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It’s never too late: Let’s regenerate
Dawaune Hayes on ensuring that our collective decisions contribute to a sustainable environment for all.
May 22, 2020
Strengthening Democracy redux: Bonus Q&A
Our May 14 interactive live stream with Amber McReynolds was such a hit that we ran out of time to answer all of your questions. We're addressing that today with this wrap-up Q&A.
May 21, 2020
Our work continues: Collective Impact Lincoln earns new funding
The three-year, $900,000 grant will continue the partnership's work of lifting up Lincoln's core neighborhoods and helping to enact meaningful, resident-led, positive change.
May 21, 2020
Omaha Gives!: Help us build democracy in the Metro
Give early and often! Your May 20 OMAHA GIVES! contribution will be matched by a group of donors to help power our democracy-building efforts in the Metro.
May 18, 2020
Creating community in a pandemic: Our virtual Community Builder Workshop…
Now more than ever, communities matter. Join the Collective Impact Lincoln team for a virtual Community Builder Workshop from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, May 16. This ... Read more
May 15, 2020
Watch it again: Strengthening Democracy 2020
Our May 14 interactive Q&A with Amber McReynolds of the National Vote At Home Institute.
May 14, 2020
Join our Zoom-in affordable housing discussion
A pandemic can’t stop Lincoln from speaking up for affordable housing! Join Collective Impact Lincoln on Zoom at 5 pm today [May 13] for an affordable housing information session. ... Read more
May 13, 2020
Record-breaking primary shows the power of vote-by-mail
County election officials showed May 12 that it's certainly possible to conduct Nebraska elections on a large scale with the vote-by-mail standard.
May 12, 2020
The primary at mid-day: Light in-person voting, thanks to record…
Faced with the continued spread of COVID-19 in the state, nearly 500,000 Nebraskans had requested mail-in ballots for today’s primary election.
May 12, 2020
Democracy’s Dozen: Commencement Addresses
These 12 graduation speeches include inspiring calls to action – to build, strengthen, and sustain our democratic way of life.
May 8, 2020
Meet Kara Nelson, our Raymond Central Before- and After-School Program…
Kara advocates for Raymond Central youth, families and residents. She plans, schedules and directs daily routines, activities and operations of each elementary site.
May 8, 2020
Give Grace. We’re in a pandemic.
As the pandemic wears on, Civic Nebraska Writers Group member Liz Codina examines what it means to truly be "all in this together."
May 8, 2020
Strengthening Democracy 2020: Your essential cocktail list
We're hosting a virtual happy hour May 14 during our online Strengthening Democracy 2020 celebration. Here are six cocktails to try from Westin Miller.
May 7, 2020
On #GivingTuesdayNow, donate to democracy
On #GivingTuesdayNow, we encourage you to donate to democracy — give to Civic Nebraska.
May 5, 2020
Introducing CIVIC U., a virtual learning hub
Whether you're a K-12 student, a voting rights advocate, or a neighborhood connector, there's something at CIVIC U. to watch, learn, and act upon.
May 4, 2020
Democracy’s Dozen: Podcasts
Here are 12 great listens to inform and inspire you to stay safe, healthy, and civically active.
May 1, 2020
Confront this brutal reality – and have faith in the…
Andy Long on how long, difficult journeys can build strength, power, and leadership.
May 1, 2020
Thank you *always* to frontline workers
Please join us in thanking these essential workers for everything they do.
April 30, 2020
Summer of Democracy Reading List: Let’s hear your picks!
Each year, we ask Nebraskans to nominate titles for our all-ages reading list. Let's hear your 2020 suggestions.
April 28, 2020
Mini-grant wrap-up: Great Plains Music Festival
A look back at Collective Impact Lincoln's mini-grant to assist the Great Plains Music Festival.
April 27, 2020
Walking among the lone wolves, longing to howl with the…
Astrid Munn on the experiences – like a simple neighborhood stroll – that form the connections, distractions, and vexations of daily life in the 'new normal.'
April 24, 2020
Resources to stay engaged, informed and active
Stay active, engaged, and vigilant amid the coronavirus concern. Here are our easy-reference COVID-19 resource pages for you and your family.
