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 “It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will someday give shade to people he may never meet.”

– D. Elton Trueblood

Be a part of the Legacy..
Started in 1928 by three vocational agriculture teachers, The Nebraska Youth Leadership Development Center sat on just twenty-seven acres. It was home to only a few FFA camps a year. Forty-four years later, what is now known as The Leadership Center (TLC), sits on 43 1/2 acres and the family-friendly facilities have been used by nearly 40,000 people a year stretching from all across Nebraska, The United States, and even some countries around the world. We have been the host of weddings, family reunions, conferences, and meetings. Our guests have been given the chance to expand their leadership abilities, fulfill company ambitions, or retreat and enjoy various recreational activities, all while making life long memories.

Throughout the years, TLC has been transformed and given the chance to grow with the support of our clients, donors and people like you. The majority of our facility has been built and maintained through the generosity of numerous contributions. The Leadership Center has set high goals to continue to make our guests feel at home.

Some of these goals include:

  • Refurbishing Kiewit Lodge with new beds and linens
  • Reroofing the main building
  • Updating tables and chairs
  • Renewing kitchen utilities
  • Landscaping and grounds improvements
  • Overall update of facilities and fixtures

We have a desire to continue to offer our services for many years to come. The Leadership Center is happy to serve people like you. We invite you to be a part of our legacy. Your donation impacts not just one person, but guests for the next 20 years will be able to have great experiences like you. When donating your gift, look into your donation options. There are a wide variety of methods by which you can make a contribution to the future of The Leadership Center. You should consult your tax advisor to determine which method will work best for accomplishing your individual goals.

Donations options include:

  • Gifts of Cash
  • Gifts of Commodities
  • Bequests, Memorials, & Honor Gifts
  • Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds
  • Land or Gifts that Can Be Used or Sold

All gifts are welcome. The Leadership Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your contribution may be tax deductible. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director, Maile Ilac Boeder at 402.694.3934.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Leadership Center and all it has to offer was made possible by the kindness, generosity, and dedication of numerous donors, contributors and volunteers. Our history is built on this support, and it’s important to us that you know!


  • Judy Martindale- Donation
  • Paschke Brothers Construction- Donation of supplies to re-roof Seeman Hall
  • Michelle Kingsley- Donation
  • Anonymous-Donation


Make plans to join us May 3, 2018 on this day of giving. Our goal this year is $50,000.00 to commemorate our 50th Anniversary of serving the great state of Nebraska and beyond. For more information, visit


The 4th Annual Evening Stroll is July 14, 2018 right here at The Leadership Center. Tickets will be available later this year. Last year we raised just shy of $9,500.00 towards replacement of Ted Ward Lodge’s storm totaled roof. 2018, we’ve have big fundraising goals and with the Evening Stroll, we’re hoping to raise $30,000.00. We hope you’ll join us in the fun!


Sponsors already on board for 2018:

Twinkle Light Sponsor: RTC Lighting

Photography: Karyn Rae Photography

The Forth Annual Harvest Gala

The Third Annual Harvest Gala was an incredible success, raising nearly $21,000.00 toward renovations of lodge rooms and facility updates. Those who attended enjoyed delicious food, a variety of wines and beers, auctions and dancing. We have so many to thank for making this evening the success it was.  Our 4th Annual Harvest Gala is scheduled for November 17, 2018. We are so excited to make this our final toast to our 50th year in service. We have a huge fun-raising goal of $50,000.00. Make plans to join us in the fun. Tickets will be on sale in August.

Already on board as 2018 Sponsors:

Photography Sponsor:

Wine Provided by:

Beer Provided by:


Dessert Auction Donors:

Special Contributors:

  • Aurora High School National Honors Society- Waiters

To see our donors and supporters from years past, please click on the links below.

Again, we are so grateful for all the support we have received throughout the years and your continued support in the years to come. Thank you.

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