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Cooper Foundation Grants Awarded For 2023

Published February 8, 2024

The Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation and Midwest Bank are proud to announce the 2023 grant recipients. These grants were awarded to organizations dedicated to making a difference in the communities Midwest Bank serves.

These communities include Creighton, Deshler, Lincoln, Norfolk, Pierce, Pilger, Plainview, Wisner, and York. The grants help to provide funding to organizations that support health, education, and recreation in their communities. The following grants were awarded in 2023:

Creighton Community Schools

$1,300 to Creighton Community School’s robotics program.

Nebraska Ext. Knox County

$630 to Nebraska Extension – Knox County for incubators.

Creighton Library

$500 to Creighton Public Library for their Space Maker Station.

Deshler Volunteer Fire Department

$1500 to the City of Deshler Volunteer Fire Department for firefighting gloves.

Creighton Youth Baseball

$1,000 to Creighton Youth Baseball Association for field upgrades.

Spring Creek Kids

$900 to Spring Creek Kids for playmats.

Thayer County Health Services

$1,000 to Thayer County Health Services for pulse oximeters.

Junior Achievements

$1,000 was awarded to Junior Achievement of Lincoln’s Financial Literacy Program.

Lincoln Zoo

$750 to Lincoln Children’s Zoo for memberships.

Grant Elementary

$700 to Grant Elementary School for birthday books for kids.

Oasis Counceling Interational

$600 to Oasis Counseling International for car seats.

Pierce senior center

$500 to Pierce Senior Citizens Center for repairs.

Village of Pilger

$1,200 to the Village of Pilger for campground improvements.

Plainview Manor

$500 to Plainview Manor for entrance furniture.


$500 to CASA for volunteer training.


$500 was awarded to Mosaic for a dishwasher.

Pierce high school

$1,647 was awarded to Pierce Public Schools for standing desks.

Cooper Family Community Center

$1,000 to the Cooper Family Community Center for exercise utility.

Helping Hands Ministry

$500 to Helping Hands Youth Ministry for food and school supplies.

Plainview Public Library

$500 to Plainview Public Library for Teen Time-Out.

Little Blessings Preschool

$1,000 to Little Blessings Preschool for their Outdoor Nature Center.

Norfolk Family Coalition

$500 for Norfolk Family Coalition for hygiene closet supplies.

Pierce pacers softball

$1,250 to Pierce Pacers Softball for jerseys.

Pilger Pool

$640 to Pilger Municipal Pool for lifeguard education and equipment.

Plainview Fire Department

$1,000 to Plainview First District for breathing apparatus.

Plainview Social Center

$500 to Plainview Social Center for banquet chairs.

York Parks Rec

$1,500 to the City of York Parks and Recreation for interactive projector.

Not pictured: Digg Site Productions received $750 for film workshops and Lincoln Youth Baseball Organization received $750 towards equipment.

About the Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation

The Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation was established in 1997 to support the Cooper family’s spirit of giving and strong tradition of supporting local communities. The Cooper family has always believed in the responsibility of corporate citizens to give back to the communities they serve. Over the years, the Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation has given more than $1 million to local organizations. For more information about the foundation, visit

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