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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Nebraska


Each week, Charity Navigator features a few highly-rated charities working in one of the 50 states. Today we’re shining a light on a few of the charities that are improving the lives of Nebraskans and working to better communities around the state.

Keep reading to learn more about a few of these outstanding organizations.


Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (Lincoln, NE)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Creating positive change so all Nebraska children can reach their full potential

The Nebraska Children and Families Foundation was founded in 1997 as Nebraska’s solution for strengthening families so children can reach their full potential in life. They spark, invest in, and advance community solutions to creative positive change for children. They bring the private and public sectors together, and work with local, state, and national partners to promote the importance of providing opportunities and services to families that nurture a child’s healthy growth from cradle to career.

Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE)
☆☆☆☆
Nebraska’s largest and most distinguished art museum

Joslyn Art Museum opened to the public in 1931. Since that time, the Museum’s collection has grown to include a highly-regarded collection of Greek pottery; masterworks by Titian and El Greco; and impressionist masterpieces by Renoir and Monet. The Museum features a number of other impressive works and is internationally recognized for its collection of artists explorers of the American West. Joslyn features an active exhibition program that allows visitors to experience many of these impressive works.

Fontenelle Forest (Bellevue, NE)
☆☆☆ + Impact
Inspiring current and future generations to care for the natural world

For over a century, thousands of families have experienced the quiet wild of Nebraska’s Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods--hiking, playing and exploring 26 miles of trails, and 2,000 acres of forests, prairies, wetlands, lakes, and waterways. The Forest maintains a historic plot of land to connect visitors with their natural roots. They offer a number of programs for visiting children, adults, and families to engage them in the wonders of their natural world.

Make-a-Wish Foundation of Nebraska (Omaha, NE)
☆☆☆☆
Transform lives, one wish at a time

The Make-a-Wish Foundation of Nebraska brings the mission of the Make-a-Wish Foundation to Nebraskan families. The Foundation believes that wishes are more than just nice things. A wish can excite and inspire a child facing a critical illness. It can also excite and inspire their family and community. For wish kids, the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy. In Nebraska, three regional offices along with a Board of Directors, small staff, volunteers, and donors make wish granting possible.

Capital Humane Society (Lincoln, NE)
☆☆☆☆
Make a friend for life

Founded in 1902, the Capital Humane Society (formerly the Lancaster County Humane Society) serves the local community by sheltering unwanted pets, acts as an advocate for animal welfare and strives to educate the public about responsible pet care. Over time the Society has grown its facilities and operation to accommodate more pets and offer more services.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities serving the people and communities of Nebraska.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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