There are many ways to remember your loved one with the OTCF: as a charitable gift via the Book of Memories or in a Scholarship bearing your loved one's name (some restrictions apply). Book of Memories is an historic collection of memorials to local residents, which is displayed at various locations throughout the community. The Book of Memories is also referred to as “Prepaid Memorials.”
What is the Book
The Oregon Trail Community Foundation’s Book of Memories is a wonderful way to remember someone who has been important in your life, or the life of a friend or business associate. With a minimum donation of $20.00, entries will be recorded in this historic book as a memorial to the deceased.
The book is currently
on display at:
Bridgman Funeral Home,
Once you fill out and send the ‘Book of Memories Form’ along with your tax-deductible gift, the Foundation will send the family of the deceased a letter informing them of your memorial donation (the amount will not be mentioned) and that their loved one’s name will be entered into the Book of Memories. It will also tell them where the Book is displayed.
Please print and return the donation form (see right sidebar) if you would like to add someone to the Book of Memories. A minimum donation of $20.00 is recommended.
It is a unique and wonderful way to remember someone who has been important in your life. Your donation is shared with the community through the many financial vehicles OTCF provides, thereby creating a lasting legacy for future generations.
It offers an alternative to spending money on flowers (an average of $30- $50) that do not last.
It saves time for you, or your secretary, in buying and sending a card, since OTCF provides that service for you.
An occasional lump sum check can save time and bookkeeping compared with writing twenty, $20 checks equaling the same $400.00.
It simplifies your tax records with an IRS letter and itemized list.
It makes customers and friends feel appreciated and important
Your firm, or you personally, send OTCF a lump sum check (i.e. $200 to $400.00). You or your company’s account is credited with this amount, and you or your company will receive the required IRS tax letter acknowledging your donation.
On the occasion that someone you know passes on, simply fill out a “Book of Memories” card provided by OTCF and mail it to our office, preferably with a copy of the obituary. You may select the amount you wish to donate
(a minimum of $20.00 is recommended). The card has an area in which you can designate who is to receive an acknowledgement of the donation. A card is then sent to the family, advising them you or your company has made a donation in honor of their loved one and he/she will be inscribed in the Book of Memory. The amount is not disclosed.
How to Add a Name to the Book of Memories
Fill out the "Online" form (link below) and submit, which prompts the form to email OTCF of your request. You will be billed any amount due, unless you have a prepaid B.O.M. account.
Or you may add a name to the Book of Memories via a hardcopy: download and print the form below, then fill it out and return it along with a minimum donation of $20 to:
Oregon Trail Community Foundation
115 W Railway Street
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Setting up a scholarship in your loved one's name is a loving and lasting way to remember them.
When someone who holds a special place in your heart, who makes a big impact in your life or changes the community for good, it’s fitting to honor their contributions. This is especially true for those who seek to memorialize individuals through a scholarship program. Education is the gift that lasts a lifetime, and a memorial scholarship program provides a meaningful way for a family, foundation or company to honor that special person while carrying his or her legacy forward to future generations of students.
Memorial scholarship programs are created at all times: a loved one may pass away unexpectedly, and a family wishes to establish a program immediately; or a company may wait a year or two before implementing a program. Whether establishing a program sooner or later, we recognize the sensitive and important nature of making a memorial scholarship program as meaningful as the namesake attached to it.
For more information on setting up this lasting legacy, call us at 308.635.3393.