rural futures institute

Support The rural futures institute

The Rural Futures Institute, one of four interdisciplinary institutes of the University of Nebraska, leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the four NU campuses on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, the institute encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address critical rural issues. It works collaboratively with community leaders of place and practice, students of all ages, educational, business, community, nonprofit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders.

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Rural Futures Institute Excellence Fund

The Rural Futures Institute Excellence Fund is an expendable Fund that benefits and supports the Rural Futures Institute, University of Nebraska.


Darla Heggem

College of Arts and Sciences

Darla joined the foundation in 2015, after raising her daughter in western Nebraska. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Creighton University and a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Peru State College. Believing in the power of education and philanthropy, she enjoys connecting thoughtful friends of the university with opportunities to powerfully influence lives and communities.

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