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 originally named the Dawson County Inc. Foundation. At that time the foundation operated as a separate fund under the Lincoln Foundation. In 1988 the name of the Foundation was changed to the Lexington Foundation, Inc. The Lexington Foundation obtained its 501( c )(3) tax filing status and at that time became independent of the Lincoln Foundation.
In 1995 the Board successfully completed it’s first capital campaign – Thanks A Million – in which $1M were raised to benefit the Lexington Middle School and the Lexington Aquatic Center. In January 2004, the LCF successfully completed its second capital campaign raising $1.18M for a new library facility. In 2009, LCF worked with community leaders and raised more than $750,000 for the YMCA of Lexington Founder’s Fund. With memberships and programs, expanding the plans to move forward with a joint use facility for the YMCA of Lexington was agreed upon. In April of 2012, LCF board members once again joined community leaders to raise funds in support of the YMCA of Lexington when they launched a Capital Campaign. In just over two years the Orthman Community YMCA opened it’s doors to the public.
Since 1982, residents of Lexington, Nebraska have been turning to the Lexington Community Foundation as the 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, we are governed by a board of respected community leaders and have an unwavering reputation among donors and the community at large. We are a public charity serving thousands of people who have a common concern – enhancing the quality of life in Lexington and the surrounding area.
Individuals, families, businesses and organizations have created permanent charitable funds to meet the challenges of changing times. The Foundation invests and administers these funds. We then use the distributions to award grants each year to many of the humanitarian, educational and cultural organizations in the community.
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.
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, and benefit future generations in Lexington, Nebraska.
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~ Today, many 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 $12 million.
~ Over $3.8M distributed from Key events.
~ Over $2.6M distributed from six Give BIG Lexington giving days.
~ The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors drawn from the community and currently manages more than $6 million in assets.
~ $1.7M in Foundation unrestricted funds, of which $1.28M is permanently endowed.
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