April 21, 2020
Mini-grant wrap-up: University Place
In 2019, Collective Impact Lincoln gave out $4,000 in mini-grants to Lincoln organizations and individuals working to improve their neighborhoods.
April 20, 2020
Don’t stop believing – and working to understand others, too
Kevin Shinn on holding strong beliefs, and understanding that those who believe differently may also have a point.  
April 17, 2020
Democracy’s Dozen: 12 articles on participation in a pandemic
12 thought-provoking posts, essays, and articles for perspective on maintaining a strong democracy during COVID-19.
April 16, 2020
Election 2020: Civic Nebraska resources for early voters
Civic Nebraska has several resources to help inform Nebraska voters so they can participate effectively in the primary.
April 16, 2020
Lincolnites: Speak up for housing rights!
The city's "open comment period" on the new Affordable Housing Coordinated Action Plan lasts until May 15.
April 15, 2020
We vote for THAT? Decoding the 2020 Nebraska Primary ballot
Decoding the Ballot is a guide to the elected offices upon which Nebraskans regularly vote, as well as what those offices are actually responsible for.
April 14, 2020
In what feels like a helpless time, be helpful
We obviously need to stay at home to prevent COVID-19's spread. That doesn't mean we're helpless, however.
April 10, 2020
Suspending in-person early voting will protect Nebraskans
The governor's order protects the health of our counties' election staffs – professionals who are vital to carrying out a successful primary May 12. 
April 8, 2020
Election protection in a pandemic: Our plans for May 12
Join us April 9 on Facebook Live for a 90-minute info session and ask the election-related questions that are on your mind.
April 7, 2020
Fraud? Errors? Partisanship? Tackling common vote-by-mail worries
That's already almost double the number of Nebraskans who voted early – about 59,200 – in Nebraska's 2018 primary. You can request your mail-in ballot by May 1.
April 6, 2020
In the age of coronavirus, what gives?
The coronavirus infects individuals and, through them, communities. If we want our society to survive, individualism may need to temporarily take second place.
April 3, 2020
In Potter, a plan to strengthen civic life
We've been working with Potter, Nebraska, on a plan for strengthening civic life in the community of 360. Here's how one small town is looking forward.
April 2, 2020
On Census Day, 3 ways to make sure Nebraska counts
Today, April 1, is Census Day – and even a pandemic won't stop Nebraskans from being counted.
April 1, 2020
FAQs about voting in the 2020 Nebraska Primary
Nebraska's 2020 primary election is May 12. With concerns regarding COVID-19, it's likely to look different from past Election Days. Here are some frequently asked questions about participating in this spring's election.
March 31, 2020
Share your #CivicLoveNote
Happy Monday, Nebraskans. We hope your weekend – and the warm temperatures in most areas of our state – helped lift your spirits. Our outlook definitely was raised ... Read more
March 30, 2020
Live from Seattle: It’s Virtual Civic Saturday
Just because we’re physically distancing doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate and nurture our shared civic spirit. Civic Nebraska invites you to join us as we participate in ... Read more
March 27, 2020
Lincolnites: Speak up for affordable housing
Dear neighbor, As you probably know, on Feb. 28 the city released its draft Affordable Housing Coordinated Action Plan. Its release kicked off a 45-day period for Lincolnites to ... Read more
March 26, 2020
Civic Nebraska welcomes emphasis on vote-by-mail
Civic Nebraska welcomed a Thursday decision that will result in vote-by-mail request forms being sent to every registered Nebraska voter for the May 12 primary. The move will ... Read more
March 26, 2020
Democracy’s Dozen: 12 songs for an unprecedented time
1. “Everything Has Changed,” Best Coast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTsRpTKKtMA March 2020 might feel like the month our whole world changed. During this stretch, it’s natural to dwell on what we ... Read more
March 24, 2020
Virtual election training, Q&A is April 9
Even before COVID-19, the 2020 election was shaping up to be historic in terms of intensity, interest, and participation. As part of our Election Protection Program, Civic Nebraska ... Read more
March 24, 2020
Democracy doesn’t stop: our Volunteer Virtual Hub
Dear Voting Rights Advocate, Amid growing concerns over the spread and impact of COVID-19, I want to update you on changes to Team Voting Rights’ 2020 field plan. ... Read more
