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2018 March/April Giving Events

March 1 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Celebrity Chef 2018
Benefiting: Food Bank for the Heartland
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista

March 2 (7-10:30 p.m.)
I-80 Cosmopolitan Club’s Gala: An Evening on the Italian Riviera
Benefiting: Diabetes-related causes
Location: il Palazzo

March 3 (7 a.m.)
Heat the Streets Run & Walk for Warmth
Benefiting: Common Fund of the Heartland
Location: Midtown Crossing

March 3 (6-10 p.m.)
Irish Fest
Benefiting: Catholic Charities
Location: Marriott Capitol District

March 3 (noon-4 p.m.)
Omaha Barstool Open
Benefiting: United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska
Location: the Old Market

March 3 (6 p.m.)
Cruise Away to Hollywood
Benefiting: Stephen Center
Location: Champions Run

March 4 (9-11:30 a.m.)
14th Annual Walk & Roll for Disabilities
Benefiting: Meyer Foundation for Disabilities
Location: Oak View Mall

March 4 (noon-6 p.m.)
Hooley! Hooley! Hooley!
Benefiting: Ladies Ancient Order of the Hibernians
Location: Firefighters Union Hall

March 8 (11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.)
American Red Cross Heroes in the Heartland Luncheon
Benefiting: American Red Cross
Location: Hilton Omaha

March 8 (6:30-9 p.m.)
Assure Banquet with Franklin Graham
Benefiting: Assure Women’s Center
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista

March 10 (5:30-11 p.m.)
HOLT International Gala: A Benefit for Mongolia
Benefiting: Holt International
Location: Hotel RL

March 10 (6 p.m.)
Silver Ribbon Event: The Heart and Art of Caring
Benefiting: CRCC (Children’s Respite Care Center)
Location: Scoular Ballroom

March 17 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Ancient Order of the Hibernians’ St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
Benefiting: St. Vincent de Paul Society
Location: Firefighters Union Hall

March 18 (4 p.m.)
Celebration of Spirit Dinner
Benefiting: Notre Dame Sisters
Location: St. Robert Bellarmine Social Hall

March 19, April 16 (6 p.m.)
Breathe & Brew Yoga Series
Benefiting: American Lung Association
Location: Scriptown Brewing Co.

March 22 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Scholarship Luncheon
Benefiting: Phoenix Academy
Location: Hilton Omaha

March 24 (4 p.m.)
Basketball Bash
Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Location: UNO Milo Bail Student Center

March 24 (1-2:30 p.m. girl reception, 7-9:30 p.m. reception and silent auction)
artVenture Omaha
Benefiting: Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
Location: UNO Mammel Hall

March 24 (5:30 p.m.)
The Gathering
Benefiting: CUES Supported Schools
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista

March 24 (6-9:30 p.m.)
Celebrating Community
Benefiting: Omaha Together One Community
Location: KANEKO

March 28 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Fusion Luncheon 2018 featuring Jeff Lewis
Benefiting: Nebraska Medicine Guild scholarships
Location: Mariott Downtown

March 31 (5-10 p.m.)
March Madnezz 2018
Benefiting: Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Location: The Grass Wagon

April 4-5 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Speaking of Children Luncheon and Conference
Benefiting: Project Harmony
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista

April 6 (6:30-10 p.m.)
Wine, Women & Shoes
Benefiting: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation
Location: Omaha Design Center

April 7-8 (noon-5 p.m.)
NARI Remodeled Home Tour
Benefiting: Healing Embrace
Locations: various

April 7 (5:30-10 p.m.)
Fourth Annual Pink Ribbon Affair
Benefiting: Susan G. Komen Nebraska
Location: Hilton Omaha

April 8 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
Rock the Nest Trivia Night
Benefiting: Central High School Foundation
Location: Omaha Design Center

April 10 (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Assistance League of Omaha Style Show
Benefiting: Assistance League of Omaha
Location: Champions Run

April 11 (noon-1:30 p.m.)
2018 Author Luncheon, featuring Dr. Michele Borba
Benefiting: Completely Kids
Location: Hilton Omaha

