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The Big Give 2018

August 30, 2018 by

Omaha Magazine’s “Big Give” is our annual directory of charitable causes. We are proud to help connect volunteers and philanthropists to the many area nonprofits. Each page in this sponsored special section is devoted to a different organization. Click the links below to learn more about their mission statements, organizational backgrounds, points of pride, upcoming events, and ways that you can make a difference.

Aksarben Foundation

American Heart Association

American Midwest Ballet

American Red Cross

Assistance League of Omaha

Avenue Scholars

Bethlehem House

Boys Town

CASA

Completely KIDS

Cross Training Center

CUES School System

Do Space

First Responders Foundation

Gesu Housing, Inc.

Grief’s Journey

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

Heartland Family Service

Immigrant Legal Center

Merrymakers

Metropolitan Community College Foundation

The Nature Conservancy

Nebraska Humane Society

New Visions

Omaha Children’s Museum

Omaha Equestrian Foundation

Omaha Healthy Kids

Omaha Home for Boys

Omaha Outward Bound School

Omaha Public Library Foundation

Omaha Public Schools Foundation

Open Door Mission

Opera Omaha

Parkinson’s Nebraska

Prairie STEM

Release Ministries

The Salvation Army

Sammy’s Superheroes

Santa Monica House

Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Stephen Center

Whispering Roots

Wounded Warriors Family Support

YES

YMCA of Greater Omaha


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

Omaha Equestrian Foundation

August 15, 2018 by

Mission Statement

The Omaha Equestrian Foundation produces international caliber equestrian events with the goal of developing Omaha as a hub of the sport horse industry, while fostering educational and economic development opportunities for the community.

Wish List

  • Donations and sponsorships to support the educational expo, free field trips for area school children, underwriting for the Salute to the Military, Veterans, and First Responders, and scholarships.
  •  Volunteers
  •  Become a Flag Horse Club member
  •  Office supplies or gift cards
  • Visit: Make plans to attend the International Omaha and bring along some friends

Upcoming Events

International Omaha
 April 4-7, 2019

Background

The Omaha Equestrian Foundation, founded in 2010, hosts jumping and dressage competitions that attract riders, horses, and businesses of excellent caliber to the Midwest while providing educational opportunities in the Omaha area and surrounding communities. OEF’s premier competition, the International Omaha, is a world-class equestrian show jumping and dressage experience, combining high-level, intense competition with educational activities designed to engage and entertain the whole family.

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April 2012: Host of the first U.S. five-star jumping competition in the region, the International Omaha

April 2013: The SecondAnnual InternationalOmaha becomes first international competition in the Midwest Region

March 2017: Hosted the FEI World Cup in jumping and dressage

April 2018: The International Omaha expands to four days and adds two unique competitions—the Init2Winit Speed Jumping Challenge and Dressage Team Challenge

Pay it Forward

Not only about the competition and sport, the OEF is dedicated to giving community members a chance to learn about opportunities in the horse industry. Donations and sponsorships will help OEF expand the educational expo, the Horse Discovery Zone, which is one of the largest and most unique expos at any horse event. The “Zone” includes information about the science of horses, the history of horses in Nebraska, and various jobs within the horse industry.

The OEF’s free field trip program is a fun day for over 3,200 students across the metro to learn about an amazing animal and everything horses have to offer. 

Omaha Equestrian Foundation

1004 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102
402-930-3079
omahaequestrian.com


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

Whispering Roots

Mission Statement

To provide locally grown healthy food, STEM education, and economic development for socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

Wish List

  • Monetary donations to purchase materials for client sites
  • Volunteers
  • Corporate partners
  • Cargo van

Upcoming Events

  • Growing Lab Open House
    Oct. 25, 2018
  • Santee Greenhouse Ground Breaking
    January 2019

Background

With a focus on growing food, minds and communities, Whispering Roots was created to address the health, education, and economic disparities experienced by children and adults living in poverty. Whispering Roots’ approach is to use agriculture and hands-on experiential learning both in the classroom and other settings to help break the never-ending cycle. They are firm believers that solid roots form the foundation of any strong plant or any strong community.

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The work that Whispering Roots completes in Omaha has touched the lives of children living in urban and rural communities, on reservations, in different states, and has now reached as far as Haiti and Madagascar. Hundreds of pounds of produce have been grown in schools, thousands of pounds of fish have been consumed, and an organization record of 60,000 baby Tilapia are happily swimming in Whispering Roots’ new hatchery site.