March 23, 2020
Everyone can make a difference: engaging the next generation
A very wise nine-year-old once told me, “It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are; everyone can make a difference.” And she’s right. It doesn’t matter. ... Read more
March 20, 2020
In extraordinary times, our values are our guide
Things are moving fast. Eight days ago, the morning started with Nebraskans planning to travel to Lincoln for the boys’ state basketball tournament. By the end of the ... Read more
March 19, 2020
Voting during an epidemic
The uncertainty of COVID-19 affects every part of our personal lives, and it’s starting to affect some of the most important moments in our national and civic lives ... Read more
March 18, 2020
The right to vote: A never-ending struggle for equality, justice…
Reprinted by permission from the author and the Nebraska State Bar Association, The Nebraska Lawyer (March/April 2020). September 17, 1787, was a cool, sunny day when delegates of ... Read more
March 17, 2020
Democracy’s Dozen: 12 docs to stream while waiting out COVID-19
Needless to say, we’re all adjusting to a new normal in the era of COVID-19. And as we all take it day by day amid this ongoing public health ... Read more
March 14, 2020
Our response to COVID-19 concerns
We have suspended all Youth Civic Leadership activities, closed our Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island headquarters, and are continuing our democracy-building work remotely.
March 13, 2020
The third ecosystem
Nature has a way of taking care of itself. Sometimes, when major events sweep through the landscape, the way it recovers is by creating a new, third ecosystem. ... Read more
March 13, 2020
Build trust in democracy: Observe the May 12 primary
Civic Nebraska is seeking volunteers to observe polling places around the state for the May 12 Nebraska primary election. Election observers act in a nonpartisan role, monitoring precincts ... Read more
March 9, 2020
5 things about Carolina Castro, civic health intern
Hi! I’m Carolina Castro, and I am Civic Nebraska’s new civic health intern. I am a first-year student at the University of Nebraska, studying biology and Spanish. I’m ... Read more
March 9, 2020
Circles students learn how to be ‘Development Divas’
According to Sarah Cohen, a “Development Diva” enjoys supporting others’ ideas and dreams, likes to tell stories, and thrives on competition. As Civic Nebraska’s grants associate, that’s exactly ... Read more
March 6, 2020
People-sized politics
When we think about national politics, they often have a larger-than-life appeal. We are shown big personalities with multimillion-dollar budgets, talking about how they are going to fix ... Read more
March 6, 2020
Coalition moves to end partisan gerrymandering in Nebraska
Nebraskans for Independent Redistricting, a nonpartisan coalition of Nebraska nonprofit organizations, on March 5 introduced a ballot initiative that would prohibit the manipulation of voting districts – a process ... Read more
March 5, 2020
Forward, march! 4 democratic to-dos on ‘Do Something Day’
March 4 is Do Something Day, an unofficial holiday in advocacy circles. Playing on the homonymic quirk that “March Fourth” sounds like “march forth” when said aloud, Do ... Read more
March 4, 2020
Trust in Me: Sherman kids grow, connect while performing ‘Jungle…
After four months in the jungle, the kids could see a clearing ahead. And so, as they acted and sang through their final practice of The Jungle Book before premiering ... Read more
March 3, 2020
Civic Nebraska, OLLI lead adult learning on civil discourse
In an era of polarized politics and shouting candidates, civil discourse can seem like a quaint relic of a bygone era. Rather than constructively engage with others, we ... Read more
March 2, 2020
Defend democracy in 2020 – be an Election Protector
Feb. 27 was a good day for voting rights. That’s when advocates from around the state massed at the State Capitol to oppose the Legislature’s latest voter ID ... Read more
February 29, 2020
In Exeter-Milligan’s ‘electoral college,’ lessons in civic health
The commons area at Exeter-Milligan school is bustling for a winter Wednesday lunch hour. Usually, it’s a walkthrough from the cafeteria this time of day, but it’s voting ... Read more
February 28, 2020
5 questions about LR292CA
On Feb. 27, dozens of Nebraskans came to the State Capitol to register their opposition to LR292CA, a proposed legislative resolution that would lead to voter ID laws ... Read more
February 27, 2020
On March 1, we’re building young civic leaders. Join us.
