Ways to Give

Why support Humanities Nebraska?

Your financial gift to Humanities Nebraska helps enrich the lives of Nebraskans through programs that explore our history, literature, music, politics, philosophy, and other humanities-based disciplines that illuminate the human condition. With support like yours, we are able to serve Nebraskans of all ages, from all walks of life and in every corner of our state.

Here are just a few ways you help Humanities Nebraska impact our state every year:

  • $300,000 in grants are distributed to other organizations for humanities programs throughout the state.
  • The Speakers Bureau reaches about 50,000 Nebraskans in communities of all sizes.
  • Hundreds of Nebraska high school students learn about important international issues and become more civically engaged through Capitol Forum.
  • Prime Time Family Reading Time helps hundreds of underserved families learn about the importance of reading from trained storytellers and discussion leaders, increasing the odds that the participating children will stay in school and perform well academically.
  • Thousands of people come together in rural Nebraska communities to celebrate and learn about our history through Chautauqua.
  • Thousands more Nebraskans experience and enjoy other Humanities Nebraska programs such as Museum on Main Street exhibitions, Nebraska Warrior Writers, and the Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities.

We can’t thank you enough for your financial support of these programs.

Donor Levels

We offer five different levels including our Patron’s Circle, but welcome and appreciate gifts of all sizes. All donations make a difference to our programs. Donate online here.

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  • Our Patron’s Circle is a group of Nebraska individuals who are thoroughly committed to our mission to “inspire and enrich personal and public life by offering opportunities to thoughtfully engage with history and culture.”
  • Your tax-deductible contribution of $1,000 or more will help ensure that the humanities flourish in Nebraska.
  • Benefits of the Patron’s Circle include advance notice of events via email and our seasonal newsletter, opportunities to visit with scholars from our Speakers Bureau, special programs and exhibitions, and reserved seating at our regular events.

Other Gift Options

Learn more about how to make gifts in memory, recurring gifts, stock gifts, or to include the Humanities Nebraska in your estate plans. Contact Heather Thomas at (402) 474-2131, or heather@humanitiesnebraska.org.


With a small staff and a LOT of programs around the state, we are always looking for people interested in volunteering their time and talent.

Governor’s Lecture

The Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities is an annual event featuring a pre-lecture benefit dinner that raises critical funds for statewide humanities programming.

Nebraska Cultural Endowment

NCE-Livelihood-LogoeditThe Nebraska Cultural Endowment represents a unique partnership between the State of Nebraska and the people of Nebraska. It is a special fund that helps sustain arts and humanities programming developed by the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska. Watch this video to see how the NCE specifically helps Humanities Nebraska fulfill our mission.

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Leave a lasting legacy for public access to the arts and humanities by becoming a Legacy Donor through the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.  When you let the NCE know of your estate planning charitable intentions, you will be enrolled as a Legacy Donor. To become a Legacy Donor, please contact Erin Sample at NCE  (402.595.2722, erin@nebraskaculture.org,) or Heather Thomas at HN (402.474.2131, heather@humanitiesnebraska.org).

NCE and HN are proud to recognize these Legacy Donors: Harold W. & Marian Andersen • Robert E. Benzel and Joseph G. (Gerry) Sullivan • Jack & Sally Campbell • Robert & Karen Duncan • The Estate of Mitzi Fox • Don & Janice Hinds • Ellen and Charles Lierk • Robert & Mary Nefsky • Sharee & Murray Newman • Ann O’Hara • The Estate of Ester Pilster • The Estate of Jacquelyn Rosenlof • Pamela Hilton & Marcus Snow • Jane Renner Hood • John & Nancy Wiederspan

Congress passed a bill that permanently allows individuals ages 70 1/2 or older to make a tax-free gift to qualified charitable organizations such as Humanities Nebraska or the Nebraska Cultural Endowment directly from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs).  For many, using funds from their IRA is a convenient and tax-effective way to make charitable donations.

Donors who want to take advantage of this tax-efficient giving opportunity should make a request to their IRA plan administrator, asking that the distribution be made payable to Humanities Nebraska (or NCE). Please notify Heather Thomas of your gift intentions by sending this completed form via e-mail to heather@humanitiesnebraska.org

Benefits include:

You are putting your IRA to work to support Humanities Nebraska!

The distribution is not recognized as income.

The gift counts toward your minimum required distribution for the year.​

Thank you for helping the humanities flourish in Nebraska!

Community Services Fund

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Our Current Donors:

Humanities Nebraska deeply appreciates the generosity of our donors, who make hundreds of programs possible across the state every year, touching the lives of thousands of Nebraskans. These donors—individuals, foundations, businesses, and other institutions—are investing in our future. The generosity of these citizens enables Humanities Nebraska to nourish an appreciation for our shared heritage and build strong communities by cultivating an understanding of our history and culture.


Mailing List Policy

Humanities Nebraska will not sell its mailing list to any organization, group or individual, nor will the HN give or loan our donor list to any organization, group or individual without the donors’ permission. The sole exception is occasionally allowing organizations with whom we are collaborating on programming to promote the program to our general mailing list. However, the donors are not identified among the names on the list.




NEH Head Says Humanities Funding Still A Question Mark

National Endowment for the Humanities Acting Chairman Jon Peede was in Omaha re