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 2019 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, 2019. 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 it in your estate plan.

  • Elsberg Family Foundation
  • Marjorie Finley
  • Cornelia and Jan Flora
  • Don Ralston
  • Maryanne & Tim Rouse
  • Charles & Joan Shapiro
  • Roslyn Willett

Center for Rural Affairs Donors

We’re pleased to honor the 2019 donors. Your generosity and dedication empower the Center’s work to build a vibrant, welcoming, and just rural America.

$1,000 and greater

John & Susan Arens​
Linda & Joe Butkus*
Larry Crooks
Dennis & Ruth Demmel​
Brian Depew*
Barbara Francisco
Connie Gompert​
Gretchen Hall & David Saadah​
Keith Johnson
Don & Pat Lamb
Amanda & Patrick McKinney
Meshewa Farm Foundation
James & Cynthia Mohl​
Paul Neukirch​
Helen & Robert Nichols
Mary Jo & Lester Schmerr​
Carol & Joe Schmieding​
Paul & Diane Thompson
Stephen Tiwald & Karen Hutt​
Ron & Lois Todd-Meyer
Katie Weitz, Ph. D. & Tim Wilson
Mark & Margaret Yackel-Juleen

$250 to $999

Leverne & Nancy Barrett
Robert & Joann Barry
Ann Beckenhauer & George Wimmer​
Nick & Jessi Bergin*
Mary Blackmore​
Mike & Lori Bride*
Steve & Lynn Carnes*
Cloyd & Linda Clark
Virginia Clarke*
Tricia & Brook Darnell*
Tonya & Duane Daskam​
Scott & Carol Davis
Jeremy Emmi & Karen Meagher​
Alvin Eshe*
First Northeast Bank of Nebraska
Aaron Fischbach​
Melissa Florell*
Tim & Lisa Fossa
Marnie & Erik Frederickson​
Melanie & Jason Friedman
Merlin & Rita Friesen​
Kevin Fulton
Bill & Meg Furlong
Elizabeth Garst​
Mark Gustafson & Dianne Travers Gustafson
Donna Hansen
Connie & David Hansen
LeRoy Hansen
Gary Heineman​
Douglas Hillmer​
Bradley Hinton
Harmon Hoff & Eve Ann Shwartz​
Deborah Jacobs
Ron Johnson
Charles & Margaret Karpf​
Cleo Kottwitz
Joleen Krieger​
Alison Krohn​
Barb Kudera​
Rhea Landholm*
Sheila Leete​
Kent Lewandowski​
Mark & Susan Liebig
Matt Liebman & Laura Merrick
Gail Lockard​
Don Macke​
Donald & Gail Marti
Phil Menke*
Janece & Wayne Mollhoff*
Montana Farmers Union
Michael & Becky Mordhorst​
Cheryl Mugno & William Trompeter​
John & Pat Muntz​
Doug Nopar & Joann Thomas
Ann Nore*
Rita Ormsby*
Gerald Paulson
Thomas & Debra Posey
Kimberly & Trevor Preston*
Jordan & David Rasmussen*
Karen Rathje​
Kevin & Jessica Raun
Dawn Ryan*
Dan & Marge Schlitt
Murray Schmechel​
Lucia Schulz*
Edward Sherman
Lanette Stec​
Emma & George Steen
Donna Steffen
Paul & Mary Jo Swanson
Sylvester Meister Foundation
T & M, Inc.
Janice & Richard Tiggelaar*
Karen & Jim Tikalsky​
Katherine Townsend
Joyce Wells
Lynn & Beverly Wightman​
Tom & Denesse Willey
Tony Wolk & Lindy Delf​
Stan Yogi & David Carroll

