Community Involvement

A vibrant community has residents that volunteer, vote, promote social causes, donate to charitable organizations, support the arts, and otherwise participate in creating a sense of place. Lincoln prides itself as being a place where neighbors look out for each other, where there are increasing cultural opportunities, and where people care about strengthening and enhancing our community’s amenities. Community involvement can be a difficult concept to measure since it can mean different things to different people and because some of the “connectedness” can be difficult to quantify. The measures we’ve selected each tap some component of involvement.
Our results suggest, perhaps counter to community perceptions, that Lincoln looks very much like the rest of the country in terms of voting and charitable giving. Per capita, arts organization revenues are on the lower end when compared to peer communities. Lincoln has somewhat greater numbers of charitable and cultural non-profit organizations, but support for these institutions lags. Nebraskans volunteer at greater rates than residents of other states; however, data is not available to evaluate whether this is true for Lincoln at the city or county level.

Voter Turnout is Average

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Volunteering in Nebraska is Comparatively High, But Declining

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Individual Charitable Giving Is Average, But Has Declined

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Lincoln Has Comparatively Large Giving By Charitable Foundations

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Lincoln has Many Arts and Cultural Organizations But Lags in Supporting Them

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