Introducing Alex Brechbill, grant writer

The Aurora native coordinates Civic Nebraska's grant activities, drafts initial project summaries and funding proposals, tracks deliverables, writes and edits proposals, and compiles reports for our growing organization.


Alex Brechbill, a native of Aurora and an alumnus of Nebraska Wesleyan University, has joined Civic Nebraska as our organization’s grant writer. He began his new role on July 1.

Alex coordinates our grant activities, drafts initial project summaries and funding proposals, tracks grant deliverables, writes and edits grant proposals, and compiles development reports for our growing organization.

Alex Brechbill

“I’ve always had a passion for public service, and I am committed to being a resource for the public good,” he said. “Connecting enthusiastic donors with worthwhile projects excites me, and I cannot wait to start crafting proposals on behalf of Civic Nebraska.”

Alex has seen what that means in several parts of the country – and the world.

As a political science undergrad at Nebraska Wesleyan, he traveled across the United States and internationally via grants and with service-learning groups. That included a research trip to Chile to study the country’s unique laissez-faire system of water-rights allocation.

In addition to his passion for civic engagement, Alex has always had a love for the outdoors. After graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan, he was the Claire M. Hubbard Fellow at The Nature Conservancy of Nebraska. He conducted boots-on-the-ground land management, led guided tours to see Sandhills cranes, and organized volunteer events. During this time, Alex also worked with the Conservancy’s fundraising team, which inspired him to consider development as a full-time career.


Most recently, Alex was an administrative assistant to State. Sen. Tim Gragert of Creighton in the Nebraska Legislature. At the State Capitol, Alex said he witnessed the importance of democracy and that constituents are heard and represented. The experience also made him appreciate Nebraska’s non-governmental organizations and how they provide services and programs around the state.

Alex and his partner, Sarah, live in Lincoln’s Woods Park neighborhood with their Australian shepherd, Birdie. Alex also enjoys woodworking focusing mainly on carving Scandinavian-inspired woodenware such as spoons, cups, and bowls. He teaches beginning and intermediate woodcarving at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha and the LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln.

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