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Cooper Foundation grants over $230K to nonprofits

Cooper Foundation grants over $230K to nonprofits


The Cooper Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to OutNebraska to support the community organizer position. OutNebraska is a statewide organization that promotes equity, inclusion and celebration of the full spectrum of LGBTQ+ people.

OutNebraska educates businesses and nonprofits to improve workplace culture and service provision, advocates for the community with policymakers and government officials, and provides cultural, recreational, social and civic engagement opportunities to make Nebraska a better place for LGBTQ+ people and allies to live, work and play. The community organizer helps connect with volunteers and program participants to expand and deepen the engagement of those served.

Overall, Cooper Foundation’s board of trustees approved grants in the third quarter grant cycle totaling $234,543 to 18 nonprofit organizations. The foundation awarded grants to a diverse group of arts, community improvement, education, humanities and human service organizations. Grant recipients are located in Lincoln unless otherwise noted.

Other nonprofits approved for funding by the Cooper Foundation:


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

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.

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: Toward the 2019-2020 Nebraska auditions.

Community Improvement

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

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

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


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: Toward a new program, Project Celebration, and to support families with a free birthday party experience.

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

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.

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


Stuhr Museum Foundation (Grand Island) - $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.

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

Human Services

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.

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

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

The Cooper Foundation, established by Joseph H. Cooper in 1934, has granted over $25 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 information about grant guidelines and deadlines, call 402-476-7571 or visit


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