Jack Campbell Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award
Humanities Nebraska has benefitted from the service of many great leaders over 46 years of existence. It is difficult to imagine where we would be now without them.
Jack Campbell is a prime example. Thanks to leaders like Jack, Humanities Nebraska is a financially stable organization that Nebraskans can count on now and in the future.
We are grateful to Jack and his wife, Sally, for all of their years of support of HN, and thrilled that after being co-nominated by HN and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment (NCE), Jack was recognized by the Nebraska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with a Lifetime Achievement honor on National Philanthropy Day, November 13.
Jack served on our Council board from 1987-1993 and our Foundation from 1991-1997 (and as its president), a pivotal time in our existence. After the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities was created in the 1980s, it took a few years to find its true purpose. That purpose—raising private funds and advocating for public
funding for HN—came squarely into focus when there were significant threats to federal funding and the very existence of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
In 1995-96, federal funding for the NEH—much of which is distributed out to state councils—was slashed from $172 million down to $110 million.
At that time 65% of HN’s funding was federal, while 16% was private donations. Jack Campbell provided the vision and leadership to invigorate our Foundation board as a critical partner for raising private funds for HN programming. As a businessman and community leader, Jack saw the potential and the urgent need to increase private fundraising for long-term stability.
Today, that private support has quadrupled from those early years, and is now roughly 27% of our budget. Meanwhile, federal support of our revenue is down to less than 40%, while the total HN budget has more than doubled from $750,000 to $1.8 million.
Another critical source of funding for both HN and the Nebraska Arts Council since the 1990s is the NCE. Again Jack played a key role through his service on the NCE board. This public-private partnership, with private dollars being matched one to one in a public fund managed by the state, has now grown to the point where 20% of HN’s budget is covered through earnings from the NCE. In these times of political and economic uncertainty, this diversity in revenue sources is critical and exactly what was envisioned by Jack Campbell and others. Thanks, Jack!