At Strictly Business, we believe it is so important to support our local nonprofits. Nonprofit organizations understand the needs of the most vulnerable in our community and work to help support causes many of us connect to. Not only do local nonprofits help enrich Nebraskan life, but they also create jobs and give workers, volunteers and donors an opportunity to be a part of something greater than themselves. When we pitch in to help nonprofits, we’re helping our communities and neighbors and keeping a culture of humanity, art and philanthropy alive.

In this Supporting Nonprofits feature, we’re highlighting a host of Lincoln’s most impactful nonprofits, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share their stories and promote the work they do throughout the year. We encourage our readers to keep these nonprofits top-of-mind when choosing how to give, whether it’s money, time or skill.

For over 20 years, Domesti-PUPS ( has been supporting people in our local, regional and national communities through the assistance of animals. From therapy dogs in the classroom motivating children to pet therapy visitations in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living centers, Domesti-PUPS pet therapy teams bring a bit of brightness through their furry encounters. The organization’s service dog teams provide increased independence when paired with a disabled partner. These highly-skilled canines can turn on lights, provide balance and mobility, retrieve dropped items, bring a bottle of water from a refrigerator, respond to medical emergencies such as a seizure or a diabetic high or low and open doors both literally and figuratively. Some even provide lifesaving measures for their disabled partners. Learn more online at

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The Junior League of Lincoln (JLL, is an inclusive organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League of Lincoln currently runs community impact projects – Clothesline, HomeStart and the JLL Diaper Bank – which foster the well-being of women and children in Lincoln through education, direct service, fundraising and advocacy. The league’s goal is to create an environment that welcomes a diverse group of women where all members feel connected to each other, to the JLL mission and to the community. JLL provides significant training to all provisional, active and sustaining members, which encourages them to make a unique, valuable and lasting contribution to JLL and the community and to ensure continuity of leadership and establish the JLL as a leadership development resource in the community. For more information visit

The mission of the Region V Foundation ( is to support Region V Services and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Southeast Nebraska. The Region V Foundation helps provide services that may not be available through usual funding methods, including day services, transportation, housing, job coaching and other programs and experiences. Region V has been serving the Lincoln area and Southeast Nebraska for over 45 years. We strive for a community where those who experience disabilities are included. By providing tools and resources, we educate the public and connect members of the community.

To learn more, please visit or call (402) 471-6400.

The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum (SAC Aerospace Museum,, in Ashland, is a testament to the rich history and incredible achievements of both STRATCOM and U.S. aerospace technology. The museum’s mission goes beyond mere preservation and display; it’s dedicated to entertaining, educating and inspiring future generations.

The museum’s captivating collection offers a unique opportunity to explore the evolution of aviation and its role in aerospace history. Engaging exhibits, interactive displays and educational programs let visitors of all ages delve into the wonders of flight and the courage of those who have ventured beyond our atmosphere.

The SAC Aerospace Museum’s continued success and impact relies on the support of individuals and the community. Supporters not only help preserve our aerospace heritage but also help ignite curiosity, inspire young minds and shape the future of aviation. Call the SAC Aerospace Museum at (402) 944-3100 or visit for more information.

Since 1973, Humanities Nebraska (HN, has helped people explore what connects us and makes us human. As an independent nonprofit organization and state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, HN offers programming for everyone in the state, nurturing a more informed, thoughtful and just society. In 2023, HN is celebrating 50 years of connection by sparking curiosity during Humanities Week in October and all year long. HN programming includes a Speakers Bureau with more than 250 topics, the Nebraska Chautauqua summer history festival with scholars interacting with audiences as historic figures, Capitol Forum on America’s Future to engage high school students on global issues, Museum on Main Street traveling exhibitions from the Smithsonian, the annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities featuring a prominent national speaker, Prime Time Family Reading literacy programs, Nebraska Warrior Writers workshops for Veterans and active duty military, Nebraska History Day to inspire students in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics and grants that enable other Nebraska nonprofits to produce their own programming that enriches their local communities. For more information, please visit

Angels Among Us ( provides financial and emotional support to families whose children are battling pediatric cancer. Any family living in or being treated in Nebraska is eligible to apply. Once approved, families are provided with $500 or $750 a month, depending on household income levels, for the length of their entire treatment plan, up to three years, to help them stay financially stable during treatment. Funds are paid directly to the creditor, which ensures that funds are used for their intended purpose.

In addition to financial support, Angels Among Us launched 11 emotional support programs to provide wrap-around services for all members of the pediatric cancer family. Programs for teens, kids, siblings and caregivers; events for the family to attend together; and bereavement support services are now offered. These emotional support programs allow Angels Among Us to better fulfill its mission of BOTH financial and emotional support.

Since 2006, Angels Among Us has assisted over 620 families with over $4 million in support. Gifts of any amount are welcome and encouraged. For more information, contact Angels Among Us at (402) 934-0999 or visit the website at

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease where a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone needed to get energy from food. T1D strikes children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or exercise; at present, there is no cure. JDRF ( works every day to change this reality. As the largest global funder of T1D research, JDRF’s mission is to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. You can help make a difference by participating, volunteering or fundraising.


