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Publisher Andrea L. Hoig Welcome to the 12th edition of The Giving Guide & Event Book. We are honored What it comes down to is Generosity. The dictionary describes generosity as, to pay tribute to the late Dick Holland, philanthropist, community leader and lover “Creating purpose, meaning and abundance through generous acts.” That sums up of life. Whenever I ran into Dick at a fundraising event his smile and laughter were so many businesses, individuals, leaders and organizations in our community. contagious and lit up the room. Dick’s love for the Omaha community shines Living each and every day with a generous spirit not only impacts those people throughout the city. We share a somewhat more intimate set of honors and and organizations that we care about but it impacts each and every person we come remembrances of Dick from those who knew him best, beginning on page 10. into contact with, and others beyond our awareness. There are so many of us who, like Dick Holland, have a great desire to give back I am constantly amazed as I rediscover on a daily basis just how instrumental acts to a community that means so much to us. I truly believe that we all want to of kindness and generosity are—no matter how big or small—in making a huge contribute, to be engaged, to help those in need and to make a difference. It is my difference in others’ lives, and inevitably in the life of a community. desire and the desire of ALH Publications, Inc. to make giving back easier. A person’s heart can be opened after experiencing the generous spirit of another. Once a heart is opened it has the potential to impact family, friends, coworkers, strangers and all those in need.

This year you will find a collection of over 150 nonprofit profiles and event registers among the pages of this publication. As I shared, our goal is to make it easier for companies and individuals to align their passion with a purpose—and this publication is crafted to help connect people with the nonprofits they align with.

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of you who over the years have shown me the meaning of generosity. Witnessing your acts of generosity has helped me embody those virtues. As a result, I show up each day doing my best to live with a generous spirit and to spread that energy out into the community and the world. It’s my hope and belief that you will enjoy this publication dedicated to giving and the generous spirit of our community. It represents an expression of the generous spirit we also feel, and hope to exemplify.

We are pleased once again to feature a special editorial section highlighting those who exemplify a commitment to making our community stronger. This segment offers a look at the giving culture inside nine extraordinary companies and two nonprofits. What has enriched me, as we’ve learned more about each of the enterprises featured here, has been discovering the unique ways in which they engage their leadership and employees in support of charitable causes.

I invite you to look for new and exciting ways to give back in 2017! Share your inspiration with friends, family and coworkers as we expand the giving landscape of the Omaha metro and celebrate the giving spirit of our community!

Our business community is so instrumental in helping nonprofits; we hope these “Giving Stories” inspire other individuals, nonprofits and businesses to consider new ways of making an impact in our community.

Andrea “Andee” Hoig Owner/Publisher 2017

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Dick Holland lived his life as a free-spirited entrepreneur who gave with his heart and mind. But he will be most remembered for his mega-contributions as a philanthropist whose gifts raised Omaha arts, culture, education, health and public policy sectors, leaving an enduring legacy that may extend – not only for decades, but perhaps for centuries to come. Therein his life epitomized what it means to be rich.

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ICK HOLLAND LIVED LIFE LARGE.

NOT IN AN OSTENTATIOUS SENSE; HE WAS TOO MIDWEST MODEST FOR THAT. RATHER HE LIVED OUT LOUD IN A MAKE-THE-MOST-OF-EVERY-MOMENT WAY THAT ENDEARED HIM TO MANY. The Omaha native fit loads of living into his 95 years. A Unitarian and a liberal, he wore his beliefs on his sleeve and was unapologetic about it. This benevolent, bellowing, love-to-laugh and make-you-laugh mover and shaker got much done in his hometown. He was considered a builder who contributed to Omaha’s physical and cultural landscape through the public structures and quality-of-life enhancements his giving helped build.

“Marriages are full of all kinds of things happening,” she said, “and my parents were very committed to the marriage and very loyal to each other. It was a good marriage.” The couple were together six decades before Mary preceded Dick with her passing in 2006. Perhaps their greatest trial came when their son Dean was killed in an auto accident. “It was horrible,” Andy said. “I think that’s the first time I ever saw my dad cry. It was a terrible loss for my parents. It hit them very hard. It was a very difficult time.” While no one ever really gets over losing a son or wife, nothing kept Holland down for long. He was too irrepressible for that. Despite tragedies and setbacks, he always rallied. He rarely met a day he didn’t welcome.

The University of Nebraska Omaha graduate first gained traction as an “He was always very forward-thinking,” Andy said. “He never dwelt on the past. advertising whiz handling elite accounts through his own agency. He later He would have wanted to go on living forever. I don’t know many people that entered the public sphere as a funder of major health, education and arts feel that way. He never got tired of living because he was just interested in everything. It wasn’t really until the very end he decided, ‘Well, I’ve got to go.’” projects, public policy initiatives and political campaigns through his Holland Foundation. The art of persuasion he learned as a Mad Men-era ad exec helped SOULMATE him coalesce support for things he put his heart and money behind. He and Mary were a matched set but, Andy said, “they were pretty different.” “My mother was much more outgoing. My dad appeared outgoing but where THE MAKING OF THE MAN you’d have to drag my mom out of a party, my dad would have his little social As a young entrepreneur he sowed his adventurous oats by trying fix and then be ready to go. I think my dad was more the intellectual. bookmaking, ice-house hawking, door-to-door selling and riding the rails. He served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps during World War II. He pitched My mother went more with her feelings. But they did complement each other in a lot of ways. They made decisions together.” for the University of Omaha baseball team. The world was his oyster and learning about it became a lifetime passion. The voracious reader Former University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Chancellor Harold accumulated a home library thick with biographies. He subscribed to and Maurer feels a portrait of the couple on display at the Holland Performing absorbed dozens of magazines ranging from science to sports to the arts. Arts Center captures their bond. The painting “Opening Night 2005” by He read at least four newspapers daily. Debra Joy Groesser shows the pair seated intimately together at the center’s grand opening. [Editor’s Note: Artwork included in photo at bottom of page 13.] He found an inquisitive soulmate in his wife Mary, with whom he helped raise four children: Dean, Barbara, Nancy and Mary Ann or “Andy” Holland, who “The painting depicts the strong interdependence between Mary and Dick,” said her playful father enjoyed a strong relationship with her mother that stood Maurer said. “She has her head on his shoulder. It’s such a warm, wonderful feeling – which is what they personified in life. They were marvelous together. the test of time.

