In 1998 Red and Ruth founded the H.H. “Red” and Ruth Nelson Family Foundation designed to help fund organizations that serve others and share a desire to give back to the community. A few recent efforts are listed below.
Excellence in Teaching Award
Ruth always held a great passion for educational opportunities and in 2007, the foundation established the Excellence in Teaching Award to recognize individuals who go above and beyond to demonstrate leadership and vision in the Council Bluffs Community and Lewis Central School Districts. Each year, five teachers are selected to receive public recognition as well as a $5,000 gift.
Pottawattamie County Community Foundation
The Heartland Flood of 2011 has devastated the Midwest, destroying a large number of homes and farmland. SilverStone Group Associated rallied together to offer their assistance to those affected by the flooding. Over $4,000 was collected. In addition, the Nelson Family Foundation matched the amount raised by the Associates.