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Cooper Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved grants at its third-quarter grant cycle meeting this fall totaling $260,059 to 16 nonprofit organizations. 

The foundation awarded a challenge grant of $10,000 to No Footprint Too Small Birth and Bereavement Services (NFTS) for general operating support. Cooper will provide a one-to-one match to new or increased donations.

NFTS provides services to mothers, fathers and families who experience pregnancy and infant loss. It is the only agency in Lancaster County supporting this population using a continuum of care. It provides birth and bereavement doula support, guidance on funeral and burial arrangements, care packages and weighted memory bears.

NFTS refers to other applicable resources within our community such as translation services to mothers and families whose first language is Spanish. The grief support groups and retreats help improve maternal health, birth outcomes and healthy behaviors.

The foundation awarded grants to a diverse group of arts, community improvement, education, environment and human services organizations. Grant recipients are located in Lincoln unless otherwise noted.

Cooper Foundation grants include:


Metropolitan Opera/Nebraska Auditions - $1,000

Support for the 2018-2019 Nebraska auditions.

Community Improvement

ACLU of Nebraska - $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.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Nebraska Extension Lancaster County - $10,000

Toward supplies for the Raising Healthy Nebraskans program.


Lincoln Children’s Zoo - $25,000

In support of the Love Your Zoo Campaign.

Nebraska Land Trust - $15,000

General operating support.

Human Services

Asian Community and 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.

Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach - $20,000

In support of a new full-time Alcohol & Drug Counselor.

MilkWorks - $9,000

For upgraded technology to implement an electronic health records system.

No Footprint Too Small Birth and 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 Public Policy Center - $6,899

Toward the Lincoln/Lancaster County Youth Crisis Response Coalition (YCRC) resource mapping project.

The Cooper Foundation, established by Joseph H. Cooper in 1934, has granted over $24 million to benefit Nebraskans. The foundation makes quarterly grants supporting arts, community improvement, education, environment, humanities and human services primarily in Lincoln and Lancaster County. For more details on grant guidelines and deadlines, call 402-476-7571 or visit

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