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HE WAS ALWAYS VERY FORWARD-THINKING. HE NEVER DWELT ON THE PAST. HE WOULD HAVE WANTED TO GO ON LIVING FOREVER. I DON’T KNOW MANY PEOPLE THAT FEEL THAT WAY. HE NEVER GOT TIRED OF LIVING BECAUSE HE WAS JUST INTERESTED IN EVERYTHING. IT WASN’T REALLY UNTIL THE VERY END HE DECIDED, ‘WELL, I’VE GOT TO GO.’

“Mary and Dick seemed to agree on everything they undertook. They completed each other’s sentences, they were so close,” added Maurer.

“I really miss the daily conversations I had with him,” Cavanaugh said. “He was just every day an inspiration in terms of things that needed to be done to mainly improve the lives of poor people in our community and across the Holland Children’s Movement and Holland Children’s Institute Director John country. We continue that work of improving early childhood care – a Cavanaugh said of the couple, “Mary was protective of him. He was so open, passion of his. Expanding access to quality care is a big part of our you know. Anybody could call him up and ask him for money (his number was commitment. He was just a delight to have as a friend. He was a regular for publicly listed). Mary was a little more skeptical of the world out there and Sunday dinner at our house. That was something he greatly enjoyed and we protected him from his own vulnerabilities. They were a perfect team together miss him tremendously.” and the Holland Center is a perfect memorial to both of them.” Following Holland’s August death, a flood of tributes appeared. Recurring Andy Holland said her mom’s death “was very devastating” for her father. themes referred to his boundless generosity, caring, curiosity, intelligence, “They were married 58 years and they had a wonderful time together, sense of humor and penchant for taking stands and speaking his mind. especially the last 20 years. He missed her very much and he was very sad about it. Somebody told me after my mom’s death he would probably follow TELLING IT LIKE IT IS her shortly, but he didn’t. My dad was an extremely resilient man. He picked His many admirers included daughter Andy Holland. himself up and moved on because that’s just how he lived. He was just always looking forward, acquiring new ideas, doing new things and finding new “He was courageous about speaking his mind and speaking out against things friends. It wasn’t that he didn’t love her but he wanted to live life – he didn’t he thought wrong – no matter what it might have cost him. He was just never want to just exist.” afraid to stick his neck out even when there could have been negative consequences to him. I know that’s relatively easy to do when you’ve got THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE AND GETTING THINGS DONE millions, but back in the 1950s he began an organization – Omahans for Nothing engaged him more than good conversation. He hosted a regular Common Sense – to counter McCarthyism. At the time he was a young man confab known as the Saturday Morning Gang. A faithful participant, authortrying to build a business and had a wife and small children, so I think that essayist Rick Dooling, described it as “a cross between a literary salon and five was a very brave thing to do.” old guys in a booth at the local diner,” adding, “Always fascinating banter with Dick as the maestro.” UNMC physician Dan Schaefer, retired film editor Buffett Early Childhood Institute Executive Director Sam Meisels Mike Hill and photographer Pat Drickey completed the group. remembers Holland as “utterly unafraid,” adding, “He was such a strong and staunch defender of those things he felt right. He wanted to understand and Drickey said, “We would discuss the week’s events, including politics, art he had an opinion. Anyone who knew him knew he wanted to share that openings, movies, books we were reading and interesting stories from the New opinion, and he always did. The critical thing was to hear him out because he Yorker or the New York Times. Others made an appearance, like John did have a lot to say and there was a lot to be learned from him.” Cavanaugh. Dick was very engaging and had a contagious laugh. Occasionally, he’d break out with his call of the loon. Thinking about it still brings a smile Harold Maurer worked with Holland on several UNMC projects the to my face. I think what Dick enjoyed about our company was the fact we philanthropist supported. Maurer recalled a particularly controversial area of were pretty much all down-to-earth native Omahans who’d reached the top of research that he needed someone to champion and Holland jumped right our professions.” into the fray. The Gang continues meeting. The group has an urn containing Holland’s ashes as a way of keeping his presence near. His last few years, Holland found a new companion in Marian Leary, who gave him added reason to live. He stayed connected to the people dearest to him, including Cavanaugh, an old friend who worked closely with Holland.

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“We were engaged in embryonic stem cell research early on and we were getting killed by the press,” Maurer said. “I went to (then-Omaha WorldHerald publisher) John Gottschalk and said, ‘John, I’m getting killed in the newspaper, what should I do?’ and he said, ‘Hal, you’ll hemorrhage for a while but you’ll be okay.’ I spoke with (philanthropist) Mike Yanney and said, ‘I’ve got to know if the community supports what I’m doing or not,’ and he organized a breakfast I’ll never forget in his office with all the community leaders there, including Dick Holland.

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Graduates from Omaha Central High School

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Enters armed services in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps

1946

Marries Mary McArthur Holland

1948

Graduates from Omaha University

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Joins family business

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Meets Warren Buffett

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Becomes early investor with Warren Buffett

1957

Co-founds Holland, Dreves, Reilly advertising firm

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Son Richard D. Holland, Jr. passes away in auto accident

1980

Sells his share of Holland, Dreves, Reilly and retires

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Establishes Holland Foundation

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Dick Holland and other community leaders commission a facilities study of the Orpheum Theater

1999

Helps enlist Heritage Services to work with HDR on a design for a possible performing arts center

2003

Omaha Performing Arts breaks ground for the new performing arts center

2004

Omaha Performing Arts names the new center the Holland Performing Arts Center in recognition of a lead gift from Omahans Richard and Mary Holland

2005

“The Holland Center” opens to the public with a grand opening concert and ten days of festivities

2006

Mary Holland, wife of 58 years, passes away

2007

Forms Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures

2011

Autobiography is published – entitled “Richard D. Holland, Truth and Other Tall Tales”

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Forms, as Chairman, the Holland Children’s Movement and Holland Children’s Institute

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HE REALLY WANTED TO MAKE THIS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE HE LOVED OMAHA. HE LIVED HERE HIS WHOLE LIFE AND WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE HERE.