April 13 (6-9 p.m.)
Circle of Dreams
Benefiting: St. Augustine Mission School
Location: A View on State

April 13 (5-10 p.m.)
Kicks for a Cure Annual Dinner
Benefiting: Kicks for a Cure
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista

April 13-14 (times vary)
Big DREAM weekend with bowling, tailgating, and more
Benefiting: DREAM (Developing Relationships through Education, Athletics, and Mentoring)
Locations: various

April 14 (7-10:30 a.m.)
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Live Forward! Run-Walk to Remember
Benefiting: Keep Kids Alive Drive 25
Location: Skutt High School

April 14 (9 a.m.-noon)
Autism Puzzle Walk
Benefiting: Autism Center of Nebraska
Location: Ralston Arena

April 14 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Seventh Annual Spring Luncheon
Benefiting: Santa Monica House
Location: DC Centre

April 14 (4:30 p.m.-midnight)
Cathedral Comedy & Cuisine
Benefiting: St. Cecilia School
Location: St. Cecilia Parish Center

 April 14 (5-8 p.m.)
Spaghetti Dinner
Benefitting: Nebraska Miss Amazing
Location: Celebration Covenant Church
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April 14 (5-9 p.m.)
vinNEBRASKA Public Wine Tasting and Grand Auction
Benefiting: Partnership 4 Kids
Location: Hotel RL

April 14 (5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.)
Festa del Leone
Benefiting: Roncalli High School
Location: Roncalli High School

April 14 (6 p.m.)
Blue Jeans Ball: 35 Years of Wishes
Benefiting: Make-A-Wish Nebraska
Location: Hilton Omaha

April 14 (6 p.m.-midnight)
14th Annual Barrister’s Ball—“Escapes to the Tropics”
Benefiting: various legal projects
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista

April 14 (times vary)
Kicks for a Cure Soccer Exhibition
Benefiting: Kicks for a Cure
Location: Creighton Soccer Complex, UNO Caniglia Soccer Complex

April 14 (6-9 p.m.)
Feather Our Nest 2018
Benefiting: Fontenelle Forest
Location: Omaha Mariott Downtown

April 15 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Pork Dinner & Polka Fest
Benefiting: Notre Dame Sisters
Location: St. Philip Neri Activity Center

April 15
Humanitarian Brunch featuring John Quinones
Benefitting: Inclusive Communities
Location: Omaha Mariott at the Capitol District

April 17 (6-9:30 p.m.)
Omaha Business Hall of Fame Gala
Benefiting: Greater Omaha Chamber
Location: Holland Performing Arts Center

April 18 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
At Ease USA Annual Luncheon
Benefiting: At Ease USA
Location: CenturyLink Center Omaha

April 18 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Can Do Luncheon
Benefitting: Kids Can
Location: Hilton Downtown at the Capitol District

April 19 (7-8:30 a.m.)
BPS Foundation Community Breakfast
Benefiting: Bellevue Public Schools Foundation
Location: BPS Lied Activity Center

April 19 (6-9 p.m.)
A Night of Inspiring Hope
Benefiting: Fresh Hope
Location: Embassy Suites Omaha

April 20 (6 p.m.-10 p.m.)
Night of Celebration
Immanuel Auxiliary
Location: A View on State

April 20 (7-10 p.m.)
RivALZ—Blondes vs. Brunettes
Benefiting: Alzheimer’s Association
Location: Omaha Sports Complex

April 20 (5:30-8 p.m.)
13th Annual Men of Honor “Igniting Our Youth” Awards Dinner
Benefiting: 100 Black Men of Omaha
Location: Hilton Omaha

April 20, 21, 27, and 28 (times vary)
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Location: Maplewood Lanes

April 21 (9-11 a.m.)
Claussen-Leahy Maverick Run
Benefiting: UNO Athletics
Location: Baxter Arena

April 21 (noon-3 p.m.)
Women Defining History Luncheon and Runway Show
Benefiting: Douglas County Historical Society
Location: Institute of the Culinary Arts

