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First National Bank of Omaha Establishes ‘Rebuild the Heartland’ Community Fund

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Contact: Kevin Langin, 402-602-3541
Release Date: March 20, 2019

First National Bank of Omaha Establishes ‘Rebuild the Heartland’ Community Fund

- Fund developed in partnership with Nebraska Community Foundation to support flood recovery -

OMAHA, Neb. March 20, 2019 - First National Bank of Omaha, a division of First National of Nebraska, has partnered with Nebraska Community Foundation to create the Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund to raise funds for recovery and rebuilding efforts in communities across the region that have been impacted by the recent flooding, announced Clark D. Lauritzen, chairman and president.  First National Bank has contributed $100,000 to establish the fund and has pledged to match up to $150,000 in additional donations to Rebuild the Heartland, Lauritzen said.  One hundred percent of all contributions to the Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund will be deployed in the flood-affected areas.

The Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund encourages recovery and rebuilding efforts across Nebraska, western Iowa, and southeastern South Dakota. As such, funds raised will be awarded to nonprofit organizations leading recovery and rebuilding efforts in communities impacted by the floods.

Rebuilding and recovery activities could include, but not be limited to, support for nonprofit organizations working to address one of the following:

  • Implementing community development solutions such as housing, neighborhood revitalization, or small business assistance;
  • Addressing and improving health and human services needs;
  • Cleaning up and protecting natural and environmental resources;
  • Strengthening infrastructure critical to a healthy community.

Lauritzen said the Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund will implement its activities in two phases.  Initially, the Fund will focus on generating contributions to support the efforts described above.  Its second phase will involve deploying funding to qualified nonprofit organizations.  The specific process for granting funds will be outlined in the coming weeks, he said.

“At First National Bank of Omaha, we applaud and support the various disaster response organizations working right now to deal with the devastation this flooding has caused,” said Alec Gorynski, vice president, Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy.  “Our efforts here are intended to be additive to the response. By establishing and seeding this fund, we hope to provide even more resources to the long-term rebuilding needs that these communities are now facing.”

To contribute to the Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund, visit https://www.nebcommfound.org/give/rebuild-the-heartland-community-fund/ today or you may send a check payable to Nebraska Community Foundation, P.O. Box 83107, Lincoln, NE  68501.  Memos on donation checks should read “Rebuild the Heartland.”

 About Nebraska Community Foundation

Nebraska Community Foundation unleashes abundant local assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska.  In the last five years, 41,776 contributions have been made to NCF and its affiliated funds. Since 1994, NCF has reinvested $323 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For information, visit NebraskaHometown.org.

About First National Bank of Omaha

First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $23 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.