“I asked them, ‘What do you think we should do?’ and someone said, ‘I think Not much surprised Andy about her old man, she said, but the general public you should continue because we do not want to be last in Nebraska.’ I said, probably didn’t know “he loved to cuss.” “He always swore a lot,” she said. ‘Great, that’s the point. Now I’d like to ask one of you to head the “I mean, we all grew up with it, so it was no big deal. The grandkids were all a development of an initiative to advocate this. They asked, ‘Who do you want?’ little shocked by it. They were like, ‘Hey, Mom, you know what Poppa said?’” and I said, ‘Dick Holland.’ And Dick didn’t say ‘not me’ or this or that, he said, ‘Sure, I’d be glad to take it on.’ That’s typical Dick Holland – willing to go to A CARING HEART FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE battle for the right things. He even came up with the name Nebraska He could be profane or profound but was above all compassionate. His Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.” passing left a gap in the local giving community. Those who benefited from that generosity appreciated how he targeted his wealth to support things he Holland didn’t stop there. felt would make the greatest impact. He was renowned for getting others to give, too. “He showed up at a very tense (University of Nebraska) Board of Regents meeting when that subject came up,” Maurer said. “Those opposed and “He was so admired in the community that he just had to ask people to those for the research were there. Dick came and spoke before the board on participate and they did, at whatever level he wanted them to,” Maurer said. behalf of the research and I think that had a major impact on their decision. “I miss his willingness to speak up about taboo subjects in Nebraska. I miss his advocacy for things that were right.” Maurer recalled a time when he and John Niemann, senior vice president of the University of Nebraska Foundation, visited Holland at his home. “We went to ask him for a gift for the cancer center. He knew why we were there, and he got up and said, ‘Excuse me, I’ve got to go to the bathroom.’ He left for the bathroom, came back and without a word from us he said, ‘Okay, I’m going to give you this amount of money.’ And that was it – without any kind of instigation from us at all. John Niemann and I looked at each other disbelievingly. He was that kind of person.” As recipients of Holland’s gifts attest, “he took a personal interest in things and it was important for him to trust you – that was a big factor in his giving,” Maurer said. Then there was his brazenness. A favorite hangout was the Happy Hollow Club, where Holland delighted enlivening the staid place. Maurer recalled, “Once, the leaders of an effort to recall the mayor were sitting at a table and he went over to them and said in a loud voice, ‘Oh, here’s a table full of fools.’ and walked on. Often, Warren Buffett would be in the corner by himself or with some dignitary. This one time, everybody’s quiet, they don’t want to bother him, so Dick gets up in the middle of the room and hollers, ‘Hey, Warren, how you doing?’ and that got the whole place stirred up.” “Yeah, that’s the kind of thing he would do – he had a lot of chutzpah,” Andy Holland said of her father.

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“He inspired a lot of other people to become more involved in creating a great community,” Andy said. “He was a great man who was unique in every way. Just an unequaled kind of guy with a marvelous mind and such clarity of purpose,” said Maurer. “He did a lot for the Medical Center in terms of supporting the cancer center, stem cell research and a number of other activities as well. He was a founder of the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures and its president until he passed away.” Holland exemplified the work ethic and resilience of the Greatest Generation by becoming a self-made man. Leavened by the Great Depression, he knew the value of a dollar and the gulf between haves and have-nots. Thus, he established the Holland Children’s Movement and Holland Children’s Institute to study avenues for alleviating poverty and giving all children a good start in life. For him, the need for universal early childhood education was a social justice issue of utmost importance. He found a noted ally and kindred spirit in Buffett Early Childhood Institute leader Sam Meisels. “We talked about children and services to children and what the state and federal government could do to help children and families,” Meisels said. “We were certainly on the same wavelength there. He found it very hard to tolerate that any child’s potential was ignored or lost or not fulfilled. He always wanted to give everybody the best chance possible, and that’s how I feel, too. So we had a lot to talk about on that.”

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HE WAS A TERRIFIC COMMUNICATOR AND AN INSPIRATIONAL VOICE AND HE WOULD JUST GO ALL-OUT. A REAL GOER AND DOER. HE WAS STILL WRITING OP-ED AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AT OVER 90 YEARS OLD AND STILL ENGAGING IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS, SUPPORTING CANDIDATES AND CAUSES.

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WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO THANK DICK FOR HIS GENEROSITY (FOR MAKING THE LEAD GIFT FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA’S BAXTER ARENA) AND HE WAS BEGINNING TO BE RESTRICTED IN HIS TRIPS, SO WE BROUGHT A PARADE TO HIS HOME WITH THE UNO MARCHING BAND, THE HOCKEY PLAYERS, CONVERTIBLES WITH PRETTY LADIES. HE LAUGHED AND LAUGHED AND LAUGHED. NO PLAQUE OR CRYSTAL BOWL OR SIGN COULD HAVE MEANT MORE TO DICK THAN HIS VERY OWN PARADE.

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HE WAS COURAGEOUS ABOUT SPEAKING HIS MIND AND SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THINGS HE THOUGHT WRONG – NO MATTER WHAT IT MIGHT HAVE COST HIM. HE WAS JUST NEVER AFRAID TO STICK HIS NECK OUT EVEN WHEN THERE COULD HAVE BEEN NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES TO HIM.

