This spring, Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF) ( celebrated the retirement of Jim Gustafson, who served as the Director of Advancement and Gift Planning for many years before his most recent role as Gift Planning Advisor.

Gustafson joined NCF on a full-time basis in 2005. Prior to that, he worked with NCF as a consultant beginning in 1998. Gustafson’s work continues to have an incredible impact on the future of many Nebraska hometowns. Ogallala, McCook, Ord, Norfolk, Albion, Kimball, Ainsworth, Stuart, Bertrand, Byron, Imperial, Deshler, Seward, Pender, Burwell, Shickley, Nebraska City, Spencer, Diller, Lewiston, Columbus, Laurel, Ralston, Wallace and Hebron are just some of the dozens of communities where he has helped donors fulfill their dreams of building and sustaining stronger, more prosperous Nebraska hometowns. He has connected countless generous Nebraskans with the causes that matter to them most – from children’s dental health to community facilities, youth engagement, capitalizing community unrestricted endowments and much more.

“On behalf of all ambitious Nebraskans who belong to the NCF network, we thank Jim for his tireless efforts, patience, kindness, curiosity and passion for helping Nebraska be a place where our hometowns are achieving their dreams,” said Jeff Yost, NCF president and CEO. “Thousands of miles and thousands of conversations later, Jim leaves an indelible legacy with both our organization and his fellow Nebraskans for generations to come.”

Nebraska Community Foundation unleashes abundant local assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska. Headquartered in Lincoln, the Foundation serves communities, donors and organizations by providing financial management, strategic development, education and training to a statewide network of 1,500 volunteers serving more than 270 communities. Since 1994, Nebraska Community Foundation has reinvested $517 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For more information, visit