Strive to Thrive

Strive to Thrive


Project Overview

Thanks to the generosity of the Learning By Giving Foundation, Rhonda Seacrest and the partnership of the College of Business, Strive to Thrive Lincoln has the opportunity to allocate grants to non-profits in Lincoln/Lancaster County. We can award a minimum grant of $2,000 to multiple nonprofits, or up to a single maximum grant of $10,000.

Mission: Strive to Thrive Lincoln provides Nebraska Business students in the Management 411 class with the opportunity to grant funds to organizations that empower disadvantaged families in Lincoln/Lancaster County to attain sustainable, positive change, with special consideration given to those organizations that serve youth.

Objective: Strive to Thrive Lincoln is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business management class learning how to lead people and projects. This hands on opportunity will allow our class to be philanthropic and work with nonprofits in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Submission Guidelines

Provide the following documents as attachments:

  • Form 990
  • IRS letter indicating current 501(c)(3) status
  • Spreadsheets outlining organizational budget and project budget
  • Complete the online application below, including preparation of three MS Word documents.

Important Dates:

  • Application Due Date: Friday, October 5, 2018; 5:00 p.m. CDT
  • Notification of Site Visit Request: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
  • Site Visits: Monday, October 29 or Wednesday, October 31, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
  • A Celebration of Lincoln Nonprofit Organizations: Wednesday, November 28, from 4-5 p.m. – College of Business Hawks Hall Henrickson Family Atrium, 730 N. 14th Street
    Grant winners announced at this event!

*It is expected that all proposals will be uploaded by the October 5 deadline. For consideration, proposals must be submitted on time, complete, and professional (typed, grammatically correct, etc.)

Site Visit:

  • A site visit will be conducted on either October 29 or 31, between 1:30-2:45 p.m. if your organization is selected as a finalist.

Award Ceremony:

  • All applicants are welcome to attend the award ceremony.


Should your organization be selected to receive all or part of the grant, you will be required to provide a report that includes how the money was used, who was impacted, and to what degree the community was impacted. This report needs to be submitted within 30 days after the funds are spent. Send reports to Professor Amber Messersmith and MNGT 411 class.

Application Process

Please Note

  • UNL sponsored organizations are not eligible (those using same Form 990 as UNL)
  • Eligible organizations will have an active, local presence in the Lincoln/Lancaster County area and benefit local individuals.
  • Eligible organizations will have been officially operating in Lincoln/Lancaster County for no less than two calendar years.
  • Past recipients of Strive to Thrive Lincoln grants are welcome to apply again after a calendar year has elapsed since their last application.
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Messersmith, Amber
HLH 325 J
P.O. Box 880491
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491
Mailing Address
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Department of Management
P.O. Box 880491
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491
Shipping Address
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Department of Management
HLH 323
730 N. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491