April 21 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Nebraska Lymphoma Walk
Benefitting:  Lymphoma Research Foundation
Location: Mahoney State Park

April 21 (5-8 p.m.)
Bowtie BASH
Benefiting: Creighton Prep
Location: Creighton Prep High School

April 21 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Black Tie and Tails
Benefiting: Nebraska Humane Society
Location: Omaha Marriott Downtown

April 22 (2-4 p.m.)
Walk for Awareness
Benefiting: Conceive Nebraska
Location: Turner Park

April 23 (noon-1 p.m.)
Boy Scouts Citizen of the Year Luncheon, honoring Chris Murphy
Benefiting: Boy Scouts of America
Location: Scott Conference Center

April 24 (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
Celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood
Benefiting: Omaha Community Foundation
Location: Omaha Community Playhouse

April 28 (9 a.m.)
March for Babies
Benefiting: March of Dimes
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing

April 28 (5-11 p.m.)
Blue Jeans & Dreams
Benefiting: Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy
Location: HETRA Barn

April 28 (9 a.m.)
Third Annual Brunch 5K
Benefiting: Junior League of Omaha
Location: Midtown Crossing, brunch at CRAVE

April 29 (noon registration, 1 p.m. start)
Omaha Area Walk
Benefiting: ALS in the Heartland
Location: Baxter Arena

Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

2017 September/October Giving Events

August 28, 2017 by
Photography by contributed

Featured Event

March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Auction 2017
Embassy Suites-La Vista

Local chefs will prepare culinary delights to raise money for research, education, and prevention of birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Eat and support a good cause while participating in the Live Auction and Fund the Mission at Embassy Suites-La Vista on Oct. 5 (5-9:30 p.m.).

September/October Charitable Events

Fourth annual 9/11 benefit at Omaha Design Center

Sept. 7 (5-9 p.m.)
Fourth Annual 9/11 Memorial Benefit
Benefiting: The First Responders Foundation
Location: Omaha Design Center

Sept. 7 (5-9 p.m.)
11th Annual Brew Haha
Benefiting: Habitat for Humanity
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village

Sept. 8 (7-9:30 p.m.)
Wings & Wheels
Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities Omaha
Location: Signature Flight Support

Sept. 9 (5-9 p.m.)
Vintage Affaire Gala
Benefiting: Autism Action Partnership
Location: La Vista Conference Center

Sept. 9 (9-10:30 a.m.)
23rd Annual Siena/Francis House 5K Walk/Run
Benefiting: Siena/Francis House
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village

Destino Dinner at Baxter Arena

Sept. 9 (6-9 p.m.)
Destino Dinner 2017
Location: Baxter Arena
Benefiting: Latino Center of the Midlands

Sept. 10 (8 a.m.)
Fight For Air Corporate Cup
Benefiting: American Lung Association
Location: Aksarben Village

Sept. 10 (noon-4 p.m.)
Out of the Darkness Walk
Benefiting: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing

Sept. 10 (1-5 p.m.)
Taste of Florence
Benefiting: Senior Health Foundation
Location: Florence Home Healthcare

Sept. 15-17 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show
Benefiting: Lauritzen Gardens
Location: Lauritzen Gardens

Sept. 15 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Zoofari 2017: Night of the Tiger
Benefiting: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Location: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Sept. 22 (6-9 p.m.)
Open Space Soiree 2017
Benefiting: KANEKO
Location: KANEKO

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day at Champion’s Run

Sept. 22 (6-9 p.m.)
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day
Benefiting: Project Harmony
Location: Champion’s Run

Sept. 22 (6-9 p.m.)
30th Birthday Gala
Benefiting: Voices for Children Nebraska
Location: Omaha Design Center

Sept. 15-24
Omaha Restaurant Week
Benefiting: Food Bank for the Heartland
Location: varies

Sept. 28 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Night in the Neighborhood: Celebrating 10 Years
Benefiting: Completely KIDS
Location: Founders One Nine

Sept. 28 (5-8:30 p.m.)
Love your Neighbor Annual Auction & Dinner
Benefiting: Open Door Mission
Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center

