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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.

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Meet Kevin

Kevin Raun contributes annually to the Center. Last year, he tried something new and gifted grain. Click here to meet Kevin.

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Meet Bob

Bob Kuzelka supports our mission with a recurring donation. Click here to meet Bob.

Thank you 2021 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, 2021. 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 2021 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, Century, Willow & Jessi Bergin*
Bill Bishop & Julie Ardery
Linda & Joe Butkus*
Al Davis
Dennis & Ruth Demmel
Brian Depew*
Jerry Depew & Dorothy Lamberti
Claryce Evans
Barbara Francisco
William & Meg Furlong
Connie Gompert
Donna Hansen
Connie & David Hansen
Bradley & Christie Hinton
Claude & Linda Jensen
Keith Johnson
Don & Pat Lamb
Sheila Leete
Willie Lockeretz
James & Cynthia Mohl
Daniel & Shirley Neary
Paul Neukirch
Helen & Robert Nichols
Doug Nopar
Kevin & Jessica Raun
Dawn Ryan*
Dan & Marge Schlitt
Mary Jo & Lester Schmerr
Katie Weitz, Ph. D. & Tim Wilson
George Wolf
Mark & Margaret Yackel-Juleen
1 Anonymous donor

$250 to $999

Clyde & Mary Anna Anderson
John & Susan Arens
Leverne & Nancy Barrett
Robert & Joann Barry
Patrick Bauer
Richard Benning
Mary Blackmore
Mike & Lori Bride*
Byron Brogan
John & Patricia Buck
Steve & Lynn Carnes*
Tricia & Brook Darnell*
Scott & Carol Davis
Barbara Dilly*
Otto & Barbara Doering
Alvin Eshe*
Merlin & Marcia Fick
Janaki Fisher-Merritt
Melissa Florell*
Tim & Lisa Fossa
Charles & Barbara Francis
Merlin & Rita Friesen
Elizabeth Garst
Susan Gillies
Kathleen Grant
LeRoy Hansen
Gary Heineman
Christian Hertneky
Douglas Hillmer
Laurie Hodges
Harmon Hoff & Eve Ann Shwartz
Deborah Jacobs
Anne Jenkins
Ron Johnson
Martin & Linda Kleinschmit
Larry Kramer
Barb Kudera
Robert Kuzelka*
Rhea Landholm*
G. Wade Leak & Jay Yost
Joe Lesiak & Charisse Hutton
Kent Lewandowski
Matt Liebman & Laura Merrick
Keith & Peggy Mahaney*
Mary McCall
Amanda & Patrick McKinney*
Barbara Meister
Phil Menke*
Robert & Suzanne Meyerson
Janece & Wayne Mollhoff*
Michael & Becky Mordhorst
Dan Morgan
Arland & Deloris Mozer
Janie & Dan Mullanix
John & Pat Muntz
Rita Ormsby*
Darrel Parish
Gerald Paulson
Thomas & Debra Posey
Kimberly & Trevor Preston*
Karen Rathje
Gerry Rathouz & Dee Ebel
Beverly Rehm
Catherine & Jamie Renshaw*
Paul & Susan Rice
Tim Rinne & Kay Walter
Susie & Ted Rudberg
Carol & Joe Schmieding
Lucia Schulz*
Charles & Joan Shapiro
Ben & Marj Shomshor
Joyce Stahn Mardock
Dave & Lindy Staub
Emma & George Steen
Andrew Strassman
Paul & Mary Jo Swanson
Paul & Diane Thompson
Janice & Richard Tiggelaar*
Jim Tikalsky
Stephen Tiwald & Karen Hutt
Ron & Lois Todd-Meyer
Katherine Townsend
Carol Turek
Judy Vohland
Michael & Barbara Wahler
Dongwen Wang*
Dave & Deb Welsch
Lynn & Beverly Wightman
Tom & Denesse Willey
Angela Winkler
Mark Wolfe
Tony Wolk & Lindy Delf
Mary Woolsey
Stan Yogi & David Carroll
Jane & Loren Yule*
1 Anonymous donor

