The Lincoln Track Club (LTC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization with a passion for running and giving back to the community. After the catastrophic flooding in March 2019, the LTC board decided it was imperative that they do something help raise money to help with flood recovery and rebuilding efforts.
The first decision they made was where to donate the funds they raised. Determined to keep the dollars local and invested with an organization they trusted, the LTC board agreed the Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund, which was established by First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska Community Foundation, was the best place to donate their funds to. That’s because 100% of the donations to the fund go to nonprofits that work directly with the communities impacted by the floods.
The next decision to be made was how to raise the money.
Through a race, of course! LTC literally and figuratively went the extra mile
and organized an in-person and virtual “Nebraska Strong Run” within just 72
hours. Their efforts resulted in an enormous success:
- Approximately 1,200 runners participated from 27 states across the country, of which 437 runners participated virtually.
- Each runner paid an entry fee of at least $30, which LTC matched at 100% for a total of at least $60 per runner. Then, First National Bank of Omaha matched 100% of the $60, which equated to at least a $120 donation per runner.
- In total, more than $160,000 was raised by LTC!
The Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund is grateful for all of the hard work that LTC put into raising money to help those affected by the floods. It is because of individuals and organizations like them that the fund will be successful in helping our communities recover and rebuild.