Ice Cub is the featured speaker at the Imagine Our Youth Fundraiser at Embassy Suites La Vista

Sept. 29 (6:15-9:30 p.m.)
Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration
Benefiting: Omaha Home for Boys
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista

Sept. 30 (6-10 p.m.)
Black Tie Harvest for Scholarships
Benefiting: Iowa Western Student Scholarships
Location: Iowa Western Kanesville Arena

Sept. 30 (6-9 p.m.)
Nebraska Ataxia Engagement Party
Benefiting: Nebraska Ataxia
Location: Creighton Preparatory School

Oct. 1 (4-7 p.m.)
Blues & Barbecue Harvest Party
Benefiting: No More Empty Pots and Florence Mill
Location: Florence Mill

Oct. 5 (5-9:30 p.m.)
Signature Chefs Auction
Benefiting: March of Dimes
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista

Oct. 6 (7-10 p.m.)
Hops & Grapes Fall Festival, A Special Benefit for Partnership 4 Kids
Benefiting: Partnership 4 Kids
Location: Founders One-Nine

Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure Oct. 8 at Baxter Arena

Oct. 8 (7-10 a.m.)
Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure
Benefiting: Susan G. Komen Great Plains
Location: Baxter Arena

Oct. 10 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Changemakers 2017
Benefiting: Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista

Oct. 13 (5-9 p.m.)
Benefiting: Nebraska Children’s Home Society
Location: Nebraska Brewing Co. Taproom

Oct. 14 (3-8 p.m.)
HEALs to the Pavement for Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Benefiting: HEALing Embrace
Location: Lake Zorinsky

Legacy Gala Oct. 13 at DC Centre

Oct. 13 (6:30-11 p.m.)
Legacy Gala 2017
Benefiting: Women on a Mission for Change
Location: DC Centre

Oct. 19 (6-9:30 p.m.)
44th Woman of the Year Gala, Honoring Melissa Marvin
Benefiting: Arthritis Foundation Nebraska
Location: Omaha Marriott

Oct. 21 (10 a.m.-noon)
Quarter Mania
Benefiting: Open Door Mission
Location: Garland Thompson Men’s Center

Oct. 21 and 22 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Kids and Clays Sporting Clays Tournament
Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities
Location: Oak Creek Sporting Club

Oct. 22 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Ladle of Love
Benefiting: Open Door Mission
Location: Garland Thompson Men’s Center

Oct. 27 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
Benefit Art Auction
Benefiting: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Location: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Oct. 28 (6-9 p.m.)
Aksarben Coronation and Scholarship Ball
Benefiting: Aksarben Foundation
Location: Baxter Arena

Oct. 28 (7-11 p.m.)
Masquerade at the Castle
Benefiting: Joslyn Castle Trust
Location: Joslyn Castle

Giving to the Dogs

August 4, 2017 by
Photography by Sarah Lemke

Ella Alberts has loved dogs since she could remember. That’s how the 5’4” girl ended up standing next to the 6’4” swimmer who has won more Olympic medals than any athlete.

Ella’s helpless at the sight of round puppy eyes, floppy ears, and wiggly tails. Squeal! The pitter-patter of tiny puppy paws wins her over—every time. In fact, they are the inspiration of her volunteer work.

The 12-year-old Westside Middle School student has dedicated the better part of her young life to raise money to help animals at local shelters.

Ella’s big heart for small animals became evident when she was a tot, and the thought of a homeless animal tugs at Ella’s heartstrings.

“She’s not allowed to go into the Humane Society alone because she leaves crying,” Mary says.

Ella, an only child, has three dachshund siblings at home: George, Dodge, and Dolly. Quite active little pups. Mary and husband Ron Alberts say there’s never a dull moment in the family’s home.

The Alberts have fostered animals on-again, off-again throughout the years, but exclusively began serving as a foster family for dogs in 2013. That’s when the Alberts visited a local animal shelter where Ella found a small, aging dachshund named Paris with no eyes, no teeth, and a tumor.

