Thanks to the foresight of generous donors, Lincoln Community Foundation granted funds totaling more than $13 million in 2018. This record amount was distributed to 974 nonprofit organizations with 85% of the grant dollars staying in Lancaster County.
Discretionary grants totaling close to $2 million were provided to local nonprofits made possible by contributions to the Lincoln Forever Fund and from LCF donor endowment funds. This includes leadership grants to Lincoln Parks Foundation for the Prairie Corridor Trail from Pioneers Park to Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center ($250,000) and Redevelopment of Rudge Park ($50,000).
Nearly $5 million was granted from designated funds that were created by donors to support the programs and operations of their favorite nonprofits and houses of worship. Over $6 million was granted from Donor Advised Funds. These grants, which can be distributed to any eligible nonprofit in the country, are directed by the donor using funds they set aside for charitable distribution.
Grants support a variety of donor interests including health and human services, community improvement, education and youth, arts and culture, environment and animals, and religion-related.