Mission: To promote the legacy of willa cather through education, historic preservation, and the arts.
Programs: The foundation provided upkeep and maintenance on historic buildings and preservation of archival collections. Some materials are owned by the foundation and others are owned by the nebraska state historical society and cared for by the foundation under agreement with the state of nebraska. All historic buildings and collections relate directly to the life and times of willa cather.
the foundation provided various seminars, conferences, guided tours, and educational programs on the life, times, and settings of willa cather. Arts programs and exhibitions are also provided regularly in its restored red cloud opera house, which figured prominently in the life of young willa cather.
the foundation provided numerous educational scholarships for individuals who were furthering literary education.