  • JDRF One Walk – October 1, 2023 at Mahoney State Park
  • JDRF TypeOneNation Summit – March 2024, Date & Location TBD
  • JDRF One Night Gala – April 27, 2024 at CHI Health Center Omaha


  • Advocacy – Advocate for government support of research & policies for affordable & accessible therapies.
  • Community Outreach – Educational resources and support for individuals & families.
  • Community events –
  • T1D Connect – Partner with JDRF & organize a meet-up in your community
  • Online Support Groups –
  • Give Back at School – School education & fundraising opportunities.
  • Ride – Destination cycling experience for all fitness levels.
  • YLC – Young professionals raising awareness & funds for T1D.

Learn more at or (402) 397-2873.

As the state’s quality award-winning expert for older adults, nonprofit Tabitha ( empowers people to live joyfully and age gratefully. Supporting families since 1886 across Nebraska, Tabitha offers a range of services: results-driven rehabilitation, accessible at-home home health care, innovative living communities, resourceful serious illness support, compassionate hospice services and Tabitha Meals on Wheels (Lincoln). For all senior care needs, ‘Tabitha is the Answer.’

Each year Tabitha must fundraise to supplement the cost of Seniors’ care. Medicaid and Medicare does not even come close to reimbursing Tabitha to cover the full cost of care.

Connect with the Tabitha Foundation to learn how you can make a difference today. Call (402) 486-8520 or go to

The White Cane Foundation ( gives two brand-new clothing outfits (two tops, two bottoms, one pair tennis shoes, two pairs of socks and underwear and hygiene items) to identified children in the Title One elementary schools in Lincoln. In 2019, we started at Belmont and have quickly added 11 more schools to include: Lakeview, Norwood Park, Clinton, Prescott, Everett, McPhee, West Lincoln, Hartley, Huntington, Saratoga and Elliott, bringing our total to serving 12 out of 18 Title One schools in Lincoln. This has happened in less than five years and our work is far from done. Our mission has grown with our community supporting our youth, one student at a time. A child’s job today is to get an education to go out into the world to be their very best selves. We are present now on a weekly basis. “We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that they are someone today,” stated Stacia Tauscher. Learn more about The White Cane Foundation at

Since 1952, The Arc of Lincoln ( has been a resource for parents, schools, agencies and individuals who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities. The mission is to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to promote and protect their rights and interests, while enriching the quality of their lives. They believe that all people deserve opportunities and to be contributors and influencers in their communities. One of the programs offered is The Arc Expeditions program, which gives individuals the opportunity to travel across the country with friends and volunteers for socializing opportunities and making some very special lifelong memories. There are still spots available for the following trips: Pigeon Forge, TN, Men’s Motorcross, Colorado Arts, KC Chiefs Game and Branson Christmas. The Arc of Lincoln continues to offer several different educational and social programs for all ages through a United Way grant since 1995. Starting in June 2023, we will be offering a Come Together Art Class taught by UN-L Art Students and made possible through a grant from upstART by Lincoln Arts Council. Current needs include advocacy and monetary donations for the most vulnerable in our communities. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Stuhmer, executive director, at (402) 421-8866 / or go online to

People’s City Mission (PCM, was started in 1907 by local churches, offering food and shelter for transient and impoverished men, women and children. In 1987, PCM moved to their current location and now houses on average 350 men, women and children nightly in their emergency shelters and the Curtis Center transitional housing program. The Help Center offers free clothing, housewares and food to Lincoln’s needy, to aid in preventing homelessness. The Free Clinic offers quality dental and other services to the uninsured. As Lincoln’s homeless shelter, People’s City Mission’s work is more than 97% funded by community donations. When you give a little, you can change a lot.

Contact or call (402) 475-1303 for more information. You can also visit or @pcmlincoln on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information.

Voices of Hope ( provides 24-hour services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, incest, stalking and related forms of abuse. They have provided free and confidential services to victims of these crimes in Lincoln/ Lancaster County for 48 years. Their services include a 24-hour crisis line, (402) 475-7273, and victim advocacy at hospitals. Voices of Hope also offers support groups, crisis counseling, safety planning, assistance with protection orders and basic needs as well as providing advocacy for students at all college campuses. They answer more than 8,000 crisis line calls a year and provide face-to-face services to approximately 2,200 unduplicated survivors. Their free and confidential services are available to women and men. Voices of Hope is in need of financial donations, gift cards, gas cards and donations of basic needs items such as personal hygiene items, household items, diapers and wipes and office supplies. To learn more, visit

One of Lincoln’s largest nonprofit organizations focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility is the YMCA of Lincoln ( The YMCA has served the community for over 150 years— apromoting positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body for all. Today, the YMCA serves the community with facilities in all quadrants of Lincoln through programs including swim lessons, YMCA Youth Sports, YMCA Camp Kitaki, after school programs, health and wellness offerings and more.

While the names and program offerings have changed over the past 150 years, the cause remains the same—strengthening the community. As one of the country’s most storied nonprofits, the YMCA knows that lasting personal and social change comes about when everyone works together. Every day, the YMCA works side-by-side with their neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For more information on the YMCA of Lincoln, visit

Through a growing grassroots network of volunteers who hail from every corner or the state, Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF, unleashes abundant local assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska.