$1 to $249

Jim Ackerman
Valerian Ahles & Christine Iverson
Margaret Alexander*
Jonathan Andelson & Karin Stein
Mads & Chloe Andenas
Clinton & Cecilia Antholz
Beverly & David Armstrong
Patricia Arnold
Nancy Athey
Sandra Atkinson
Catherine & Keith Baker
Pam Baker
Darline Balm-Demmel
Mark & Melanie Bannister
Kristy Barnes
Jim & Carol Barr
John Barrier
Alberto Barroso
Gregg & Kathy Bartak
Penny Bausch
Ann Beckenhauer & George Wimmer
Mel & Mary Ann Beckman
Allan & Joan Benjamin
Jeannette Bergt
Deb Bigelow
Linda Bindner
Gene & Laura Bittner
Jim Bjorklund
Laurine Blankenau
Donna Bolz
Dale Bonge
Cindy Bonnet
Patrick Bosold
Carol Bouska
Jamie Bright
Kate Brooke
Cheryl Brown
Tony & Patty Brown
Lin Brummels
Mary Ann Bruns
Marvin Bryant
Wayne Bueltel
Trenton Buhr*
Dennis Burke
David Burr
John Cacciatore
Janet Carlson
Jonah Carlson
James Carr
Justin Carter*
Rose Ann Cattolico
Graham Christensen
Elizabeth Clark
Teresa Clark
Richard Colburn
Rena Conner
Paul Conway
Kenneth Cookson
Sam Cordes & Trish Brown
Robert Crane
David & Linda Cunningham
Tonya & Duane Daskam
Joan Davidson
Angela Deane
Carol Deardorff
Marvin & Deb Deblauw
Carol & John Dennison
Thomas Deshazo
Bill Deutsch & Martha Davis
Dwight Dial*
Paul Dicke
Donald & Gladys Dickerson
James Dickson
John Dietz
Jack Dill
Michael Dimock
Terry Dittmer
Jean Doerr
Joanna Dokson
Thomas Donahue
Jim & Brenda Dooley
Robert Doriss & Jean Bonnet
Donna & Gus Dornbusch
Don Doumakes
Jennifer Dreibelbis
Linda Duckworth
Marvin Duhn
Gail Dunlap
Vickie Dunn
Margaret Dyson-Cobb*
Liz Easton
Janet Ebaugh*
Carroll Ebner
Jonathan Eckman*
Robert & Elizabeth Edgerton
Chris & Carol Eisenbeis
Rachel Elkins
Jeanne Ellis
Jim Emerick
Milton Emry
Carl & Debbie Engstrom
Mark Epp & Cathy Wismer-Epp
Mark Erlander
Kent Ervin
Steven Espeland
Mike Ewanciw
Arvin & Mary Faig
Jack & Linda Fanning
Jerry & Janice Farrell
Hildy Feen
David Ferneau
Carmen Fernholz
Lowell Fey
Aaron Fischbach
Ellen & Al Fisher
Len & Sandy Fleischer
Wyatt & Jeanie Fraas*
Matthew Frana
Marnie & Erik Frederickson
Michaela Freiburger
Susan Frembgen
Lisa & Jim French
Susan French
Meredith Fuller
Jerry & Kathleen Fullerton
Tom & Rebecca Furlong
Stephanie Furrer
Gene Gage
Kathy Gaines
Claire Gebben
John Geddie
George Gehant
Cynthia Gehrie
Mark M Giese
Bev & John Gilbert
Sarah Gilbert
John Ray Gill
Gilbert Gillespie
Carol Glenister
Earl Glenn
David & Cindy Goeller
Ryan Goertzen-Regier
LaDell Goodroad
Betsy & Michael Gore
Rebecca Gould*
Lisa Grabenbauer
Mark Graff
Sarah Grant
Diane Gravert
John & Margery Graves
Dan & Norma Green
Laurel Gress
Richard Grosshauser
Gary & Sharon Grugel
David & Michelle Gundy
Anthony Gurrola*
David Gutknecht
Don Hagedorn
Randy Hague
Natalie Hahn
Patricia Halbur
Jay Hall
Marlene Halverson
Rodney & Beverly Hannan
Pauline Hansen
Adena Hanson
Lynn & Sharleen Harnisch
Ronald Harrell
Chris Harris
Del Harsh
DeLynn & Esther Hay
Jan Hayen
Heidi Heidenreich
Mike & Cecilia Heimes
Randy Helgerson
Janice Hellerich
Helene Hembreiker
Jeff Herrick & Christine Laney
Robert Hitchcock
Jackie & David Hladik
Johnathan Hladik
Mary Pat Hoag
Dan Hodges
Thomas Hodson
Roger & Freda Hoffman
Teresa Hoffman
Heather & Jason Holcomb
Linus & Elaine Holthaus
Paul & Lori Hosford
Jay Howe
Patricia Howe
Dan Hromas
Jerold & Bonnie Hubbard
Lawrence & Mary Lou Hultgren
Glenda Humiston
Dwight & Janet Humphrey
Debbie Hunsberger
Chris & Mark Huston
John & Ellen Ikerd
Gregory & Anne Isaackson
Chuck Isenhart
Fred Iutzi
Elizabeth Ivers
Wes & Joan Jackson
Luke & Lori Jacobsen
