Lincoln consists of a tight-knit community that never passes up an opportunity to come together for a greater cause. That’s why it is no surprise to us that there are so many fantastic businesses and organizations in the area dedicated to lending a helping hand whenever they can.
We rounded up some of the businesses and organizations in Lincoln that are truly making a difference in the community right now. From donating their profits to a local charity to providing essential services to those in need — these Lincoln locals are proving how amazing the city is every day.
118 North 14th Street
Photo courtesy of A Novel Idea
Established in 1991, A Novel Idea offers an ever-changing collection of used, rare and out-of-print books throughout their cozy two-story shop. They are located just a few blocks away from the University of Lincoln Campus and love to support the community whenever they can. Every Tuesday, they contribute three percent of their gross sales to a charitable organization. The organization changes every season, but you can find who they’re currently supporting here!
2548 South 48th Street
The Eatery is a casual dining spot locally-owned and operated in the heart of Lincoln. Their expansive menu offers something for everyone, including breakfast all day, pizza, burgers, and even vegetarian and gluten-free options! Because they love the Lincoln community, they try to give back as much as possible. The Eatery donates goods to Food Net facilities to help them distribute meals for families in need, and provides donations and volunteers to as many local organizations as possible.
1624 South Street
First opened on Earth Day 2005, Meadowlark Coffee has always been focused on sustainability. That same vision lives on today with new owners Joey Plunkett and his wife Andi Barker as they continue to provide sustainable goods and support other local businesses. They exclusively sell Grounds for Change coffees, which are certified organic and fair trade. The coffee is also shade-grown, which helps to ensure healthy and safe habitats for migratory birds.
3400 A Street
Moran’s is a locally owned neighborhood liquor store that specializes in beer, wine and spirits. They’re home to the best craft beer mix-n-match in Lincoln, offering over 350 craft beers to choose from. In addition to their fantastic selection, they’re also a large supporter of Lincoln organizations. To date, they’ve raised over $25,000 for local charities and continue to go above and beyond for the community whenever they can.
3121 South 6th Street, Unit C
Photo courtesy of Pink Gorilla Events
Pink Gorilla Events is responsible for some of the most popular races in the area. Based in Lincoln, they put on events throughout Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. Their award-winning races have been recognized by Runner’s World Magazine, Outside Magazine and Women’s Health, but they’re adamant that they couldn’t do what they do without the support from local nonprofits that help them put on the fun events. Which is why they’ve donated over $350,000 back to those local groups and promote all of them yearly on Give to Lincoln and Omaha Gives Days! You can see the full list of organizations they support here.
120 West Harvest Drive
Founded in 1978, Sandhills Publishing serves the trucking, agricultural, construction and related industries with trade-publications, websites and hosted technology services. They’re headquartered in Lincoln at a 68-acre main campus that is full of job opportunities for locals. Because of the high value they place on community outreach, they consistently host charity events, teaming up with local organizations like the Lincoln Children’s Museum, the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Lincoln Community Playhouse. They also donate in-kind to as many nonprofits as they can around the area.
2445 South 48th Street
This unique nonprofit opened its doors in December of 2008 and has been going strong ever since. They accept donations of new and gently used women’s clothes, shoes, purses, housewares, furniture and more, donating all of their proceeds to local animal charities in the Lincoln area. Cause for Paws’ proceeds go to support organizations like Hearts United for Animals, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors and the Capitol Human Society of Lincoln to help animals in need.
211 North 14th Street
Photo courtesy of Jensen Geisert via The Foundry
The Foundry gives Lincoln’s nonprofit community a focal point for collaboration, shared resources and education. Their location in the heart of downtown allows people with ideas for nonprofits to build a staff, develop programs and impact the world. They offer a plethora of meeting spaces along with a full-service coffee and espresso bar, where 100% of their proceeds go back to the Lincoln community.
745 South 9th Street
Lincoln Literacy is an award-winning charity that teaches the English language and literacy skills to the greater Lincoln community. Over 300 trained volunteers work with Lincoln Literacy to provide over 50 free classes per week, serving over 1,000 people annually. Click here to learn how you can help.
2601 North 48th Street
Photo courtesy of The LUX Center for the Arts
The LUX Center for the Arts is Lincoln’s community arts center and a vital resource for visual arts in Nebraska. They offer year-round art classes in painting, drawing mixed media and more for all ages. But it’s their Art Van deLUX, a mobile art program, that is making a huge difference in the community today. The Art Van deLUX provides art-making classes and workshops to low-income school children and the elderly, Alzheimer’s patients, cancer survivors, and other groups, which is helping to change hundreds of lives every year.
2121 North 27th Street
Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach is an organization dedicated to serving low income and homeless alcoholics. They provide food and shelter along with advocacy and education to those in need without judgment or questions. With a mission to defeat homelessness and address addiction, they offer several different classes that help local struggling individuals find their footing once again. Find out how you can help here.
2545 N Street
Voices of Hope provides a multitude of services to empower those who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault and other related forms of abuse. They offer support along with advocacy and education in order to help survivors and their families through a difficult time. On average, they serve over 1,800 people a year, including approximately 400 children. Interested in lending a helping hand? You can learn how to get involved with Voices of Hope here.
Tell us about your organization!
Do you run a nonprofit or support one that we missed? Let us know in the comments! To learn about the organizations NP Dodge supports, check out our charitable organization, Dodge Cares.