Headquartered in Lincoln with employees working from hometowns all across the state, Nebraska Community Foundation provides financial management, strategic development, donor education and training in partnership with 1,500 volunteers serving over 275 Nebraska communities. In the last five years, 46,653 contributions were made to NCF and its affiliated funds. Since 1994, NCF has reinvested $463 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For information, visit or call (402) 323-7330.

Founded in 2003, Nebraska Folklife (NF, is a nonprofit arts and humanities organization that serves as the state’s public folk and traditional arts program. Our mission is to foster, sustain and increase awareness of Nebraska’s living cultural heritage. We focus on educating both residents and visitors about the rich cultural diversity and traditional art forms that exist in our state and showing how all Nebraskans contribute to our shared cultural identity.

NF has created portable educational trunks featuring many of Nebraska’s diverse cultures for use anywhere. We assist traditional artists in exhibiting, performing and sharing their work with the public. We partner with ethnic organizations and other groups to host engaging, free community events.

Humans have a knack for passing on traditions, new and old, so please share what you’ve been up to! For more information and to get involved, please visit

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The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA, is a member-based nonprofit that believes in grassroots efforts to achieve our mission, which is to plant Nebraska for healthy people, vibrant communities and a resilient environment.

Our arboretum network is composed of more than 100 accredited arboretums and landscape stewardship sites spanning the state from Sidney to Omaha. Our goal is to “take the arboretum to the people” through these local gardens, and to help nurture them as places of beauty, demonstration and restoration.

Over the last 40 years of our work, we’ve seen that landscapes can have a dramatic impact on quality of life—they renew our environment, improve our health, increase social interactions, deepen our sense of place and provide opportunities for learning.

Above all, we see that ultimately its people’s lives that are changed—neighborly connections are formed, thriving business districts develop and people commit to long-term stewardship, all through planting Nebraska.

Learn more about NSA at

The Leadership Harbor Foundation ( was created to help Leadership Harbor add value to, serve and recognize in five distinct areas:

  • CALM; Suicide & Bullying Awareness and Prevention – Both are topics of importance to the team at Leadership Harbor. The Foundation allows us an avenue to provide these trainings and workshops at no direct cost to the hosting organization.
  • Veterans – Grants and donations to the Foundation allow us to provide programs and coaching to Veterans at reduced or no cost. Coach Patrick has a passion for serving this important population as they seek to transition from service to civilian life and all that is encompassed by this.
  • Youth Leadership – Contributions through the Foundation allow us to invest in the youngest of leaders, from Scholarships so youth can participate in Leadership Development to providing our Maxwell Leadership Global Youth Initiative (GYI) events every April and October.
  • Education – Through the Educator of the Month program, iLead and values-based Leadership curriculum, we will focus on helping students, educators and administrators in transforming communities.
  • Scholarship – Contributions through the Foundation allow us to invest in those who want to develop their potential, and need a little financial boost to get them started.

Learn more at

“My family’s well-being is better off after finding HopeSpoke and shaking the negative stigma around mental health.” – parent of a HopeSpoke client.

HopeSpoke ( inspires healthy futures for children and families through comprehensive behavioral and mental health services. Emotional issues and trauma are hard for anyone to overcome, especially for kids. When things feel hopeless, HopeSpoke can help.

HopeSpoke provides mental health services for individuals and families across the lifespan, including:

  • Outpatient counseling
  • School-based therapy
  • Extended day treatment
  • Crisis and residential services

Outpatient counseling is available in-person or via telehealth to best fit each individual’s needs. Caring for children’s mental health since 1949, HopeSpoke continues to provide expert, innovative services to grow a community of happy, hopeful, healthy families. For more information about HopeSpoke’s programs, or to make a gift to support mental health for children and families, please visit or call (402) 475-7666.

The Mourning Hope Grief Center ( exists to companion children and adults before and after a death loss. Research shows that one in 15 Nebraska children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 18, which means approximately 30,000 Nebraska children are in need of grief support. Unresolved grief can lead to negative health, education and behavioral outcomes.

At Mourning Hope, children and adults learn to process grief through counseling, reflection and creative expression. Our peer-based support groups bring families together to learn healthy coping methods. Participants are given the freedom to grieve at their own pace. They learn that hope and healing are possible and that no one has to grieve alone.

Mourning Hope’s counseling, community education programs and resources are available at no cost, ensuring all bereaved Nebraskans can access compassionate care. Mourning Hope’s doors are open to you. Learn more at or call (402) 488-8989.

The Lincoln Children’s Museum ( invites children to create, discover and learn through the power of play.

In 1987, a group of committed parents and educators came together to concept a hands-on learning Museum for children in Nebraska. A permanent Museum opened in December 1989 containing a dozen simple, handcrafted exhibits.

Now, the Lincoln Children’s Museum offers three floors and 23,300 square feet of interactive learning through numerous exhibits along with day and summer camps and learning programs offered at the Museum and throughout the Lincoln community.

The Lincoln Children’s Museum is a member of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM). ACM has nearly 200 children’s museums nationwide.

The Museum is a private nonprofit, 501(c)(3), and receives no city, state or federal tax dollars. When you support the Lincoln Children’s Museum, you’re supporting a future of limitless possibilities to the children of Lincoln. To learn more, visit

Through partnerships and collaboration, Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF, facilitates positive change for the common good. LCF’s mission is to inspire our community to give, act and lead.