Frank James
Patricia James
Dean Jansen
Katie Jantzen
Vern & Delores Jantzen
Sam Jilka
Charlie & Bette Johnson
Duane Johnson
Edith Johnson
Maxine Johnson
LeRoy & Vicky Jons
Bradley & Erin Jordahl Redlin
Francis & Joan Joseph
Katie & Amos Joseph
Belva Junker
Kylie & Brenn Kai
Edward Kail
Barbara & James Kalbach
Leann Karbaumer
Jean & Gerald Karlen
Charles & Margaret Karpf
Pam Kaufman
Roy Kaufman
Charles Kennedy
Jack & Kathryn Kibbie
Ron Kielkopf
Fred Kirschenmann & Carolyn Raffensperger
John Kleinwachter
Barbara Klubal & Jan Svec
Tom & Lou Ann Kneifl
William Knight & Carolyn A Ristau
Clint Koble
Heidi Kolbeck-Urlacher*
Ted Kooser & Kathleen Rutledge
Cleo Kottwitz
David Kozlowski
Robert & Eleanor Kraenow
Fran & Rex Kreutz
David & Mardene Kroeger
Ron Kroese
Randy & Pam Krzmarzick
Scott & Wendy Kubik
Pat Kubly
David Kunzweiler
Larry Kurtz
Don & Lois Lambrecht
Carole Lane
Edward & Bernadette Lange
Evelyn Lange
Thomas Lansworth
Ross & Carole Larson
Glenn Leach
Kim Lecher
Dick Leitschuck
Mary Laura Lesniak
Gary Lesoing
Norman Leuenberger
Ronald Lewis
Jo Leyland
Mark & Susan Liebig
Marvin Liewer
Gwen Lindberg
Larry & Joanna Lindberg
Anne Lippstreu
Doug Little
Daniel Looker
Martha Lowe
Betty Lucas
Charles & Hertha Lutz
Patricia MacRae
Charles Manlove
Kimberly Mann
Bruce Manning
Karen Manning
Paula Mares
Philip Margolis
Donald & Laurie Marsden
Laurel Marsh & Danny Clark
Martin Massengale
Robin Matthews
Meredith McCann*
Mark McConnell
Steve & Lisa McConnell
Sharon & Duane McCormick
Art & Arliss McDowell
Margot McMillen
Thomas McNeely
Angela Medbery
Jean Meier
Margaret Mellon
Neil Mesner
Mark Metcalf & Patricia Vauck
Robin Metzner
Harlan Meyer
Nancy & Alan Meyer*
Kay Michener
Evalee Mickey
Ariel Miller
James Miller
Ron Miller
Lee Mills
Cathy Minter
Kermit Miskell
Mona & Steven Mitzel
Robert Mohler
Audrey Mohr
Mary & Eduardo Morales
Lance Morgan
Peg Morgan
Terry & Kim Mosel
Mark Moseman
Stephen Mott
Francis & Maxine Moul
Delmar & Nancy Mueller
Cheryl Mugno & William Trompeter
Tommy & Georgia Mullen
Michael Muller
Wayne & Jo Ann Myers
Cary Nailling
Jeanette Nakada
Dennis & Barbara Nebendahl
Andrea & W. Don Nelson
Donald & Anita Nelson
Mark & Rachel Nelson
Gregory Nielsen
Phillip & Debbie Nielsen
John & Joan Niewohner
Elaine Nighswonger
Dale & Sunny Nimrod
Neal Nollette
Ann Nore*
Elaine Nuessmeier
Yolanda Nuncio
Rich Nymoen
Daryl & Jackie Obermeyer
Renee O'Brien
Thomas O'Donnell
John & Joan Oeltjen
Harold Olson
Paul Olson
Rev. Phillip Olson
Daniel Padilla
Mary & Jerry Partridge
Patti Patrie
Tom Paulson
Anne Pearson
David & Susan Pease*
Emilee Pease & Tyler Pribbeno
Delayne Persson
Tom & Gretchen Pesek
Carroll Peterson
Mary V. Peterson
Merlin Pfannkuch
Evey Phillips
Michael Phillips
George Piper
Debra Polacek
Frank & Deborah Popper
Bill Pratt
Donald Preister
Tamara Prenosil
David & Gail Prestemon
Lisa Pruitt
Mick & Nancy Puckett
Amy Radding*
Wayne & Judy Rasmussen
Susan Raye
Don Reasoner
Sandra Renner*
Stephen Reno
Arlene Renshaw
Leander & Mary Rerucha
George Rethmeier
Felix & Linda Revello
Veronica Reyes
Cliff & Harrietta Reynolds
Charles Rhodes
Robert Rhodes
Charles Riedesel
Harlyn & Karen Riekena
Vincent Robinson
Mary Rogers
Patrick & Linda Rogers
Alan Rolston
Del & Carolyn Roper
Dale Roth
Randolph Roth
Robert & Peggy Rover
Everett Rowland
Joanne Rudnick
Bob Rupp
Barbara Sanders
Laura Sayre
Bob & Connie Scharlau
Cheryl Schelling
Don Schmaderer
J. Michael & Elizabeth Schmidt
Marvin & Sheila Schmidt
Erin Schoenberg
Ben Schole