Even their kindergarten young farmers were able to complete a full seed-to-table meal cycle in their classroom next generation growing system.

Pay it Forward

Donating to Whispering Roots means helping to give their clients communities a hand up, not a hand out. Donors provide a means for these clients to learn how to become self-sufficient. These patrons are truly growing food, minds, and communities.

Whispering Roots

4104 S. 90th St.
Omaha , NE 68127 
402-614-9492
whisperingroots.org


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

Wounded Warriors Family Support

Mission statement

Our mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured, or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways: some financially, some psychologically.

Wish List

Monetary donations

Background

Wounded Warriors Family Support is an Omaha-based nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the families of our combat wounded. Our organization supports combat-wounded veterans and their families, even after physical needs are met, to help them heal, recover, and reconnect.Wounded Warriors Family Support provides the following services, locally and nationally, free of charge to combat-wounded veterans and their families:

Caregiver Respite Services to ensure that family members who are thrust into caregiver roles are provided with the support they need to keep their families intact while keeping themselves healthy.

Family Programs that give wounded veterans a chance to heal and reconnect with their loved ones in a peaceful, stress-free environment, strengthening the bonds of their families and making lasting memories.

Veterans Training, in partnership with UAW-Ford, to give military veterans opportunities to train for and pursue careers in welding.

Mobility is Freedom, a program that provides grants to qualified combat-wounded veterans for the purchase of Ford vehicles adapted to suit their unique needs.

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Wounded Warriors Family Support has earned CharityNavigator.org’s highest four-star rating. Serving combat-wounded veterans in Nebraska and across the country, Wounded Warriors Family Support has blossomed into a national organization from humble beginnings as a simple pass-the-hat campaign benefitting U.S. soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the first stop for wounded military personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan before returning home.

Pay it Forward

There are many ways you can help Wounded Warriors Family Support positively impact the families of combat-wounded soldiers in Nebraska and across the nation, including donating to our organization, hosting an event benefitting our cause, or becoming a volunteer and contributing your unique skills to our mission.

Wounded Warriors Family Support

11218 John Galt Blvd, 
Suite 103
Omaha, NE 68137
402-991-0857
woundedwarriorsfamilysupport.org


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

Youth Emergency Services

Mission statement

To serve homeless and at-risk youth by providing critically needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient.

Wish List

  • Visit YES’ Amazon wish list
  • Metro bus passes 
  • Target/Walmart/grocery store gift cards
  • New or gently used clothing
  • Hygiene items

Upcoming Events

  • The Homeless Youth Experience
    Nov. 8, 2018
  • YES Golf Outing presented by Union Pacific
    May 6, 2018 

Background

YES is the only organization in Omaha focused on meeting the needs of homeless youth in the community. Founded 43 years ago, YES offers a full continuum of care for homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-21. Many of these youth have been physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, making it unsafe for them to return home. Without YES, these vulnerable young people cannot succeed independently.

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YES meets these youth where they are and helps them meet their basic needs for food, shelter, and safety before moving on to the next steps. YES services ensure that all youth receive the specialized support they need, whatever their situation. This includes a Street Outreach Center, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Living Program and Maternity Home. Throughout these programs, they offer case management, job readiness classes, group activities, support for the LGBTQ+ community, and specialized services for trafficked victims.

Pay it Forward

In 2016-2017, YES served a record number of 3,376 young people throughout their programs. Financial contributions enable YES to keep youth off the streets and to ensure they have the resources needed to succeed.

YES serves approximately 50 youth per day at the Street Outreach Center. Meal volunteers are always needed. Donate items, shop, or volunteer at Tip Top Thrift Shop in the heart of Benson. All proceeds benefit YES.

Youth Emergency Services

2679 Farnam St. Suite 205
Omaha, NE 68131 
402-345-5187 
yesomaha.org


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

The YMCA of Greater Omaha

Mission statement

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Wish List

The YMCA of Greater Omaha is always looking for volunteers to help strengthen the community, with a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.Additionally, the Y’s annual Strong Communities Campaign is the perfect time to donate to a local YMCA. 

Upcoming Events

  • Free Community Day
    The first of every month
  • Twin Rivers YMCA Freedom Run
    Sept. 9, 2018
  • Sarpy YMCA Turkey Trot
    Nov. 22, 2018
  • Healthy Kids Day at Stinson Park
    April 28, 2019

Background

The YMCA of Greater Omaha’s cause is strengthening community. Every day, they work side-by-side with community residents to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. The Y believes lasting social change can only come about when people work together to invest in their kids, their health, and their neighbors.
The Y is for a better community.