We believe that for a community to change, students and schools are just as important as adults and local organizations. Collective Impact Lincoln is hosting a free youth ... Read more
February 26, 2020
Voter ID is coming up at the Capitol. You can…
This is the week. On Thursday – Feb. 27 – the Nebraska Legislature’s Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee will consider a resolution that would usher in harmful voter ID laws in our state. We ... Read more
February 24, 2020
Randolph rocks the robotics
This year our Randolph Elementary Community Learning Center started Rockin Robotics, a club where students operate Vex IQ robots. It’s the newest robotics club in our seven before- ... Read more
February 21, 2020
The census is coming. Get counted.
At the start of each new decade, the U.S. Constitution requires that the country’s population be counted. This year, Census Day is April 1 – and an accurate ... Read more
February 21, 2020
#Housing4Lincoln: Let’s celebrate! Let’s advocate!
Lincolnites: To celebrate the hard work you all have done to advocate for a healthier, safer, and more affordable Lincoln, Collective Impact Lincoln is hosting a Housing Advocacy Open ... Read more
February 20, 2020
It’s go time: voter ID, election commissioners
It’s official: Thursday, Feb. 27, is go time at the statehouse. That’s when the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee of the Nebraska Legislature will consider two separate measures about Nebraskans’ voting rights, including ... Read more
February 18, 2020
George Norris, the Great War, and political courage
Though I grew up 90 miles away in Grant, probably the first time I heard about McCook’s George Norris was in college. It wasn’t in history class, though. ... Read more
February 14, 2020
Civic Missives
No matter who you support in 2020, nothing will ever beat this ticket. The noble honeybee anchors Civic Nebraska’s logo in part because it’s our state insect. Also, ... Read more
February 14, 2020
It’s time to stand for voting rights
Voter ID is back at the Nebraska Legislature. This time it’s been proposed as a potential constitutional amendment, in the form of a Legislative Resolution seeking placement on the November ... Read more
February 13, 2020
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: Redistricting
Today, our work at the State Capitol took us to a hearing with the Executive Board of the 106th Nebraska Legislature. There, we testified in support of a ... Read more
February 12, 2020
Save the date: Strengthening Democracy 2020 is May 14
Each year, our Strengthening Democracy Awards honor Nebraskans whose work in our communities builds up our democratic institutions and civic life. We dedicate our annual event to celebrating ... Read more
February 10, 2020
FAQs from our new HQ opening
On Friday, Feb. 7, we officially opened the doors of our new Greater Nebraska Headquarters at 203 N. Locust St. in Grand Island. The office is Civic Nebraska’s ... Read more
February 9, 2020
Student civic action begins in Central Nebraska
The Rural Civic Action Program, a student-led service-learning initiative benefiting towns and cities around the state, is starting work in four Central Nebraska communities. This month, RCAP is ... Read more
February 6, 2020
We’ll set the table – you bring the conversation
“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” That quote from writer and change theorist Margaret J. Wheatley speaks to Civic ... Read more
February 5, 2020
Hey, Grand Island – let’s party!
Our new Greater Nebraska headquarters is up and running, and we’re ready to party! Civic Nebraska will celebrate the opening of our new Grand Island headquarters at 203 ... Read more
February 3, 2020
Civic Nebraska, Raymond Central partner on before-, after-school enrichment
Civic Nebraska will partner with Raymond Central Public Schools this fall to serve the district’s families and elementary students with a new before- and after-school program. The Raymond ... Read more
February 3, 2020
Hear, hear!: How the simple act of listening builds democracy
There’s an old proverb that states some timely wisdom for today: A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind. This advice is ... Read more
January 31, 2020
Mini-grant wrap-up: Belmont
In 2019, Collective Impact Lincoln awarded $4,000 in mini-grants to Lincoln organizations and individuals working to improve their neighborhoods. Today, we’re taking a closer look at Belmont School ... Read more
January 29, 2020
5 things about Ethan Carlson, our HR intern
Hi! I’m Ethan Carlson, and I am Civic Nebraska’s new human resources intern. The University of Nebraska is my full-time job; I’m a sophomore studying management in Nebraska ... Read more
January 28, 2020
One-on-one time with the mayor and city leaders
Lincolnites: We want to be sure you know about a Feb. 4 get-together at Eiseley Branch Library with Lincoln city leaders. Mayor’s Night Out is a chance for one-on-one ... Read more
January 28, 2020
Join us Feb. 15 to protect voting rights
Voter ID is back at the Nebraska Legislature. This time it’s been proposed as a potential constitutional amendment, in the form of a Legislative Resolution seeking placement on ... Read more
January 24, 2020
Keep the fire burning this winter. Register to vote.