Since 1955, LCF has been privileged to be part of many wonderful legacies by connecting donor generosity to local needs. The organization serves as a faithful steward for many types of philanthropic gifts and helps donors create lasting legacies of giving. With gifts of all sizes from thousands of donors over the years, the assets of LCF have grown to more than $185 million. LCF has distributed more than $214 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that have improved the lives of our residents.

The success of Lincoln Community Foundation is measured by the quality of life achieved for people today and generations to come. Find out more online at or by calling (402) 474-2345.

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach ( is dedicated to helping the homeless and near homeless find possibilities when things seem impossible. Our vision is to defeat hunger and homelessness and restore hope! Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, Matt Talbot is a hunger relief and outreach center. In a typical year, Matt Talbot provides approximately 180,000 meals through onsite prepared meals, emergency food pantries and distribution of donated high-quality food and 45,000 outreach and homeless prevention services to the working poor and homeless such as housing, case management, drug and alcohol evaluations, RentWise classes, diversion and help with obtaining vital identification documents. Matt Talbot has maintained a four-star Charity Navigator ranking for nine consecutive years, received the 2023 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics and was recognized for transparency with a Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile.

Learn more at

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra (LSO, presents inspiring experiences that welcome all members of our community to discover and cultivate a profound, personal connection with live orchestral music. LSO presents a season of 11 concerts which are attended by 10,000 audience members annually. The season consists of seven classical concerts (including one chamber orchestra concert), two one-hour family concerts, a pop concert and an annual holiday concert. LSO also provides education and community engagement activities that reach more than 13,500 students in more than 90 schools throughout Nebraska annually. This includes our Young People’s Concerts, library partnerships, school visits and an annual Young Artist Competition. In addition, Harmony in Healing, a music and wellness program, presents a series of chamber ensemble performances in healthcare facilities throughout Lincoln. LSO also partners with LPS’s Family Literacy program and other human service organizations through our Social Impact Program to provide free concert opportunities for underserved populations.

For more information, please visit

For 91 years, Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. ( has been strengthening the Lincoln community by providing services for individuals who face barriers to employment and by offering residents an outlet for recycling unused household items and clothing. The sale of donated items in Goodwill’s retail stores remains the largest source of funding for its programs and services.

Goodwill recognizes that services provided by peer agencies prepare people served by Goodwill to better succeed in Goodwill’s employment programs. It is with this understanding that Goodwill provides funding to colleague agencies to help with their own programs that align with Goodwill’s mission of keeping willing workers employed and community resources maximized. To learn more, visit

Did you know one in 26 people are diagnosed with epilepsy, or that one in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime?

The Epilepsy Foundation (, in collaboration with our community and network partners, connects the people, data and resources needed to address challenging health problems associated with seizures and epilepsy and promotes education, policy, research and systemic change that will foster measurable and sustainable improvement for all people living with epilepsy.

We are fiercely committed to improving the lives of people with epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation Nebraska provides seizure alert monitors to those in need, responds 24/7 to information and referral requests through the Helpline, educates our community on Seizure First Aid, hosts support groups, promotes grassroots advocacy efforts and holds local awareness campaigns throughout the year. Together, we are elevating the conversation around epilepsy and fighting the stigmas that persist around living with seizures.

Let’s END EPILEPSY TOGETHER! To learn more, visit

Since 1978, Friendship Home ( has helped survivors of domestic violence find physical and emotional safety by offering possibilities to help change their lives when things are at their worst. Friendship Home’s current facilities have expanded shelter options including transitional housing and single-family shelters and a variety of different crisis services.

Friendship Home offers emergency shelter in a communal shelter setting, apartments for families and transitional living for families who need more time to rebuild their lives—free from violence. Friendship Home continues to empower everyone who comes through their doors to achieve safety, independence and freedom from domestic violence.

Friendship Home is Lancaster County’s only safe, confidential emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Services include emergency and transitional shelter, as well as supportive services, through safety planning, crisis intervention, support groups and mental health counseling. To access safe shelter and services, call (402) 437-9302. Learn more about Friendship Home online at

Lincoln Medical Education Partnership ( is a leader in healthcare education, patient care and behavioral health services through a variety of programs designed to meet community needs. These include the training of Family Medicine resident physicians and the delivery of exemplary patient care through the Lincoln Family Medicine Residency Program and the Lincoln Family Medicine Center, exposure to integrative medicine through Lincoln Medical Acupuncture, outpatient mental health and substance use counseling services for adults through Stepping Stones, the provision of training and technical assistance to help schools identify and assist students with behavioral health issues through School Community Intervention & Prevention (SCIP) and the delivery of expert medical care to pediatric patients in Lincoln’s hospitals through Lincoln Pediatric Hospitalists. To learn more about Lincoln Medical Education Partnership, go online to or call (402) 483-4581.

Established in 1992, The Mediation Center ( fills a unique and important niche in our community. With staff possessing expertise in conflict resolution and consensus building strategies, along with the commitment of nearly 100 extensively trained mediators, over the years thousands of mediations have benefited thousands of individuals. The Center operates on a sliding fee scale and is dedicated to providing anyone in our community access to professional mediation services regardless of their ability to pay.

