setting ideas in motion

What We Stand For


To improve the quality of life in Lincoln, Nebraska by:

  • Expanding prosperity and justice
  • Advancing diverse and balanced
    participation of community residents
  • Stimulating creativity and ingenuity.


A community that offers a promising future for all, where everyone has the opportunity to participate and thrive


Woods Charitable Fund’s grant-making reflects its cornerstone values:

  • Participation
    Every person deserves dignity, respect and an opportunity to participate.
  • Empowerment
    Empowerment means that individuals must determine their own agendas for change rather than having one imposed on them.
  • Diversity
    Diversity enhances and strengthens communities.
  • Change
    Programs, services and institutions can profoundly impact and improve people’s lives, and all systems can benefit from continuous efforts to assess and improve their relevance and benefit those they serve.
  • Integrity
    The Fund and other trusted community partners operate with integrity, mutuality and transparency.

Woods Charitable Fund’s grant program is broad in outlook, supporting direct service, organizational capacity building and projects exploring policy options in the public interest, which may result in long-term solutions to conditions affecting our community.