The Krieger Family Foundation was established by Jim Krieger, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gallup and his wife, Penny in 2011. It focuses on the importance and relevancy of learning entrepreneurial skills, supporting and helping develop programs such as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development Program and the Lincoln Public Schools Entrepreneurship Focus Program.
Established in 2002 as a charitable outreach organization, the TierOne Bank Foundation was based in Lincoln and enhanced community involvement of TierOne employees throughout the bank branch network in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. The organization supported employee community service by providing grants and economic support throughout the bank’s markets totaling nearly $3.5 Million.
Mary Frances Tous, born February 11, 1929, was the only child of Charles F. and Venda Putlitz Tous. Mary’s paternal grandparents, John J. and Marie B. Kozak Tous, emigrated from Czechoslovakia in 1885, and settled in Fillmore County, Nebraska, near Exeter.
Carol Cope (born Ida Ernestine Schrepel) was born September 13, 1909, in Tate, Nebraska, to Frank Joseph and Marilena (Pettinger) Schrepel. She attended the Pawnee County District 43 rural school near Tate and St. Anthony High School in Steinauer, Nebraska, before graduating from Burchard High School in Burchard, Nebraska, in 1926.
The NEBRASKAland Foundation was established to promote Nebraska through programs and awards which celebrate the State’s social, historical, cultural, educational and economic heritage. Organized in 1962 under the leadership of Governor Frank Morrison, the Foundation was the forerunner of many of Nebraska’s current economic development and tourism activities.
The Nebraska Environmental Trust was created by the Nebraska Legislature in 1992 for the purposes of environmental conservation and restoration. The Trust has provided over $200 million in grants to all 93 counties across the state, using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery.
Joseph H. Cooper was born in Lithuania in 1885 and later emigrated to the United States with his family: parents Wolf and Brina Coopersmith, five brothers and one sister. As a young man, he worked in movie theatres in New York City. He lived in New York for the rest of his life, but went on to build a chain of movie theatres, known as Cooper Theatres Inc., in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado.