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. 

Grants Approved – May 2018

Crane River Theater, Kearney: $5,000
Toward operating support for the 2018 season of theatrical productions and arts education programs. 

Fresh Start: $15,000
For general operating support.

Girl Scouts – Spirit of Nebraska: $10,000
To expand the Refugee Outreach program to elementary schools in Lincoln. 

Lincoln Children’s Museum: $7,500
Support for outreach in collaboration with the Lincoln Public Schools Family Literacy program.

Lincoln Music Teachers Association: $5,000
For the Music Outreach Program.

LUX Center for the Arts: $15,000
Support for the Artist-in-Residence program.

Clyde Malone Community Center: $30,000
Toward general operating support. 

Multicultural Coalition, Grand Island: $12,000
Support for the Immigration Services Program (ISP), which will add immigration legal services for people in Central Nebraska.

National Audubon Society, Spring Creek Prairie, Denton: $12,000
For general operating support.

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

Nebraska Recycling Council: $9,795
Support for strategic planning.

Nebraska Writers Collective: $15,000
Challenge grant for Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB): Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival.

Rabble Mill: $20,000
For general operating support.

Sunrise Communications/KZUM Radio: $10,000
General operating support for KZUM.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education: $3,795
Support for a planning project to develop educational activities in the Prairie Corridor.

Grants Approved – March 2018

Bridges to Hope – $15,000
General operating support to provide donated furniture, clothing and household goods to men and women as they transition from correctional facilities back into the community.

Bright Lights – $10,000
General operating support.

Center for Legal Immigration Assistance – $15,000
Toward general operating to provide legal assistance to immigrants and refugees.

Child Advocacy Center – $15,000
Support for general operations of this agency that offers a safe, child-friendly environment for forensic interviews and medical evaluations for victims of child abuse, and provide advocacy and support for the child and their caregivers.

Community Services Fund – $6,000
Support for the 2018 campaign of this fundraising coalition, serving 64 diverse Nebraska nonprofit organizations.

Edgerton Education Foundation (Aurora, Nebraska) – $10,000
Support for the STEAM Ahead Scholarship program.

Flatwater Shakespeare Company – $5,000
For the 8th annual Flatwater Free Shakespeare summer tour presented in a variety of Lincoln parks.

Institute for Holocaust Education (Omaha, Nebraska) – $10,000
Support for state-wide work with teachers, students, and communities.

Lincoln Literacy – $12,500
Support for technology infrastructure and the integration of new technology innovations for students and teachers.

Lincoln Parks and Recreation Foundation, – $10,000
Toward a campaign feasibility study for the proposed Lincoln Botanical Garden.

Malcolm Parent Teacher Organization 
(Malcolm, Nebraska) – $5,000

To expand the existing playground at Westfall Elementary School to create an inclusive play area that encourages physical activity, cognitive development, and imagination for children of all abilities.

Mourning Hope Grief Center – $15,000
General operating support for this organization that provides programming and support to young people and their families in times of grief.

Nebraska Trails Foundation – $10,000
Toward construction of the South Bridge that spans Salt Creek tributary in Wilderness Park.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jazz in June – $7,500
Support for the 2018 summer concert series.

Vision Maker Media – $5,000
Support for “We Are All Related,” the 7th Biennial Vision Maker Film Festival, April 20-26, 2018 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

Wellbeing Initiative – $15,000
Toward the expansion of the peer training program.

YWCA Lincoln – $25,000
To support the new Finance Manager staff position.

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