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Stinners Dedicated to Quality of Life Through Arts and Humanities Support

Nebraska Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Donor Story, Government, Humanities, Statewide

Senator John and Rita Stinner’s impact reaches every corner of Nebraska.   Senator Stinner, a former community banker and current Nebraska State Senator, and Rita, a retired collegiate music instructor and current performer, conductor and arts advocate, leave their philanthropic footprint everywhere they go. The Stinners make frequent round trips from Gering to Lincoln during the legislative session. Ample time spent in communities statewide has informed their philanthropy […]

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Cattleman and Art Lover

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Donor Story, Government, Humanities, Performing Arts

Al Davis is a lifelong Nebraskan and rancher, with roots in Sandhills near Hyannis and a keen interest in the arts and humanities.  So, what makes a bona fide cattleman take an interest in the arts?  Al’s passion and interests for ranching and public service were enriched by his involvement in theater and the performing arts. Davis was […]

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Stinners Recognized for Generosity

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Culture, Donor Story, Economic Development, Education, Government, Humanities, Statewide

Rita and John Stinner of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, are the model citizens when it comes to volunteerism, philanthropic support, and civic leadership.   This is why the Nebraska Cultural Endowment (NCE) and its partners, the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska, took great privilege in nominating them as Outstanding Philanthropists. The couple will be honored on National Philanthropy Day, November 16, at a virtual […]

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A Legacy for Family & Community

Nebraska Access, Arts, Community Vitality, Culture, Donor Story, Humanities, Uncategorized

Jacquelyn E. “Jackie” Rosenlof was a champion for many causes during her lifetime. She also cared deeply for her children and grandchildren, and she left a legacy of values by sharing this love of community with them. Jackie’s four children and 14 grandchildren would often visit her in Kearney. They would go to the Archway, Kearney […]

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Locally and Statewide, the Cooper Foundation Provides Support

Arts, Culture, Donor Story, Government, Humanities, Statewide

“The Cooper Foundation was involved in the Nebraska Cultural Endowment from the very beginning,” said Victoria Grasso, President of The Cooper Foundation. “In fact, my predecessor, Art Thompson, facilitated the task force meeting back in 1998 to discuss the creation of a cultural endowment for Nebraska.” Founded in 1934, The Cooper Foundation has since granted […]

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Woods Charitable Fund Provides Long-Standing Support for Nebraska  

Nebraska Arts, Culture, Donor Story, Government, Humanities, Statewide

For close to 80 years, Woods Charitable Fund (WCF) has been able to respond to the issues, possibilities, and creative direction in the Nebraska community.  “My father, Chip Woods, was Woods Charitable Fund’s board chair and an avid supporter of the arts and humanities,” said Tom Woods, President & Board Secretary of Woods Charitable Fund. “WCF first got involved with […]

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Creative Giving Strategies: The QCD

Nebraska Arts, Donor Story, Humanities, Statewide

Many donors to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment (NCE) have found creative, fulfilling and strategic ways to make meaningful contributions to Nebraska’s arts and humanities.   One of these ways is through a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).  Donating from your IRA maximizes your dollars to worthy causes such as the NCE.” – Donna Woods, NCE Board Member and Donor If you are 70 ½ or older and […]

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Bob Nefsky Shows Passion for Sustaining Arts, Humanities

Nebraska Arts, Culture, Donor Story, Government, Humanities

“The Arts and Humanities are one of the principal things that reflect the era and generations in which we live,” said Bob Nefsky, a Lincoln attorney and a founder of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. “The one thing that will survive us is the arts, culture, and humanities.” Bob first became involved with the arts and […]

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Locally and Statewide, Dudley Supports the Arts

Norfolk, Nebraska Arts, Culture, Donor Story, Humanities, Statewide

“I have seen first-hand the impact that the Nebraska Cultural Endowment has on our community,” said Michelle Dudley, resident of Norfolk, NE. “I have observed how funding from the NCE helps to strengthen and sustain our organization,” After serving on the board of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment for four years, Michelle appreciates the organization’s direct […]

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Role Models in Philanthropy

Omaha, Nebraska Arts, Culture, Donor Story, Humanities

Donor pledges legacy gift to honor parents who paved the way. “I was blessed to grow up in a household with philanthropic parents as role models,” said Melissa Marvin, Chief Service Officer at the Bank of Bennington.   “One of the consistent messages they taught my brother and me, was that of ‘hand to man, heart to […]

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