“I just have to take her home to love her,” Ella told her mother, who explained that the animal may not live long.

Caring for terminally ill dogs is not about wishing the pets back to better health, but more about finding a place for them to comfortably live out the last days of their lives.

Then, it happened. One of the foster pets didn’t make it. Ella was heartbroken.

“She was in the room as it drifted off,” Mom recalls. “Ella was very comforting and calm. You don’t want them to pass in the shelter after many of them have lived neglected lives. This dog in particular was in a puppy mill her whole life and then went to the shelter…poor thing.”

The experience moved Ella to help others. She was 8 when she came up with the idea to host a lemonade stand. Sales increased once word got out that she was raising funds to help homeless animals. Ella’s one-day lemonade stand is a now-annual fundraiser for Hearts United for Animals.

The first year, Ella raised $600. Now, four years later, she’s since raised more than $1,300 and given countless shelter supplies such as dog food, beds, laundry detergent, and other puppy goods. Ella is pleased that the money raised pays for surgeries for needy dogs.

Ella’s love for dogs, and unwavering dedication to service earned her a special recognition. She was named the Nebraska recipient of the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

The national award program recognizes exemplary middle and high school students. Two students from each state and Washington, D.C., are chosen based on volunteer efforts.
The honorees received $1,000 and an engraved silver medal, which was presented by Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps.

Needless to say, the trip was life-changing for Ella. While in D.C. the Alberts visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which touched Ella deeply. She has since read several books about those who sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War.

Ella kept busy with dance lessons and track this summer, along with her continued effort in promoting her lemonade stand, collecting donations, and fostering dogs.

“Isn’t that wonderful,” says Carol Wheeler, founder of Hearts United for Animals shelter. “Ella has done the lemonade stand for several years. It’s simply charming.”

The 65-acre no-kill shelter just an hour outside of Omaha is grateful to see such a young, dedicated person believe in its mission of rehabilitating animals medically and socially.

“I think she is exceptional for having done this for many years,” Wheeler said. “We do see young people who have their birthday parties and they have guests bring gifts for the dogs instead of them.”

Ella’s dedication is striking, says Wheeler.

“She’s exceptional because she’s dedicated herself…not just one year or one event, but continues to give. It’s very touching to receive her gifts.”

This article was printed in the Fall 2017 edition of Family Guide.

July/August 2017 Giving Calendar

July 7 (7-10 p.m.)
Ales for Tails
Benefitting: Nebraska Humane Society
Location: Bärchen

July 8 (8-11 a.m.)
5K Superhero Run and Post Race Party
Benefitting: CASA for Douglas County
Location: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing

July 10 (11:30 a.m.)
24th Annual Golf Classic
Benefitting: Keep Omaha Beautiful
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek

July 13 (6:30 p.m.)
Links to a Cure Golf Gala
Benefitting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista

July 14 (8:30 a.m.)
Links to a Cure Golf Tournament
Benefitting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Location: Arborlinks Golf Course

July 15 (5-11 p.m.)
Relay for Life of Greater Omaha
Benefitting: American Cancer Society
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village

July 16 (noon-3 p.m.)
ULN Guild Men Who Cook
Benefitting: Urban League of Nebraska
Location: OPS Administrative Building Cafeteria

July 25 (6 p.m.)
Hope in the Heartland Gala
Benefitting: American Cancer Society
Location: Stinson Park in Aksarben Village

July 28 (6-9:30 p.m.)
Screw Cancer Fundraiser 2017
Benefitting: Cancer Alliance of Nebraska
Location: Omaha Country Club

July 29 (6:30-11 p.m.)
2017 Blue Water Bash
Benefitting: Boys Town Okoboji Camp
Location: Boys Town Okoboji Camp, Milford, Iowa

July 29 (8-10:30 a.m.)
Omaha Head for the Cure (HFTC) 5K
Benefitting: Head for the Cure Foundation
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing

July 29 (9-11 a.m.)
The Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer
Benefitting: PurpleStride Omaha
Location: Sinson Park at Aksarben Village