$1 to $249

Valerian Ahles & Christine Iverson
Margaret Alexander
Jonathan Andelson​
Mads & Chloe Andenas
Clinton & Cecilia Antholz
Abel Arana​
Beverly & David Armstrong
Sandra Atkinson
Jean Bailey
Catherine & Keith Baker
Darline Balm-Demmel​
Mark & Melanie Bannister
Norman Barker
Jim & Carol Barr
John Barrier
Robert Bataille​
Patrick Bauer
Penny Bausch*
Mel & Mary Ann Beckman
Neal Beets
Richard Benning​
James Berge​
Jeannette Bergt​
Don & Helen Berheim
Thomas & DeEtta Bilek
George & Anne Bird
Deborah Bishop
Gene & Laura Bittner
Rhoda Bjelland​
Joe Blankenau & Monica Snowden​
Ross & Lorena Blount
Donna Bolz​
Louise Boyd
Pat Bridges
Wade Britzius​
Cheryl Brown
Stacey Brown
Tony & Patty Brown
Lin Brummels​
Mary Ann Bruns​
Bill Bryan
William Bryan
Marvin Bryant
John & Patricia Buck
Amanda Buczynski​
Wayne Bueltel​
Trenton Buhr*
Jean Burkhardt​
David Burr
Susannah Burrows
Drew Campbell
Jonah Carlson
Jerry & Karen Carolan​
James Carr
Justin Carter*
Norma Cell de Marquez
Robert & Susan Chaffin​
Ruth Cheruka​
Elizabeth Clark
Paul Conway
Kenneth Cookson​
Sam Cordes​
Hal & Mary Cummins
Liz Daehnke​
Mary Damm​
Linda Daniel
Al & Clara Daum​
Joan Davidson
Marvin & Deb Deblauw​
Gordon & Jewell Deichmann​
David DeMayo​
Jerry Depew & Dorothy Lamberti​
Justin & Kelsey Depew​
Bill Deutsch
Anne Devries​
Donald & Gladys Dickerson
Helen Dickey
James Dickson
John Dietz​
Barbara Dilly*
Krista Dittman​
Terry Dittmer​
Otto & Barbara Doering​
Wes & Louise Doerr​
Jim & Brenda Dooley
Doris Fund
Robert Doriss & Jean Bonnet
Jan & Don Doumakes​
Linda Duckworth
Gail Dunlap
John Dyck​
Margaret Dyson-Cobb*
Kent Eaton
Janet Ebaugh*
Carroll Ebner​
John Ebner​
Chris & Carol Eisenbeis​
Mike & Donna Eisenstat​
Jim Eller
Mark Epp & Cathy Wismer-Epp​
Merlin & Evelyn Ericksen
Claryce Evans*
Karen Evans
Keith Evans
J. Roger & Darly Evanson​
Jerry & Janice Farrell
Hildy Feen​
Lowell Fey
Merlin & Marcia Fick​
Bob & DeAnne Finken​
First Community Bank
Ellen & Al Fisher
Janaki Fisher-Merritt
John & Jane Fisher-Merritt
Jim Fitzgibbon​
Len Fleischer
Rhonda Flurry
Wyatt & Jeannie Fraas*
Charles & Barbara Francis
Edward Frederick
Susan Frembgen​
Lisa & James French
Friends of Rural America
Gregory Fripp​
Duane & Judy Fritzen​
Meredith Fuller*
Jerry & Kathleen Fullerton
Joan Fumetti​
Ed Reznicek & Mary Fund
Patricia Funk
Sam & Amy Fuqua
Tom & Rebecca Furlong
Kathy Gaines
Sarah Gardner
David Garrahy​
John Geddie​
George Gehant​
Ellen Gibson
Mark Giese
Bev & John Gilbert
Carol Glenister​
Earl Glenn
Dan & Mary Goedken​
Ryan Goertzen-Regier​
Rex & Kathleen Gogerty​
William & Shirley Goldfish
Gloria Goll​
Betsy & Michael Gore
Rebecca Gould*
Peter Gradoni​
Mark Graff
Kathleen Grant
Sarah Grant
John & Margery Graves
Dan & Norma Green
