As a response to the ever-increasing needs for services from its member health charities, CHAD established an endowed fund with the goal of providing direct support for health programs whose impact would be vital to individuals and the community. In July 2007, following the death of retired longtime CHAD President Curt Gordon, the Foundation was renamed in his honor. The initiatives funded by the CHAD Curt Gordon Memorial Foundation are not otherwise possible through CHAD’s annual statewide workplace giving campaigns or through current charity resources.

In 2016, the Foundation exceeded the $500,000 threshold required by policies to make distributions. In 2017 and 2018, $9,000 worth of grants were distributed each year. In 2019, more than $20,000 was distributed. So far, eight CHAD member charities have received grants. These funds are awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHAD, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign.


Grant History

2019 Grants

  • Autism Action Partnership: $3,000 to fund the Circle of Friends program in 10 schools.

  • Arthritis Foundation Nebraska: $2,500 to send two kids to JA summer camp and a sponsorship for JA Family Day.

  • Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska: $1,500 to fund outreach to one organization to train employees to screen, identify and manage brain injury.

  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Nebraska/Iowa Chapter: $2,500 to fund two scholarships for Camp Oasis

  • JDRF International – Heartland Chapter, Lincoln and Greater Nebraska: $3,250 to fund two family movie days in greater Nebraska.

  • Nebraska Kidney Association: $3,850 to provide approximately 230 detection screenings in conjunction with CHAD workplace giving campaigns in 2019.

  • United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska: $5,500 to fully fund the expansion of the Go Baby Go program to greater Nebraska.

  • #CommunityChoiceGrant recipient: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Nebraska Chapter; $1,000 grant was awarded based on community vote.

2018 Grants

  • Autism Action Partnership received funding for its Bridging the Gap training, which will train police officers and individuals with developmental disabilities to interact with each other. The grant specifically funded the “BE SAFE” DVDs for individuals with autism.

  • Arthritis Foundation Nebraska’s Family Juvenile Arthritis Day was held at Bellevue Berry Farm in September 2018.

  • Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska’s Unmasking Brain Injury project combined art, therapy and advocacy and gives individuals with brain injury the opportunity to share their story through the creation of a mask that tells their personal story.

  • Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nebraska was awarded funding to expand barrier-free activities at camp, including archery and kayaking.

  • United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska added a new location of its Tech Tools Developmental Technology Library at Bryan Health West in Lincoln.

2017 Grants

  • The ALS Association, Mid-America Chapter was awarded $4,000 to expand patient services into central and western Nebraska.

  • The Nebraska Kidney Association was awarded $4,000 to purchase a new machine to expand their KEDS (Kidney Early Detection Screenings) program into central and western Nebraska.

  • Nebraska Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation was awarded $1,000 to provide speakers for their new state fair program.


Grant Requirements

The CHAD Board of Directors is responsible for the Foundation's management, including overseeing of the distribution of funds through a grant-making process. Grants are evaluated for meeting identified needs with achievable and deliverable outcomes based on the following criteria:

  • All monies distributed through the Foundation must be used for funding very specific charity programs and may not be used for annual operating expenses.

  • Funds must be used to expand existing programs or for new initiatives where our member charities' current resources are not sufficient to meet the needs.

  • Grants will be made to charities after the Endowment Fund exceeds $500,000 in assets. Grants will be dispersed from interest and dividends generated from those contributions.


CHAD Curt Gordon Memorial Foundation Donation Opportunities

Circle of Friends

We thank all who have given generously to the CHAD Curt Gordon Memorial Foundation; these individuals are helping us build a legacy of hope and healing for future generations. The Foundation recognizes the following giving categories:

Platinum Circle ($50,000+)
Gold Circle ($10,000 to $49,999)
Silver Circle ($5,000 to $9,999)
Bronze Circle ($1,000 to $4,999)
Friends Circle (Gifts up to $999)

Your tax-deductible gift to the Foundation will make a lasting difference in the lives of all Nebraskans affected by chronic illness. To donate to the Foundation, click here.

Founder's Society

We honor the members of the CHAD Founder's Society who have made provisions for future gifts to the CHAD Curt Gordon Memorial Foundation. You have a chance to make a lasting charitable gift while benefiting your family's future financial well-being. If you would like to make a gift through wills, life insurance, trusts and other planned gifts, please contact Michelle.