Lincoln Nebraska Community Foundation accepts a grant from Great Western Bank in Lincoln

Making Life Great Grants September 2018

Creating Solutions for Stronger Communities

We’re proud of our commitment to community. We have some great partners who are creating solutions for stronger communities. Great Western Bank’s Making Life Great Grants program is helping to Make Life Great across our nine-state footprint. Here is a sampling of testimonials from our latest recipients:

Lincoln Community Foundation

Lincoln Community Foundation

Barbara Bartle, President

“We are grateful to Great Western Bank for this generous grant on behalf of the Prosper Lincoln community agenda,” said Barbara Bartle, President of Lincoln Community Foundation. “The donation will help fund our inspiring developers who wake up every day to advance the focus areas of Early Childhood, Employment Skills and Innovation & Entrepreneurship in our community.”

Rebuild Marshalltown

Rebuild Marshalltown Iowa

Dylan Does, Executive Director

“The Community Foundation of Marshall County Iowa is dedicated to helping people help their community. During this trying time, we have seen the power of this mission in action as our community has come together to help our neighbors in need. While this outpouring of support is humbling, we know the needs of the community will be substantial and ongoing. Great Western Bank has been a long-time supporter of CFMC, and this generous gift to the Rebuild Marshalltown Fund will be used for the significant rebuilding that lies ahead. Our community will desperately need support to regain the tragic losses we’ve incurred and thanks for the gifts to this fund from Great Western Bank and others, support will be here to make investments where it is most needed.”

Family Visitation of Sioux Falls, SD

Family Visitation Center of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Luke Comeau, Executive Director

“Thank you to Great Western Bank! This $10,000 gift to Family Visitation Center is a transformational gift that will help provide over 250 one hour visits for families. The funds directly cover the cost of providing Supervised Visitation to families so they don’t have to pay the full rate of service.”

Dakotabilities of Sioux Falls, SD

Dakotabilities in Sioux Falls, SD

Nathan Stallinga, Director of Development

“Working together, we are having an impact on providing accessible/affordable housing. Through a continued partnership between Dakotabilities and Great Western Bank, issues are identified, solutions sought and ongoing opportunities for collaborative outcomes achieved. The team at GWB are active participants in the life of their community.”

Clarke Iowa Community Schools

Clarke Community Schools

Jill Kiger, Principal at Clarke

“Great Western Banks donation to Clarke Elementary will be used to grow our process. Our Student Lighthouse team formed in the spring of 2018 will be this to assist in community service projects it designs for the building this year. Some of the money will be used for student creations for Leadership Days and continue to develop The Leader in Me environment for the students. This supports helps us work with students to develop their leadership skills and find their voice. (Habit 8) We are grateful to the support we continue to receive from the community.”

Project Self Sufficiency

Project Self Sufficiency of Loveland, Colorado

Tracy Mead, Executive Director

“We want to thank you for your Making Life Great grant for Project Self-Sufficiency. Your investment in our work has supported more than 130 families on their journey toward self-sufficiency so far this year, and we thank you for your life transforming impact!”


Thrive – Transformation at Work of Lafayette, Colorado

Andy Wineman, Executive Director

“Thrive – Transformation at Work helps people overcome barriers and work their way to self-sufficiency and stability through employment. The Making Life Great grant will accelerate the growth and expansion of Thrive as we offer programming in additional locations, provide hope for change to people struggling with poverty and help more job seekers move to self-sufficiency through employment. Thank you for partnering with Thrive.”

St. Francis House in Sioux Falls, SD

Julie Becker, Executive Director

“The St. Francis House is blessed to be awarded a grant through the Making Life Great Program through Great Western Bank. This award will assist the St. Francis House with our Homelessness to Hope Capital Campaign to build a new home for the guests of our agency. The Homelessness to Hope Campaign will expand our ability to move people from homelessness to self-sufficiency. The main shelter of the St. Francis House was formerly a convent, built in 1956 for 12 Presentation Sisters who taught at Little Flower. Today, due to housing needs, the main shelter now houses 52 single guests. Due to the age of this building as well as the other homes we own, the need for a new facility is a necessity. Once the new facility is built, we will be expanding from 80 single beds to 120 single beds, 60 for men and 60 for females.”

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