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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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Prime Time Reading Program Enriches Lives of the Families it Touches

Nebraska Access, Education, Humanities, Statewide

Prime Time Family Reading Time is one of Humanities Nebraska’s most beloved programs. At 36 underserved schools and libraries across the state, children and their families meet to read and discuss award-winning children’s books. Each session is led by a storyteller and discussion leader.   “NCE has been a huge supporter of Prime Time Family Reading,” said Karolee Gleason, a coordinator from Grant Elementary in […]

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NCE Executive Director Earns Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy Designation

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Culture, Economic Development, Fine Arts, Humanities, Statewide, Uncategorized

Kyle Cartwright, Executive Director, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy Designation (CAP®) professional designation after a year-long program of intensive study at The American College of Financial Services. The CAP® program is a three-course curriculum designed to bring nonprofit fundraisers and professional advisors together to help donors and clients achieve their […]

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Additional Relief via PPP Round 2

Nebraska Arts, Community Vitality, Culture, Economic Development, Government, Humanities, Statewide

The SBA announced that the PPP loan program will be-reopening this week. Community-based financial institutions, such as your local bank, may have started initiating PPP loan applications as of Monday, January 11th. If you meet the following, you may be eligible: 300 or fewer employees (or per location for restaurants and accommodations) AND 25% reduction […]

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Prime Time First Aid Kits Bring Joy During the Holiday Season

Nebraska Access, Education, Humanities, Statewide

During the final week of 2020, Prime Time First Aid Kits were distributed by Humanities Nebraska staff to children and their families to promote literacy during a challenging time for many. A total of 274 Prime Time First Aid Kits were distributed to 16 sites across the state. Sites that planned on offering Prime Time […]

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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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Humanities Nebraska Awards Nearly $309,000 in Pandemic Relief Grants

Nebraska Access, Community Vitality, Economic Development, Humanities, Statewide

Humanities Nebraska recently provided an additional $308,956 in relieft grants to 74 humanities organizations across Nebraska, each of which continues to battle the challenges of the novel cornavirus pandemic.  This funding was made possible by a special distribution to HN from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, which in turn was matched by an anonymous funder. As […]

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Nebraska Cultural Endowment Grants $300,000 in Additional Funding

Nebraska Access, Arts, Community Vitality, Culture, Economic Development, Humanities, Statewide

Special fund distribution to help sustain Nebraska arts and cultural programs The Board of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment announced the distribution of $300,000 in grant funding to support Nebraska’s cultural infrastructure. The special distribution is in addition to NCE’s normal annual distribution, most recently $460,000 in April 2020. “The decision to make this unprecedented distribution […]

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Telling an Endless Story

Nebraska Access, Arts, Community Vitality, Culture, Education, Government, Humanities, Statewide

How does one tell an endless story in a way that captivates imagination while providing concrete examples? This was the challenge faced by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment when we revisited our creative strategy. A creative strategy uses images and text to share a message with an audience. For many years, the Endowment’s creative strategy focused […]

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