Grants Approved – December 2021

ACLU of Nebraska: $25,000
General operating support to protect and expand civil rights and civil liberties in Nebraska. 

Banister’s Leadership Academy (Omaha, NE): $10,000
To support the Night LIFE (Leadership in a Fun Environment) program at the Malone Community Center for ages 5-18.

Chadron State College (Chadron, NE): $5,000
Support for the Chadron State Theatre Artist in Residence program.

Child Advocacy Center: $25,000
Staffing support for a Case Coordinator position.

Community CROPS: $20,000
Support to expand community-building and intercultural engagement in the Garden Program.

Indian Center, Inc.: $25,000
Support toward the position of Executive Director.

Humanities Nebraska: $20,000
In support of humanities programming including Capitol Forum on America’s Future and Nebraska Warrior Writers.

Lincoln Community Foundation: $2,500
Toward the Barbara Bartle Forever Fund in recognition of Barb Bartle’s leadership and contributions to the Lincoln community.

Lincoln Community Playhouse: $20,000
Staffing support for a full-time community relations, DEI, and education position.

Lincoln Literacy: $15,000
Operating support for Lincoln Literacy and the Bridgeway to a Better Life initiative.

Lincoln Public Schools: $30,000
Support for sustainability features, including interactive education and technology, to enhance two new high school campuses, Northwest High, and Standing Bear High Schools, opening in 2022 and 2023.

Metropolitan Opera/Nebraska Auditions: $1,000
Support for the annual Nebraska auditions of the Metropolitan Opera.

Multicultural Coalition (Grand Island, NE): $10,000
In support of a pilot program to provide immigrant consultation services off-site for parents at Lincoln Elementary School in Grand Island.

TeamMates Mentoring Program: $20,000
Toward general operating support for TeamMates Mentoring of Lincoln.

University of Nebraska State Museum: $12,000
Support for an educator guide and science activity kit to accompany a new traveling exhibit “Hidden Prairie: Exploring Life in One Square Meter.”

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Journalism and Mass Communications: $28,000
Support for a pilot partnership with the Lincoln Public Schools Bay High School Focus Program to engage students with experiential learning opportunities in music, digital media, community storytelling, and college and career exploration.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues: $27,480
Support from the Thompson Family Fund, established at the Cooper Foundation in 1999 by E.N. “Jack” and Katie Thompson to support the Thompson Forum.

Willard Community Center: $10,000
General operating support for this community center serving southwest Lincoln.

Grants Approved – September 2021

Bright Lights: $7,500
Towards the 2022 summer camp programming. 

CenterPointe: $30,000
Toward client and staffing support.

Civic Nebraska: $15,000
Support for civic health education through the Capitol Experience Day Program.

Down Syndrome Association for Families of Nebraska: $12,000
Support for staffing.

HopeSpoke: $20,000
Support for outpatient therapy programs.

Legacy of the Plains Museum (Gering, NE): $10,000
Towards the Japanese Hall and History project.


Legal Aid of Nebraska, (Omaha, NE): $10,000
Toward the UPLIFT project that brings legal services to low-income clients in Lincoln.

Lincoln Children’s Museum: $25,000
Support for exhibits.

Meadowlark Music Festival: $15,000
To support the Festival’s 20th anniversary season.

MENTOR Nebraska, (Omaha, NE): $20,000
To support mentoring programs and organizations in Lincoln.

Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition, (Bloomfield, NE): $30,000
To support a staff position.

NeighborWorks Lincoln: $30,000
To support the program design and implementation of a citywide Community Land Trust.

South of Downtown Community Development Organization: $10,000
Toward the South of Downtown Redevelopment & Strategic Plan.

United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County: $21,000
Towards the 2021 campaign.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Repertory Theatre: $15,000
Support for the 2021-2022 season.

Voices of Hope: $15,000
For general operating support.