Kevin Greenwood
Laurel Gress
LaVon & Craig Griffieon​
Eugene Griffith
Richard Grosshauser​
Ken Guenther
Roy & Caryl Guisinger​
David & Michelle Gundy​
Anthony Gurrola*
Katie & Brandon Gutzmann​
Don Hagedorn​
Patricia Halbur​
Jay Hall
Marlene Halverson​
Lin Hangren​
Rodney & Beverly Hannan​
Pauline Hansen
Phil Hardenburger​
Larry Haren​
Del Harsh
Phyllis Hassebrook​
Rodney Hassebrook​
Brian Hastings
Inga Haugen
Rev. Dr. Mary Hawkes
DeLynn & Esther Hay
Linda Heil​
Mike & Cecilia Heimes​
Conrad & Alison Heins​
Janice Hellerich​
Helene Hembreiker
Rollie Henkes​
Michael & Barbara Henning
Jeff Herrick & Christine Laney
Christian Hertneky​
Stephen Hilliard
Robert Hitchcock
Jackie & David Hladik​
Mary Pat Hoag​
Christopher Hockett​
Dan Hodges
Thomas Hodson​
Roger & Freda Hoffman
Linus & Elaine Holthaus​
Ralph & Beverly Holzfaster​
Paul & Lori Hosford​
David & Carolyn Howell
Jerold & Bonnie Hubbard
Lawrence & Mary Lou Hultgren​
Glenda Humiston​
Dwight & Janet Humphrey
Debbie Hunsberger​
Jason Huntington*
Chris & Mark Huston
John Ikerd​
Gregory & Anne Isaackson​
Charles Isenhart​
Elizabeth Ivers
Barbara & Frank James
Pat James
Katie Jantzen​
Vern & Delores Jantzen​
Royce & Carol Janzen​
Claude Jensen
Sam Jilka​
Dean Johanneck​
David Johnson
Duane Johnson
Edith Johnson
Maxine Johnson
Robert Johnson
LeRoy & Vicky Jons​
Brad & Erin Jordahl Redlin​
Francis & Joan Joseph
Susan Judkins​
Susan Jutz​
Kylie & Brenn Kai
Edward Kail
Gary Kaiser
Barbara & James Kalbach​
Jean & Gerald Karlen​
Susan & Troy Kash-Brown​
Roy Kaufman
Elias Keim​
Brendan Kennedy
Charles Kennedy
Cora Lee Khambatta​
Jack & Kathryn Kibbie​
Richard & Rosalie Kleinschmidt​
Julia Kleinschmit​
Frank Kloucek​
Barbara Klubal & Jan Svec​
William Knight & Carolyn Ristau​
Sue & Bob Kohles​
Ted Kooser & Kathleen Rutledge
David Kozlowski​
Robert & Eleanor Kraenow​
Larry Kramer
Boots Kretzmeier​
Fran & Rex Kreutz​
Randy & Pam Krzmarzick​
Scott & Wendy Kubik​
Pat Kubly​
Delray Kumm​
Marion Kunzman​
David Kunzweiler​
Carole Lane
Edward & Bernadette Lange
Evelyn Lange
Charles Langford*
Buster Langowski​
David & Elsa Larson
Ross Larson
Elizabeth Lasensky​
Glenn Leach
Kim Lecher
Jack Lee & Sue Forker​
Dick Leitschuck​
Gary Lesoing​
Norman Leuenberger​
Lisa Lillibridge​
Larry & Joanna Lindberg​
Roger Linnan​
Daniel Looker
Martha Lowe
Betty Lucas
Randy Lukasiewicz​
Rebecca Lyman
Patti MacRae
Bob & Rita Mailander
Marj Manglitz​
Charles Manlove​
Kimberly Mann
Paula Mares
Philip Margolis​
Donald & Laurie Marsden
Annikki Marttila​
Heidi Marttila-Losure​
Martin Massengale​
Robin Matthews
Mary McCall
Alexandra McClanahan Shively​
Mark McConnell
Sharon & Duane McCormick
Bill McGowan
Molly McLain​
Richard McManus
Thomas McNeely​
