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Aksarben Foundation

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Mission Statement

The Aksarben Foundation is a network of business and community leaders that seeks to influence change in Heartland communities for the betterment of education, agriculture, and growth of the economy.

Wish List

Support of the Aksarben Foundation initiatives, which will help further betterment of the Heartland in areas of education, community, and workforce development. By working together and with the support of Nebraska and western Iowa residents, Aksarben Foundation can continue to improve the condition of the Heartland economy and strengthen communities for a better, more prosperous tomorrow.

Upcoming Events

  • Aksarben Stock Show
    Sept. 27-30, 2018
  • Aksarben Purple Ribbon Auction
    Sept. 30, 2018
  • Aksarben Ball
    Oct. 13, 2018

Background

Established in 1895, the Aksarben Foundation networks with premier employers to influence change for the betterment of youth, economy, and Heartland communities. The Aksarben Foundation recognizes and celebrates philanthropic efforts of Heartland families, funds scholarships and community grants throughout Nebraska and western Iowa, and celebrates milestones and community involvement efforts with awards such as the Pioneer and Heritage Farm Family awards–recognizing Nebraska families who have maintained family ownership of their farmland for 100 or 150 years, respectively–and the Good Neighbor Award.

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The Aksarben Foundation focuses on the betterment of the state of Nebraska and western Iowa.
For nearly 75 years, the Aksarben Foundation has been awarding scholarships to Nebraska youth so that they can realize their dreams and ultimately give back to the Heartland. Currently Aksarben awards over $1 million in scholarships annually. Aksarben has long been known for the Aksarben Ball and the Aksarben Stock Show. These events recognize, promote, and celebrate volunteerism, philanthropy, and community pride, while helping to raise funds for the scholarships Aksarben awards.

Pay it Forward

Supporters of the Aksarben Foundation make programs such as these possible:

Aksarben | Horatio Alger State Scholarships—These scholarships are for students attending four-year colleges and universities. Aksarben awards 50 new scholarships each year, bringing the total number of Aksarben State Scholarships awarded annually to 200.

Aksarben Career Scholarships—working directly with Metropolitan Community College, the Aksarben Foundation annually awards 100 new career scholarships valued at $2,000 each to students attending MCC.

Ag Leaders Scholarships, which are awarded to 4-H student exhibitors during the Aksarben Stock Show.

Aksarben Community Grants, which help communities throughout Nebraska and western Iowa with their community needs.

Aksarben Foundation

7101 Mercy Road Suite 320
Omaha, NE  68106
402-554-9600
aksarben.org


The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

American Heart Association

Mission Statement

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

Wish List

  • Sponsors and volunteers for upcoming events
  • Financial contributions to support research
  • Gift cards
  • Auction items
  • Survivor stories
  • Chairs for events
  • Heart Walk teams
  • Red yarn for the Little Hats, Big Hearts project

Upcoming Events

  • Go Red for Women Expo
    Sept. 25, 2018
  • Omaha Heart Ball
    Feb. 9, 2019
  • Workplace Health Symposium
    Feb. 20, 2019
  • Omaha-Council Bluffs Heart Walk
    May 2019

Background

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. They fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives. 

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In Nebraska in the last five years alone, the AHA has funded over $4 million in new research. Nationwide, AHA invests almost $128.5 million a year ($3.5 billion since 1949) in heart research that has led to recent breakthroughs such as clot-busting drugs and drug-eluting stents. Health care providers learn about medical advances and new treatment guidelines though journals, conferences, and online courses.

In the 11-state Midwest affiliate, AHA is currently supporting 402 multi-year studies at a cost of $70,327,574.

Pay it Forward

The American Heart Association wants everyone to know that cardiovascular diseases are largely preventable. Risks can be lowered by adhering to what they call Life’s Simple 7: not smoking, being physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a healthy diet, controlling blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, and controlling blood sugar. People can assess their cardiovascular health by visiting MyLifeCheck.org and answering a few questions.

American Heart Association

9900 Nicholas St.
Suite 200
Omaha, NE 68114
402-810-6870
heart.org


The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

American Midwest Ballet

Mission Statement

Now in its ninth professional season, American Midwest Ballet inspires Nebraska and Iowa audiences with high-quality dance performances and community engagement programs.

Wish List

  • Season sponsorships
  • Production sponsorships
  • Education and outreach sponsorships
  • Artist, costume, and scenic sponsorships
  • Individual donations
  • In-kind donations
  • Guild volunteers

Upcoming Events

  • Momentum: Rhapsody in Blue
    Oct. 19 and 21, 2018
  • The Nutcracker
    Nov. 18, and Dec. 8
    and 9, 2018
  • The Wizard of Oz
    May 4, 2019

Background

AMB’s talented professional dancers hail from around the nation and abroad, making the Midwest their home to share the excitement of dance with others. Through the company’s expressive performing artists, acclaimed choreographers, and skilled teachers, AMB plays a key role in the cultural vitality of the region.

