The Columbus Area Philanthropy Council is an association of Columbus-area non-profit organizations focused on the development of a ‘culture of giving’ in the community to benefit the citizens and agencies of Platte County and the surrounding area for generations to come. Our goal is to increase giving to all local endowments and to help donors receive the joy and fulfillment of creating their legacy.
How it works
Participating organizations have provided representation in a collaborative effort they have named the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council (CAPC) modeled after similar organizations in Fremont and Norfolk. Each of the seventeen nonprofits manages their own fundraising for both annual gifts and donations to the endowed funds that support their efforts. The CAPC is particularly focused on the cultivation of gifting to endowments since these funds will provide income support to area agencies in perpetuity.
What’s an endowment?
An endowed fund receives charitable donations of money or property with the stipulation that the donation be invested and that the donation principal remains intact. The institution supported by the endowment can spend only the annual earnings of the invested principal and in accordance with the wishes of the donor. This allows for the gift to provide support to the institution\ for an unlimited number of years. The goal of the CAPC is to increase giving to all local endowments and to help donors receive the joy and fulfillment of creating their own legacy.
It is important to remember that much of what we call the “Good Life” in Nebraska is the result of those who came before us – people who had the vision to build the parks, churches and schools and the passion to create the wonderful services and agencies that improve the quality of life in our area. As supporters of charitable causes here in Columbus and Platte County, CAPC is interested in sharing information about an extraordinary opportunity the entire region shares at this moment in time.