Meisels recalled an event that highlighted Holland at his best. “We had a symposium on the UNO campus with the Aspen Institute. On the stage I had three or four billionaires sitting next to me and the former governor of the state of Massachusetts. The moderator was the CEO of the Aspen Institute, who’s the former CEO of TIME magazine. There were questions from the audience and Dick raised his hand and he basically castigated everyone on that stage for not thinking hard enough about the fact children growing up in poverty need more than what we offered and considered. He made it very clear he thought we had missed the boat. He let us all have it. Well, that was a very Dick Holland thing to do. He just never would hide his thoughts or pull his punches – and that was very foreign to people there.” Holland backed his bluster with facts and action. Meisels admired him for doing his homework. “He was absolutely very informed and when he didn’t know something he wanted me to send him articles to read. He wanted to know who to talk to in order to get the best information. He recognized when he didn’t understand and needed to know more and he wanted to do something about it.” Omaha Performing Arts President Joan Squires said Holland was generous not only with his money but with his time and expertise.

Cavanaugh knew his heart and mind as well as anyone. “In the last 10 to 12 years, we basically talked two or three times a day almost every day,” he said. “We worked very closely on public policy initiatives he was very passionate about. He was a terrific communicator and an inspirational voice and he would just go all-out. A real goer and doer. He was still writing op-ed and letters to the editor at over 90 years old and still engaging in the political process, supporting candidates and causes. “He was very strong in supporting the repeal of the death penalty in Nebraska. Up until his own death that was something he was proud the Nebraska Legislature had done and was supportive of the ballot effort to retain the repeal.” Nothing, though, stirred Holland as much as early childhood and Cavanaugh said his friend played a key role in a major victory. “Four years ago Nebraska reversed its position on providing prenatal care for undocumented pregnant women. Dick took up that cause and I worked with him in the Legislature to get that reinstated. It took the Legislature to pass legislation and then to override Governor Heineman’s veto. Dick was a driving force behind that effort and just felt passionately every child needed a chance to have a healthy start in life that begins with prenatal care. So we’re now one of six states in the country who provide publicly funded prenatal care for every expectant mother.”

“Dick was a great resource to go through a plan. He not only wanted to know artistically what we were doing but he knew the financials inside and out and Leveling the playing field for jobs and earnings also found Holland leading he had a great in-depth working knowledge of how the organization operated. Nebraska to take progressive action. He actively participated in our board meetings, offered really great advice and was committed the entire time I had the opportunity to know him, “He spearheaded the effort to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska from which was 15 years. $7.25 to $9. He did that as the primary funder for a ballot initiative that passed by over 60 percent – projecting Nebraska into one of the highest-paying “To be that vibrant and engaged and active was really a gift to all of us.” minimum wage states in the country, adding probably more than $250 million to the income of low-income Nebraskans,” Cavanaugh said. Similarly, Meisels believes the totality of Holland’s contributions are what set him apart. “After that passage a number of major national chains raised their own internal wage, so it had a huge ripple effect. He felt very strongly income inequality “He made a huge difference,” Meisels said. “You see it all around the city. Then there’s places you don’t know where to look, even, and if you know what and the fact people work full-time and aren’t able to support their families he was committed to, there he is, too. He made a difference to everybody who was a critical issue of our time. He was very personally committed to addressing that, so we now have in Nebraska the lowest unemployment in came in contact with him personally. Not everyone loved him. Not everyone the country and among the highest minimum wage.” even liked him, I suspect. But those of us who were lucky enough to have a friendship with him will never forget him.” MAKING A DIFFERENCE Andy Holland said her father “was very proud of some of the impact he was SOCIAL JUSTICE able to be a part of in education and in helping families and children in poverty.” Just as he fought for children’s rights, Holland worked to repeal the death “He really wanted to make this a better place because he loved Omaha,” she penalty in Nebraska and to raise the state’s minimum wage. He also backed many Democratic Party candidates. said. “He lived here his whole life and wanted to make a difference here.”

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I MISS HIS WILLINGNESS TO SPEAK UP ABOUT TABOO SUBJECTS IN NEBRASKA. I MISS HIS ADVOCACY FOR THINGS THAT WERE RIGHT.

Even after he found professional success and substantial wealth, Holland never forgot the values of his solid middle class upbringing. He also never lost the common touch with everyday folks of whom he considered himself a most fortunate son.

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Far from an all-work-and-no-play bore, Holland appreciated the finer things, especially the arts, and his giving reflected that. In making the lead gift for the Holland Performing Arts Center and contributing to the Orpheum Theater refurbishing he helped expand and enhance Omaha’s live arts scene. OPA’s Joan Squires said the Holland Center actually fulfilled a long-held dream of the philanthropist’s to gift the city with a special venue. “He had been committed to helping develop a performing arts center years before and the process never really got started until he and Mary were connected to John Gottschalk and Sue Morris from Heritage Services. With their lead gift and John’s leadership all of this happened. Dick remained engaged, involved and passionate about our institution and the community from the time I first met him to the end of his life. “One of the most meaningful things he said was that the Holland Center so far surpassed his expectations, he knew it would be beneficial for Omaha and the region but I think he did not understand the breadth and scope of what we would be able to accomplish. It really transformed the arts community here. He said, ‘I will always love it forever and it can only get better.’ It exemplified who he was – he just wanted to make this place a better community for everybody. And I know he took great pride in that and in how his and Mary’s philanthropic support and leadership encouraged others to join them and all of it came to fruition.”

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Squires said both Dick and Mary were “very involved” in the design and construction process and she was “grateful” Mary had a year to enjoy the finished facility before she passed. Despite their accomplishments, the Hollands remained humble. “They were low-profile, they were not looking for the spotlight, they just felt they were so fortunate to have these gifts to share with others,” Squires said. “It really was never about recognition – it was about having a world-class performing arts center for Omaha.” Andy Holland said her father enjoyed raising the city’s cultural profile. “He was very proud of the impact he had on the arts in our community because of the tremendous difference it made.”

