Strive to Thrive


Project Overview

Thanks to the generosity of Rhonda Seacrest, the Learning by Giving Foundation 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 allows Nebraska Business students in the Management 411 class to grant funds to organizations that bring long-term stability and wellness to children and families in need through enrichment and educational opportunities within Lincoln/Lancaster County.

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.

Celebrating Lincoln’s Nonprofits

Please join us as Strive to Thrive Lincoln students celebrate the hard work of Lincoln area nonprofit organizations on Wednesday, December 4, 4-5 p.m. at Howard L. Hawks Hall. Thanks to the genorosity of Rhonda Seacrest, the Learning by Giving Foundation and the partnership of the College of Business, $10,000 will be awarded to local nonprofits at this public reception.

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Submission Guidelines

Provide the following documents as attachments:

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

Important Dates:

  • Application Due Date: Friday, October 11, 2019; 5 p.m. CDT
  • Notification of Site Visit Request: October 18, 2019; 5 p.m. CDT
  • Site Visits: Monday, November 4 or Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Awards Event: Wednesday, December 4, 4-5 p.m. – College of Business Hawks Hall Henrickson Family Atrium, 730 N. 14th Street

*All proposals must be uploaded by the October 11 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 November 4 or November 6, between 9:30 and 10:45 a.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 will be requested by the Spring 2020 Class during the Spring 2020 semester.

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Application Process

Grant Application

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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HLH 325 J
P.O. Box 880491
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491