Your Gifts At Work

Impact Stories

We are thankful for those who have made an estate gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation. Learn more about how their gifts have made an impact.

Robert Dewaele Thankful for Correct Diagnosis at Munroe-Meyer Institute

Robert Dewaele is an agricultural crop insurance claims adjuster and accomplished sculptor who grew up on a farm near Crescent, Iowa. His interest in sculpting began in high school, and he continued his studies at Iowa Western Community College and Bellevue University.

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Donors Preserve the Legacy of a Trailblazing Woman in Nebraska

Mark Griep and Marjorie Mikasen are members of the Burnett Society in recognition of their planned gift intentions. They have established a faculty development fund in honor of two chemistry pioneers at Nebraska, and that fund will one day provide seed funding for chemistry professors to pursue their research.

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Our Connection to the Land: A Story Told Through Art

Before the movers came to pack everything up, Carol Moseman stepped into one of her favorite rooms and took pictures. Filling the walls were more than 60 works of art that had resided in her home for years.

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Inspiring Those Who Care for Others

At age 9, Beatrice “Bea” Kalisch stepped onto a bus in Omaha and saw her future: a nurse dressed in a trim, starched-white uniform, her hair tucked neatly behind a white cap.

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A Family Tradition

A lot has changed at the University of Nebraska Foundation at Kearney in the last 60 years. For one, the name. Kearney State College was a small school of about 2,000 students in the 1960s where teaching was the focus and the cost to attend was typically less than $100 a semester.

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A Conversation with Burnett Society Member Dr. Dwayne Zobell

Burnett Society member Dwayne Zobell, D.D.S., was born in Montana and graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center after attending predental school at Brigham Young University and spending time as a missionary in Argentina.

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Joel and Patti Meier inspire an appreciation for outdoor activities and art with a $2 million planned gift

Joel and Patti Meier have let their passions and interests guide them in much of their 55 years together. This approach is also helping the Nebraska natives and University of Nebraska–Lincoln alumni determine the legacies they wish to leave through their giving.

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University of Nebraska is always in her heart

Charlotte has found great joy in helping others. She has volunteered with more than 20 organizations since she retired in 2003 as a children's librarian in Chula Vista, California. She also began supporting the University of Nebraska, which, she said, will always be in her heart.

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Donor Impact Spotlight: Steve and Lisa Todd

"It doesn't matter how much money you've got," Steve said. "Depending on what resources you've got available, you can do things on a very small scale or a large scale."

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'Important to be good, do good with money'

"Ted and I believed it was important to be good with money," she said. "But it was just as important to do good with money."

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Scholarship established by the Meredith family honors a ‘legacy he would’ve been proud of’

"It was really nice to know that we helped somebody achieve a goal."

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Student touched by such a generous human

Dr. Carole Levin, a beloved history professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, established a history scholarship fund to help students succeed.

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Looking back on the ride of his life

"What truly matters is setting goals, doing you very best and helping others. Live life to the fullest, and don't take anything or anyone for granted."

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Doctor reflects on the moon and a river … and on the 'miracle' of his life

So what do you do, someone asks him, when you realize that your life is a miracle? "You give back."

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