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Monday, January 21, 2013

WIN Seeks Winning Ideas from Nebraska Nonprofits

Residents in Nebraska don't have to look far to see women reshaping their state through philanthropy. A Nebraska child advocacy center and mobile nurses project benefited from a pooled philanthropy effort in 2012 spearhead by this group of Nebraska women, Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN).

WIN was established in 2011 by the University of Nebraska Foundation and its women in philanthropy committee to connect women and involve them in local philanthropy. Members of WIN pledge to make a gift each year for three years. Its members then pool their resources and collectively grant 50 percent of their annual contributions to a Nebraska nonprofit organization and 50 percent to a University of Nebraska organization.

The 2012 WIN grant recipients included the Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers and University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing's Mobile Nurse Managed Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Project. The Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers WIN grant helped launch a statewide training initiative focused on preventing and reporting child abuse. The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing WIN grant helped improve healthcare services to the elderly who live in rural areas around Kearney.

"Women Investing in Nebraska is pleased to announce its second grant funding year," said Lisa Smith, chair of WIN's executive committee. "We especially hope to hear again from organizations with bold, innovative ideas or ventures."

Nebraska nonprofit organizations striving to address critical community needs or wishing to make a significant local or state impact are invited to submit their funding ideas to WIN. For information and to submit an online letter of inquiry, go to by Friday, March 1.

WIN will award two grants this year of equal value. One grant will be awarded to a Nebraska charitable organization and another grant will be awarded to an organization or group directly affiliated with the University of Nebraska. Last year, WIN awarded two grants of more than $75,000 each.

Qualifying Nebraska organizations must be designated as nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charities. Organizations and groups affiliated with the University of Nebraska may also submit inquiries. All organizations must submit an inquiry online by March 1 and will be notified about eligibility to submit a formal grant proposal.

If you have not previously applied for a WIN grant, applicants will need to create an account to apply. Full instructions or to view an applicant tutorial, is available at this link.  All previous applicants have been assigned user names and passwords and can retrieve their password via a link on the log-in screen. Please contact Ruth Tewes at 402.458.1235 or with questions.

WIN is also accepting new members. To learn more about membership and upcoming events, go to or call Tracy Edgerton at 402.458.1160 or 800.432.3216.

-population-we™ blog post by Becky Bohan Brown
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