Our mission is to support strong, sustainable organizations, innovative ideas and ventures of significant promise. The Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations located in and working in Nebraska, primarily Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Grant Eligibility

We provide grants to nonprofit organizations located and working in Nebraska, primarily in our geographic priority area of Lincoln and Lancaster County. We fund programs and operations in the areas of Education, Human Services, Arts, Humanities, Environment, and Community Improvement. Organizations must provide strong programming and evidence of sound governance and fiscal management.

Application Process

Grants Approved – May 2018

Crane River Theater, Kearney: $5,000
Toward operating support for the 2018 season of theatrical productions and arts education programs. 

Fresh Start: $15,000
For general operating support.

Girl Scouts – Spirit of Nebraska: $10,000
To expand the Refugee Outreach program to elementary schools in Lincoln. 

Lincoln Children’s Museum: $7,500
Support for outreach in collaboration with the Lincoln Public Schools Family Literacy program.

Lincoln Music Teachers Association: $5,000
For the Music Outreach Program.

LUX Center for the Arts: $15,000
Support for the Artist-in-Residence program.

Clyde Malone Community Center: $30,000
Toward general operating support. 

Multicultural Coalition, Grand Island: $12,000
Support for the Immigration Services Program (ISP), which will add immigration legal services for people in Central Nebraska.

National Audubon Society, Spring Creek Prairie, Denton: $12,000
For general operating support.

Nebraska Cultural Endowment: $15,000
Toward general operating support.

Nebraska Recycling Council: $9,795
Support for strategic planning.

Nebraska Writers Collective: $15,000
Challenge grant for Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB): Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival.

Rabble Mill: $20,000
For general operating support.

Sunrise Communications/KZUM Radio: $10,000
General operating support for KZUM.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education: $3,795
Support for a planning project to develop educational activities in the Prairie Corridor.

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Over the past three decades, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues has established itself as one of the preeminent speakers series in higher education. The series brings to Nebraska thought provoking lectures by speakers whose work and ideas impact our changing world.

The Forum is a cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, Lied Center for Performing Arts, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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