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Nelnet Foundation Donates $100,000 to Lied Lodge & Conference Center Renewal

date 04/09/15

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Jeff Salem, Director of Communications & Public Relations,   email

Contractors, Suppliers and Vendors Collaborate to Make a Difference

Nebraska City, Neb. (April 9, 2015) – The Nelnet Foundation today announced a $100,000 donation to the Arbor Day Foundation for their Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm nearly nine million dollar Renewal Project.

"Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm is a Nebraska treasure. It is both historically important and a source of inspiration for conservation and education leaders and guests from around the world," said Jeff Noordhoek, Nelnet chief executive officer. "Our long and rewarding partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation has shown that we share a common interest to make a difference through conservation and education, and now we are delighted to contribute to the renewal of Lied Lodge & Conference Center."

"Nelnet has long been a dedicated partner," said Matt Harris, Arbor Day Foundation chief executive. "For example, Nelnet contributions have helped the Arbor Day Foundation plant more than 600,000 trees on our nation's forests in most need. Thanks to the continued generosity of Nelnet, we are now better able to heighten the experience of educators, conservation leaders, and all visitors to Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm as we renew and enhance this vital resource for the coming decades."

The Arbor Day Foundation, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees, has partnered with various corporate partners, donors, contractors, suppliers and vendors to collaborate on a large-scale, joint renovation project at Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska.

With programs that focus on trees, conservation and stewardship, Lied Lodge & Conference Center serves as a resource for conservation-related organizations, businesses, educators, forestry professionals, members, individuals and other organizations from around the globe wishing to benefit from and enjoy the facility's resources. Lied Lodge's 140 guest rooms, Timber Dining Room, and more than 12,000 square feet of conference facilities are being renovated with sustainable products resulting in up-to-date energy efficiencies. The scope of work includes extensive exterior and interior remodeling.

Lied Lodge remains open and in full operation during the renewal.

To learn more about how to become a partner or make a donation to the project, visit

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation, founded in 1972 on the centennial of the first Arbor Day, is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

About Nelnet: Headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, Nelnet (NYSE: NNI) provides innovative educational services in loan servicing, payment processing, education planning, and asset management. These products and services help students and families plan, prepare, and pay for their education while making the administrative and financial processes more efficient for schools and financial organizations. For more information, visit


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