Two community leaders were recently elected to the Nebraska Community Foundation board of directors.

Kurt Kruse is a native of Albion. He owns and operates Kruse Farms, a grain and cattle-feeding enterprise in Boone County. Kruse is currently serving on the board of directors of the Boone/Nance County Cattlemen, and has served at the state level on the Nebraska Cattlemen board. Kruse is chair of Nebraska Community Foundation's Boone County Community Foundation Fund, whose mission is to work together and inspire investment in Boone County's quality of life.

Kruse is also a member of the Albion Education Foundation advisory board, the Good Samaritan Society advisory group and has served on the Farm Credit advisory board. Kruse is a graduate of Hastings College with a degree in business. He and his wife, Jerene, a retired art teacher, live on an acreage just outside of Albion. Kruse is excited to join Nebraska Community Foundation and help communities work together to grow and prosper.

Also joining the board is Jane Moreland of Imperial. After graduating from UNL with a degree in business administration, she and her husband, Mike, returned to Chase County where they raised crops, cattle, and thoroughbred race horses. Moreland was the owner and broker of Moreland Realty for over 35 years. Moreland is a member of the Imperial Community Foundation Fund advisory committee, and has been active with the Imperial Chamber of Commerce board and the Imperial School Board.

She is a member of Rotary Club and past-president of the Nebraska Thoroughbred Breeders Association. Moreland is pleased that both her sons and a daughter-in-law own three businesses on Broadway Street in Imperial. She looks forward to being a part of the Nebraska Community Foundation board, and is excited about the growth and impact of Nebraska Community Foundation and its local affiliated funds.

Nebraska Community Foundation empowers community leaders, builds nonprofit capacity, and links charitable giving to the creation of greater economic opportunity and prosperity. 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 250 communities.

In the last five years, 39,142 contributions have been made to Nebraska Community Foundation and its affiliated funds. Since 1993, Nebraska Community Foundation has reinvested $292 million in Nebraska's people and places. For information, NebraskaHometown.org.

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