WIN grants impact neighbors

WIN did not set out to change the world.

Eighteen grants ago, WIN set out to make a bigger impact in our state by contributing collectively to bold, innovative solutions for issues that matter to Nebraskans. Our scope is keenly focused. WIN targets our grant funds to significantly impact two projects each year—one at the University of Nebraska and one with a Nebraska nonprofit.

With an average grant of $77,750 in our first nine grant cycles, we funded the purchase of children’s hearing aids and helped make infant swallowing exams more accessible. We enabled new and expanding rural health care initiatives and Nebraskans’ understanding of the potential link between domestic violence and brain damage. We provided funding to feed families lunch in the summer and assure rural children have safe, educational, and fun places to be after school. Last year we funded legal services for veterans with health issues and invested in digital resource programs at the University of Nebraska to lower the cost of college on three campuses.

Those are terrific projects, and the list reflects only some of our grants. The people who do the work behind all the projects we have funded really are changing the world one Nebraska neighbor at a time.

It is humbling to be just a part of that chain of caring for our neighbors.

In the coming weeks, each WIN member will have the opportunity to review four finalists in the WIN application process and cast a ballot to determine which two projects will get the collective boost to advance their mission. The Grants Committee has vetted and discussed the proposals and will offer two nonprofit and two university proposals for your consideration. Watch your email for information on how to vote and mark your calendar for the 10th Annual WIN Grant Awards Celebration on Oct. 26.

WIN members’ collective gifts do have an impact on Nebraskans. Thank you for being a WIN member.

Maybe we can help change the world after all – one neighbor at a time.