It’s late January. The temperatures are frigid, and the snow is flying. You know what that means – it’s time to get ready to vote! Now, I can ... Read more
January 24, 2020
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: Expanding to 55 districts
On Wednesday, the Executive Board of the Nebraska Legislature heard testimony on LR279CA , a proposed constitutional amendment to authorize the expansion of the Legislature from 49 to ... Read more
January 22, 2020
The Civic Nebraska Writers Group returns
The Civic Nebraska Writers Group, which made its debut early last year, is off and writing again! A collection of politically diverse community advocates across the state, the ... Read more
January 21, 2020
Project has Lothrop CLC writers fully booked
If you could be anything in the world, what you would be? And why? Those two questions, to the room full of third-graders, at first prompted a few ... Read more
January 17, 2020
One nation, individual
A group that thrives on individualism. Sounds like something of a contradiction, doesn’t it? How can the group prosper if it’s focused on the individual? It’s something of ... Read more
January 17, 2020
OLLI, Civic Nebraska begin civil discourse class Jan. 29
Anyone paying attention to the news these days is more than aware of the often-bitter political divisions that characterize our nation today. Discussions about how to form our ... Read more
January 16, 2020
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: Voter ID is back
Today, Nebraskans are again called upon to fight a harmful voter ID proposal after LR292CA was introduced in the Nebraska Legislature. No one can point to a voter impersonation fraud ... Read more
January 10, 2020
THINK MAKE CREATE mobile labs unleash creativity, curiosity
What if, at the next family-friendly event you and your family attend, your kids come away with more than the usual stuff like painted faces and balloons? What ... Read more
January 9, 2020
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: 2020 preview
The 2020 session of the Nebraska Legislature begins Jan. 8, and as always, Civic Nebraska will be at the State Capitol every day to advocate for pro-voter measures. ... Read more
January 7, 2020
Hello, Hall County! Join us Feb. 7 at our new…
Civic Nebraska, a statewide nonpartisan organization that promotes civic participation and leadership, will celebrate the opening of its new Grand Island headquarters with an open house from 4 ... Read more
January 6, 2020
Civic ed: From John Roberts’ pen to everyone’s ears
Happy New Year. At Civic Nebraska, we’re starting 2020 by reflecting upon some recent words from John Roberts, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United ... Read more
January 2, 2020
In the Soaring ’20s, we’ll ALL RISE
Welcome to the Soaring ’20s. At Civic Nebraska, the new decade promises to be one of advocacy and activism, of innovation and invention, and of rising to new ... Read more
January 1, 2020
Build, sustain and defend democracy in 2020
At Civic Nebraska, we believe all means all. We believe that we’re all in it together. That democracy is not a spectator sport. That building an engaged and ... Read more
December 30, 2019
On the rise: The 2010s at Civic Nebraska
Kate Morton, a bestselling novelist, once said: “Some say I’m an overnight success … Well, that was a very long night that lasted about 10 years.” We can ... Read more
December 29, 2019
Doing good: Engaging employees in giving back
Nebraska businesses care about their communities and give generously to support community organizations and efforts to increase the quality of life across the state. My husband and I ... Read more
December 27, 2019
Democracy’s (Half) Dozen: 6 documentaries to stream this winter
Happy winter! This past weekend, we noted the arrival of the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Here in Nebraska, the sun ... Read more
December 23, 2019
That’s a wrap on ‘Cap Days’ for 2019
Since 2013, our Capitol Experience Day has been one of Civic Nebraska’s flagship (and favorite!) programs. We know that ‘Cap Days’ make a difference in creating civically engaged ... Read more
December 12, 2019

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    Omaha, NE 68132
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    Omaha, NE 68110
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    Lincoln, NE 68521
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