Mediation is a non-adversarial process for resolving disputes guided by a neutral third party mediator. The Mediation Center is proud of the quality and breadth of their programming and works relentlessly towards achieving a future for our community where mediation is the first option considered to resolve conflict and preserve relationships.

Call The Mediation Center at (402) 441-5740 or go to the website at for more information or to request services.

The mission of the Nebraska Safety Council ( is simple: For more than 60 years, they have provided education and leadership to empower people to live safe and healthy lives. The Nebraska Safety Council’s comprehensive programs, training courses, events and services are designed to improve employee care at a desk, on the production floor, behind the wheel and off the job. Their unique Worker 360° approach provides integrated risk management to improve overall worker quality of life and positively impact an organization’s bottom line. Members of the Nebraska Safety Council include organizations throughout Nebraska and surrounding areas, across a variety of industries. There is no one-size-fits-all option. Each company’s safety and wellbeing program is customized for their needs and size. Demonstrate your commitment to employee safety and health by becoming a member of the Nebraska Safety Council. You will receive access to training, guidance and resources to establish or enhance your safety and wellness programs and policies. The Nebraska Safety Council provides leadership and resources for a safe and healthy workplace and community. To reach their team, call (402) 483-2511 or visit to learn more.

Founded in 1932, Catholic Social Services (CSS, of Southern Nebraska is the charitable arm of the Diocese of Lincoln, serving all individuals regardless of faith in the southern third of Nebraska. Their services cover 24,000 square miles and touch the lives of nearly 30,000 people annually.

Catholic Social Services provides food market and meal services, family support services—which include rent and utility assistance, disaster relief, refugee, immigration services and St. Gianna Program (a program for women and their children escaping violence and domestic abuse). Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska has offices and Gift & Thrift stores in Lincoln, Auburn, Hastings and Imperial. To connect, donate or volunteer with CSS in bringing Hope in the Good Life, visit or call (402) 474-1600.

Christian Record Services, Inc. (, located in Lincoln, is a ministry of compassion of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to children and adults who are blind, with nearly 18,000 members throughout the United States and in countries around the world. Our mission is to empower people who are blind to engage their communities and embrace the Blessed Hope.

Christian Record Services offers an array of services and programs, including Bible study lessons, books, magazines and Bibles in audio, braille and large print from a library of more than 2,000 titles. Members also have the opportunity to deepen social, educational and spiritual connections through PhoneFaith, scholarships for higher education and National Camps for Blind Children.

These services and programs are free of charge to people who are legally blind, regardless of spiritual beliefs or faith background.

For more information, visit, call (402) 488-0981 or email

“Poverty limits opportunity. We don’t.” Since 1965, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties ( has been empowering people living in poverty to reach economic stability.

Community Action provides unique programs and services in four impact areas: Early Childhood Education, Homelessness Prevention, Financial and Family Well-Being and Hunger Relief and Healthy Food Access. Just some programs include Head Start, which supports children from at-risk backgrounds and their families in building skills for success; Emergency Services, which provides rent, utility and deposit assistance to those at-risk of experiencing homelessness; and the Gathering Place, which provides free hot, nutritious meals to anyone experiencing hunger in Lincoln.

Community Action has provided over 100,000 poverty-fighting services to over 18,000 individuals in Lancaster and Saunders Counties. To connect, call (402) 471-4515 or visit

The mission of the American Red Cross ( is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters from home fires to major events such as hurricanes, floods or tornadoes. About 40% of the nation’s blood needed by patients is supplied by the Red Cross. The organization teaches skills such as CPR and First Aid that save lives. Additionally, the Red Cross provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members, Veterans and their families.

Every day, the American Red Cross is active in the community, serving those in need. Visit or call 1-(800) REDCROSS to support Red Cross efforts by volunteering, donating financially or giving blood.

Aiding Angels ( is a local, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing FREE, professional housecleaning to the cancer heroes in our community during one of the most stressful times of their lives. A clean home and environment contributes to the welfare and recovery of patients.

Brenda Schwery, local business owner of Maid To Please, has provided free home cleaning services for years through another foundation where women with cancer are the only recipients. In response to an overwhelming number of requests from not only women, but also men and children, Brenda founded Aiding Angels. Now, the void is filled and the much-needed help is extended to everyone— men, women and children regardless of financial status—going through cancer treatment or hospice due to cancer.

For more information on Aiding Angels, please visit or contact Brenda at (402) 434-2472.

Hundreds of children and youth in Lancaster County are victims of abuse and neglect. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Lancaster County is a local nonprofit that recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused, neglected, truant or ungovernable children in Juvenile Court. CASA volunteers get to know the children and the circumstances and issues surrounding the family. They gather information and report their findings and recommendations directly to the judge. CASA volunteer advocates provide a voice for children in court, expedite permanency, share with the judge the needs and wishes of the children and ensure that children have safe, permanent homes. Help us “Change a Child’s Story™” by becoming a CASA volunteer or by donating today!

To volunteer, donate or for more information, please contact CASA for Lancaster County at (402) 474-5161 or visit, Facebook @CASA4LancasterCo or Twitter @CASALancasterCo.

Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln ( has helped families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership families like Blanca and her four children.

Habitat strives to help families like Blanca’s achieve homeownership through an affordable mortgage. Homeownership strengthens neighborhoods and improves the entire community. Children of homeowners have better success rates in school, and families are able to build generational wealth putting them on a path out of poverty.

Habitat Lincoln has partnered with more than 199 local families, serving more than 812 men, women and children through the construction of new single-family homes, as well as simple and critical repair projects. Get involved at

More than 11,000 Nebraskans will be diagnosed with cancer this year. The Heartland Cancer Foundation’s ( mission is to provide practical and immediate financial assistance to eligible cancer patients in our community so they can focus on what matters most: healing.

If you are passionate about supporting local cancer patients in Nebraska who are struggling with both a cancer diagnosis and financial hardship, reach out to get involved.

There are many ways to show your support, including volunteering your time and planning fun events as part of the Impact Guild, sponsoring one of our signature fundraising events like the Mardi Gras Gala or Heartland Golf Classic, or becoming an Impact Partner and having a presence at all of the organization’s events year-round.

Chances are, cancer has had an impact on your life. If you’re ready to provide hope, learn more and reach out at

Fresh Start ( has given a “fresh start” to over 1,800 women who were striving to live a better life. As a nonprofit transitional housing program for women, Fresh Start offers more than just a safe place to live. It’s a goals-based program that empowers women to change their lives by recognizing and overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency. With Fresh Start, women 19 years and older who are experiencing homelessness for any reason have the opportunity to live in a safe, supportive environment for up to a year, affording them more time to focus on their long-term goals, address barriers and enact change.

Donation of sunscreen, toilet paper and Kleenex are needed.

Get involved with Fresh Start by visiting their website at or connecting on social media (Facebook: @FreshStartHomeLincoln; Twitter: @FreshStartLNK). To donate or learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Amanda at (402) 475-7777 /

Break away from the pack of ordinary after-school programs with Girls on the Run of Nebraska (GOTR,, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next school year.

Girls on the Run teams meet twice weekly each season to build skills in goal-setting, communication and decision making while they train to complete a 5K run/walk with other GOTR teams. Since its inception with 11 girls in Lincoln in 2003, GOTR-Nebraska has expanded to serve more than 24,000 girls at 100+ sites across the state.

Teams of third through sixth grade girls are coached by volunteers who help girls put their best foot forward with friendship, physical activity and 5K fun. The GOTR 5K is a celebration of every girl’s hard work, and the entire GOTR experience is valuable to promote physical, social and emotional growth.

“GOTR is an excellent way for my daughter to develop relationships with other children, as well as promote good health and exercise,” wrote one parent. “She absolutely adored her coaches, who were always supportive and helpful.”

To learn more about Girls on the Run, visit

Filament Essential Services ( is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting those who serve others. It’s who we are. It’s the backbone of our mission and it’s at the center of the work we do every day. Our focus is providing a foundation of essential services that strengthens the nonprofit community.

  • SOCS Communication Suite – A web presence you can manage on your own. The SOCS GO app serves as an extension of your website and enables you to publish new articles and send alerts from your smartphone.
  • Branding and Video – Collaborate with the Filament creative team to engage your audience with materials that capture your story and reflects your mission.
  • Data Security – Filament develops personalized data security plans to protect your confidential information and defend your network from cyber security threats.
  • Tech Support – A team of live IT experts ready to support your team when hardware, software and network issues arise.
  • Payroll and Bookkeeping – Manages your organization’s finances keeping your payroll and bookkeeping in check.

For more information about Filament Essential Services, visit or call (402) 219-9600.

The American Heart Association ( is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives— devoted to saving people from two of the nation’s top killers: heart disease and stroke.

Powered by millions of volunteers, global and local collaborators, their goal is equitably increase worldwide healthy life expectancy from 64 to at least 67 years by 2030.

Through events right here in Nebraska, like the Heart Walk, Go Red for Women and Heart Ball, the American Heart Association is making an impact. For more information, visit

Bridges to Hope ( is a nonprofit organization serving men and women who’ve been incarcerated. This is done by providing tangible items such as furniture, clothing and household goods, donated by community members. One of the main obstacles we hear about is lack of housing for someone with a record.

For those who have been incarcerated, affordable housing is crucial for their successful reintegration back into society. Bridges to Hope is addressing this obstacle by developing a Tiny Home Village that will provide permanent supportive housing for a total of 20 individuals and/or small families. These homes will range in size between 250-500 square feet, and each will have its own sleeping area, kitchenette and bathroom with shower. Having their own individual home differs from communal living solutions by giving each person a feeling of worth, therefore a great buy-in to their community village.

To learn more, visit our website at

Christian Businessmen’s Connection (CBMC Lincoln, is part of a global network of men in the marketplace who want to develop personally, professionally and spiritually. These are men who aspire to honor God in their businesses and work. CBMC encourages men to connect with Christ and with others who are growing and discovering how to represent Christ in life and work.