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ENRICHING LIVES Squires appreciated Holland the man, not just the philanthropist. “From the day I met Dick Holland I knew he was an extraordinary person,” she said of her dear friend. She and her late husband Tom were struck, as others were, by his voracious reading habits. “Tom and I would get him a book for his birthday or the holidays because what else could you get for him? We had to scramble to find something he hadn’t read that might be of interest, and it could be wide-ranging, on so many topics. We would comb the New York Times Best Sellers List to find just the right book. It was usually nonfiction, current events or historical and things he was engaged in. One of the books I gave him was about the Wright brothers and he read it cover to cover and loved it, because he just had to know how things worked.”

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Heritage Services President Sue Morris worked with Holland on several brick-and-mortar projects he contributed to. “Dick knew that facilities inspire excellence,” Morris said.

HE JUST WANTED TO MAKE THIS PLACE A BETTER COMMUNITY FOR EVERYBODY. AND I KNOW HE TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN THAT AND IN HOW HIS AND MARY’S PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT AND LEADERSHIP ENCOURAGED OTHERS TO JOIN THEM AND ALL OF IT CAME TO FRUITION.

Even though he was a UNO alum she was “blown away” when he made the lead gift for the Baxter Arena – a sports facility. “Honestly, I think he got a kick out of doing something ‘different’ and he was especially pleased the community ice rink was named Holland Ice. We didn’t know how to thank Dick for his generosity and he was beginning to be restricted in his trips, so we brought a parade to his home with the UNO marching band, the hockey players, convertibles with pretty ladies. He laughed and laughed and laughed. No plaque or crystal bowl or sign could have meant more to Dick than his very own parade.” Just as Squires got close to Holland, so did Morris, and like everyone else who knew him, they miss his friendship. “My life has been enriched in so many ways by Dick Holland. I miss him,” said Morris. She and Squires said they will remember Holland always looking expectantly to the next step, the next phase, the next project and getting impatient if things didn’t move fast enough.

HE MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. YOU SEE IT ALL AROUND THE CITY. THEN THERE’S PLACES YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO LOOK, EVEN, AND IF YOU KNOW WHAT HE WAS COMMITTED TO, THERE HE IS, TOO.

Following the old lion’s death, a private memorial celebrating his life was held at the venue that meant more to him than any other bearing his name, the Holland Performing Arts Center. Andy Holland said, “The final thing that closed out the memorial service was an opera duet with two sopranos called ‘The Flower Song’ from the opera Lakme. It’s a beautiful song.”

HE MADE A DIFFERENCE TO EVERYBODY WHO CAME IN CONTACT WITH HIM PERSONALLY. NOT EVERYONE LOVED HIM. NOT EVERYONE EVEN LIKED HIM, I SUSPECT. BUT THOSE OF US WHO WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE A FRIENDSHIP WITH HIM WILL NEVER FORGET HIM.

That night she and some close friends of her father’s remembered the man they all loved. “I was very touched by how many people really loved him. We had an awful lot of grown men crying. There were a few people we asked to say a few words and they just couldn’t.” Rather than feel she had to share her father with others, Holland said, “I always thought my father enjoyed his life so much that I felt there was plenty of him to go around.” Of that night, she said, “It was a wonderful tribute to him – I just thought it was perfect. My dad would have loved it.”

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The family behind wealth management company Carson Group, Inc. has always fostered a spirit of giving, but took it one step further when they saw an unmet need in the community and created a nonprofit from the ground up.

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the community and invest responsibly in our community. The other benefit is that we get such a tremendous return on psyche. Some of my happiest moments have been being able to see the benefits of a gift or contribution either directly into our community or back into our profession, because we do a lot of philanthropy through our three businesses.” Carson Group, Inc. has supported organizations like JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Special Olympics, Food Bank for the Heartland, Nebraska Humane Society, and TeamMates Mentoring Program – just to name a few – through activities ranging from fundraising walks to volunteering as mentors to donating the use of a private plane.

“SOME OF MY HAPPIEST MOMENTS HAVE BEEN BEING ABLE TO SEE THE BENEFITS OF A GIFT OR CONTRIBUTION EITHER DIRECTLY INTO OUR COMMUNITY OR BACK INTO OUR PROFESSION.”

CARING AND GIVING By “internal stakeholders,” Carson means the members of his team, which reveals the esteem in which he holds them. “We don’t use the term ‘staff’ or ‘employee’ here; they’re all internal stakeholders,” he explained. “I view everybody as internal partners. So when I think about what we’re giving back, it’s not the company writing the check or giving the time, the reality of it is that it’s really them. We’re really, truly partners in this together and without them we wouldn’t have the resources to give… I love being here with my internal stakeholders because they’re such a group of caring and giving people.” One of the ways the organization supports the community is by giving individuals the chance to serve their community in ways that are personally meaningful. “We will match any (charitable) contribution that an internal stakeholder makes up to $500 per year, and it can be for anything they want to support,” he said. “Every year, we give additional paid time off for them to go into the community and donate business-hour time to the charity of their choice.” BLESSED BY THE COMMUNITY Giving back is certainly embedded in Carson Group, Inc.’s culture and identity, but Carson said it was life experience that helped him personally discover its meaning. “I grew up on a farm north of the city near Tekamah. We were of modest means, and I really never had the concept of what it meant or even understood what it was when I would hear that people had given money or donated something. My reaction was, ‘You’ve got to be crazy,’ because if you made a little money, why would you be giving it away?” he said. “And as I’ve been blessed by our community, I realized it was our responsibility to give back to

