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Longtime Ord resident leaves $2.3 million legacy to Valley County Health System Foundation

Ord, Neb.- The late Phyllis Malottke, a longtime Ord resident, created a legacy that will positively impact lives in Valley County forever. A $2.3 million gift to Valley County Health System Foundation made following her passing in May 2020 will make an immeasurable impact on the organization’s mission to enhance and sustain high-quality healthcare in Central Nebraska.

Malottke was born in Valley County but spent her career in Omaha where she managed welfare caseworkers for Social Services, worked for the phone company and Mutual of Omaha. In the mid-90s she returned to Valley County to care for her parents and chose to remain there for the rest of her life. She enjoyed walking the local trail system in the morning, spending time at the Ord Township Library and visiting with friends and neighbors.

According to Becky Ries, executive director of Valley County Health System Foundation (VCHSF), Malottke was well known for her generosity among Foundation staff. Over the past 20 years, she hadn’t missed an annual donation and was always supportive of the organization’s fundraising events. Ries said other local organizations have been touched by that same generosity – each gift leaving a positive impact on the quality-of-life of fellow residents of Valley County.

Though Ries says Malottke’s generosity came as no surprise, the amount certainly did.

“I just about fell out of my chair,” said Ries. “It brought tears to my eyes. Phyllis has quietly done some amazing things for the Valley County Health System Foundation and our community. I am still amazed by all of it.”

Of the $2.3 million estate gift designated to VCHSF, the Foundation’s board has elected to place $2.2 million into the newly established Phyllis Malottke Endowment Account, an unrestricted endowment managed through Valley County Health System Foundation Fund, an affiliated fund of Nebraska Community Foundation.

The Phyllis Malottke Endowment Account will act like a savings account for the future of Valley County Health System Foundation. While Malottke’s gift is invested, only a portion of the investment earnings are distributed every year, providing a steady stream of revenue that keeps up with inflation to fund the purchase of new equipment, projects and programs today, 50 years from now and forever. This is especially important to an organization like VCHSF as the healthcare system continues to change and evolve and the cost of lifesaving equipment continues to increase.

Ries said the gift’s timing couldn’t have been better. “This year has been difficult for everyone and proven just how impossible it is to predict the future. Because of that, Phyllis’ contribution will make a bigger impact than she may have ever even known. We cannot predict the future or future needs, but support for healthcare will always be an investment in our communities.”

While Malottke’s generosity has undoubtedly made an impact on VCHSF’s finances, Ries said the Foundation’s ability to thrive remains dependent on broad-based community support.

“Phyllis’ story is a testament to the spirit of giving present in the Valley County community and the importance of giving back to the place you call home,” said Ries. “We hope Phyllis’ generosity is an inspiration for all who care about Valley County and want to make it even better for the next generation.”

About Valley County Health System Foundation

The Valley County Health System Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization. The Foundation's mission is to seek, receive and administer donations and gifts for the sole benefit of VCHS.

The Foundation's top priority is enhancing and sustaining quality healthcare in central Nebraska. For more information visit www.vchs-foundation.org.

About Nebraska Community Foundation

Nebraska Community Foundation unleashes abundant assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska.

Headquartered in Lincoln, the Foundation serves communities, donors and organizations by providing financial management, strategic development, education and training to a statewide network of 1,500 volunteers serving 260 communities.

In the last five years, 44,476 contributions have been made to Nebraska Community Foundation and its affiliated funds. Since 1994, Nebraska Community Foundation has reinvested $355 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For information, visit www.NebraskaHometown.org.