The Lexington Community Foundation exists to encourage and strengthen philanthropy in order to provide a permanent source of funding for opportunities to improve the quality of life, strengthen the sense of community, benefit future generations in Lexington, Nebraska.
35 Years. Your Community. Your Foundation.
The Lexington Community Foundation is making the Lexington community a vital and healthy place to live, driving positive change by working side by side with donors.
Founded in 1982, Lexington Community Foundation is your local, definitive resource for giving. We provide the reliable insight and tools you need to make the most of your giving. Whatever your charitable budget, we can help you give wisely and have the impact you want.
We are one of Nebraska’s most active community foundations with a 10-year average of annual grants and program support at $1,229,343, we are governed by a board of respected community leaders and have an unwavering reputation among donors and the community at large.
We have long, deep ties to the local community. Our work is informed by 35 years of networking with our area’s most respected philanthropists. We maintain an unparalleled understanding of local needs and issues through regular dialogue with Lexington’s nonprofit organizations to gain a first-hand understanding of the most effective programs and strategies.
Today, we continue a philanthropic agenda which supports a complex fabric of issues including arts and culture, basic needs, economy, education, environment, health and wellness, and neighborhoods and community.
With new leadership, technology and community initiatives, we are charting a bold new course to ensure a bright future for all people who call this region home.
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~ Today, over 76 funds exist thanks to the generosity of many individuals, families, nonprofits and businesses who had a desire to enhance their community.
~ Cumulative grant distributions for the last 10 years by the Foundation total more than $11 million.
~ Over $3.5M distributed from Key events.
~ Over $2M distributed from five Give BIG Lexington giving days.
~ The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors drawn from the community and currently manages more than $9.7 million in assets.
~ $1.7M in Foundation unrestricted funds, of which $1.28M is permanently endowed.
~ 14.8% 5-year return on investments; 7.58% Historic return on investments (17-year).