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Peter Kiewit Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-14

At A Glance

Peter Kiewit Foundation

1125 S. 103rd St., Ste. 500

Omaha, NE United States 68124-6022

Telephone: (402) 344-7890


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-06-30)

Assets: $441,190,075

Total giving: $18,619,022






Established in 1975 in NE - Mr. Kiewit was president of Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc., which began as a family bricklaying business. Kiewit grew the firm into a successful international construction company. The foundation began disbursing funds in 1980, including grants to 18 recipients (totaling $14.3 million) designated in the original trust agreement. The foundation is of perpetual duration, disbursing all of its annual net income and only rarely invading its principal.

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for cultural programs, including the arts, civic affairs, community development, higher and other education, health and social service agencies, and youth programs. Contributions almost always made as challenge or matching grants.

Program Area(s)

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

Grants to Individuals Program

Undergraduate scholarships only to high school students in the Omaha, NE--Council Bluffs, IA, area, specifically Douglas and Sarpy counties, NE, and Pottawattamie County, IA. Grants also to NE teachers for excellence in classroom teaching.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has a made a program-related investment for community redevelopment in Omaha.

Summer Fun Program

The program offers assistance to nonprofit agencies that serve disadvantaged youth in Omaha, NE. It is a cooperative effort that was developed with several destination sites including museums and parks, to expose youngsters (ages 6 and up) to interesting and fun experiences during their summer school vacation. The foundation publishes a catalog of activities that are offered each summer and sends them to the eligible youth agencies. All activities are scheduled through the foundation office. The foundation pays for all transportation when agencies cannot provide their own and all of the costs of appropriate refreshments or meals and program materials at the participating host sites. All of the host organizations participate by waiving their admission fee (except tax-supported ones which cannot do so by law) and by providing staffed programs of quality content for the youth.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Community and economic development
  • Community improvement
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Human services
  • Rural development
  • Sustainable development
  • Youth services
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-06-30

Assets: $441,190,075 (market value)

Expenditures: $23,355,235

Total giving: $18,619,022

Qualifying distributions: $20,533,652