Grants Approved – June 2021

Blixt Locally Grown: $5,000
To support the inaugural year of the Blixt Fellowship program for emerging playwrights. 

Center for Legal Immigration Assistance: $20,000
For general operating support.

Conservation Nebraska: $15,000
To expand the Conservation Nebraska’s Common Ground Program in Southeast Nebraska.

Flatwater Shakespeare Company: $14,000
Toward general operating focused on supporting their educational programming and outreach.

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska: $7,500
In support of the Lincoln Outreach Program for Lincoln area girls in grades K-12.

Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival: $15,000
To help underwrite fees and expenses of local touring musicians for the 2021 Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival (July 31-August 8).

Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity: $15,000
Towards a software program that will better track all housing work, including new houses and the home repair program. 

Lincoln Police Department $15,000
To fund the Clutch Mentor program to reduce gang membership by partnering at-risk youth on probation with an adult mentor and incentive programming.

Nebraska Cultural Endowment: $15,000
For general operating support.

Nebraska Transition College: $7,500
To support the creation of a social, living, and work-ready skills development curriculum for individuals with disabilities.

Prairie Loft Center for Agriculture & Outdoor Education, Hastings, NE: $15,000
To support experiential learning programming and build capacity to assess education and community engagement efforts with families and schools. 

St. Monica’s: $20,000
To purchase and update security and technology for their facilities and programs.

The Bridge Behaviorial Health: $20,000
To replace The Bridge’s outdated HVAC unit.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Honors Program: $18,000
Toward Cooper Connections at the University Honors Program, including Cooper Conversations that bring students and community leaders together for ciritical dialogue, and Cooper Community Scholars, an experiential learning scholarship to engage Honors students with local organizations, elected officials, and community programs.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues: $250,000
To support the Thompson Forum on World Issues series for 2022 – 2026. The Thompson Forum is Nebraska’s premiere lecture series, established in 1988 with the purpose of bringing a diversity of viewpoints on international and public policy issues to the University and the people of Nebraska to promote understanding of global issues that face us all. The Thompson Forum is a collaborative program of the Cooper Foundation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lied Center for Performing Arts, and is presented by the University of Honors Program.

Grants Approved – March 2021

Blue Valley Behavioral Health: $10,700
Support for upgraded technology for the Lincoln office. 

Boys & Girls Club of Lincoln/Lancaster County: $10,000
For general operating support.

Community Services Fund of Nebraska: $14,000
Two grants awarded: $7,500 to support a marketing and awareness initiative, and $6,500 towards the 2021 campaign.

Doane University, (Crete, NE): $20,000
To support the new Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program to cultivate inclusive leaders among faculty, staff, and students and within Nebraska’s rural nonprofit organizations. 

Lincoln Community Foundation: $5,000
For development of the 2022 Lincoln Vital Signs Report.

Lincoln Housing Charities: $2,000
To support the Lincoln Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program to use Clifton StrengthsFinder assessments for participants.

Mid-America Arts Alliance (Kansas City, MO): $20,000
To support a comprehensive 3-year diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) initiative. Mid-America is the regional arts organization for Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

National Audubon Society, Spring Creek Prairie (Denton, NE): $15,000
For general operating support.

National Wildlife Turkey Federation, Nebraska Chapter (Edgefield, SC): $15,000
To support efforts to acquire the 2,600-acre Kiowa Creek Ranch property in Wildcat Hills, in the western Panhandle of Nebraska.

Nebraska Sports Council: $10,000
For general operating support.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland: $15,000
To support sexual and reproductive health education programs in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Cedar Point Biological Station (Ogallala, NE): $15,000
Toward a Motus network system to track the movement of birds, mammals and insects.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Center for Digital Research in Humanities: $10,000
In support of an online platform where the stories of Nebraska Holocaust survivors and WWII veterans can be accessed by teachers, students, scholars and all individuals.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lied Center for Performing Arts: $20,000
For general operating support.

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