Grants Approved – December 2019

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.


Grants Approved – September 2019

Brownville Concert Series, Inc.  
(Brownville, NE): $10,000
General operating support for the 2019 concert series season.

Civic Nebraska: $25,000
To support the Nebraska Counts 2020 Census campaign activities in Lincoln and Lancaster County. 

Jewish Federation of Omaha-Institute for Holocaust Education: $10,000
General operating support for the organization’s statewide work providing educational resources, student programs, teacher training, and cultural opportunities.

Lincoln Children’s Museum: $5,400
Towards a new program, Project Celebration, and to support families with a free birthday party experience.

Lincoln Choral Artists: $4,000
Support for the 40th anniversary concert season, marked with special guests, performances, and the premier of a signature piece commissioned by Lincoln Choral Artists.

Lincoln Council for International Visitors: $10,000
For a part-time executive director to expand citizen diplomacy programming. 

Lincoln Literacy: $9,600
To help enable refugee and immigrant students interested in education careers with a path toward teaching certification.

LUX Center for the Arts: $15,000
General operating support for Lux’s comprehensive visual arts education programs, exhibitions, and scholarships.

Metropolitan Opera/Nebraska Auditions: $1,000
Towards the 2019-2020 Nebraska auditions.

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation: $15,000
General operating support for this organization that works with communities to develop programs and strategies that strengthen families, prevent child abuse and neglect, and provide quality early childhood education. 

OutNebraska: $20,000
To support the position of Community Organizer.

Rabble Mill: $20,000
General operating support for this organization that uses the communities of skateboarding, arts and music to connect youth with opportunities to learn new media skills, develop their unique interests, and share their voices with the world. 

Radio Talking Book Service: $5,000
To support the Radio Talking Book Network, Nebraska’s only radio reading service, where volunteers provide daily readings of newspapers, magazines, grocery and department store ads. Community Conversations, and other programming for people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise unable to access printed material. 

Special Olympics Nebraska: $10,000
To support the Unified Champions Schools program in Lincoln schools.

Stuhr Museum Foundation
(Grand Island, NE): $20,000
Toward technology infrastructure upgrades. Stuhr Museum’s 200-acre campus features art, historical exhibits, and education and preservation programs to portray an era of pioneer town builders who created the first communities in Nebraska.

Sunrise Communications Inc./KZUM: $15,000
General operating support for KZUM, Lincoln’s noncommerical, listener-supported community radio station. 

United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County: $19,543
Support for the 2019 annual campaign.

Willa Cather Foundation
(Red Cloud, NE): $20,000
Support for a full-time Education Coordinator. The Willa Cather Foundation is dedicated to advancing the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Will Cather and preserving the historical setting and archival material associated with her life and writings.

Grants Approved – June 2019

Bridges to Hope: $10,000
For general operating support. Bridges to Hope serves as the first point of contact after incarceration to connect vital services, programs and necessities for men and women reentering society. 

Cause Collective: $7,000
Cause Collective was awarded two grants. One grant for $5,000 toward nonprofit executive leadership succession planning, and a $2,000 grant for new member scholarships.

Center for Legal Immigration Assistance: $15,000
For general operating to support affordable legal immigration assistance to low income immigrants and refugees in Lincoln.

Child Advocacy Center: $20,000
Support for the Operations Director staff position.

Community CROPS: $10,000
For general operating to support four primary program areas: community gardens, youth garden education, growing farmers training program, and the mobile veggie van.

Family Violence Council: $10,000
To support the Lincoln Threat Advisory Team and general operating expenses.

Humanities Nebraska: $15,000
To support two core programs: Capitol Forum on America’s Future and Nebraska Warrior Writers.

Inclusive Communities (Omaha, Nebraska): $10,000
Support for one Lincoln high school to participate in an IncluCity Camp at Carol Joy Holling camp in Ashland, Nebraska. IncluCity is a four-day residential camp for youth that works to reduce acts of school violence and bullying.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland: $15,000
Toward comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education programs in Lincoln.  

Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning (Hastings, Nebraska): $10,000
Support for the experiential education program.

Stand For Schools: $10,000
General operating support for this organization’s work to advance public education in Nebraska.

TeamMates Mentoring Program: $15,000
Toward capacity building for Lincoln chapter recruitment.

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. 

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