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Order your Go Big Give T-Shirt today and earn your Cairo Nonprofit $10.

Remember to schedule your Go Big Give donation online today at http://gobiggive.org or make your donation on Go Big Give day July 7th.

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Go Big Give General Fund

Making a “Go Big Give” gift on July 7th to the Cairo Community Foundation General Fund supports community grants like the one Centura received to add a much needed refrigerator and dishwasher to their science lab.

General funds are extremely important to the Foundation because they fund immediate needs that can’t be funded from restricted funds.  General funds provide the Foundation board the opportunity to say yes to grant applications that are submitted by community members in February and August.  

Say yes to community projects with a gift to the Cairo Community Foundation General Fund on July 7th.

Give online starting June 22nd or make your gift in person at the Vault on July 7th.

Click Here to Go Big Give for the Cairo Community Foundation General Fund

Cairo Community Foundation

Join the Cairo Community Foundation on July 7th starting at 7 PM for Go Big Give Cruise Night. No registration required. Just show up. Wave at your neighbors and your friends. Show off that flashy car or your daily driver. Happening downtown Cairo, Nebraska.

The Vault walk up window and the Cairo Bowl and Watering Hole will be open for refreshments. Make a Go Big Give donation of $20 benefiting the Cairo Community Foundation, online or in person at the Vault or Cairo Bowl. Show your receipt at either restaurant and receive a free lemonade from the Vault or a gift from Cairo Bowl.

****Participation in Go Big Give is always welcome but not required for cruise night. We just want everyone to enjoy a night of safe fun.

Cairo has some great projects and services to support. Gifts to the Cairo Community Foundation can be designated to these funds.

Ball Field Improvements (new bathrooms)
Cairo Steering Committee (Pickle Ball, Sand Volleyball, Welcome Signs)
General Fund (provides community grants for emerging projects and keeps the Foundation operating)
Children’s Fund ( Funds projects like progressive safety day, children’s theater and other projects Cairo volunteers dream up for the benefit of our kids)
Veterans Memorial
QRT Equipment

Everyone is encouraged to follow the directed health measures specified for the day of the event.

Go Big Give Cairo Community Foundation

What is a GaGa Ball Pit?  That’s what the Cairo Community Foundation board wondered too until they received a grant application explaining what it was and how it would benefit kids in the Cairo Community.  

The Cairo Community Foundation combines Go Big Give Donations with other funds and grants to help projects like GaGa Ball Pits become reality.

Cairo Community Foundation encourages the Cairo community to share their ideas for great community projects during two grant cycles.  The Foundation accepts grant requests in February and August.

Because people “Go Big Give” Gaga Ball Pit dreams come true.

Please consider giving to the Cairo Community Foundation during Go Big Give on July 7th.

Give online or visit Cairo Community Foundation representatives at the Vault on July 7th.

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The Cairo Steering Committee led by Anna Rathke hosted a wish list meeting.  From that meeting the committee took on the task to check one wish off the list.  A “Welcome to Cairo” sign.  The team worked with artist Neely Tubbs to generate several designs.  The Cairo community voted and selected Cairo’s first welcome sign design.  The sign is located on the utility building on the East side of Cairo on Highway 2.  Neely has started the painting and hopes to finish soon, weather permitting.  The Cairo Steering Committee is working towards lighting the sign and adding some basic landscaping. 

That’s not all this committee has planned.  They are working on quite a few more wish list items too.

The Cairo Community Foundation is the Cairo Steering Committee’s fiscal agent.  You can make a donation to the Cairo Community Foundation during Go Big Give and indicate the Cairo Steering Committee.

Help the Steering committee make a few more items on the wish list a reality with your Go Big Give Gift.

Giving day is July 7th.  Give online or visit with a Cairo Community Foundation representative at the Vault on July 7th to make your gift. 

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The Cairo Community Foundation Board is gearing up for another “Go Big Give.”  Go Big Give day is July 7th.  

Go Big GIVE is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation and Heartland United Way to grow philanthropy in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties. Matching funds and prize money are available to amplify charitable donations. Go Big GIVE is based on other successful giving days hosted by community organizations across the country.

In the past the Cairo Community has stepped up to give genoursly during this event.  Cairo Community Foundation has been in the top 20 nonprofits during Go Big Give for the last 5 years because people love to donate to their Cairo Community.

This year has been a year that no one would want to repeat but during crisis we have seen remarkable acts of innovation and generosity, especially in the Cairo Community.  People continued to support local business, support each other.  Because of donations received during Go Big Give last year, the Cairo Community Foundation was able to supply 100 familes with meals during the pandemic.  The donations not only fed people, but fed our businesses.  

