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 – September 2018

ACLU of Nebraska: $15,000
General operating support.

Asian Community & Cultural Center: $25,000
General operating support.

CEDARS Youth Services: $30,000
In support of a staff therapist for the youth emergency shelter. 

Child Guidance Center: $15,000
To increase clinical and direct staff salaries, supporting the organization’s ability to hire and retain quality staff.

Lincoln Children’s Zoo: $25,000
In support of the Love Your Zoo Campaign.

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach: $20,000
In support of a new full-time Alcohol & Drug Counselor.

Metropolitan Opera/Nebraska Auditions: $1,000
Support for the 2018-2019 Nebraska auditions.  

MilkWorks: $9,000
For upgraded technology to implement an electronic health record system.

Nebraska Land Trust: $15,000
General operating support.

Nebraska Sports Council: $20,000
For computer network upgrades and new technology.

Nebraska Wesleyan University: $19,000
In support of a collaborative project with Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties to build an advanced service-learning program for Nebraska Wesleyan students.

No Footprint Too Small Birth & Bereavement Services: $10,000
General operating support.  

St. Monica’s: $20,000
To support technology upgrades.

United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County: $19,160
Support for the 2018 annual campaign. 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Nebraska Extension Lancaster County: $10,000
Toward supplies for the Raising Healthy Nebraskans program.

University of Nebraska Public Policy Center: $6,899
Toward the Lincoln/Lancaster County Youth Crisis Response Coalition (YCRC) resource mapping project. 

en-thompson-forum

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.

2018-2019 Forum Schedule
Jon Meacham
October 9, 2018 – 7:30 P.M.
“Tumult, Tragedy and Hope: America in 1968 from a Half Century’s Perspective”
The 23rd Annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities presented by Humanities Nebraska
Nadine Strossen
November 7, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.
“HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship”
Jana Eggers
February 26, 2019 – 7:00 P.M.
“The Role of Artificial Intelligence in our Future”
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