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About The Foundation

The Ralston Community Foundation Fund is an organization dedicated to serving the Ralston community. We are proud to collaborate with our citizens and The Nebraska Community Foundation to serve the community. Find out how you could make a difference in society by joining us.

An Inspiring Story

The generosity and passion of a piano instructor for her neighbourhood are forever altering the look of downtown Ralston.

The late LaDonna Johnson left the Ralston Community Foundation Fund with a $7.5 million bequest, which will provide the Hinge Project—the community’s long-term economic development plan—some much-needed momentum.

The Hinge Project will try to give the neighborhood—which is only nine miles southwest of Omaha—a unique character. The concept originated from the city’s 10-year comprehensive plan, and it will include tactics to make the downtown more lively and appealing, such as filling vacant businesses, building more housing options and mixed-use developments, entertainment and dining areas, and new amenities for both locals and visitors.

Residents of Ralston were invited to participate in a vision workshop in February, which was organized by community leaders involved with the Hinge Project, members of the Ralston Community Foundation Fund Advisory Committee, and HDR, the engineering firm hired for the project. That conference produced a number of ideas that will guide decisions in the future regarding green areas, parks, streetscapes, and other characteristics.

Project managers are taking their duty to protect LaDonna’s aims and legacy extremely seriously even though she is no more.

Rick Hoppe, the city administrator for Ralston, stated that “LaDonna’s wishes are at the forefront of mind in every communication we have regarding the Hinge Project.”

According to Bill Haas, FAC chair, “LaDonna’s legacy will carry on forever via her generosity and her belief in the future of Ralston.” For our community, this is a game-changer.

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Our Mission

The Ralston Community Foundation Fund has dedicated all its resources to the betterment of the community. Our mission is to revitalize the Ralston Community, with the support of the citizens and The Nebraska Community Foundation.

Our Vision

The Vision of The Ralston Community Foundation Fund is to work toward the growth and prosperity of the Ralston community and also to strive for the long-term success of the society and its citizens.

Meet Our Team

Jim Goodman

Jim Goodman

Senior Team Member

Jim Goodman has been a member of the Ralston Foundation Fund since its inception. Jim is a financial advisor with Edward Jones in downtown Ralston. He has been serving individual investors since 1999. In addition, he is a limited partner with the firm and has served numerous leadership roles including being a field trainer, mentor and level leader.

Jim and his wife Janet, have two children: Jaclyn Kehr and Dylan. And are the proud grandparents of Nora.
Jim is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He passed the CPA exam (inactive) and holds the AAMS professional designation.