CBMC offers one-on-one mentoring, challenging growth groups, leadership development, networking and events throughout the year. They also serve business owners and leaders through Peer Advisory Groups geared to equip members to lead lives and businesses which honor Christ and serve the community. Young Professionals (YP) groups offer opportunities for men from all areas of the workplace to engage with other YP’s as well as learn from senior leaders and business owners. When men connect with CBMC, they become part of a trusted band of brothers who are there to provide encouragement and accountability and share wisdom.

To learn how CBMC Lincoln can serve you, please contact CBMC Lincoln at (402) 204-1997, connect with them on Facebook (@cbmclincolnne) or visit

Family Health Services ( is a nonprofit reproductive health agency that provides services on a sliding scale fee based on income. We accept insurance, but it is not required. Our primary purpose is to ensure reproductive and sexual health of every individual by offering confident and caring exams, treatment and prevention. Our nurse practitioners are experts in reproductive healthcare providing primary care and preventative health services including wellness exams, birth control consultations, STD testing, pregnancy testing and counseling and women’s gynecological visits. Our office is located at 630 N Cotner, STE 204, close to Gateway Mall. We offer extended hours to serve our client’s needs. Call (402) 466-1012 for an appointment today!

City Impact ( is a faith-based nonprofit organization in Lincoln, focused on empowering and equipping kids and families to rise above vulnerable circumstances through a Christ-centered biblical worldview, radically transforming them into who God created them to be. With diverse programs and initiatives, this organization tackles various issues impacting youth and families.

From transitional housing for families to educational opportunities for youth, and from mental health & wellness programs to mentoring and guiding young people toward a brighter future, City Impact’s holistic approach addresses the needs of individuals from all walks of life. City Impact aims to catalyze positive change through core values of community, excellence and a growth mindset. It creates a ripple effect that instills hope, purpose and a sense of belonging in those it serves.

Needs: Weekly literacy tutors, weekly faith program volunteers, donations and sponsorships to help support City Impact’s free community programs.

For more information about City Impact, call (402) 477-8080, email or visit Follow on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected.

Loaves and Fishes ( is a small nonprofit whose mission is to provide nutritious food, hygiene products and support to our homeless and near homeless neighbors. We offer free meals each week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Lincoln. On Wednesdays, we also offer groceries and hygiene products to our guests. We partner with other nonprofits and groups in the community to increase our reach. We provide sack lunches every week to the F Street Community Center that are given to youth in need. Each month, we provide around 250 meals to Havelock Christian Church to distribute during their free clothing give away. We work with SOAP Laundry to provide those in need with free laundry and we have just begun providing free showers at the F Street Community Center. We are able to offer all of these services through the generosity of our dedicated supporters, and are so thankful for everyone who is able to help us help those in our Community who need it the most. For more information, please visit

The Pregnancy Center ( is a nonprofit, faith-based organization located in the heart of Lincoln just off O Street. Every month, over 400 young women in our community come to the Pregnancy Center for answers. These women desperately need our love and support. Many of them are afraid and feel like they have no options. The Pregnancy Center offers complete information about every option available to a woman facing an unintended pregnancy. The Pregnancy Center also provides confidential counsel, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, materials support, parenting classes and character-based relationship education in schools, all at no cost to our clients or taxpayers. Learn more at

Brain injuries impact multiple areas of a person’s life such as cognition, memory, balance, emotional stability, relationships and more. Currently, few resources and supports are available statewide to people living with a brain injury.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska (, an affiliate of the United States Brain Injury Alliance, is a dedicated provider of brain injury health information and support in the state. Incorporated in 2009, the organization’s mission is to create a better future for all Nebraskans through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy and support.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska (BIA-NE) works to bring about meaningful system change by building community support networks that help individuals and families across the state navigate life changes caused by brain injury.

Learn more about the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska and its services by visiting

The Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation (CINCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making higher education opportunities accessible to students from diverse backgrounds and communities. CINCF supports the missions of its 13 member institutions and promotes the high quality and affordability of member colleges to prospective students. For more information, visit

CINCF Board officers are Chair, Greg Hohl (president, Wahoo State Bank); Vice Chair, Dr. Darrin Good (president, Nebraska Wesleyan University); Secretary, Jody Horner (president, Midland University); and Treasurer, Steve Ritzman (president, SR Consulting).

“We are very pleased to have these talented individuals guiding Nebraska’s private college foundation,” said Treva Haugaard, CINCF’s executive director. “Their experience and business expertise will further enhance the educational opportunities available for students.”

CINCF’s 13 member colleges and universities include Bellevue University, Bryan College of Health Sciences, Clarkson College, College of Saint Mary, Concordia University, Creighton University, Doane University, Hastings College, Midland University, Nebraska Methodist College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Union College and York University.

The Bridge Behavioral Health ( is a nationally accredited substance use treatment center. Their mission is to provide hope and a strong foundation for recovery through substance use treatment and behavioral health intervention. Since 1984, The Bridge has served as an essential part of the community’s safety net, providing compassionate support and treatment to people struggling with substance use and related mental health disorders. The Bridge offers a continuum of services including medically-monitored withdrawal, substance use and mental health respite, residential treatment and outpatient counseling.

