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Heading Education is a Priority for the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation

Donor Profile:  Charles A. Frueauff Foundation

The support of thousands of individuals, corporations, and charitable foundations has helped make Bellevue University Nebraska’s largest private college or university. As the University celebrates its 50th anniversary, we look at a few of the key individuals and organizations whose financial support helped make it happen. Through annual and endowed scholarship support for Bellevue University students, the Little Rock, Arkansas-based Charles A. Frueauff Foundation is helping deserving students to receive a quality education.

Heading Education is a Priority for the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation

A commitment to helping educate the next generation has made funding for higher education a priority for the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation. Established in 1950 by the Last Will and Testament of Charles A. Frueauff, a successful New York attorney and philanthropist, the Frueauff Foundation is actively engaged in assisting educational, social services, and healthcare organizations throughout the United States.  In its 65 years of existence, the Foundation has made grants in excess of $130 million to more than 650 agencies and institutions.

Bellevue University’s relationship with the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation began in the late 1980’s, when long-time University Board member Fred Hawkins, Sr. first met with Harry Frueauff. Harry, the nephew of Charles A. Frueauff, was the first president of the Frueauff Foundation and was intrigued with the University’s commitment to serve adult working students. Harry also loved the University’s policy of not accepting federal government funding and that the University is run like a business.

The Frueauff Foundation established the Harry Day Frueauff Endowed Scholarship Fund at Bellevue University in 2000 as a memorial in recognition of the former Foundation President’s desire to assist adult students. Frueauff grants to Bellevue University continue to provide ongoing scholarship support to deserving students and have also have assisted with program development initiatives, capital improvements, and educational technology resources since 1989.

David F Carey H LargerIn 2006, the University awarded its second-ever Mallory Kountze Award to the Frueauff Foundation in recognition of its generosity. Named for a former University Board member, the Kountze Award recognizes charitable foundations and businesses that provide outstanding, long-term support. David A. Frueauff, grandnephew of Charles, was elected fifth president of the Foundation in 1996. “No one organization can save the world,” Frueauff said, “but we can make a world of difference in someone’s life.”