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Last year, more than 4,100 households in the Omaha area received $1.7 million in financial assistance from the YMCA of Greater Omaha.

In the Omaha metro, 28,000 children came to the Y to learn how to swim, play sports, and advance their education in STEM camps and Early Learning Centers.

There are nine Ys strengthening community in the Omaha metro. Last year, 65,000 Omaha-area adults and children made 1.4 million visits to improve their health.

Pay it forward

The success of the Y is thanks to a passionate group of volunteers. There are many different ways to get involved with a local Y. People can make an impact in many ways, whether that is by coaching a youth sports team or serving as a local YMCA board member.

To learn more about how to help strengthen the community, reach out to Cara Wiese at cwiese@metroymca.org.

YMCA of Greater Omaha

430 S. 20th St.
Omaha, NE 68102
402-977-4357
metroymca.org


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

Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha

November 17, 2017 by

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MISSION STATEMENT

Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha provides tuition assistance scholarships so children from low-income families can access the private or parochial K-8 education of their choice.

BACKGROUND

Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha (CSF) believes that all families, regardless of income, should be able to choose the best educational setting for their children. By providing low-income families with K-8 scholarships, CSF empowers parents to choose their children’s school during the time their educational foundation is being established.

CSF awards scholarships solely on the basis of financial need, following guidelines similar
to the National School Lunch Program. CSF is destination neutral. Scholarship recipients attend approximately 80 different schools throughout Omaha and
northeast Nebraska.


A crucial piece of the CSF program is the commitment we make to our families, and the long term commitment we require from them in return. Provided a CSF family continues to be financially eligible, CSF provides scholarships to each student in a family every year until they graduate eighth grade. In return, each CSF family must contribute $500 toward their children’s education and their children must achieve a 90 percent attendance rate each year.

BRAG LINES

CSF is the only provider of K-8 scholarships in the state. For the 2017-18 school year, CSF has awarded nearly 1,800 scholarships totaling $2.7 million. Since 1999, relying solely on private donations, CSF has awarded over 33,000 scholarships totaling nearly $34 million dollars to families in the community.

PAY IT FORWARD

While CSF is able to assist many families, the demand for scholarships outpaces CSF’s funding. For the 2017-18 school year nearly 500 scholarships went unfunded. If you or your company would like to provide scholarship funding, please contact the CSF office.

WISH LIST

» Scholarship funding

UPCOMING EVENTS

CHANCE Luncheon 2018 TBA

CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF OMAHA

7101 Mercy Rd., Ste. 150 Omaha, NE 68106

402-819-4990

csfomaha.org

Central High School Foundation

November 10, 2017 by

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MISSION STATEMENT

To improve the education of present and future students at Central High School.

BACKGROUND

Central High School Foundation was established in 1996 to provide support for present and future CHS students to ensure that the tradition of excellence continues. Contributions of time, energy, and resources are essential to preserving and enhancing the timeless values of a Central

High School education. CHSF supports the school through a variety of activities including alumni relations, fundraising, grant writing, student scholarships, capital projects, and teacher and classroom grants.

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Central High School Foundation recently broke ground on a $22 million 50,000 square foot Arts and Library Addition for Central High School. The addition will house a new digital library, a 300- seat black box theater, visual and performing arts, instrumental and vocal music and drama classes. The existing building space will be repurposed to meet the needs of a variety of educational programs, including Special Education and English Language Learners.

PAY IT FORWARD

We are proud of the accomplishments that our students, staff and 35,000 alumni worldwide achieve every day. Your support helps make Central the finest downtown high school in the nation. With your support, the foundation can continue to honor the past, live successfully in the present, and plan for the future. To become a member of Generation C, the foundation’s annual giving campaign, or join the mailing list, please visit our website.

WISH LIST

» Become a member of Generation “C”

» Join the Central High School Alumni Association

» Silent auction items

» Sponsors for the Golf Fore Eagles Golf Outing

» Scholarship funding

» Printing services

UPCOMING EVENTS

Soar with the Eagles in the Sand Hills at Dismal River Club Sept. 17-19, 2017

CHS Hall of Fame Ceremony Oct. 5, 2017

Passing Periods Alumni Luncheon Oct. 6, 2017

Rock the Nest Trivia Night March 2018

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION

1823 Harney St. Ste. 203 Omaha, NE 68102

402-556-1996

chsfomaha.org

Cancer Alliance of Nebraska

November 3, 2017 by

The Big Give was published in the September/October 2017 edition of Omaha Magazine. To view this sponsored content as it was printed, click here: https://issuu.com/omahapublications/docs/omahamagazine_1017_2_125/74

MISSION STATEMENT

To offer clinical trials to all cancer patients in Nebraska.

