About the Foundation

Hastings Public Schools Foundation
1924 West A Street
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 461-7564


Craig Kautz
The Hastings Public Schools Foundation (HPSF) legally became a non-profit organization in 1990.  At the time, HPSF maintained and distributed scholarships.  In 2008, the HPSF was asked to evolve as an organization by the Board of Education.  The Board’s desire for this evolution was caused by the relative decline in financial support from the State and other factors that placed tremendous pressure on the financial resources of the District.  These factors still loom large today. 

Since 2008, HPSF has evolved dramatically in its ability to support student learning and success.  This ability was made possible through the extraordinary generosity of the community.  Past Executive Directors, Foundation Boards, and contributing community members are to be commended for the support they have provided students and staff through HPSF. 

Today, HPSF not only continues to increase student learning opportunities, it  carries out unique projects; recognizes and celebrates student achievement;  encourages and recognizes teacher excellence and innovation; and, of course, maintains and distributes scholarships.  While the focus of the HPSF will remain on expanding opportunity for students, it is time once again to further evolve.     

Given these factors I became the HPSF Executive Director.  I am proud to fill such a position and I look forward to every challenge the Foundation is called to address.  I know you are ready to help HPSF and I look forward to working with all who want to “assure the essential and expand the possible” for our students.  As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in education always pays the highest returns.”   
Craig Kautz
Executive Director

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Be recognized and remembered for your generosity
to our schools and the Hastings Community!

What will be your Legacy?

Please consider a special kind of gift to the Hastings Public Schools Foundation,
which may be advantageous both to you and to the Foundation.
Contact the Foundation for more information. (402) 461-7564

A Charitable Gift Annuity, providing you with supplemental income of fixed annual payments.
A Charitable Lead Trust, reducing gift and estate taxes on assets you pass on to your heirs.
A Charitable Remainder Unitrust, creating a hedge against inflation into the future.
A Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust, providing a secure fixed and often increased income.
A Life Insurance Gift of a paid-up policy, providing a large gift at little or no additional cost to you.
A Bequest in a Will or Living Trust, providing a deferred gift to the Foundation after your lifetime.
A Retirement Plan Gift, allowing you to avoid the twofold taxation on retirement plan assets.
A Real Estate Gift, allowing you to avoid capital gains tax on the sale of a home or other real estate.
An Outright Gift of Appreciated Property, allowing you to make a quick and easy tax-deductible gift to the Foundation.
An Outright Gift of Cash, Stocks, or Bonds to the Foundation, which is tax-deductible.