Grants Awarded

Current Grants

Angels Theatre Company: $5,000
Toward the production of Predictor, a new play written by Jennifer Blackmer to premiere at the Johnny Carson Theatre February 10-18, 2023. The play is based on the real-world experience of protagonist Margaret Crane, the graphic artist who designed and invented the first home pregnancy test, increasing women’s autonomy and access to informed healthcare.  

Lincoln Community Foundation: $10,000
In support of the 2024 Lincoln Vital Signs report and to pilot a Special Issue on Race and Equity in 2023. Lincoln Vital Signs is a biennial report which aims to draw awareness of the socio-economic conditions and overall health of Lincoln compiling data gathered from different local and national sources. 


Metropolitan Opera/Nebraska Auditions: $1,000
Support for the annual Nebraska District Auditions of the Metropolitan Opera. The Nebraska District has taken part in annual auditions for 60 years since 1062, where as many as 1,500 auditions take place nationwide across 36 districts and 11 regions. Cooper first funded the auditions in 1982.

Mourning Hope Grief Center: $18,800
To support the position of a contracted grief counselor to provide bilingual counseling and bereavement support services to Hispanic and Latino families in Lincoln. Access to grief support services is a barrier for many populations, language being one of the largest deterrents of seeking support, especially in Lincoln where fewer Spanish-speaking professionals reside. 


University of Nebraska Foundation, Big Red Satellite: $20,000
In support of the Big Red Satellite team to study perovskite cells, an emerging solar energy source meant to be more effective, uses less materials to create, and for its potential to generate energy on the dark side of the Earth. The team was selected by NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative, a highly competitive nationwide program to provide experiential learning for middle and high school students to engage in STEM and aerospace to build a working satellite and analyze and study data collected from space. 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues: $22,699
Toward the Thompson Family Fund, established at the Cooper Foundation in 1999 by E.N. “Jack” and Katie Thompson to support the University of Nebraska programs with an emphasis on the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.


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