Lucianna Schopp
Loren Schroeder
Troy Schroeder
Shirley Schue
Carol Schultz
Ruth Ann Schultz
Mark & Susan Schulz
John & Julie Schutz
Hervey Scudder
Diane Seaver*
Mary Seaver
Roberta & Mike Seda
Lynette Seigley
Sister Claren Sellner
John Shanley
Dwight Sheets
Elton & Jean Sheets
Charlotte Shivvers & Robert Baker
Debra Skillstad-Rost
Bruce & Prudence Skinner
Susan Skinner
Cynthia Skrukrud & Thomas Von Geldern
Richard & Diana Sloan
Toni Smeal*
Roxanne Smith
Mary & Richard Smythe*
Jane Sooby
Wayne Sorenson
Kathie Sparks
Larry & Linda Spomer
Dave & Minnie Gail Sprague
Ben Springer
JB Stamper
Pamela Standing
Kathie Starkweather
Joe Stehlik
Bob & Lyda Steiert
Liz & Jake Stewart
Ann Stocker
Magnus Stover
Orrin Strand
Carolann Streett*
Aubrey Streit Krug*
Tom Stroschein
Ralph Surprenant
Mary Swander
Carl & Nina Swanson
Frank Tamborello
Lee Tesdell
Thomas Thelen
Gary Thompson
Monte Thompson
Robert Thompson & Melissa Will
Teresa Tietz
Sharon Tinker
Mark & Connie Tjelmeland
Tom Tomas
Pat Tomlin
Ruth Tonachel
Roger Topil
Janet Topolsky
Joe & Anita Twitchell
Virgil & Mary Tworek-Hofstetter
Ann Van Hoff
Carolyn Van Meter
Anne Vidaver
Eve Vogel
Ingolf Vogeler
Oren & Joyce Vogt
Merlin & Evelyn Volkmer
Peter Von Christierson
Christina von Roedern*
Ron & Nancy Vos
Dan Voss
Margaret Vrana
M. Judd Wagner
Tom Wagner
Don Wall
Mary Wall
Ellen Walsh-Rosmann & Daniel Rosmann
Diane Wanek
Robert & Gudrun Warrick
Margaret & Leonard Weber
Jon Welch
Thomas Wellington
Jack & Carol Werner
Roger Wess
Norm & Susan West
Lorrie Whitaker
Lyle & Carolyn Wichman
Mark Wilke
Larry & Rebecca Williams
Norma & Jerry Wilson
Henry Winckler
Carla Wise
Audrey Woita
John Woolsey
Katy Wortel
Nancy Wright
Richard Wynne
Will York
Edith & Robert Zahniser
Bill & Dorothy Zales
Alan Zaring
James & Eileen Zentner
Ben & Helen Zoss
20 Anonymous donors

Institutional Funders

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

  •  
  • Carolyn Foundation
  • Clif Bar Family Foundation
    Energy Foundation
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Farm Aid
  • First National Bank of Omaha
  • Iowa Agricultural Mitigation, Inc.
  • Granary Foundation
  • Holland Foundation
  • Lincoln Community Foundation, Alice Dittman Integrity Loan Fund
  • Lincoln Community Foundation, Family Farm Fund
  • MAZON | A Jewish Response To Hunger
  • McKnight Foundation
  • National Center for Appropriate Technology
  • Native American Agriculture Fund
  • Nebraska City Community Foundation
  • Nebraska Department of Agriculture
  • Nebraska Department of Economic Development
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Newman’s Own Foundation
  • Opportunity Finance Network
  • Patagonia, Inc.
  • Peter Kiewit Foundation
  • RE-AMP Network
  • Sherwood Foundation
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  • 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 Partnerships & Public Engagement
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Treasury, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Small Business Administration, Microloan Program
  • U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Women’s Business Ownership
  • Wallace Center at Winrock International
  • Walton Family Foundation
  • Weitz Family Foundation
  • Wells Fargo
  • William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation

Capital Partners & Investors

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

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