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 – March 2019

Bright Lights: $5,000
Support for student scholarships for Bright Lights classes, which offer unique, motivating, hands-on learning opportunities in the summer for students in grades K-8.

Central Community College: $12,500
Support for the Nebraska Math Readiness Project.

Community Services Fund of Nebraska: $6,000
Toward the annual giving campaign of this fundraising coalition, serving 69 diverse Nebraska nonprofit organizations. 

Flatwater Shakespeare Company: $5,000
Support for the summer production of Two Gentlemen of Verona and the 9th annual Flatwater Free Shakespeare summer tour presented in a number of Lincoln parks.

Food Bank of Lincoln: $7,500
Toward a software upgrade that will improve the Food Bank’s operations, tracking, and reporting.

 

The HUB: $10,000
To support the GED educational program. The HUB Central Access Point for Young Adults provides support and programming for young people transitioning into adulthood to become productive, independent, active members of the community. 

Junior Achievement of Lincoln: $10,000
For general operating support. 

Lincoln Community Foundation: $5,000
Support for the 2019 Vital Signs Report. This report will update community-wide indicators with new data, including behavioral health and indicators arising from the Prosper Lincoln initiative.

Lincoln Community Playhouse: $10,000
General operating support.

 

Lincoln Orchestra Assocation (Lincoln Symphony): $10,000
General operating support.  

Literacy Council of Grand Island: $7,500
General operating support for this organization which provides multifaceted adult literacy instruction and community connections.

Men With Dreams: $15,000
For general operating to support youth development programs.

Voices of Hope: $15,000
Support for prevention programs to reduce relationship and sexual violence in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

YWCA of Lincoln: $15,000
To support the Finance Manager staff position. 

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.
“Yes, You Have a Critical Role in Raising Artificial Intelligence”
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