne DeVries
Dwight Dial
John Dietz
Jack Dill
Matthew Dillon
Jean Doerr
Wes & Louise Doerr
Robert Doriss & Jean Bonnet
Donna & Gus Dornbusch
Don Doumakes
Linda Duckworth
Marvin Duhn
Gail Dunlap
John Dyck
Margaret Dyson-Cobb*
Joan Easton
Janet Ebaugh*
Craig Eberle
Carroll Ebner
Peggy & Ronald Egertsen
Chris & Carol Eisenbeis
Larry & Anette Eisenbeis
Richard Eller
James & Cheryl Erb
Mark Erlander
Claudia Escobedo
Steven Espeland
Beth Everett
Arvin & Mary Faig
Jack & Linda Fanning
Jerry & Janice Farrell
Hildy Feen
Bob Ferguson
David Ferneau
Merlin & Marcia Fick
Bob & DeAnne Finken
Marjorie Finley
Aaron Fischbach
Ellen & Al Fisher
Steve Fisher
Jim Fitzgibbon
Len & Sandy Fleischer
Melissa Florell*
Marcia Forbes
Wyatt & Jeannie Fraas*
Marnie & Erik Frederickson
Susan Frembgen
Lisa & Jim French
Meredith Fuller*
Sam & Amy Fuqua
Stephanie Furrer
Gene Gage
Kathy Gaines
Kara Gallup
David Garrahy
John Geddie
Meleah Geertsma
George Gehant
Mark Giese
Bev & John Gilbert
Susan Gillies
Max Glenn
Dan & Mary Goedken
Ryan Goertzen-Regier
Pilar Gomez
LaDell & Mary Goodroad
Betsy & Michael Gore
Rebecca Gould
Peter Gradoni
Mark Graff
Kathleen Grant
Sarah Grant
Tom Grau
John & Margery Graves
Dan & Norma Green
Kevin Greenwood
Laurel Gress
Eugene Griffith
Gary & Sharon Grugel
Ken Guenther
Anthony Gurrola
Don Hagedorn
Randy Hague
Natalie Hahn
Patricia Halbur
Jay Hall
Marlene Halverson
Marian Hamling
Andrew Hansen
Diane Hansen
Pauline Hansen
Mary Harding & Dick Erickson
Lynn & Sharleen Harnisch
Ronald Harrell
Del Harsh
Sayeed & Saidun Hasan
Phyllis Hassebrook
DeLynn & Esther Hay
Jan Hayen
Amanda Hayes
Conrad & Alison Heins
Janice Hellerich
Helene Hembreiker
Rollie Henkes
Michael & Barbara Henning
Christian Hertneky
Judy & Larry Hilkemann
Stephen Hilliard
Douglas Hillmer
Robert Hitchcock
Jackie & David Hladik
Johnathan Hladik
Mary Pat Hoag
Laurie Hodges
Roger & Freda Hoffman
Linus & Elaine Holthaus
John Hoover
Michael Horst
Paul & Lori Hosford
David & Carolyn Howell
Jerold & Bonnie Hubbard
Linda Hudson
Lawrence & Mary Lou Hultgren
Dwight & Janet Humphrey
Debbie Hunsberger
Jason Huntington*
Chris & Mark Huston
John & Ellen Ikerd
Gregory & Anne Isaackson
Chuck Isenhart
Frank James
Katie Jantzen
Vern & Delores Jantzen
Royce & Carol Janzen
Claude Jensen
Sam Jilka
Charlie & Bette Johnson
Edith Johnson
Jeanne Johnson
Maxine Johnson
Betty & Raymond Johnston
Marilyn & Gary Jones
LeRoy & Vicky Jons
Susan Jutz
Edward Kail
Barbara & James Kalbach
Jay & Patricia Kanel
Jean & Gerald Karlen
Pam Kaufman
Roy Kaufman
Elias Keim
John Kellogg
Dean Kenkel
Beth Kernes Krause
Jack & Kathryn Kibbie
Charles Kimpston
Kenneth Kirchner
Fred Kirschenmann & Carolyn Raffensperger
Richard & Rosalie Kleinschmidt
Julia Kleinschmit
Martin & Linda Kleinschmit
John Kleinwachter
Don & Marjorie Kline
Frank Kloucek
Barbara Klubal & Jan Svec
William Knight & Carolyn Ristau
Clint Koble
Elizabeth Kolenda
Ted Kooser & Kathleen Rutledge
David Kozlowski
Robert & Eleanor Kraenow
Larry Kramer
Joleen Krieger
David & Mardene Kroeger
Randy & Pam Krzmarzick
Scott & Wendy Kubik
Barb Kudera
Marion & John Kunzman
David Kunzweiler
Larry Kurtz
Robert Kuzelka
Don & Lois Lambrecht
Edward & Bernadette Lange
Evelyn Lange
Charles Langford*
Elizabeth Lasensky
Glenn Leach
Tom Lecture
Dick Leitschuck
Norman Leuenberger
Jo Leyland
Mark & Susan Liebig
Marvin Liewer
Roger Linnan
Anne Lippstreu
Doug Little
Jacquelyn Lloyd
Himelda Rosio Lomeli
Daniel Looker
Martha Lowe
Chris Lu