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FULFILLING WISHES But the biggest undertaking of all came in 2012, when Carson and his wife Jeanie, along with adult daughters Chelsie and Maddie, established The Dreamweaver Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling end-of-life wishes for seniors. “On a bigger scale, Dreamweaver was founded around internal stakeholders wanting to get behind something of our own,” Carson said. “Dreamweaver was born from wanting to do something we could directly see the impact of; the people at Carson Group ~ RON CARSON are always asking how they can contribute and what founder and CEO they can do. These dreams can get pretty involved and they will be there a whole Saturday afternoon overseeing the dream or taking pictures or making sure family gets there.” Dreamweaver wishes have included simple requests like a final family portrait including all the grandchildren or a romantic dinner date. The organization has also fulfilled more elaborate wishes like a hot-air-balloon ride. “My favorite song in the world is ‘Dream Weaver’ and if you listen to the lyrics, it’s about getting to the other side and what it means on this side. I said, ‘Oh my gosh, that could be the name of our foundation,’” Carson said. “So Dreamweaver was named after the Gary Wright song.” The experience of fulfilling a wish is bittersweet, Carson said, considering that the seniors being honored are terminally ill. But it’s a gift of love that brings joy to families, and family is precious to the Carsons, who both are rooted in very close-knit families and have cherished memories of their times with family elders. The former high-school sweethearts have now instilled a love of giving into the next generation (college-age son Grant in addition to daughters Chelsie and Maddie), who are expecting to help guide the foundation into the future and watch over its growth. Dreamweaver has served eastern Nebraska and southwestern Iowa since the beginning and now has a San Diego chapter. “Our ultimate vision is to have a chapter in every state,” Carson said.

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Cox Communications is known as a technology innovator, regularly introducing enhancements and new services like the Contour video platform or Gigablast Wi-Fi to its already-impressive array of voice, data and video services, and home/business automation for both residential and commercial customers. But as amazing as the technology is, it centers on something basic and simple: human connections.

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“They’ve supported Intercultural Senior Center, a Heart Ministry Center youth mentoring program, and City Sprouts, for instance,” Weiss said. Other recipients have included Hope Center for Kids, Lutheran Family Services, March of Dimes and Youth Emergency Services. Innovation in Education Grants have provided area schools with up to $2,500 in funding for programs supporting a spectrum of educational initiatives: everything from guided reading, sensory learning and dramatic play to robotics. “We regularly take the Cox Charities advisory council members to see how the money they invest makes a difference in our community. They enjoy going back and sharing those stories with all of their coworkers,” Weiss said.

SERVING WHERE THE NEEDS ARE Cox also reaches out by providing leadership, Weiss “IT’S ALL ABOUT said, with employees currently serving on more than SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES 30 local boards. HAVING DEEP ROOTS The company, which operates in 18 states, supports “By being out in the community like that, they bring IN THE COMMUNITY its communities in diverse ways which start with largeback great information that helps us realize where the IN WHICH YOU SERVE, scale efforts at the corporate level. Much of Cox’s needs are and how we can help,” she said. “It’s all corporate philanthropy is focused in the areas of youth about having deep roots in the community in which AND WE ARE A and education, especially digital literacy. For example, you serve, and we are a connector.” CONNECTOR.” a national-level partnership with Boys & Girls Club of Like the company stays on the cutting edge of America provides youth access to state-of-the-art technology, its leaders also keep an eye on the ~ BETH WEISS equipment, educational software platforms and tools Senior Manager for Public Affairs evolution of charitable giving and explore means of for staying safe online plus discounted Internet, support beyond the traditional financial contributions television and tech support services to clubs. and volunteer time. A bank of hours is available for Cox also supports its communities from within through several programs public service announcements, for instance. Cox’s Connect2Compete that provide employees the opportunity to be personally involved. To begin program provides discounted Internet service for families with school-age with, all employees are given eight hours of paid time annually to contribute children, who qualify based on income. The company shares expertise by to a charity of their choice, and the company even lists volunteer training nonprofits’ and community organizations’ staff in areas like financial opportunities on its intranet to help facilitate connections for employees who management, call center operations and—of course—the use of technology. aren’t already affiliated with a nonprofit. And through Cox Charities, a “We are open to new ways of giving back,” Rowell said. “Our employees recently introduced program, a team of employees determine how special are engaged and our company wants that kind of involvement.” funding for charitable organizations, programs and projects is allocated. “Cox Charities is our employee-given and employee-directed charitable giving MAKING OUR COMMUNITY BETTER program,” said Beth Weiss, Senior Manager, Public Affairs. “From year one to That spirit of giving back is meaningful to Cox’s customers, too. year two, we’ve had a 53 percent increase in the number of contributors. “We consider it an honor to serve those customers who choose to spend And we’ve had a 42 percent increase in total dollars pledged.” some of their discretionary income with us,” Rowell explained. “We believe Participation on the advisory council is voluntary but the program has been that taking a portion of our allocated revenues to give back to the community so successful that membership has become competitive, Weiss added, makes our community much more vibrant.” pointing out that the 20 local employees serving on the council are from all “We’ve been in Omaha now since 1980 and so many residents are our levels of the company and direct the program “without executive oversight.” customers. We live here, too,” Weiss said. “We share this common goal of They’ve awarded Community Investment Grants up to $5,000 to a wide wanting to catapult Omaha to higher levels of achievement and awareness variety of organizations. and improve the quality of life for all of us who call it home.”

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Pinnacle Bank is a regional bank that has grown to more than 140 locations in eight states since its 1938 founding from agricultural roots. And even through expansion, its focus remains on the individual community.

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which ultimately benefits a large number of individuals. We tend to gravitate toward helping youth and families. It comes in a number of different ways for different organizations, but I think that’s generally the focus.” The company also helps fund larger efforts including the building of YMCAs and community centers.

