The Custer County Foundation has proudly reinvested over $4 million back into Custer County in the form of grants, scholarships, and program support. This would not be possible without the leadership provided by the 15-member Board of Directors, past and present. These dedicated volunteers come from all across Custer County. They have one thing in common: they are committed to our county’s vitality and progress. The board members are responsible for the administration of the Foundation’s pool of funds and the careful investment of monetary donations for the present and future needs of the residents of Custer County.
The Board of Directors is also responsible for raising money at the annual Gala held the second Saturday of December; the donations received at the Gala fund the grants program. Each board member is asked to serve on two committees, the committees are as follows; Executive, Finance/Investment, Scholarships/Grants, Marketing/Development, Building/Safety, Nominating, and Gala. The committees meet quarterly and present recommendations for the good of the Foundation to the entire board for approval or denial.
The Board of Directors takes into account many aspects when selecting new board members. They consider gender, age, occupation, and many other factors to try and find the best fit for the position they are filling. It is important to have a diverse board that represents the entire county. Each board member can serve three, three year terms for a total of nine years if they so choose.
Some great things you are a part of when serving on the board:
* Giving away $84,500 in scholarships every spring to deserving local youth.
* Awarding $75,000 in grants annually to charitable organizations that directly impact the residents of Custer County.
* Plan an event where generous patrons have a great evening while providing funds for those scholarships and grants.
Below is a list of current board members, the community they represent and the number of years they have served on the board. If you have questions about the Foundation or are interested in serving on the board feel free to contact any board member listed or contact the Foundation office at 308-872-2232.
Craig Safranek, President Merna 8 years
Chris Smith, Vice President Broken Bow 5 years
Jami Anderson, Treasurer Broken Bow 7 years
Karen Evans, Secretary Berwyn 8 years
Mary Beshaler Arnold 9 years
Brett Eggleston Oconto 7 years
Deb Girardin Broken Bow 4 years
Alicia Hermsmeyer Westerville 3 years
Julianna Jenkins Callaway 7 years
Julie Johnson Broken Bow 2 years
Todd Lundstrom Broken Bow 2 years
Guy Mills, Jr. Ansley 6 years
Jami Myers Broken Bow 2 years
Neal Neth Broken Bow 1 year
Micky Schneider Sargent 3 years