Center for Rural Affairs (Lyons, NE)


  • Name:Ms. Kathie Starkweather
  • Title:Director Rural Opportunities and Stewardship Program

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Rural Affairs
  • Address:145 Main Street
    Lyons, NE 68038
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:402-687-2103
  • Main fax:402-687-2200

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:145 Main Street
    Lyons, NE 68038
    United States

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  • Mission:
  • Establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities.

  • History:
  • The Center for Rural Affairs actually developed out of a Community Action Agency, a Nebraska non-profit corporation federally funded to eliminate poverty in Northeast Nebraska. As part of a planning process involving citizen participation, the organization launched an agricultural redevelopment program aimed at stimulating alternative crop production and conceiving alternative food system approaches, including a small-scale home canning center in Winnebago, Nebraska.
    The program was de-funded in January of 1973 but there was strong support to continue working on agriculture-related issues both advocacy and on-the-ground development. The organization has since developed into a nationally recognized leader in cutting edge agriculture with the Small Farms Energy project as an example. The Center now has a staff of 29 and works on national policy, does research and analysis on critical issues facing rural America, continues to work on sustainable agriculture, community development, and small business development.

  • Year established:1973
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:18
  • Advisory board size:19
  • Staff size:29

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Dr. Leverne Barrett, Dr. Joe Blankenau, Dr. Lowell Fey, Dr. Mark Gustafson, David Hansen, Jim Knopik, Chuck Karpf, Rhea Landholm, Keith Mahaney, Clark Nichols, Dr. Paul Olson, Cy Pinkelman, Don Reeves, Maryanne Rouse, Juan Sandoval, Carol Schooley, Paul Swanson, Cynthia Thomsen, Karen Tikalsky

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Brian Depew, Assistant Director; Jeff Reynolds, Director, Rural Enterprise Assistance Program; Jon Bailey, Director, Rural Research and Analysis Program; Kathie Starkweather, Director, Rural Opportunities and Stewardship Program; Matt Connealy, Major Gift Development Director; Hayley Hallstrom, Chief Accountant


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:47-0553823

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:470553823
  • Organization Name:CENTER FOR RURAL AFFAIRS
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 136
  • Organization City:LYONS
  • Organization State:NE
  • Organization Zip:68038-0136
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 1974
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):059
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other school related activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$8,414,342
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$5,508,189
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$5,508,189
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 7:12:34 pm

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