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Johnny Carson Foundation gives one million dollars to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment

NEH Challenge Grant paves way for substantial gift supporting arts and humanities endowment in Nebraska

March 21, 2012 | By Federal/State Partnership Staff

Congratulation to the Nebraska Humanities Council for joint receipt of a $1 million gift from the John W. (aka Johnny) Carson Foundation. This gift is made to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, which is the shared endowment of the Nebraska Humanities Council and Nebraska Arts Council. It will be matched dollar for dollar by the State of Nebraska, which is setting aside up to $10 million in funds to be matched by private dollars. The earnings of both state and private sides of the Cultural Endowment are distributed to the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Humanities Council. The relationship with Johnny Carson, a native Nebraskan, began several years ago when he personally responded to a request to help meet an NEH Challenge Grant to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment with a gift of $250,000 which became $500,000 when matched with state money. This new gift, when matched by the state, equals $2 million.