Charity Award

This award was established by Lincoln Community Foundation as a gift to the community.  It is our intent that the Charity Award will provide the community with an opportunity to recognize individuals for their leadership and philanthropy to our great city.    

2018 Charity Award

Lincoln Community Foundation presented Karen and Robert with the 2018 Charity Award at the annual donor recognition event in May. The award recognized their leadership and philanthropy which have made our community beautiful.

“The Charity Award is a gift to the community,” said LCF President, Barbara Bartle. “This award honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the community and whose philanthropy has significantly improved our city.”

Together, Karen and Robert are known for supporting many arts organizations locally and around the globe. Robert shares his expertise serving on boards and committees while Karen contributes her expertise and enthusiasm by working with individuals.

When taking classes to learn Spanish, Karen met Nelida Oliva, a native Cuban. Together, they now teach music to Latino students in Lincoln. Karen supplies a free piano for each student to borrow and purchases all the sheet music, as long as the student keeps practicing and playing. About eight Lincoln children benefit from this Floating Pianos project. One of those students performed with Oliva at the event.

With their children, Todd and Paige, the family established the Duncan Family Trust. The trust distributes funds to enhance the quality of education, create positive change in the community and increase interest in the aviation industry.

“The Duncans are leaving an enduring imprint on our community,” said Bartle. “Karen and Robert model what philanthropy can look like when we share our passions with others. We are so pleased to recognize them with this award.”

“We are proud to call Lincoln our home,” said Karen Duncan. “Our wish is for it to be better than it was yesterday.”

Previous Charity Award Honorees Include: 

Ed and Mary Copple (2012) 
Jim and H.K. Stuart (2013)
Jim and Rhonda Seacrest (2014)
Alice Dittman (2015)
Jim and Mary Abel (2016)
Donna Woods (2017)