Hope for a Better Future


During these unprecedented times, we find hope. This hope is instilled in our values and inspired by our mission. In the following annual report, we reflect on the past year with hope for what is yet to come.

Beyond the record number of gifts and donors, we are touched by the many stories of impact in 2019:  Nebraskans coming together to help each other after historic flooding, another record-breaking Give to Lincoln Day, the installation of Chief Standing Bear’s statue in the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. – a gift commissioned through philanthropy.

These stories give us hope and perspective for the future. The more we understand each other’s stories, the more we can take care of one another and build a world that is better for all of us.

The Board of Directors and staff of the Lincoln Community Foundation are proud to be the current keepers of this organization created with gifts of love. Now it is our time to continue to spread that love as we write the story for Lincoln’s future.

Please join as we reflect on the highlights of 2019 made possible by so many donors. May we continue to use our past accomplishments to lead us to better tomorrows.

Barbara Bartle, President

Kim M. Robak, Board Chair

2019 Highlights

Give to Lincoln Day raised a record $5.6 million through nearly 21,000 donations to help 438 nonprofits. 

Granted funds totaling more than $17.8 million.  This record amount was distributed to 1,099 nonprofit organizations with 87% of the grant dollars staying in Lancaster County.

NextGen Lincoln granted $13,350 to local charities – $2,670 to Nebraska Appleseed, $4,005 to Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln and $6,675 to CEDARS Youth Services.

Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne received the 2019 Charity Award, in recognition of their leadership and philanthropic gifts that have strengthened the Lincoln community.

Active Funds

New Donor Advised Funds Opened for a Total of 566

New Benefactors Added for a Total of 360

New Legacy Society Members Added Reaching a Total of 297

2019 Accomplishments

The Lincoln Community Foundation works with donors large and small, who share a fondness for this great city and want it to be full of hope for generations to come.