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FUNdraising Helps NPI Programs Grow

As a non-profit agency, more than 95% of our funding comes from Medicaid. The rates at which we are reimbursed for the services we provide is pre-determined and they rarely cover the actual cost of services. As the cost of providing those services increases, we are at the mercy of locked reimbursement rates.
But we are not powerless. We advocate for rate increases. We are fiscally responsible. We apply for grants. We fundraise. 

Our fundraisers include our annual golf tournament in Shenandoah, quarterly trivia nights, and an annual campaign via mail.  

At Nishna Productions, Inc., we are looking back and reflecting on 48 years of providing services to persons with disabilities and mental illness in your community. Although much has changed in that time, our agency continues to develop programs and activities that make a difference in people’s lives. We have maintained our focus on enriching the lives of people with disabilities and the many staff who provide services to these amazing people have still been enriched. By extension, your community has also been enriched through having people with unique abilities as your friends and neighbors.

While it would be easy to list the challenges we continue to face, in this season of celebration, we want to share a few of our highlights from this year:

  • two of our individuals getting invited to play in our annual golf tournament 

  • receiving grants for the purchase of two wheelchair vans

  • community connections (birthday clubs, crafts at the senior center, pizza parties with church groups, Ambassador events, rock hunts, etc.)

  • job placement for nearly 20 individuals through our community employment supports

  • a sweetheart dance in February 

These are all things we do best – supporting those we serve as they work towards their goals and providing opportunities for growth and independence. We could not do that without the financial support we receive from donors. 

During this Holiday Season, we ask that you search your heart and consider a donation to help the agency continue to develop the programs and activities that can make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. The positive impact that it makes on individual lives cannot be measured!

Nishna Productions, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Contributions are tax-deductible. Donors may designate a specific area in which to make an impact.


Builders of Lives 


Builders of Lives is an on-going designated fund wherein donations can be made at any time.  Projects and/or activities are selected for funding assistance from the Builders of Lives as the need arises.  All projects and/or activities will benefit individuals with disabilities being served by Nishna Productions, Inc.  The Fund’s name is derived from the Nishna Productions Motto:  Builders of Lives.  The agency aims to provide services that build the capacity to live, work, and learn for people with disabilities in the community they choose to live in.   


Funding provided by governmental entities to cover the costs of providing services no longer keeps up with the costs of providing support and assistance to individuals with disabilities.  Thus, donations to the agency allows the agency to cover costs of things not covered by agency funders, as well as projects to enhance the quality of lives of individuals with disabilities. 


By making a decision to take an active role in the success of Builders of Lives, your donation will not only enrich the lives of people with disabilities today, but in years to come. 


Examples of Ways to Donate to Nishna Productions: 


1)A direct donation to the agency into the Builders of Lives Fund. 


2)A donation to the agency’s endowment fund, which gives the donor the opportunity for special tax considerations. 


3)Designate the agency as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy. 


4)Make a gift of land.  Deed property to ownership of Nishna Productions, Inc. 


5)Donate through estate planning.   


6)Sell a load of grain and have the proceeds donated to Nishna Productions, Inc. 


7)Provide a needed service to the agency.  Examples might be completing a plumbing repair, doing a small repair job or carpentry work of any type, or pro bono legal or financial consultation.  Offer it as a donation and receive a letter from Nishna Productions, Inc. indicating its value as a contribution and potential eligibility for a tax-deduction. 


Please always check with your tax advisor regarding any consideration of a donation to discuss its eligibility to be tax-deductible. 


Please contact Nishna Productions, Inc. regarding your Tax-Deductible donations: 


Nishna Productions, Inc. 

902 Day Street, PO Box 70 

Shenandoah, IA 51601 

(712) 246-1242

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