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The Foundation has a gift-planning program to assist you in making your gift. For information about the tax benefits of charitable giving, contact your financial advisor or Chelsea Thompson, Box Butte Health Foundation Director, at 308.761.3079. Your Inquiry will remain confidential.

Box Butte Health Foundation Programs

Endowment

Box Butte Health Foundation has established an endowment fund through the Nebraska Community Foundation to ensure quality healthcare for generations to come. An endowment is like a community savings account. Each year a portion of the endowment earnings provides a reliable source of annual income for Box Butte General Hospital, over and above patient-generated revenues. The endowment’s principal is never used, so your gift remains in place forever!

Jane’s Closet

Jane’s Closet is an outreach program that provides financial assistance and comfort bags to cancer patients and their families. Funds are available for expenses such as gas, transportation, and meals. You can contact the Health Foundation office at 308-761-3079 or Mary Goodell at 308-761-3423 and either would be happy to assist you. 

As of December 2023, the lifetime amount of funds received is $190,412.
Funds given to individuals in the community amount to $131,673, and a total of 335 individuals have been helped. 

Educational Scholarship Program

Each year, the Box Butte Health Foundation awards five $2,000 scholarships to college students within our service area pursuing a degree in a healthcare field (clinical, financial, business). Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic status and be enrolled full-time. The mission of this program is to “grow our own” workforce by investing in our youth’s education and encouraging future employment at Box Butte General Hospital. Of previous scholarship recipients, 25% work at BBGH. Applications open on February 1st every year. 

Pay It Forward (Employee Payroll Deduction Program)

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
The Pay it Forward program generates donations from employees to fund projects, equipment, or Jane's Closet to promote a healthier environment for our employees and patrons. Employees are encouraged to give a minimum of $1.00 per pay period ($26 per year, 10 cents per day) to the program. In 2023, 203 employees participated and contributed a total of $21,213. 

Gifts of Agricultural Commodities

The Agricultural Commodities program encourages area farmers and ranchers to save significant tax savings by contributing commodities such as corn or cattle to the Box Butte Health Foundation instead of making a cash contribution after selling commodities. When an agricultural producer transfers legal ownership of a commodity to the Box Butte Health Foundation, the producer does not realize taxable income from the sale but is still able to deduct the entire cost of the production of the commodity.

BBHF Golf Classic

Every year since 2018 BBHF, its committee, and volunteers have hosted a Golf Classic to raise money for the Box Butte Health Foundation. Since it's conception, the Golf Classic has raised a total of $141,828. In 2023 the event raised $32,903. Funds from this event have purchased:
   - Recumbent stepper for The Wellness Center
   - ID hour machine for the Laboratory
   - Bladder scanner for the Emergency Department
   - Hearing booth for GNMSS
   - 3 patient room recliners for the Patient Care Unit

Community Outreach Grants

Apply to receive funds from BBHF: download the application
The outreach grants aim to provide funding for local community initiatives that align with the mission and vision. In the past two years, $13,865 has been provided to area (Box Butte County) schools and organizations. For example; Hemingford Volunteer Fire Department, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran School, Alliance High School, Alliance Public Schools, and Activate Alliance. 

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