Jack Campbell to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

National Philanthropy Day is a day set aside to recognize those whose great contributions in philanthropy have made a difference in the lives of many.  On November 13, 2019, NCE Emeritus Board  Member Jack Campbell will be recognized with the Lifetime Achievement award for 2019 at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon at the Embassy Suites, LaVista.

1977 Cooper Foundation Board

Campbell’s extensive community involvement includes serving as past chair/president of the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities, the Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln City Libraries and its Foundation and the Sheldon Art Association.  Campbell is the longest serving chair of the Cooper Foundation in Lincoln, as well as a long-time trustee and now serves as Cooper Foundation’s Chair Emeritus.   Jack also has served as Board member of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Nebraskans for Public Television, The Lincoln Community Foundation, the Museum of Nebraska Art, and the Nebraska Historical Society Foundation.

As a director for the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities, Jack recognized the key to sustainability and growth for the long term was to develop a strong fundraising program which reduced dependence on federal dollars.  Jack helped to recruit other business people and community volunteers to join the foundation board and instilled the importance of fundraising and their role in those responsibilities.

As a founder of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, he worked tirelessly to bring together the interests of private citizens and elected officials in order to establish the first public-private trust to fund both the arts and humanities in 1998.  These public and private funds serve to perpetuate the arts and humanities in Nebraska by expanding and sustaining the program and projects of the Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Arts Council.

Cooper Foundation Board 2018

Campbell remains closely involved with the Nebraska Cultural Endowment as a founding member of its Legacy Donors, and remains one of the Endowment’s three Emeritus members.  He also continues to serve Humanities Nebraska as an Advisory Member.

Campbell has played a pivotal role in the strength of Nebraska, whether through its cultural sector, local foundations or public universities.  Each of these inform the state’s economic development, education outcomes and quality of life.

The Nebraska Cultural Endowment offers our sincere congratulations to Jack for this most deserving of awards and recognition for the extensive contributions he has made to the community in creating sustainable infrastructure for many of Nebraska’s most treasured resources.


Joe Starita to receive 2019 Sower Award

Joe Starita will receive the 2019 Sower Award in the Humanities as announced by Humanities Nebraska.  Starita will be presented with the award on Thursday, October 24 at Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center.  The presentation will immediately precede the 24th Annual Governor’s Lecture.


Starita is currently a journalism professor at University of Nebraska, Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass communications.  Before joining the faculty in 2000 Sarita was an investigative reporter at the Miami Herald where he specialized in exposing unethical practices in the medical community.  One of his stories of extortion of insurance companies with bogus claims was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the category of local reporting.

Starita is also an author of three books that have been recognized for exploring the role of Native Americans in history.  “The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge – A Lakota Odyssey” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  Proceeds from “I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice and “A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor” fund scholarships that enable Nebraska Native American students to attend college.  Starita earned the national civil right award, Leo Reano Award in July of 2011, for his work with the Native American Community.


Starita’s ability to deeply probe these subjects that have shaped the past and the lives of many secures him as one of Nebraska’s treasures.  The Nebraska Cultural Endowment would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Starita for this well-deserved honor.