By donating to Go Big Give you are using the Foundation as a tool to support your community. 

Join the Cairo Community Foundation for 24 hours of giving to make a BIG difference in the Cairo Community.

Go Big Give pre-give begins June 22.  Go Big Give day is July 7th.

Click here for more information!


When the pandemic struck everything shut down except for the hearts and minds of our Cairo Community volunteers.  Recognizing that our children’s summers were going to be a little lack luster, volunteers; Lisa Wright, Trisha Plate, and Amanda Schweitzer came up with the Creative Kids Challenge 2020.

The challenge is for children Pre K to 8th Grade.  The challenge begins June 15 and runs through August 9th.  These volunteers enlisted the involvement of Cairo area businesses to build a fun and adventure filled summer full of activties for the area youth.  With the financial support of the Cairo Community Foundation and area businesses the Creative Kids Challenge is free to join.

The Challenge involves weekly activities, crafts, project ideas, take home supplies, contests, art, exercise, and more.  

To get started just visit the Cairo Area Creative Kids Challenge 2020 Facebook Group.  Each week volunteers post projects and locations to pick up supplies.  Children complete projects, snap pictures and share them in the safe and secure facebook group.  The volunteers have enlisted the help of our Cairo Area businesses.  Each of these businesses are availalble to post art work, provide supplies, and generally convey that your children are important to the Cairo Community.

Join the Challenge


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The Cairo Community Foundation is thinking about our Centura District Family during the pandemic. To lift your spirits and support our local restaurants the Foundation is sponsoring a Stay at Home Dinner.

The Foundation is purchasing 100 meals that serve 4 to 6 people.  The meals are purchased from the Vault, Danish Baker, and the Watering Hole.

We invite households located in the Centura District to select 1 meal and pick up that meal up from the restaurant you choose at the specified time.

We ask that you select one meal per household.  If there are still meals available after the first round we will open ordering up to a second round of ordering.

The Foundation hopes to reach 100 households with the Stay at Home Dinner.

The Foundation Board knows you are going through a lot right now.  Even though we can’t get together we can still share a meal.

Once you sit down to enjoy your meal.  Take a picture of your household enjoying your meal.  Share that picture on your social media page and drop a picture in the Cairo Community Foundation Facebook page post.  The Foundation is looking forward to seeing your smiling faces enjoying a meal that brings everyone together. Please hastag your post #CairoCommunityFoundation #StayAtHomeDinner.  

Special thanks to the Medina Street Vault, Danish Baker, and the Watering Hole for making this meal happen!

Also special thank you to all who contribute to the Cairo Community Foundation.  These contributions make this event possible.


Our Stay at Home Dinner is sold out.  Thank you!!


“Board members answered the question:  How will the Cairo Community Foundation continue to build on past success and create opportunities for strengthening the community in the future?”

Planning for the Future

Cairo Community Foundation Board members and director met with Mission Matters consultant, Kayla Schnuelle to answer the question:  How will the Cairo Community Foundation continue to build on past successes and create opportunities for strengthening the community in the future?

Board members spent a full day evaluating the Foundation’s impact over the course of the last five years.  The board really took a close look at what is working, what bold new risks should be explored, and what defines the Cairo Community.


Board Members

At the end of the day the Foundation Board developed a 3 to 5 year plan with a three pronged approach to become a key tool for successful growth of the Cairo Community.

The strategic plan identified actionable steps for the next eight quarters.

The strategic plan will be made available and used as a guide to measure success and assist the community in reaching its goals.


Cairo Community Foundation Board and Executive Director
Board Members back row:  Mike Lowry, Dick Hadenfeldt, Craig Welty, Randy Gleason, Jen Barker.  front row:  Brook Sautter, Judy Landers, Angie Meyer and director, Charity Adams

“Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy. You might know how to succeed, but more importantly, what’s your plan to succeed?” Jim Rohn

“Board member, Craig Welty puts actionable steps on the strategic plan”

Strategic Planning Funded by a Grant from NoNProfit Excellence INSTITUTE Participation 

The Cairo Community Foundation applied and was accepted to participate in Nonprofit Excellence Institute in 2019, operated by the Grand Island Community Foundation.  This twelve month class provide training in board management, leadership, budgeting, marketing and much more.  Upon completing the course the Foundation receive a $5000 capacity building grant.  The Cairo Community Foundation board utilized this grant to complete strategic planning to fortify the organization.