1999: A seminar involving nonprofit organizations begins discussing the benefits of creating a community foundation to rekindle and deepen a belief in the future of Norfolk.
2001: The Norfolk Community Foundation Fund is formed with an initial investment of nearly $28,000 and support is given to the Holiday Rhapsody of Lights.
2007-08: An endowment account is established in which the principal is preserved and only interest is used for specified purposes and grants, with the account at just over $8,500 as of 2008.
2010: Name changes to Norfolk Area Community Foundation Fund.
2011: NACFF receives the Nebraska Community Foundation Community Legacy Award after all members of the Fund Advisory Committee make a bequest to the community of Norfolk.
2011: Northeast Nebraska Philanthropy Council account is established.
2012: Norfolk is one of four communities chosen to participate in the first round of the Sherwood Challenge — launching a four-year effort to build an unrestricted endowment of $500,000 with a $250,000 match.
2012: First Youth Philanthropy Contest is hosted by Northeast Nebraska Philanthropy Council.
2013: Six community visioning sessions involving more than 120 participants are hosted to determine granting areas. First grants totaling $32,500 are awarded to S.M.I.L.E., GED in Espanol, Norfolk Public Schools Foundation, Norfolk Arts Center, The Zone Afterschool Program and the Great American Comedy Festival.
2014: NACFF hires first full-time fund coordinator.
2015: The Sherwood Challenge matching grant goal is reached to build an unrestricted endowment.
2017: The unrestricted endowment account surpasses $1 million for the first time.
2017: Embrace Park opens in Norfolk with an inclusive playground, raising funds through an account with NACFF.
2019: NACFF distributes $100,000 in relief for organizations after the 2019 floods.
2020-21: NACFF distributes $50,000 in COVID-19 relief funds to organizations for assistance during the pandemic.