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  • Founded by visionary artistic director Erika Overturff
  • As the region’s professional dance company, AMB’s work is beyond words
  • Reaching over 30,000 public audiences, students, and people who would not otherwise have access
  • AMB uses dance to uplift, inspire, and make people think
  • Mixed-repertory performances of award-winning Momentum
  • Opulent holiday favorite The Nutcracker
  • World premiere of The Wizard of Oz
  • Outreach to over 7,500 students and 1,000 underserved
  • Partnerships with over 20 social service agencies
  • Proud to collaborate with other leading organizations

Pay it Forward

AMB is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

  • Become a season subscriber
  • Donate as an individual or corporation
  • Become a sponsor
  • Join the AMB Guild
  • Attend a performance
  • Partner with the company to bring dance to your audience
  • Follow AMB on social media for updates and news

American Midwest Ballet

P.O. Box 6413
Omaha, NE 68106
402-541-6946
amballet.org


The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

American Red Cross

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Wish List

  • Volunteers
  • Blood and platelet donors
  • Financial support

Upcoming Events

Heroes in the Heartland
March 7, 2019

Background

American Red Cross, serving the Omaha Council Bluffs Metro area turns compassion into action through its strong network of volunteers, donors, and partners in times of need. They ensure that all members of the armed forces and their families find support and comfort when needed, and that in an emergency there are trained individuals nearby ready to use Red Cross skills to save lives. Red Cross also ensures that people have access to lifesaving blood and blood products.

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American Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the U.S. blood supply, making them the single largest supplier of blood in the nation.

Last year, Red Cross volunteers in the Omaha metro area responded to 160 disasters, mostly home fires, providing help, hope, and comfort to individuals and families affected.

Area Red Cross volunteers assisted with the devastating hurricane disasters of 2017, helping provide more food, relief supplies, and shelter stays than in all of the previous four years combined.

Pay it Forward

Become a volunteer. Help us provide relief and hope to those affected by disasters.
Go to the website and click on “Volunteer.”

Donate blood. Each blood donation can save up to three lives. To make an appointment visit the website and click on “Give Blood.”

Make a donation. An average of 91 cents of each dollar is invested in humanitarian services and programs.  Go to the website and click on “Donate.” To make a $10 donation text REDCROSS to 90999.

 

American Red Cross

2912 S. 80th Ave. 
Omaha, NE 68124 
402-343-7700
redcross.org


The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Avenue Scholars Foundation

August 15, 2018 by

Mission Statement

The mission of Avenue Scholars Foundation (ASF) is to ensure careers for committed students of hope and need through education/training and supportive relationships.

Wish List

  • Business partners to participate in career-building opportunities for ASF students, such as career exploration events, mock interviews, job fairs, career consultations, job shadowing, internships,  and apprenticeships. Part-time and full-time employment opportunities are greatly appreciated.
  •  Financial contributions

Upcoming Events

Avenue Scholars Foundation Wine Tasting and Vintner Dinner
Nov. 15, 2018

Avenue Scholars Foundation Celebration Luncheon
Late April/Early May 2019

Background

ASF provides comprehensive, individualized support and resources to help students from low-income families identify, persist toward, and enter financially sustaining careers. Students are selected based on financial need (eligibility for free or reduced-priced school lunches, or a federal Pell grant) and interest in pursuing a career requiring an associate degree or less in one of the following high-demand industry sectors: 1) health care, 2) information technology, 3) automotive technology/transportation, 4) trades/manufacturing/builders, and 5) business/office processes.

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ASF has supported the career development of 2,106 students since its inception in 2008. Thanks to the generosity of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, and the ongoing support of Metropolitan Community College, ASF recently added direct scholarship assistance to the relationship-based support services provided by its dedicated staff. Beginning this past spring, all students who successfully complete ASF’s high school program will receive an $8,000 scholarship to continue their education/training at MCC.

Pay it Forward

Businesses are encouraged to join ASF’s effort by providing career development and employment opportunities for Avenue Scholars students. Please contact ASF to discuss how a business can work with the foundation to support opportunities for Avenue Scholars while helping identify and develop the talent needed to grow Omaha businesses.

Avenue Scholars Foundation

7101 Mercy Road Suite 240
Omaha, NE  68106
402-916-9777
avescholars.org


The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Bethlehem House

Mission Statement

Bethlehem House meets the needs of families facing economic insecurity and crisis pregnancy by providing residential housing and long-term pathways to quality health care, parenting skills, and economic security through education and employment.

