College scholarships, the annual ball and its work in agriculture and communities throughout Nebraska and western Iowa have long been bedrocks of the Aksarben Foundation.
But in the past year, the group has been working to address alarms sounded by Nebraska businesses. The state is in desperate need of highly qualified workers, and the philanthropic organization feels uniquely positioned to support solutions to that challenge.
“We have a statewide footprint. We’re not focused on any one industry or political issue,’’ said Sandra Reding, foundation president. “Our focus is the state of Nebraska and its well-being.’’