Who we are

Our mission in action

Since 2011, Immanuel’s Foundations have been actively supporting our internal and external communities. This support includes awarding student scholarships to our part-time team members, granting money to local organizations making a difference, and raising funds for campus enhancements. Additionally, assistance is provided to seniors living within Immanuel’s communities who have outlived their resources.

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The Immanuel Foundations

Using our resources to impact lives

Our founding charter, created on October 8, 1887, set the course for Immanuel’s future:

“The object of this corporation shall be the relief of sick and suffering, the care and education of orphans and neglected children, the support of widows and aged persons, without reference to creed, color, or nationality, and the establishment of hospitals, homes, and other institutions for such works of mercy.”


Immanuel Community Foundation

Since 2011, the Immanuel Community Foundation has embraced its role to support Immanuel’s residents, participants, and team members in a variety of ways.

Whether it’s through life-long learning, campus enhancements, student scholarships, or providing financial support in a crisis situation, the ICF embodies Immanuel’s mission of Christ-centered service to seniors, each other, and the community.

It might be the day when someone needs a helping hand, or it might just be another Tuesday, but the ICF team is ready to help through:

  • Life-long learning opportunities
  • Community/center improvements & amenities
  • Mission-driven activities
  • Team member scholarships
  • Resident Assistance Fund
  • Helping Hands Fund 

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Immanuel Vision Foundation

Since 2015, the Immanuel Vision Foundation has provided financial support to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations whose missions align with our own. More specifically, those that:

“Meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of seniors, respond to needs in community health, and support the ministry of the Church.”

This is done through:

  • An annual spring community grant cycle for nonprofits in the community 
  • An annual fall grant cycle for ELCA Lutheran-affiliated organizations
  • Quarterly grants for Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregations

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Our impact

As the largest nonprofit provider of retirement living and senior care in Nebraska and Iowa, we believe that together, we can greatly impact our communities by helping those in need or those who aspire to change their communities for the better. The generosity of our communities allows us to touch lives every day.

$ 1 .1M

Grant dollars awarded since 2015


PTO hours donated to staff 

$ 1 .3M

Resident Assistance dollars granted since 2011

$ 1 K

Helping Hands support to staff

$ 1 K

Scholarships awarded to students

1 4

Students awarded scholarships

Meet our team

Driving our mission is what they do. From managing grants to organizing events to raising funds, the Foundations team works unwaveringly to allocate resources where needed most so all of Immanuel’s residents, participants, and team members take pride in our organization. 


Emily Tonniges

Executive Director


Allison Blatchford

Special Projects Coordinator


Maggie Yaeger

Grants Coordinator


Melissa Bergoch

Donor Stewardship Coordinator