Wish List

Mentors, mentors, mentors: call or email or details

Program funding provides:

  • Family life: housing and skill building
  • Aftercare: healthy independency
  • Merit scholarships
  • Financial literacy

Volunteers 

  • Support Bethlehem House financially by visiting the donate page on the website
  • Diapers: especially newborn sizes and Pull-ups
  • Gas cards: $10 denominations

Upcoming Events

  • Bethlehem House Annual Fall Fundraiser
    Oct. 19, 2018
  • Giving Tuesday
    Nov. 27, 2018

Schedule a campus tour by calling.

Background

Founded in 2005, Bethlehem House provides emergency housing for women, infants, and youth. It is a community-funded, faith-based, nonprofit organization providing social services, at no cost, to families. Structured programming and case management by trauma-informed staff members helps women develop life skills, build accountability, gain financial literacy, and set goals through a 12-course family life program. 

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Thanks to Bethlehem House, more than 250 mothers have received shelter and love, allowing them to choose life and a healthy redirection. 

 During 2017, 87 percent of graduates went on to maintain stable, independent living.

 The Humble Lily Boutique directly supports the mission of Bethlehem House, serving as the hub for volunteers and donations. In 2017, more than 27,000 shoppers experienced the store’s eclectic blend of high-end women’s fashions. 

 The new store is located at 10730 Pacific St.

Pay it Forward

Mentor MoMMs. Foster relationships and help strengthen family support systems.

Donate. In-kind donations provide material items for the women and babies they serve. Current needs include: baby wipes, baby monitors, and gift cards for grocery stores and gas stations.

Monetary gifts. Monetary donations fund critical programing for expecting moms.

Shop. Visit the Humble Lily, Bethlehem House’s high-end women’s clothing boutique, where all proceeds support women and children.

Bethlehem House

2301 S. 15th St.
Omaha, NE 68108
402-502-9224
bethlehemhouseomaha.org


The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Boys Town

Mission Statement

Changing the way America cares for children and families.

Wish List

  • Monetary donations
  • National Hotline support (suicide prevention)
  • Career readiness (vocational training)
  • School supplies

Upcoming Events

  • Boys Town National Research Hospital: Pure Inspiration Art Exhibit & Food-Wine Pairing Event
    Sept. 27, 2018
  • Boys Town National Hotline:Fine Wine and Hors D’oeuvres Fundraiser
    Oct. 4, 2018
  • Youth Athletic Program: Booster Banquet
    April 30, 2019

Background

Since 1917, Boys Town has given thousands of at-risk girls and boys the love, support, and education they need to succeed. Every day, abused and neglected children, and broken and struggling families, find help at Boys Town. The care Boys Town provides is uniquely effective because it is driven by the unwavering belief that every child and every family has the potential to succeed, regardless of their circumstances. When Boys Town saves a child, the positive effects ripple through the community, contributing to greater progress for society as a whole.

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Boys Town is celebrating over 100 years as a leader in child and family care.

In 2017, Boys Town served 522,000 children across the country.

Crisis Counselors at the Boys Town National Hotline (800-448-3000) prevented more than 430 active suicide attempts last year.

Boys Town programs and services touch the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide every year.

Boys Town conducts applied research that focuses on understanding the problems children and families face in today’s world and identifying the most effective ways to help them.

Pay it Forward

Help a child break free from the cycle of abuse and neglect and enter adulthood prepared to succeed. Get involved and help spread the word—Boys Town kids and families are everywhere. They are teachers, parents, engineers, and artists. Given a second chance, they have triumphed. Boys Town needs support to continue the amazing work the organization does every day—and has been doing for over 100 years.

Boys Town

14100 Crawford St., Mod 1
Boys Town, NE 68010
402-498-1490
boystown.org 


The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

CASA

Mission Statement

Training, empowering, and inspiring volunteer advocates to improve the livesof abused and neglected children. 

Wish List

  • Hygiene products
  • Ethnic hair products
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Pajamas
  • College dorm room items
  • Winter coats, hats, gloves

Upcoming Events

  • Unsung Heroes—CASA’s 20th anniversary celebration
    Sept. 13, 2018
  • CASA Coffee
    First Friday of each month
  • CASA Cocktails
    Third Thursday of each month
  • 5K Superhero Run for CASA
    July 13, 2019

Background

CASA for Douglas County advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children who fall under the jurisdiction of the Douglas County Juvenile Court and the foster care systems. This is accomplished using trained citizen volunteers. Volunteers provide an individualized voice and advocate for interventions and services to ensure children are placed in appropriate, safe, and nurturing environments to expedite the finding of forever families so they are not lingering in foster care unnecessarily.

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CASA volunteers monitor a single case at a time and remain for the life of the case until a permanent home is found.

