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George Abel Sr

Since the beginning, the values of the Abel family have always included returning a measure of its success to the community through contributions. The first substantial gift from the Abel family was made in memory of George P. Abel, Sr. in 1944 to the newly formed University of Nebraska Foundation.

As the success of the family business increased, more contributions were made to various organizations. George P. Abel Jr. incorporated the Abel Foundation in 1946 as an orderly means of coordinating the family’s gifts.

Since that time, the Abel Foundation has awarded a number of major gifts to Nebraska projects, which have greatly promoted the quality of life in Nebraska communities.

Funding Priorities

Education

At the Abel Foundation, we place a strong emphasis on post-secondary education. We support the improvement of teaching and learning in our community.

Human Services

We support programs to improve the awareness and use of human service programs. United Way agencies should not apply for program; funding for capital campaigns will be considered.

Civic / Community

We provide support for projects that enhance the community as a whole. Emphasis here would be for “brick and mortar” project requests.

Arts & Culture

We support arts and humanities programs that will enhance the community though education, performance and creativity.

Environment

We support programs that help protect and teach about endangered or threatened species and the natural environment they require to survive.

Recent Grant Recipients

Lincoln Children's Zoo Support for their facilities.
Food Bank of Lincoln Support for their children's hunger programs.
Teammates Support for their mentoring program.
Matt Talbot Kitchen Support for their capital campaign and outreach.
Southeast Community College Support for their scholarships program.
Special Olympics – Nebraska Support for the Unified Champion Schools campaign.
Junior Achievement Support for their economic education programs.
Bright Lights Support for their need-based scholarship program.
Nebraska Land Trust Support for conservation easements in the Lower Platte River Basin.
Community Hospital - Syracuse Support for their capital campaign and outreach.
Nebraska Community Foundation Support for southeast Nebraska counties.
Child Guidance Center Support for their capital campaign and outreach.
Tabitha, Inc. Support for the Meals-On-Wheels program.
Nebraska Shakespeare Festival Support for the 2017 Festival.
Lincoln Symphony Orchestra Support for concert series.
Fresh Start Support for their program.
St. Monica's Support for their "100 Days" campaign.
Central Community College Support for their Kearney Facility.
Boys & Girls Club - Lincoln Support for their Capital Campaign.
Friendship Home Support for their operations.
NeighborWorks Support for their operations.
Lighthouse Support for 'Illuminating Lincoln' project.
Lincoln Children’s Zoo Support for their facilities.
Food Bank of Lincoln Support for their children’s hunger programs.
Teammates Support for their mentoring program.
Matt Talbot Kitchen Support for their capital campaign and outreach.
Southeast Community College Support for their scholarships program.
Special Olympics – Nebraska Support for the Unified Champion Schools campaign.
Junior Achievement Support for their economic education programs.
Bright Lights Support for their need-based scholarship program.
Nebraska Land Trust Support for conservation easements in the Lower Platte River Basin.
Community Hospital – Syracuse Support for their capital campaign and outreach.
Nebraska Community Foundation Support for southeast Nebraska counties.
Child Guidance Center Support for their capital campaign and outreach.
Tabitha, Inc. Support for the Meals-On-Wheels program.
Nebraska Shakespeare Festival Support for the 2017 Festival.
Lincoln Symphony Orchestra Support for concert series.
Fresh Start Support for their program.
St. Monica’s Support for their “100 Days” campaign.
Central Community College Support for their Kearney Facility.
Boys & Girls Club – Lincoln Support for their Capital Campaign.
Friendship Home Support for their operations.
NeighborWorks Support for their operations.
Lighthouse Support for ‘Illuminating Lincoln’ project.

Grant Application

Guidelines

We fund projects in Nebraska, primarily in Lincoln and Lancaster County, as well as communities where NEBCO and its affiliated companies have operations.

Funding requests will be considered when the applicant organization uses the Lincoln/Lancaster Grant-Makers Application Form.

We do not fund non-501(c)(3) organizations; endowments; individuals; businesses; private foundations; religious issues; travel; or membership.

Application PDF

Application Submission

The Abel Foundation meets in May, September and December each year, but applications may not be reviewed at every meeting. Any applications qualifying for review will be considered within 1 to 3 months of receipt. Grant application deadlines are: March 31, July 31 and October 31.

Payment Schedule:
Applications must provide the date(s) when funds are needed. Generally, we will issue payment up on approval of the request.

Re-Application:
We do not accept applications from organizations: (a) that have had requests approved or declined in the past 12 months; or (b) that are currently receiving payments for a multi-year grant.

Abel Foundation

1815 Y Street / P.O. Box 80268
Lincoln, NE 68501

Phone: (402) 434-1212
Fax: (402) 434-1799
nebcoinfo@nebcoinc.com

1815 Y Street / P.O. Box 80268
Lincoln, NE 68501

Phone: (402) 434-1212
Fax: (402) 434-1799

nebcoinfo@nebcoinc.com