Betty Lucas
Randy Lukasiewicz
Patricia MacRae
Charles Manlove
Karen Manning
Paula Mares
Philip Margolis
Donald & Laurie Marsden
Annikki Marttila
Martin Massengale
Robin Matthews
Kevin McCarron
Alexandra McClanahan Shively
Mark McConnell
Art & Arliss McDowell
Richard McManus
Robert McNeill
Jean Meier
David Meints
Melvin & Delores Meister
R. Dale Melia
Margaret Mellon
Mark Metcalf & Patricia Vauck
Robin Metzner
Harlan Meyer
Nancy & Alan Meyer
Evalee Mickey
Susann Mikkelson
Jim & Nancy Miller
Lee Mills
Chuck Mitchell
Sandy & Bob Moellenbeck
Alan & Lana Moeller
Robert Mohler
Eamon Molloy
Chris Mondak
Sharon Moore
Eduardo & Mary Morales
Allen & Diane Moravec
Michael & Becky Mordhorst
Andrea Morgan
Dan Morgan
Robert Mortenson
Terry & Kim Mosel
Mark Moseman
Stephen Mott
Henry Wayne Moyer
Arland & Deloris Mozer
Delmar Mueller
Tommy Mullen
Mark Muller
Michael Muller
Glen Murray
Cary Nailling
Dennis & Barbara Nebendahl
Donald & Anita Nelson
Lee & Dorothy Nelson
Mark & Rachel Nelson
Tom & Ruth Neuberger
Margaret Nichols
Gregory Nielsen
Phillip & Debbie Nielsen
Dale & Sunny Nimrod
Ann Nore*
Cindy Norling
Elaine Nuessmeier
Myrtle Nygren
Daryl & Jackie Obermeyer
Renee O’Brien
Roselyn O’Connell
Jerry O’Dell
Thomas O’Donnell
Harold Olson
Lauris Olson
Paul Olson
Chris Omeara Dietrich
Kari O’Neill
Gerald W. Osborn
Gerry & Beverly Osborn
Roger & Gail Osten
Dwain & Carol Ostrand
Daniel Padilla
Erica & Michael Parde
Tom Parks
Mary & Jerry Partridge
Patti Patrie
Eileen Paulsen
Emilee Pease
David Peck
Donald Pedersen
Krista Peeks Dittman
Ryan Pekarek
Jim Pelzer
Tom & Gretchen Pesek
Carroll Peterson
Merlin Pfannkuch
Elaine & Ted Phillips
Evey Phillips
Michael Phillips
George Piper
Tyler Poppe
Raymond & Nancy Powell
Lory & Gary Power
Anna Pratt
Tamara Jo Prenosil
David & Gail Prestemon
Dawne & Bill Price
John Proctor
Amy Radding*
Jordan & David Rasmussen*
Wayne & Judy Rasmussen
Peter Raun
Susan Raye
Eleanor Reeds
Joe Reestman
Don & Barbara Reeves
Greg Reineke & Maxine Adelstein
Link Reinhiller
Griselda Rendon
Sandra Renner*
Stephen Reno
Arlene Renshaw
Catherine & Jamie Renshaw*
George Rethmeier
Paul & Susan Rice
Helen Richardson
Tim Rinne & Kay Walter
Mary Rogers
Patrick & Linda Rogers
Robert Rogman
Alan Rolston
Ronald & Maria Rosmann
Robert & Peggy Rover
Everett Rowland
Joanne Rudnick
Bob & Matilda Rupp
Pat & Adell Ryan
Joan & Paul Sadowski
Darreld & Rhonda Saltzman
Duane Sand
Barbara Sanders
Jim & Rita Sanner
Lowell & Marcia Schachtsiek
Bob & Connie Scharlau
Don Schlichting
Don Schmaderer
Ben Schole
Ruth Ann Schultz
Mark & Susan Schulz
Deborah Schumacher
John & Julie Schutz
Diane Seaver*
Roberta & Mike Seda
Lynette Seigley
Sister Claren Sellner
John Shanley
Charles & Joan Shapiro
Jim & Sara Shelton
Edward Sherman
Marvin Shirley
Ben Shomshor
Dwight Sheets
Richard Siemers
Debra Skillstad-Rost
Bruce & Prudence Skinner
John Skinner
Susan Skinner
Don & Ellie Skokan
Cynthia Skrukrud & Thomas Von Geldern
Dotty Smedra
Robert & Margaret Smith
Roxanne Smith
Mary & Richard Smythe*
Luther Snow
Wayne Sorenson
Pamela Sorrell*
Jonathan Specht
Veronica Spindola
Larry & Linda Spomer
Ben Springer
Mary Spurgeon
JB Stamper
Patrick Standley & Matt Russell
Kathie Starkweather
Beth Stecker
Emma & George Steen
Donna Steffen
Bob & Lyda Steiert
Liz & Jake Stewart
Magnus Stover
Palma Strand
Aubrey Streit Krug*
Ralph Surprenant
Mary Swander
Carl & Nina Swanson
Harold & Lora Swanson
Phyllis Swigart
Alan Taylor
Dan & Noah Taylor
Judy Tejral