CASA volunteers are the only non-paid people in
the courtrooms.

452 children were served by 186 CASA volunteers during fiscal year 2017-2018.

Pay it Forward

Kid’s activity fund—Provide children in foster care the opportunity to participate in normal activities.

CASA Children’s Holiday Party—Provide a gift for a child in foster care during the holiday season

CASA Closet—Supply new hygiene and personal care items that will help children transition to/from foster homes, schools, and independent living.

CASA Volunteer—Become the voice for a child in foster care.

CASA Service League—Support CASA by joining this auxiliary organization targeted at fundraising and event planning.

CASA for Douglas County

2412 St. Mary’s Ave.
Omaha, NE 68105
402-932-5683
casaomaha.org


The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine.To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Completely KIDS

Mission Statement

Completely KIDS educates and empowers kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful, and connected community.

Wish List

New school supplies:

  • Backpacks
  • Pencils (No. 2)
  • Colored pencils
  • Lined paper
  • Glue sticks/bottles of school glue
  • Erasers
  • Scissors

New swimsuits and beach towels:

  •  Youth boy and girl sizes 6-12

Always in need:

  • Volunteer support
  • Weekend food items
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • New board games/puzzles/sports equipment
  • Toiletries

Please call or visit the website for a full list.

Upcoming Events

  • Night in the Neighborhood
    Sept. 13, 2018
  • Author Luncheon
    April 10, 2019
  • Pinot, Pigs & Poets
    May 16, 2019

Background

When we think about our community, we imagine one that is safe, healthy, successful, and connected. That’s why Completely KIDS has a mission to empower kids and families with the skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty and overcome barriers to their success. Each year, Completely KIDS serve more than 2,000 Omaha-area kids, primarily between the ages of 4 and 14, and their families in working toward this mission.The organization’s work takes place after the school day and during the summer with kids. Completely KIDS provides a safe, academically supportive, and enriching environment via partnerships with area schools, homeless shelters, and other local agencies. Additionally, Completely KIDS provides expanded services to the families of kids in the form of literacy, educational support, mental health services, and referrals to other agencies as needed.

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Completely KIDS was the first Omaha nonprofit to provide after-school services for children in homeless shelters, and a weekend food program. Last year, they served more kids than ever through weekend and after-school food programs, enhanced services for families, and employed additional teen alumni.

Perhaps the latest excitement comes from the current renovation and expansion taking place at Complete KIDS’ headquarters. Once complete, services will increase, allowing them to make a greater impact on kids and families in Omaha.

Pay it Forward

Completely KIDS offers many ways to get involved through time or financial contributions, including: 

  •  Working directly with children
  •  Weekend food program
  •  Fundraising and supply drives

There are always more kids and families in Omaha who need Completely KIDS’ help. The organization can’t do it without the backing of donors and volunteers—people just like you. Please contact them to find out more information about giving opportunities.

Completely KIDS

2566 St. Mary’s Ave.
Omaha, NE 68105
402-397-5809
completelykids.org


The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Cross Training Center

Mission Statement

To equip disadvantaged and under-educated adults through vocational training and job experience so they can attain employment and become financially successful.

Wish List

  • Corporate partnerships
  • Monetary donations 
  • Volunteers 
  • Community speaking engagements
  • Collection drives for needed items 

Upcoming Events

Invite CTC to speak about solutions to poverty at a civic, church, or workplace event. 

Background

Cross Training Center provides vocational training and job experience for those who are not able to attain a job due to challenging backgrounds and circumstances. CTC empowers and equips those who have been incarcerated or homeless, involved in gangs or substance abuse, have mental or emotional disorders, have been a victim of human trafficking or domestic violence, or live in poverty for numerous reasons. They receive life-changing training and experiences in order to gain employment on a career path that breaks the cycle of poverty for generations to come.

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Students receive work experience while providing valuable services and products that benefit our community.  

Cross Electronic Recycling kept over 300,000 pounds of electronics out of the landfills last year.   

Redeemed Computers and Electronics refurbished over 500 computers, laptops, and appliances. 

Cross Automotive provided 58 donated vehicles to those in need last year. 

Cross Social Hall hosted over 40 events while helping students learn hospitality services.

Pay it Forward

Donate automobiles, electronics, and other out-of-service equipment. Everything collected is used to provide vocational training and job experience.  

Utilize CTC’s services when a need arises. Find out more online.

Financial contributions are needed to build a recycling warehouse and a commercial kitchen, and to meet the annual operating budget. 

People are encouraged to hold collection drives at workplaces, churches, or civic groups.

Cross Training Center

5030 N. 72nd St.
Omaha, NE 68134
402-590-2100
crosstc.com 


The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.