Angela Medbery​
Melvin & Delores Meister​
Margaret Mellon
Joan Mencher​
Neil Mesner​
Mark Metcalf
Harlan Meyer
Ray & Susan Meylor
Evalee Mickey
Mary Ellen Miller
Jim Millsap​
Bill & Dana Milton
Sandy & Bob Moellenbeck​
Alan & Lana Moeller
Kent Mollohan
Eamon Molloy
Dan Morgan
Mark Moseman​
Stephen Mott
Henry Wayne Moyer
Arland & Deloris Mozer​
Delmar Mueller
Janie & Dan Mullanix​
Tommy Mullen
John & Lavelle Muller
Joe Murphy
Wayne & Jo Ann Myers
Cary Nailling
Verlyn Naimon​
Jeanette Nakada​
National Center for Appropriate Technology
Jackie & Tom Nekoliczak​
Donald & Anita Nelson
Laverne & Arlene Nelson
Gregory Nielsen
Dale & Sunny Nimrod
Tracy Noel
Cindy Norling​
Daryl & Jackie Obermeyer​
Renee O'Brien
John & Joan Oeltjen​
Harold Olson
Rev. Phillip & Virginia Olson
Roger & Gail Osten​
Mary Ostergard​
Gary Otto
Daniel Padilla
Erica & Michael Parde​
Darrel Parish
Tom Parks
Mary & Jerry Partridge
Patti Patrie​
Robert Noel Patten
Eileen Paulsen
Janis Peak
David & Susan Pease
Emilee Pease
David Peck
Donald Pedersen
Alan Perish
Bob & Joyce Pestal​
Joy Peterson
Mary Peterson
Merlin Pfannkuch​
Elaine & Ted Phillips
Evey Phillips
George Piper
Michael Poe
Marilee Polacek​
Anna Pratt*
Bill Pratt
Don Preister​
Tamara Jo Prenosil​
David & Gail Prestemon​
Tyler Pribbeno
Dawne & Bill Price
Ron & Marilyn Prochaska​
John Proctor
Lisa Pruitt
Paul Quam​
Amy Radding*
Wayne & Judy Rasmussen
Peter Raun​
Susan Raye​
Don & Barbara Reeves
Bev Rehm​
Griselda Rendon​
Sandra Renner*
Catherine & Jamie Renshaw​
Felix & Linda Revello​
Karen Reynolds
Paul & Susan Rice
Judith Rice-Jones
Helen Richardson
Mary & John Ridder​
Tim Rinne & Kay Walter
Katie & William Rock*
Mary Rogers
Patrick & Linda Rogers
Robert Rogman​
Jerry Rohwer​
Alan Rolston​
Del & Carolyn Roper
Kyle Rosfeld
Deb Rost​
Dale Roth
Randolph Roth
Wendee Rowe
Susie Rudberg​
Joanne Rudnick​
Bob & Matilda Rupp​
Barbara Rusmore​
Joan & Paul Sadowski​
Laura Sayre​
Lowell & Marcia Schachtsiek​
Bob & Connie Scharlau​
Cheryl Schelling
Keith Schildt​
Dennis Schill​
Don Schlichting​
Don Schmaderer​
J. Michael & Elizabeth Schmidt
Marvin & Sheila Schmidt
Ben Schole​
Carol Schooley​
Loren Schroeder
Clayton Schubert
Ruth Ann Schultz
Mark & Susan Schulz
John & Julie Schutz​
Diane Seaver*
LaRoy & Mary Seaver​
Gregory Seay​
Op. Marie Louise Seckar​
Jana Seeliger​
Lynette Seigley​
Sister Claren Sellner​
Dwight Sheets
Jim & Sara Shelton
Charlotte Shivvers & Robert Baker
Ben Shomshor​
Lorna Shuford & Delma Rodriguez
Richard Siemers​
Raymond Sigwalt​
Shari Sirkin​
Bruce & Prudence Skinner
John Skinner
Don & Ellie Skokan​
Cynthia Skrukrud & Thomas Von Geldern​
Richard & Diana Sloan
Toni Smeal*
Connie & Bill Smith
Julie J. Smith
Mary & Richard Smythe*
Donald & Shirley Sock