Jonathan Teller-Elsberg*
Lee Tesdell
Thomas Thelen
Monte Thompson
Robert Thompson & Melissa Will
Bruce Thornblad
William & Michelle Timp
Sharon Tinker
Paul Tippery
Mark & Connie Tjelmeland
Dennis & Monica Tomka
Roger Topil
Janet Topolsky
Tomiko Townley
Alfred & Carol Turek
Virgil & Mary Tworek-Hofstetter
Mark Umberger
Alan Venable
Eve Vogel
Oren & Joyce Vogt
Judy Vohland
Christina Von Roedern*
Ron & Nancy Vos
Dan Voss
Elaine Vrana
Margaret Vrana
M. Judd Wagner
Don Wall
Ellen Walsh-Rosmann & Daniel Rosmann
Dongwen Wang*
Joe Warrick
Robert & Gudrun Warrick
Margaret & Leonard Weber
Jon Welch
Thomas Wellington
Betty Wells
Sarah Wentzel-Fisher
Jack & Carol Werner
Roger Wess
Norm & Susan West
Lorrie Whitaker
Mark Wilke
Larry & Rebecca Williams
Tad & Erin Williams
Vernon Williams
Sara Wilmes
Norma & Jerry Wilson
Henry Winckler
Joyce Wink
Angela Winkler
Carla Wise
George Wolf
Mark Wolfe
Glen Wollman
John Woolsey
Karen Worroll
Toni Wright
Larry & Shirley Young
Garth Youngberg
Jane & Loren Yule*
Edith & Robert Zahniser
Bill & Dorothy Zales
Alan Zaring
James & Eileen Zentner
Steve Zimola
Ben & Helen Zoss
11 Anonymous donors

Institutional Funders

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

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  • Blooming Prairie Foundation
  • Clif Bar Family Foundation
  • Common Future
  • Community Catalyst
  • Energy Foundation
  • Farm Aid
  • First National Bank of Omaha
  • Granary Foundation
  • Holland Foundation
  • Iowa Agriculture Mitigation, Inc
  • Jobs with Justice Education Fund
  • Kauffman Foundation
  • Lincoln Community Foundation, Alice Dittman Integrity Loan Fund
  • Lincoln Community Foundation, Family Farm Fund
  • Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger
  • McKnight Foundation
  • National Healthy Soils Policy Network
  • Native American Agriculture Fund
  • Nebraska Department of Agriculture
  • Nebraska Department of Economic Development
  • Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
  • Nebraskans For Peace
  • Newman’s Own Foundation
  • Opportunity Finance Network
  • Patagonia
  • Peter Kiewit Foundation
  • RE-AMP Network
  • Sherwood Foundation
  • South Dakota Community Foundation
  • Turner Foundation, Inc.
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Services
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
  • 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, Office of Advocacy and Outreach
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Risk Management Agency
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
  • U.S. Department of Treasury, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Justice
  • U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Capital Access
  • U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Women’s Business Ownership
  • Voices for Healthy Kids
  • Walton Family Foundation
  • Weitz Family Foundation
  • Wells Fargo
  • William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation
  • Women, Food and Agriculture Network
  • Woods Charitable Fund, Inc.

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 of Omaha
  • 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, Office of Capital Access
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
  • U.S. Department of Treasury, Community Development Financial Institution Fund
  • William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation
  • Wells Fargo