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Woods Charitable Fund’s board of directors approved grants in its fall cycle totaling $496,500 to 20 tax-exempt organizations at its November meeting.

To date in 2018, Woods Charitable Fund has awarded grants totaling $1,635,500. The Fund has paid grants totaling $99,766,607 since its inception in 1941.

Funding approved in November includes:

Belmont Community Center ($10,000) – To support operating expenses for this neighborhood center offering preschool, before- and after-school and summer programming for elementary school-age children.

Center for Legal Immigration Assistance ($25,000) – General operating support for this organization that provides legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees.

Civic Nebraska ($50,000) – A two-year grant to support staffing and expansion of the organization’s civic health programs.

Downtown Lincoln Foundation ($17,000) – For funding Art in Odd Places: Lincoln, a visual and performing arts festival to promote Lincoln’s art scene in fall 2019.

Educare Lincoln ($10,000) – To buy and implement a curriculum to work with families at this center that provides quality child care and preschool for at-risk children.

Fresh Start ($21,000) – For general operating support for this shelter and transitional program for homeless women.

Guidance to Success Youth Club ($25,000) – For general operations of this organization that provides programming and resources for at-risk youth.

Lincoln Orchestra Association ($10,000) – To support a partnership providing tickets and education for families in the Lincoln Public Schools’ Family Literacy Program, and for people served by Lincoln nonprofits to attend two family concerts.

Lincoln Public Schools ($75,000) – Three-year support of a summer program for incoming ninth-graders at The Career Academy to introduce them to career paths and provide high school credit.

Lux Center for the Arts ($27,500) – Second-year support of the Artist in Residence program and support for the center's capital campaign.

Malone Community Center ($20,000) – General operating support for this community center serving Lincoln’s African-American community and the Malone neighborhood.

Nebraska Civic Engagement Table ($90,000) – Three-year support for this nonpartisan organization working to build an electorate representative of all Nebraskans.

Nebraska Cultural Endowment ($15,000) – To assist with operations of this endowment that matches funds pledged by the State of Nebraska to support arts and humanities across the state.

Nebraska Writers Collective ($10,000) – Continued support of the Louder Than A Bomb performance poetry program offered at nine local public schools.

Neighborhoods Inc. (NeighborWorks Lincoln) ($12,500) – General operating support for this organization working for community and neighborhood revitalization and home ownership.

NET Foundation for Television ($5,000) – To provide a series of educational literacy workshops for high-need Lincoln families using Public Broadcasting Service curriculum.

Projecto Cultural ($3,500) – To support general operating expenses for this organization that provides Hispanic cultural enrichment programming.

Rabble Mill ($30,000) – To assist with data tracking and operations for this organization that provides life and professional skills for Lincoln at-risk youth.

Stand for Schools ($15,000) – General operating support for this organization advancing public education in Nebraska.

Voices of Hope of Lincoln ($25,000) – Continued support of capacity and staffing for work with threat assessment teams in Lincoln for this agency that assists and advocates for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

For more information on funding guidelines, call 402-436-5971, visit or write to Tom Woods, Kathy Steinauer Smith or Nicole Juranek at 1248 O St., Suite 1130, Lincoln, NE 68508, or at

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