Wayne Sorenson
Jonathan Specht​
Veronica Spindola​
Larry & Linda Spomer​
JB Stamper
Kathie Starkweather*
Bob & Lyda Steiert​
Magnus Stover
Orrin Strand
Palma Strand
Aubrey Streit Krug*
Leonard & Kathy Strope​
Ralph Surprenant
Kelsea Sutton
Steve Svarvari​
Carl & Nina Swanson
Harold & Lora Swanson
Nic Swiercek
Maria Sykes
Leo & Judy Tammi
Nora Taylor
Jonathan Teller-Elsberg*
Thomas Thelen
Robert Thompson & Melissa Will
William & Michelle Timp​
Sharon Tinker
Paul Tippery​
Mark & Connie Tjelmeland​
Tom Tomas
Pat Tomlin
Steve Toney
Janet Topolsky
Jeff Tracy
Joe & Anita Twitchell​
Elaine Uhlir​
Union Pacific GivePlus Program
Ann Van Hoff
Colin Van Westen​
Anne Vidaver
Ingolf Vogeler
Oren & Joyce Vogt
Merlin & Evelyn Volkmer​
Peter Von Christierson​
Christina von Roedern*
Ron & Nancy Vos
Margaret Vrana​
M. Judd Wagner
Rod Wagner
Michael & Barbara Wahler
Stanley Walk
Don Wall
John & Mary Wall
Ellen Walsh-Rosmann & Daniel Rosmann​
Diane Wanek
Dongwen Wang*
Julius Webb
Margaret & Leonard Weber
Jon Welch
Thomas Wellington
Betty Wells
Bonnie & John Wennekamp
Norm & Susan West
Deborah White
Mark Wilke​
Larry & Rebecca Williams
Vernon Williams
Norma & Jerry Wilson
Henry Winckler​
Angela Winkler
George Wolf
Jesse & Loxi Wolf
Ann Woolard​
John Woolsey*
Mary Woolsey​
James & Janell Woracek
Toni Wright
Richard Wynne
G. Wade Leak & Jay Yost
Larry & Shirley Young
Garth Youngberg​
Jane & Loren Yule
Edith & Robert Zahniser
James & Eileen Zentner
Richard Zimola
Ben & Helen Zoss
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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
  • Voices for Healthy Kids
  • Blooming Prairie Foundation
  • Carolyn Foundation
  • Clif Bar Family Foundation
  • Community Catalyst
  • Energy Foundation
  • Farm Aid 
  • First National Bank
  • Granary Foundation
  • Holland Foundation
  • Lincoln Community Foundation, Alice Dittman Integrity Loan Fund
  • Lincoln Community Foundation, Family Farm Fund
  • McKnight Foundation
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • National Healthy Soils Policy Network
  • Nebraska Civic Engagement Table
  • Nebraska Department of Economic Development
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Nebraska Tourism Commission
  • Nebraskans For Peace
  • Newman's Own Foundation
  • Panta Rhea Foundation
  • Patagonia
  • Peter Kiewit Foundation
  • RE-AMP Network
  • Science Debate, Inc.
  • Sherwood Foundation
  • South Dakota Community Foundation
  • Turner Foundation, Inc.
  • 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
  • University of Nebraska, Rural Futures Institute
  • 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
  • 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