PLATINUM2024

SNOW REDFERN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Investing in the GOOD life for kids!

aka Snow-Redfern Foundation   |   Alliance, NE   |  www.snowredfern.org

Mission

To empower youth, inspire change makers, and energize partnerships for impact.

Notes from the nonprofit

Please visit our website for the 2024-206 strategic plan, as well as results from the Youth Opportunity Survey and Environmental Scan.

Ruling year info

1966

Executive Director

Sara S Wilcox

Main address

Po Box 639

Alliance, NE 69301 USA

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Formerly known as

Nebraska Boys Ranch

EIN

47-0491917

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Snow-Redfern Foundation aims to create opportunities for Nebraska kids by utilizing data to determine how we can best support system partners that aim to address the greatest needs for kids within our core impact areas of education, well-being, and basic needs. Snow-Redfern is committed to elevating youth voice and community engagement through participatory philanthropy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grass Roots Project Grants

Snow-Redfern awards micro grants to public charities that provide services and supports to kids in Nebraska. Non-profits are awarded funds to support existing programs and activities related to education, basic needs, and well-being of youth.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people
Students
Children and youth

The Root2Rise Program is a virtual learning series that inspires young women to step into their full potential. Six (two-hour) interactive workshops are held in the fall of each year, featuring meaningful experiences that engage participants with women leaders in Ag & Stem fields.

This virtual opportunity is open to any female-identifying teen between the ages of 17-19, no matter where they live in Nebraska. All participants who complete the learning series will be eligible for a scholarship as an investment in their future career.

Population(s) Served

Though Community and Youth Philanthropy have similarities in practice, we believe that a hybrid model that fully blends supportive and knowledgeable community members with engaged youth to co-create and make decisions together that elevate youth voice within the context of their community. Like in a Community Philanthropy model, communities mobilize capital of various kinds (financial, civic, social, human, political, and intellectual) toward the goal of improving residents lives over the long term. Integrating those concepts with the Youth Philanthropy practices amplifies capacity to explicitly include the participation of youth with the purpose of shifting power from traditional foundation decision-makers to participants (youth and their adult community partners) during any part of the philanthropy process, as well as in the organization more generally, including strategy, planning, design, grantmaking, implementation, communications, fundraising, and/or evaluation.

Population(s) Served
Young men
Young women

Focused on the development of strong, vibrant rural economies where businesses thrive, people want to live and work, and students are provided pathways to attain the education, skills, and postsecondary credentials necessary for high-demand, family-supporting careers that keep them in their rural communities.
This system is made up of multiple career pathway programs that span educational institutions, workforce, and support service partners. It aligns public partners and engages them in a continuous conversation that is led by industry to ensure that job seekers and students move seamlessly through and among support programs, educational institutions, training opportunities, and work-based experiences to build skills and credentials that meet industry demand and prepare them for jobs and careers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Students

In partnership with caring donors interested in memorializing a family member or who are interested in supporting the growth and development of young people entering a post-secondary education or trade, Snow-Redfern awards scholarships to students and educational entities that support students.

Population(s) Served
Young women
Young women
Young men

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Non-Profit Association of the Midlands- Guidelines and Principles Best Practices 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Children and youth, Students

Related Program

Grass Roots Project Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Youth are served through services, supports, and activities overseen by non-profit organizations awarded grants by Snow-Redfern Foundation.

Number of independent organizations served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth who demonstrate leadership skills (e.g., organizing others, taking initiative, team-building)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young women, Young men, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Grass Roots Project Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SRF contributes to the youth-serving system of care by advocating for participatory practices, engaging communities, supporting partners and providing resources. The majority of SRF funding is distributed through grants to community organizations, and historically directed toward three areas: Basic Needs, Well-Being and Education. SRF also funds scholarships, administers a young womens leadership program and collaborates with partners to advance career readiness.

SRF has facilitated special projects to better understand the needs of young people and how we might elevate their voices into the system of care that serves them. Through Participatory Philanthropy, we can promote youth and community involvement by activating their role and empowering them for action. This 2024-2026 Strategic Plan reflects our commitment to implementing participatory design in all we do. The three-year roadmap will advance business processes that promote inclusivity in the planning, grantmaking, implementation and evaluation of youth focused initiatives. To begin, weve reorganized our funding framework for an improved pathway to Invest in the Good Life for Kids.

1) Elevate youth power by funding initiatives that directly serve youth and amplify their capacity to do more good.
2) Advance community impact by funding community-based organizations that implement programs and services for youth.
3) Enhancing systems of care by funding initiatives that advance the youth serving system of care with youth and community participation.

As a private foundation, we are fortunate to have funds that allow us to perpetuate our mission, staff with experience and skills to implement and maintain the organization, and a committed board of directors that steward the funds and nurture the vision. We use Participatory Grantmaking to involve community in all parts of the giving
process as to build and strengthen social movements for good.

Through grant funding and service delivery, Snow-Redfern Foundation has impacted 133,000 children and 558 nonprofit organizations across Nebraska through grant awards totaling $2,270,914 (as of 2022).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SNOW REDFERN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 01/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Mara Andersen

Fox Creek Fundraising

Term: 2020 - 2026

Teresa Sanders

Business owner

Denise Harris

Parker Hannifin

Dustin Chester

Nebraska Bank

Andrew Hunzeker

EducationQuest

Mara Andersen

ARC

Teresa Sanders

Business Owner

Leslie Shaver

UNL

Tom Elliot

Business Owner

Sean Ridgeway

FNBO

Rob Eirich

UNL Extension

Rosey Higgs

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands

Megan Walter

Omaha Public Power

Jordan Diedrich

Twin Cities Development

Stephanie Vadnais

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation

Brett Omar

Business owner

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/16/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/16/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.