Through grants made to eligible organizations, Woods Charitable Fund seeks to strengthen the community by improving opportunities and life outcomes for all people in Lincoln, Nebraska. Woods supports members of the nonprofit sector who are exploring creative alternatives and promoting more just, effective approaches to meet community needs.
The Fund’s grantmaking philosophy carries some common themes into all of its interest areas: belief in the dignity of every individual and in the individual’s capacity for change; respect for cultural differences; commitment to the concept that empowerment means enabling people to make their own agenda for change rather than imposing one on them; confidence that programs, services and institutions can be designed and operated to make a profound difference in people’s lives; and recognition that no program or policy is ever perfect and all must be continuously monitored and reevaluated.
The grant program is broad in outlook, supporting both direct service and projects exploring policy options in the public interest which may result in long-term solutions to conditions affecting our community.
The Fund supports a broad range of activities which include, but are not limited to, the Areas of Interest described on this web site. We are interested in reviewing plans for pilot projects and innovative programs, as well as sustained growth for organizations whose work coincides with the Fund’s purposes. Woods Charitable Fund supports both direct services and policy programs.
The Fund looks forward to opportunities to review proposals joining partners (academic, community, government, business, public service, faith-based) to explore ways to integrate perspectives and talents toward common goals. We support projects that involve coalition-building, public education and advocacy to affect positive social change and improve opportunities for all citizens.
Woods supports members of the nonprofit sector who are exploring creative alternatives and promoting more just, effective approaches to meet community needs.