Burnett Society

A giving society for individuals who support the university with a planned gift

In 1967, the University of Nebraska Foundation created a program to recognize donors who, through their consistent giving to the University of Nebraska, raise the stature of the institution. These donors are members of the foundation’s Giving Society. The Burnett Society specifically recognizes members of this group who support the university through a planned gift. The group takes its name from Edgar A. Burnett, a chancellor at the University of Nebraska during the Great Depression, who recognized the university would not succeed on state funding alone. Burnett called on 30 business and civic leaders, and together they created the University of Nebraska Foundation to raise private funds for the university. The foundation received its first bequest in 1937 from a former faculty member; the second came in 1938 from an alumnus and 40-year employee of the library.

By establishing a planned gift to benefit the University of Nebraska, you demonstrate your commitment to education. Thank you for supporting the future of the university’s outstanding students, faculty, research, programs and facilities.

To learn more about the impact of the Burnett Society, please watch this video from the 2019 Burnett Society luncheon. You’ll hear from UNO and UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey Gold, M.D., and UNL student Llana Borrego, a first-generation college student and scholarship recipient. You’ll also follow the Burnett Society luncheon attendees as they enjoy a tour of the new UNMC College of Nursing Lincoln Division building.

The University of Nebraska doesn’t expand and grow without the generous support of private donors.

How does it work?

Membership in the Burnett Society is reserved for those who have named the foundation as a beneficiary of their estate or have made a planned gift to the foundation. As a Burnett Society member, you join a distinguished group of people who share a common vision for the future of the University of Nebraska and believe in its mission.


The details of your gift are always confidential. We will not release gift information or publish your name without your consent. You may also decline membership in the Burnett Society or request anonymity.

More information

Knowledgeable staff members are available to answer your questions about the benefits of planned giving. By working together on your gift arrangement, we can ensure your wishes will be clearly represented and carried out.

Legal designation

As a reminder, the appropriate designation in all legal language is: the University of Nebraska Foundation, a nonprofit corporation.


Our Burnett Society members enjoy several special events throughout the year planned specifically for them, such as campus tours, lunches and educational opportunities. If you are interested in learning more or would like to make a planned gift to benefit the University of Nebraska, please contact any member of the gift planning team.

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Kim Waller

Gift Planning Stewardship, Marketing and the Burnett Society

Kim has been with the foundation since 2006 and directs the gift planning department's stewardship and marketing programs. She also leads the foundation's efforts to thank planned gift donors as the primary contact for the Burnett Society.

Amanda Feser

Donor Relations and Recognition

Amanda graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2008 with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Psychology. She joined the University of Nebraska Foundation team the same year. Amanda is passionate about nonprofit work and enjoys using her unique skill set to advance the mission of the University of Nebraska.

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When you make a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation you can trust that it will be used in the way in which it was intended. That’s a promise we’ve kept with our donors since our organization was founded in 1936.