BACKGROUND

Cancer Alliance of Nebraska (CAN) collaborates with experienced physicians, hospitals, cancer clinics, and patients

across Nebraska and provides breakthrough cancer treatment via clinical trials directly from
the National Cancer Institute and pharmaceutical companies to cancer patients in the comfort of places they call home.

The purpose of a clinical trial is to find ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer. Through cancer clinical trials, our physicians continuously test new drugs and new drug combinations.

BRAG LINES

Cancer Alliance of Nebraska (CAN) was founded in 1993. The network of clinics and hospitals continues to expand. Through the successful collaboration of their research team and the support of physicians, clinics, and hospitals across Nebraska, CAN has, to date, administered 725 cancer clinical trials impacting over 8000 patients in Nebraska. When this research is shared—across the state and around the globe—we get closer to the cure even faster.

PAY IT FORWARD

Help get closer to the cure!
Make a donation, share CAN’s story in your newsletter, host the organization for a presentation at your next meeting, attend the annual fundraiser “Screw Cancer,” join the sand volleyball tournament, follow CAN on social media, and help spread the word about the organization’s important work. Every dollar stays in Nebraska to support cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials.

WISH LIST

  • Financial contributions
  • In-kind printing for a program brochure
  • Sponsors,donations, and auction items
  • Gas cards and hotel gift cards for patients
  • Participants for the annual sand volleyball tournament
  • Social media followers

UPCOMING EVENTS

Screw Cancer

July 2018

Blockout After Dark Co-ed Sand Volleyball Tournament

July 2018

6818 Grover St., No. 301 Omaha, NE 68106

402-991-8070

cancerallianceofnebraska.org

Boys Town National Research Hospital

October 27, 2017 by

The Big Give was published in the September/October 2017 edition of Omaha Magazine. To view this sponsored content as it was printed, click here: https://issuu.com/omahapublications/docs/omahamagazine_1017_2_125/72

MISSION STATEMENT

The Center for Childhood Deafness, Language & Learning serves the mission by ensuring positive outcomes for children with hearing and communication-related challenges. The services are dedicated to helping children experience the sounds and sights of the world.

BACKGROUND

The Center for Childhood Deafness, Language & Learning at Boys Town National Research Hospital has served children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and their families, for more than 30 years. The Center’s staff provides medical care, conducts research, offers clinical services, administrates educational programs, and develops outreach programs. These services are shared with individuals worldwide through innovative state-of-the-art distance technology.

BRAG LINES

  • Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) is the industry standard for training and rating sign language interpreters for educational settings.
  • Auditory Consultant Resource Network is an on-site and distance training resource on best educational classroom practices for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
  • The preschool program for children ages 3-5 who are deaf and hard-of-hearing has been modeled across the country.
  • Researchers actively supported the implementation of universal newborn hearing screening for early identification of hearing loss, which is now mandated for newborns in the U.S.

PAY IT FORWARD

Donations for general operations ensures that the level of specialized care, instruction, and technology required at the Center can continue for the children and families served. Become a member of the Friends of the CCDLL to provide support on an annual basis and receive regular updates from the Center. Attend Pure Inspiration and the Memorial Day Run to see the mission at work and get to know others who support the Center. By sponsoring these events, a company gains public recognition and opportunities for employee involvement.

WISH LIST

Donations specifically for the Center support:

  • Printing costs associated with preschool documentation for outreach
    and dissemination
  • Light tables for preschool classrooms
  • Flat screen monitors for therapy observation rooms
  • A new outdoor nature and art classroom
  • Translation fees for a new Spanish version of babyhearing.org
  • In-kind donations of auction items for Pure Inspiration Art Event

UPCOMING EVENTS

Pure Inspiration Art Exhibit & Food-Wine Pairing
Oct. 19, 2017

Memorial Day Run
May 28, 2018

CENTER FOR CHILDHOOD DEAFNESS, LANGUAGE & LEARNING

425 N. 30th St. Omaha, NE 68131

402-452-5000

boystownhospital.org