For more information, contact Taylor Brethouwer at or visit

Based in Lincoln, nonprofit Mosaic in Southeast Nebraska ( is part of a whole-person healthcare organization across 13 states in more than 700 communities serving people with intellectual and developmental needs. Mosaic’s purpose is to “love and serve” and its mission is to “embrace God’s call to relentlessly pursue opportunities to empower people.” The values woven through Mosaic’s work are belonging, connection, faithfulness and grit.

At Mosaic in Southeast Nebraska, “to empower” means providing truly personalized services to those it supports to achieve their best or most meaningful life, working with them and their families to create closer ties to the community in order to open up volunteer and employment opportunities and Mosaic standing alongside them to advocate with and for them to bring awareness to issues that affect their lives and promote public policy that positively impacts them.

This empowerment of people ranges from helping someone communicate for the first time to helping another gain enough independence to secure a job and live in their own home. If you would like to learn more about Mosaic in Southeast Nebraska’s services, to donate, volunteer or inquire about employment, please go to

Lincoln TeamMates ( matches an adult volunteer with a student in grades three-12 to help them realize their strengths, grow hope for their future and to simply be heard. Matches share common interests and/or lived experience. Mentor’s may choose the school and/or grade level that fits best for them. Visits last one class period, once each week and take place at school. TeamMates began in 1991, thanks to Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne. In 32 years, program outcomes have confirmed their belief that caring adults help students—especially those with multiple life challenges—stay engaged in school, graduate high school and make post-secondary plans. Mentors help students expand their aspirations, develop visions for their futures and realize their full potential. To discuss the benefits of mentoring for associates in your business or to offer donations of food for trainings, reach out by calling (402) 436-1990. You can learn more at

Down Syndrome Association for Families of Nebraska (DSAF, recognizes that every person with Down syndrome is an individual who has a unique purpose and set of abilities. For 25 years, DSAF has provided a positive vision for the future of individuals with Down syndrome and those who share in their lives through networking, advocacy and support, including Parent First Call, Medical Outreach, Age-based “Stars” Enrichment Groups and the annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk.

The 22nd annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk is set to take place Saturday, October 7. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at Antelope Park. The Down Syndrome Association for Families partners with businesses in the community to deliver premium sponsorship packages for this event. Attendees can expect to celebrate with 1,000 other supporters with live music, entertainment, face painting, balloon animals, food and beverages.

Become a partner today! Contact for information or visit for details.


The Branched Oak Observatory (BOO, @BranchedOakObservatory) is a unique astronomical park located conveniently just 20 minutes from downtown Lincoln near Branched Oak Lake Recreation Area. Established in 2015, they offer a unique viewing experience and learning opportunity for young and old alike. The Observatory has a 30-student classroom, a visitor’s center and two buildings dedicated to viewing the night sky. Whether viewing the sun, the moon or deep space star clusters and nebulae, the Observatory’s staff of volunteers—amateur and professional astronomers alike—help to “Bring the Night Sky Down to Earth.” They hold monthly events called “Star Parties” that are FREE and fun for the whole family.

The Observatory also has a radio telescope to view the electronic spectrum of the universe, a SATCOM array for communications with the International Space Station and other satellites, a Cosmic Ray Detector and *coming soon* an Earth Moon Earth EME array that will allow them to bounce radio signals off the surface of the moon and back to Earth!

Please follow the Branched Oak Observatory on Facebook (@BranchedOakObservatory). If you would like more information, please email Matt Anderson at or call (402) 480-5515. Branched Oak Observatory is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Malone Community Center ( was founded in 1955 through a reorganization of the Lincoln Urban League. Initially founded during a time in history when civil rights for African Americans were extremely limited, the league founders, both black and white, were determined to improve social and economic conditions and increase understanding between all races. They believed that enhanced understanding between all groups of people would create a better community.

For decades, the Malone Center has served neighboring families, youth, seniors and the Lincoln community through programs and initiatives that extend well beyond the community center to uphold their mission to end multigenerational poverty. Their holistic community programming reflects their commitment to advancing equality through education, health initiatives, community outreach, advocacy and leadership development.

For more information about the Malone Community Center, please visit or call (402) 474-1110.

The Nebraska Chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF, is part of the world’s largest and oldest children’s youth ministry. Established in 1937, the global ministry has reached over 250 million children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are unique in that they focus specifically on elementary children ages five–12. CEF of Nebraska’s Good News Clubs (GNC) are after-school clubs during the school year that primarily meet in local public schools. During the summer, their Five-Day Clubs go where the children are—neighborhoods, homes and parks.

Anyone who is interested in supporting the CEF of Nebraska can join the Harvest Club. In light of the gospel of Luke (chapter 10, verse two), the Harvest Club is an opportunity to give $10.02 each month to financially support this ministry. In addition, Harvest Club members are encouraged to set their alarm for 10:02 (a.m. or p.m.) to earnestly pray for laborers serving through CEF of Nebraska each day.

CEF of Nebraska brings the gospel of Jesus Christ to children for an opportunity in which to make a life-changing decision for Christ in a safe and loving environment. If you would like to know more, please contact Matt Anderson at or call (402) 480-5515.


The Supporting Nonprofits feature is an excellent opportunity for your organization to promote your mission and the work you’re doing in the communities you serve!

The next feature will be in the January 2024 issue.

Please call (402) 466-3330 or email if you are interested in participating!