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WIN seeks winning ideas from Nebraska nonprofits, University of Nebraska

WIN seeks winning ideas from Nebraska nonprofits, University of Nebraska

Nebraska nonprofit organizations striving to address critical community needs or wishing to make a significant local or state impact are invited to submit their funding ideas to Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN). For information and to submit an online letter of inquiry, go to by March 1.

WIN will again award two grants this year of equal value. One grant will be awarded to a Nebraska charitable organization, and another grant will be awarded to an organization or group directly affiliated with the University of Nebraska. Last year, WIN awarded two grants of more than $76,000 each.

Qualifying Nebraska organizations must be designated as nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charities. Organizations and groups affiliated with the University of Nebraska may also submit inquiries. All applicants must submit an inquiry online by March 1 and will be notified about eligibility to submit a formal grant proposal.

WIN was established in 2011 by the University of Nebraska Foundation and its women in philanthropy committee to connect women and involve them in local philanthropy. Members of WIN pledge to make a gift each year for at least three years. Its members then pool their resources and collectively grant half of their annual contributions to a Nebraska nonprofit organization and half to a University of Nebraska organization.

WIN is accepting new members. To learn more about membership and upcoming events, go to or call Tracy Edgerton at 402-458-1160 or 800-432-3216.

Last year WIN awarded the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation a grant to help at risk young people who are transitioning from foster care to independent adult life. The University of Nebraska at Omaha was awarded a grant for its Women and IT Engagement Link program, which strives to recruit, retain and support women interested in information technology careers.

The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for more than 77 years. In 2013, donors provided the university with $236.7 million for scholarships, medical and other research, academic programs, faculty support and facilities. The foundation's comprehensive fundraising campaign, the Campaign for Nebraska, has raised more than $1.5 billion for the university and concludes Dec. 31, 2014. For more information, visit

"In joining together and thinking big, we will make a large impact."

-Lisa Smith, Former Chair of the University of Nebraska Foundation Women in Philanthropy subcommittee