Peter Kiewit Foundation was established by Peter Kiewit, a generous philanthropist and community leader who believed that Omaha was the best place to live in the United States. He attributed his success to the hardworking people of Nebraska and was determined to return his wealth and good fortune to its communities. After thoughtful planning throughout his lifetime, the bulk of his personal estate was set aside upon his death in 1979 to create a foundation to support charitable and public purpose projects in Nebraska and other limited geographic areas. The foundation is a private independent philanthropic trust that is not legally or administratively affiliated with the operating companies that also bear Mr. Kiewit’s name. The initial fund balance was $150 million. Today, its value stands at approximately $406 million.
Peter Kiewit Foundation has honored Mr. Kiewit’s legacy by awarding over $540 million in grants and over $40 million in scholarships since our founding in 1979. Our investments are inspired by Mr. Kiewit’s belief in the importance of hard work, individual opportunity and building community.