“We’ve given funding for Christmas gifts for families of deployed servicemen The value of community is one of Pinnacle Bank’s six core values and is what and women,” Hock added. “That was a fun, heartwarming, touching activity guides the bank each day. Along with community, Pinnacle Bank’s core values that was more than a specific community. It was more about just supporting the include unconditional customer satisfaction, stability, people who support us.” innovation, integrity and education. At Pinnacle Bank, they strive to work in the same spirit as their founders PINNACLE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP by building strong personal relationships with the Pinnacle Bank’s latest local project was announced in “PINNACLE BANK customers in their branches and within the July: the Pinnacle Bank Championship. This major SIMPLY STRIVES TO BE communities they serve. The relationships they form event will bring the PGA Tour back to Omaha in their communities allow them to provide a personal A GOOD NEIGHBOR. beginning in 2017, and the five-year title sponsorship banking experience built on trust and understanding. WE LIKE TO agreement runs through 2021. The Club at Indian Creek, located in Elkhorn, is the event site, and the That same emphasis on community is applied to the BE INVOLVED.” Pinnacle Bank Championship will be part of the bank’s charitable giving and philanthropic support. ~ MARC HOCK successful Web.com Tour. President “If it isn’t for those communities, we don’t exist,” Hock said. “We think it’s more than a priority that we take Omaha held the Cox Classic from 1996 to 2013, and care of those places that we’re from and do what we organizers emphasized at the official announcement that the Pinnacle Bank can to help make them better.” Championship is expected to be a similar signature event for the community. Support Nebraska, Inc., a 501(c)(3) foundation developed exclusively in ENGAGING EMPLOYEES conjunction with the event, will manage and operate the Pinnacle Bank To improve the communities where employees work and live, Pinnacle Bank has created a corporate culture of giving back that’s largely executed through Championship as the tournament host organization. employees locally. At every employee level, the bank encourages sponsorship and participation in community events and allows employees time away from the office to volunteer.

Support Nebraska has selected the TeamMates Mentoring Program as the charity partner for The Pinnacle Bank Championship. The organization, which encourages local youth to graduate high school and pursue post-secondary “We let the local community market president allocate whatever percentage of education, will receive a check representing net proceeds from ticket sales and time they think is appropriate to projects that are specific to their communities,” event sponsorships. Founded by Tom and Nancy Osborne, TeamMates he said. “We think it’s an important part, not just of business, but also of life. currently provides school-based mentoring programs to close to 8,000 youth with It’s important to be active and serve others in your community.” the goal of serving more than 12,000 by the year 2020. High employee engagement stems in part from Pinnacle Bank’s policies that “Pinnacle Bank simply strives to be a good neighbor,” Hock said. “We like to allow staff members to help choose nonprofits and community organizations be involved. If there’s a project specific to a town that we’re in, whether it’s they want to support. a new library construction or building a community center, we try to take on an active role and not only give dollars, but also time. We make sure that our YOUTH AND FAMILIES “Everyone has their own passions, and we don’t try to dictate what each people have the opportunity to participate in whatever event or need the employee’s charitable passion should be; we just want them to participate,” community has. It goes back to acting small. We want local people to make Hock said. “A variety of organizations receive support in numerous ways, those decisions that are good for their communities and the bank.”

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He also started a drive to collect, clean and distribute warm to give back to the community, Walker’s great-granddaughter and company coats to economically disadvantaged families. “I think my dad was one of the first ones to do a ‘Coats for Kids’ drive, when Vice President Lisa Sekundiak said. “We’re proud to do our part throughout the year. We’re always supporting various local and national charities,” she these campaigns weren’t as prevalent,” Sekundiak said. “That was a great said, explaining that Max and Bertha Walker came from humble beginnings thing that reached from the employee level to the community.” Sekundiak and her brother Robert Walker III are the fourth generation of and a deep religious faith that fostered a sense of gratitude and responsibility. “They had that spirit naturally. They came from not a lot, and they knew leadership. Rob in his role as president has continued to successfully guide the what it was like to be mindful of your neighbors and everyone around you,” company to this day, and Sekundiak as vice president is the first female to be involved in managing day-to-day operations. she said. “Max I. Walker had many quotes like ‘The “There was an opportunity for me to come into community supports us, so we have to support them.’ the (family) business in the middle-‘90s and I’ve been and ‘We cannot judge, we give back.’” in my role since then. I’ve helped grow the business Kansas City native Walker was working for “WE’RE PROUD for the next generation, my brother’s sons, who are Schmoller & Mueller piano company, assigned to TO DO OUR PART involved already.” check up on an employee situation, when he came to THROUGHOUT THE Omaha for the first time. “He ended up falling in love with Omaha and saw ULTRA CHIC BOUTIQUE YEAR. WE’RE ALWAYS opportunity there. Omaha was booming then—this was Her feminine perspective led to the 2006 launch of SUPPORTING VARIOUS 1917—and he wanted to stay,” Sekundiak said. “So he an annual event, unique to the company, called the stayed and did a number of things to make ends meet.” LOCAL AND NATIONAL Ultra Chic Boutique. It was the perfect marriage of the company’s services, brand, and spirit of community CHARITIES.” INTEGRITY AND INNOVATION support, Sekundiak said. “This just made sense.” Her great-grandfather came into the cleaning Every year, customers donate dresses from past ~ LISA SEKUNDIAK business mostly by accident, she explained, taking over Vice President, Max I. Walker proms, wedding parties and formal events to be a failing store at 24th Street and Ames Avenue, cleaned and mended at the company’s retail locations building it back up and ultimately finding his lifelong and sold during the January Boutique. Proceeds business niche. “He was a great innovator,” Sekundiak said, cultivating benefit charity, and a new “Dress Flip” element in conjunction with Omaha services like rug and drape cleaning and hat dyeing and reshaping, and landing Fashion Week designers was added two years ago to amp up the fun and contracts during wartime for cleaning and pressing military uniforms. Walker’s stimulate the local fashion industry. resourcefulness combined with his resolve to be fair and fiscally responsible Usually worn only once, special-occasion dresses hang in women’s closets helped the budding company survive hard times like the Great Depression in excellent shape, Sekundiak explained. The Boutique gives them new life and both World Wars. and gives young women a chance to wear a beautiful dress to a special occasion Walker was also “kind and generous” in his support of the community they might otherwise not be able to afford. at a time when few civic organizations and formal nonprofit organizations “We charge $30 per dress. In 2016, we had 3,500 dresses and collected existed, but he gave quietly when the opportunity arose, his great- $26,000 in six hours for Open Door Mission’s Lydia House,” she said. “It’s so granddaughter added. He recognized that entrepreneurs who were much fun to see the faces of these young ladies.” conscientious neighbors also tended to be successful in business. One father with three teenage daughters approached her at a recent “That’s how strong neighborhoods and strong communities and economic Boutique to share that he was recently unemployed. “He said, ‘You made my ecosystems work,” Sekundiak said. “That was just something we knew day. Because I didn’t know how I was going to do this,’” Sekundiak said. “And his girls were standing there with him, grinning ear to ear.” how to do. We just did it.”

