University of Nebraska makes America’s Favorite Charities ranking for second time

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Contributors who give to the University of Nebraska at every level once again helped to make the university a favorite U.S. charity.

The University of Nebraska and its charitable arm, the University of Nebraska Foundation, was named for the second year in a row to America’s Favorite Charities for 2019. The top-100 ranking was released by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a national publication that focuses on the U.S. nonprofit sector.

The University of Nebraska came in at No. 87 in the Chronicle’s evaluation of the total charitable contributions that nonprofits received in cash and stocks, up from No. 96 last year. The evaluation doesn’t include government grants or donated products.

Susan M. Fritz, interim president of the University of Nebraska, said philanthropic support of the university allows it to expand its impact in ways that would otherwise not be possible.

“Our donors are helping us keep education affordable for students, recruit and retain the very best faculty and conduct research that changes lives in Nebraska and around the world,” she said. “We could not be more grateful for their vision, generosity and commitment to our 51,000 students.”

The America’s Favorite Charities ranking places the University of Nebraska in the company with many of its peer universities and the likes of the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Harvard University and others.

Universities and colleges account for 39 of the groups that made the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s favorite charities list. Health care organizations were the second-highest group with 14 included.

No other nonprofit organization in Nebraska made the top 100 charities list.

The University of Nebraska Foundation currently manages more than 11,500 funds that benefit the universitywide system. More than 99% of all donated assets are restricted by contributors for specific use by the university.

According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, it evaluated giving to universities and colleges by using data from the 2018 Annual Voluntary Support of Education survey, which is conducted by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The Chronicle’s announcement, including the top 100 list of organizations, is available in this PDF document.

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