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Cooper Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-12-18

At A Glance

Cooper Foundation

870 Wells Fargo Ctr., 1248 O St.

Lincoln, NE United States 68508-1493

Telephone: (402) 476-7571


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-12-31)

Assets: $21,344,178

Total giving: $719,139






Incorporated in 1934 in NE - The foundation was founded by Joseph H. Cooper, who was the owner of the Cooper Theatres chain of movie theatres

Purpose and Activities

The mission of the foundation is to support strong, sustainable organizations, innovative ideas, and ventures of significant promise in Nebraska. The foundation's program areas are: arts, education, the environment, human services, and the humanities.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Program-Related Investment

Historically, the foundation has made a PRI in the form of a loan for a conservation easement on the Niobrara River, and a loan guarantee for a new facility for an environmental organization.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human services
  • Humanities
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-12-31

Assets: $21,344,178 (market value)

Expenditures: $1,128,798

Total giving: $719,139

Qualifying distributions: $1,126,255