July 29 (1:30-10 p.m.)
Golf 4 Lungs
Benefitting: New Hope 4 Lungs
Location: Eagle Hills Golf Course

July 31 (11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.)
Help Build a House Golf Event
Benefitting: Gesu Housing
Location: Champions Run

July 31 (1-6 p.m.)
Swing 4 Kids Golf Benefit
Benefitting: Partnership 4 Kids
Location: Tiburon Golf Course

Aug. 4 (5-9 p.m.)
New American Arts Festival
Benefiting: Lutheran Family Services
Location: Benson First Friday, 60th-62nd and Maple streets

Aug. 4 (6-10 p.m.)
Dance for a Chance
Benefitting: Youth Emergency Services
Location: Omaha Design Center

Aug. 4 (6-11 p.m.)
River Bash N Brew
Benefitting: Visiting Nurses Association
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing

Aug. 5 (6-9 p.m.)
10th Annual Nebraska Walk for Epilepsy
Benefitting: Lifestyle Innovations for Epilepsy
Location: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing

Aug. 5 (8 a.m.-noon)
Spirit of Courage Golf Tournament
Benefitting: Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center
Location: Dodge Riverside Golf Club

Aug. 5 (6-10 p.m.)
Spirit of Courage Gala
Benefitting: Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center
Location: Mid-America Center

Aug. 5 (6-9 p.m.)
Jefferson House “Stand Up for Kids” Comedy Night
Benefitting: Heartland Family Service
Location: Fremont Golf Club

Aug. 6 (noon)
No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament
Benefitting: Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center
Location: Mid-America Center

Aug.10 (7 a.m.-1 p.m.)
18th Annual Release Ministries Bill Ellett Memorial Golf Classic
Benefitting: Release Ministries
Location: Iron Horse Golf Club, Ashland, Nebraska

Aug. 11 (9 a.m.-noon)
Step Out for Seniors Walk-A-Thon
Benefitting: Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging
Location: Benson Park

Aug. 12 (8:30 a.m.)
HETRA’s Little Britches Horse Show
Benefitting: Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy
Location: HETRA, Gretna, Nebraska

Aug 12 (5:30 p.m.)
11th Annual Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer
Benefitting: Metro Area Youth Foundation
Location: Embassy Suite La Vista Convention Center

Aug. 13 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Vintage Wheels at the Fort
Benefitting: Douglas County Historical Society
Location: Historic Fort Omaha

Aug 14 (11 a.m.)
QLI Golf Challenge
Benefitting: QLI Tri-Dimensional Rehab
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek

Aug. 18 (6-10 p.m.)
Exposed: Voice
Benefitting: Project Pink’d
Location: Hilton Downtown

Aug. 19 (day-long)
Benefitting: Brush Up Nebraska
Location: Various

Aug. 19 (8 a.m.)
JDRF One Walk
Benefitting: JDRF Heartland Chapter
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing

Aug. 20 (7-11 a.m.)
Boxer 500 Run and Walk
Benefitting: Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force
Location: Werner Park

Aug. 20 (7:30 a.m., end times vary)
Corporate Cycling Challenge
Benefitting: Eastern Nebraska Trails Network
Location: Heartland of America Park
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Aug. 21 (2-4 p.m.)
Grow with Us Gala
Benefitting: City Sprouts
Location: Metro Community College’s Institute for the Culinary Arts

Aug. 22 (11:30 a.m.)
Annual Golf Classic
Benefitting: Methodist Hospital Foundation
Location: Tiburon Golf Club

Aug. 24 (5:30-10 p.m.)
120th Anniversary of the Summer Fete
Benefitting: Joslyn Castle Trust
Location: Joslyn Castle lawn

Aug. 25 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
Wine & Beer Event
Benefitting: ALS in the Heartland
Location: The Shops of Legacy

Aug. 26 (5-10 p.m.)
Gala 2017
Benefitting: Papillion-La Vista Schools
Location: TBD

Aug. 26 (5:30 p.m.)
Red, White & Madonna Blue
Benefitting: Madonna School
Location: CenturyLink Center Omaha

