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. 

Grants Approved – December 2018

CASA for Lancaster County: $10,000
General operating support.

Civic Nebraska: $10,000
Toward the Civic Health Program Manager.

Doane University, Crete NE: $10,000
Support for Sustainability Master Plan as part of the vision and mission of the Institute of Human and Planetary Health. This plan will address the need to reduce energy consumption and tackle waste management, which is important to students, faculty and staff and surrounding communities. 

El Centro de las Americas: $15,000
General operating support.

Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries: $5,000
To support the Begin with Books program, a collaborative program with Lincoln health agencies to promote early childhood literacy and reading for young children.

Jewish Federation of Omaha-Anti Defamation League: $5,000
Support for an anti-bias and anti-bullying workshop for Lincoln Public Schools.


Joslyn Art Museum: $5,000
Support for “30 Americans,” the Museum’s first major exhibition to survey the work of contemporary African American artists opening in February 2019.

Legal Aid of Nebraska: $10,000
Support for the UPLIFT program in Lincoln, to provide targeted legal services to low-income families in collaboration with local community centers and support organizations.

Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation: $10,000
Support for Phase III of the Prairie Cooridor on Haines Branch.

Nebraska Appleseed: $10,000
Support for the Intake & Information Community Assistance Program.

Nebraska Conservation Education Fund: $10,000
Support for the Common Ground program, which empowers Nebraskans to protect and enhance their natural environment through locally-led education efforts, service-learning, and community organizing.  

Nebraskans for the Arts: $5,000
General operating support.

Sheldon Art Association: $10,000
Toward a new strategic plan. 

South of Downtown Community Development Organization: $5,000
Toward community development activities.

University of Nebraska- Lincoln, E.N. Thompson Forum: $20,707
Support for the 2019-2020 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. 

University of Nebraska State Museum: $10,000
To support staffing to enhance the visitor experience of Cherish Nebraska, the Museum’s new fourth-floor exhibition, opening February 2019. 

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. 

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