SAC Museum - Ashland, NE


Since the beginning, the values of the Abel family have always included returning a measure of its success to the community through contributions. The first substantial gift from the Abel family was made in memory of George P. Abel, Sr. in 1944 to the newly formed University of Nebraska Foundation.

As the success of the family business increased, more contributions were made to various organizations. George P. Abel Jr. incorporated the Abel Foundation in 1946 as an orderly means of coordinating the family’s gifts.

Since that time, the Abel Foundation has awarded a number of major gifts to Nebraska projects, which have greatly promoted the quality of life in Nebraska communities.

Funding Priorities

To provide financial support for non-profit organizations located in communities where NEBCO and its affiliated companies have operations. Funding emphasis is on health and human services, education, civic/community and the environment.


We place a strong emphasis on post-secondary education and support the improvement of teaching and learning in our community.


We support programs to improve the awareness and use of human service programs.


We provide support for projects that enhance the community as a whole. Emphasis here would be for “brick and mortar” project requests.


We support arts and humanities programs that will enhance the community though education, performance and creativity.


We support programs that help protect and teach about endangered or threatened species and the natural environment they require to survive.

Grant Application Process & Guidelines

Application Submission

The Abel Foundation meets in May, August and December each year, but applications may not be reviewed at every meeting. Applications qualifying for review will be considered within 1 to 3 months of receipt. Grant application deadlines are: March 31, July 15 and October 31.

Applications must provide the date(s) when funds are needed. Generally, we will issue payment upon approval of the request.

We do not accept applications from organizations: (a) that have had requests approved or declined in the past 12 months; or (b) that are currently receiving payments for a multi-year grant.


We fund projects in Nebraska, primarily in Lincoln and Lancaster County, as well as communities where NEBCO and its affiliated companies have operations.  Funding requests will be considered when the applicant organization uses the Lincoln/Lancaster Grant-Makers Application Form.  We do not fund non-501(c)(3) organizations, endowments, individuals, businesses, private foundations, religious issues, travel or membership.

Recent Grant Recipients

Lincoln Childrens Museum

Food Bank of Lincoln

Girl Scouts of Nebraska

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

Lincoln Childrens Zoo


Southeast Community College

Boy Scouts of America - Nebraska

St Monicas

Lied Center

Special Olympics Nebraska

Nebraska Community Foundation

Bright Lights

The Bridge Behavioral Health

NeighborWorks Lincoln

Lighthouse of Lincoln

University of Nebraska -Lincoln


Nebraska Game and Parks

Junior Achievement

Friendship Home

Nebraska Land Trust

Boys & Girls Clubs of America