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Causes: Corporate Foundations, Philanthropy

Mission: Haigler community foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation, organized in the state of nebraska for any lawful purpose allowed under the general corporation code. Haigler community foundation shall operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Programs: The year 2017 was once again filled with many program service accomplishments. Twelve program events were hosted by the foundation, and partnerships developed throughout the tri-state communities we serve. New events this year included haigler village garage sales sponsorship, eclipse blackout sales, and a tractor show, parade, and rodeo. Held in april, the 1st tractor show was very successful and will become one of the annual events. Other programs and events included a winter holiday festival, labor day sales, cowboy and cowgirl roundup, bunny bag sales, memorial and alumni weekend events, independence day celebrations, dundy roo spring festival, tumbleweed fall festival, and the annual haigler gun and craft show. Again one of the most popular and successful community event was the 3rd annual spring dundy roo festival at the cornerstone center for community service. Billed as a festival extraordinaire and the best darn art, craft, wine and brew festival . Over 50 artists, art guilds, crafters, and vendors displayed their work. Over 400 people attended the festival. Our tradition of bringing 'the arts' to this part of rural southwest nebraska held true again in partnering with the nebraska arts council for another touring grant to bring an accomplished purveyor of acoustic-based family entertainment, singer, songwriter, performer--paul siebert to perform on stage.

the 2nd program service accomplishment focuses once again on the annual fall tumbleweed festival. 2017 was the 10th year for this event held on the haigler museum grounds, main street and highway 34. The 1st year of this festival was a fundraiser to move a one-room country schoolhouse from the country to town, with the long range goal of preserving, and renovating to become haigler's first museum. This goal was accomplished in 5 years. People in our communities kept donating historical artifacts so additional buildings and land were donated to add more museums. The tumbleweed festival focuses on all of the museums--now owned by the haigler community foundation. The newest addition is the haigler conoco station along highway 34. It is being renovated as dollars allow and goal is for it to become an additional museum and tourist stop. We are working with other entities in our community, tourism groups, and the state to make this happen. The tumbleweed festival has been featured in newspapers and magazines. Over 500 people attend this event, all museums are open, food and drink, musical entertainment, parade, pumpkin decorating, tumbleweed contests, chili-cook-off, games, treasure hunts, and a full day of activities are held.

the 3rd program service accomplishment was the 4th annual haigler gun and craft show held the weekend before thanksgiving. This event has become one of the most successful and well attended. Over 600 people from at least 6 states viewed the event for 2017. Our rural community is working with tourism groups at the county and state levels to focus on the hunting and fishing opportunities here. The closest gun show held throughout the year is at least 75 miles from haigler; many in the community requested that we try to host a show. With at least 20 gun vendors in the gymnasium and 40 craft vendors in suites and hallways, many displays are available. Food is provided throughout the weekend for those attending. One of the disadvantages of this november event has been the cold weather, and the gymnasium at the cornerstone center was not heated as the old boiler system was discontinued. Through a matching grant with usda, we were able to install heating and air conditioning in the gymnasium--enabling the center to now become a major event center year round in a comfortable environment. This year's gun & craft show was most successful, and the event continues to grow each year.

Community Stories

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Haigler Community Foundation was founded in 2014 to raise funds to purchase a closed school facility and convert to a Center for Community Services. In the last 5 years, the Foundation has grown to include ownership and development of three Haigler Museums as well as the Center for Community Services which has become a major event center for not only southwest Nebraska but the tri-state area of Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas. The Foundation also owns and operates a community thrift store at the Center. Haigler's population is less than 150 but draws support from throughout the area. The Foundation is operated by all volunteers in the community, and has raised over $250,000 for community projects and events. Small communities can make a difference!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Haigler Community Foundation is now in its 5th year of operation. Initiated to purchase and save the closed elementary school and historic 1936 gymnasium in this small southwestern village of 150 people, the Foundation is a success story of what volunteers can do to keep a small farming and ranching community alive and well. The closed elementary school & gymnasium is now the Cornerstone Center for Community Service--a major event center for the tri-state area of Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas. Thanks to the financial and volunteer support of many, the Foundation also owns and operates 3 Haigler museums; i.e. The Country Schoolhouse Museum, the Haigler Cornerstone Museum, and the Conoco Station Museum. In addition to these facilities, a house was donated to the Foundation with future hopes of becoming a Center for the Arts here in southwest Nebraska. Renovation of this house and the Conoco Station continue as donations allow. No salaries are paid to any individuals. Directors, board members, and advisory council all serve on a volunteer basis. Any and all financial donations are most appreciated and continue to work for keeping this small community in southwest Nebraska alive and well.


Rating: 5

What a great idea to restore the Conoco Station! I can't wait to "go home" and see it!