Aug. 26 (6-9 p.m.)
Mission: Possible
Benefitting: Angels Among Us
Location: Hilton Hotel downtown

Aug. 28 (11 a.m.)
10th Annual Jesuit Academy Golf Tournament
Benefitting: Jesuit Academy Tuition Assistance Fund
Location: Indian Creek Golf Course

Aug. 28 (noon)
19th Annual Goodwill Golf Classic
Benefitting: Goodwill’s Real Employment Assisting You (READY) & Business Solutions Programs
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek

Aug. 28 (11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Golf Outing Invitational Fundraiser
Benefitting: Open Door Mission
Location: Oak Hills Country Club

Anne Hindrey’s Helping Hands

March 2, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands is a resource dedicated to helping the thousands of nonprofit entities scattered across Nebraska and western Iowa.

CEO Anne Hindrey stands at the helm of the organization that connects so many disparate nonprofits—from sports (Omaha Fencing Club) to social services (United Way of the Midlands). Roughly 330 total nonprofits hold a registered membership to NAM. Each works to serve the community in its own way.

Hindery’s job involves helping nonprofits navigate the often sticky world of public policy. It is a role she is well-qualified to assist with.

She started her career as the law enforcement coordination specialist with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha.

“I wanted to change the world, but I realized that, in government, every four years someone changes the world back,” says Hindery, a Missouri native with a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Her previous job in the Nebraska branch of the Department of Justice involved writing grant applications. Her grant-writing experience carried over to her next role as program director at the Omaha Community Foundation. She served on boards, and deepened her involvement in the community. She eventually joined NAM in 2008.

“I was on the board for five minutes,” Hindery says, half-jokingly. “I took someone’s place on the board in November, and they just had a staff change. Because NAM had a good staff policy in place, they needed someone on the board to step in. I said I could do it, and after a time, I was hired full-time.”

Hindery and her staff at NAM develop relationships with various nonprofits. They offer assistance with human resources, insurance, and legal needs; create partnerships between advocacy and public policy groups; and provide tools and training to members. NAM is also part of the National Council of Nonprofits, which keeps Hindery at the forefront of industry trends and changes in public policy.

“We find our membership in the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands very beneficial,” says Peg Harriott, CEO and president of the Child Saving Institute. “We use the annual salary and benefits report to make sure that our salaries are competitive in the market, and we participate in the health insurance trust to help moderate the cost of health insurance for our employees.”

CSI’s 150 employees benefit from NAM’s insurance trust, but Hindrey and her team make sure they offer services to small nonprofits as well as large ones.

Joining NAM is not free, however. According to the organization’s website, the cost to register ranges in eight tiers from $50 (for nonprofits with an annual budget less than $49,999) to $1,000 (for nonprofits with an annual budget greater than $10 million).

The Inclusive Life Center offers Christian rituals to people who may not belong to a church but want a minister for a wedding, baptism, or funeral. The center’s staff of one says he has greatly benefited from belonging to NAM.

Chaplain Royal D. Carleton says, “We work off of donations, and it helps us to be mindful that we have to be very transparent and good stewards of the funds that are bestowed on us.”

“I went to my first NAM conference [in 2016], which was ‘Who’s telling your story?’” Carleton says. “I learned more that day about marketing than I have in some ways in six years [of running Inclusive Life]. There were very strategic marketing insights that I did not know before.”

He also learned that his audience is wider than he originally thought.

“I’ve never marketed to those who are religious, because I figured they have a church they belong to,” Carleton says. “I had people stand up and say, ‘Listen, I’m Catholic, but I have friends who are not religious, and I need to know who you are so I can share that resource with my friends.’ That was a big eye opener for me.”

That connection to people, and other nonprofits, is one of the biggest resources that NAM offers.

“We encourage our members to not reinvent the wheel,” Hindery says. “In many cases, someone has gone through the same problem, and the solution is already available. You may want to tweak it, but it’s there.”

Visit nonprofitam.org for more information.

This article was printed in the March/April 2017 edition of Omaha Magazine.