Grants Awarded


Lincoln Orchestra Association: $2,500
Operating support.

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

Center for People in Need: $20,000
General operating support. 

Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools: $15,000
To support scholarships for the Spark Summer Learning program.

Groundwater Foundation: $12,500
General operating support.

HoChunk Community Development Corporation: (Winnebago, NE) $15,000
Support for HoChunk Harvest, a major food sovereignty initiative led by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska reservation. Created in response to pervasive nutrition-related health problems and poor access to food.

Humanities Nebraska: $2,500
Program support. 

Lauritzen Gardens: (Omaha, NE) $10,000
To support the seed bank conservation program to save endangered plants in Nebraska and the Great Plains. 

Lincoln Housing Authority: $10,000
In support of the Student-build House program in partnership with Lincoln Northeast High School and Lincoln Public Schools.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Center for Great Plains Studies: $10,000
In support of the April 2020 symposium on, “Climate Change & Culture in the Great Plains.”

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Honors Program: $4,000
To pilot five monthly Cooper Conversations for students, community stakeholders, and faculty to discuss issues of local and global importance as it relates to community building and civic engagement.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jazz in June: $5,000
Toward the 29th year of Jazz in June in the summer of 2020.


University of Nebraska-Lincoln, International Quilty Study Center & Museum: $15,000
To support an Education Coordinator staff position. 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lied Center for Performing Arts: $10,000
General operating support for education programming and residency activities for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performance.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Platte Basin Timelapse: $50,000
Operating support for 2020 and 2021 for ongoing data collection and multimedia content creation for the Platte Basin Timelapse project.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues: $20,553
Support for the 2020-2021 series from the Thompson Family Fund, established at the Cooper Foundation in 1999 by E.N. “Jack” and Katie Thompson to support the Thompson Forum.


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