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LUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NEBRASKA may be “Service is really about being a steward of the organization and giving to others, known to many as “The Blues,” but its employees sure know how to have fun giving to our members and giving to the community,” he said. “Having a strong when it comes to dreaming up ideas for internal charitable fundraising events, culture of giving back just attracts more people who are dedicated to serving said Steve Martin, president and chief executive. others, and that’s the kind of people we want to employ.” “For our United Way campaign this year, our employees tried ‘knockerball,’ which is playing soccer while you’re encased in an inflatable plastic bubble. We’ve done things like Blue Idol, a lip-syncing competition. Another year it was Family Feud,” he said. “It’s always something different and creative to keep people engaged. Employees vote with their dollars, all of which go to support the United Way.” And the merriment usually extends to company leaders, he added. “One year I refereed in a gorilla mask…They always have something kooky for me to do.”

MULTIPLE MEANS FOR GIVING Charitable giving in general has evolved over the years, Martin said, meaning people today not only want to have a more personal connection than merely writing a check, they also want options. So the company works hard to support numerous ways for employees to give back, including more traditional means like hosting an annual United Way workplace campaign.

“We’ve always been a United Way participant and had a high level of The fun activities employees invent to help raise money is reinforced by the participation. We’re one of the smallest companies in the top ten givers,” Martin said. BCBSNE also has an unusually high company’s comprehensive corporate social percentage of employees who volunteer in the responsibility plan – one to benefit the entire state and “SERVICE IS REALLY BCBSNE’s members. Employees’ deep involvement United Way of the Midlands’ Day of Caring event. mirrors the grant-making and sponsorships BCBSNE ABOUT BEING A “Last year it was 250 of our employees out of about supports corporately. In 2016, the company provided 1,000 participants total.” STEWARD OF THE funding and resources to approximately 100 organizations benefiting Nebraskans and began a ORGANIZATION AND The company also gives back to local nonprofits and highly competitive signature program, Fearless Grants, community organizations by sharing expertise and GIVING TO OTHERS, to benefit health, human services and education resources from board service to video studio access to missions statewide. GIVING TO OUR assistance with graphic design, he added. With respect MEMBERS AND GIVING to its role as a health insurance company, the company COMMUNITY-MINDED CULTURE TO THE COMMUNITY.” particularly supports various public health and wellness “We are a Nebraska-based, member-owned, taxpaying, initiatives as well as education “because education really not-for-profit health insurance company. We work ~ STEVE MARTIN is a differentiator in people’s ability to manage their own hard to keep our margins the lowest possible in the President and Chief Executive Officer health.” BCBSNE has become a key employment industry. We’re not in the business of making money for shareholders, we’re in the business of trying to get partner with the Avenue Scholars program, providing the best value back to the members who have our policies,” he explained. internships and part-time employment to area students and offering full-time “We also have members who are sensitive to not having their premiums go employment opportunities to new graduates. up because of our giving.” And as a health insurance company, BCBSNE can’t favor one health charity SOCIETAL IMPACT “As a Nebraska-based company, we really value making Nebraska a better over another, Martin added. place to live,” he said. “We not only engage in the community and its needs, “If we did that, we would be imbalanced in terms of our member interest,” he but we want to provide expertise and resources that make a societal said. “But each employee might have their own passions with a particular impact…Building a better workforce, building a better community, those charity, so we do a lot to let employees vote with their feet, their volunteerism things add talent to the community, help grow the community. And those, in and their own resources. We do have an employee match program and we return, will ultimately grow our business.” encourage a lot of employee engagement in the community. Because we have a wonderful group of team members here, they all embrace it and we have a Best of all, a culture of giving brings out the best in people, Martin said. high participation rate in a lot of community events.” A community-minded culture is an extension of BCBSNE’s core identity as a “If you allow people to express their generosity, I’m always amazed that they exceed my expectations,” he said. “I’m overwhelmed by the generosity.” service company, Martin said.

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E’VE ALWAYS BEEN pretty supportive and involved with the EMPLOYEE GIVING PROGRAM community,” Great Western Bank Senior Vice President Harlan Falk said. The company even offers an incentive to encourage individual employees’ And he can personally attest to that; Falk has been with the company an giving by extending its impact. Great Western Bank’s Employee Giving extraordinary 58 years and throughout his entire tenure has witnessed program provides an opportunity for employees to do charity work during and countless giving activities supporting the people and places the company outside business hours. For every hour of service provided, Great Western Bank serves. Over the years, the publicly-owned bank (NYSE: GWB) has grown donates $11 per hour, up to $220 a year. “It’s an extra little kick for the charity.” Wiedenfeld said. “There are very to more than 170 branches in nine states, but its small-town roots are few exceptions; almost anything that’s good for the community is on the table. evident when it comes to community and nonprofit support. It still takes their decision to volunteer time, and “Our tagline is ‘Making Life Great.’ That’s the they’re obviously making a sacrifice to give up their mission; taking care of our customers and creating longtime to do that.” term relationships,” Omaha Group President Chris Volunteerism also helps cultivate connections, so Wiedenfeld said. “We’re big enough to take care of the “TO BE GOOD employees who choose to serve community and complex deals, yet small enough to provide the customer nonprofit organizations benefit personally as well. STEWARDS, YOU HAVE focus typically seen in a smaller bank.” “Through that volunteer work, our employees TO GIVE BACK Regional President Bryan Kindopp said “Making gain opportunities for personal growth, leadership THROUGH Life Great” means reinvesting in the community. “To opportunities, and networking and teambuilding,” succeed as a leading regional financial institution, we have Wiedenfeld said. “All those positive experiences can CONTRIBUTIONS, boost the morale of the workplace. You get a group to give back to the community,” he said. “We have to help CHARITABLE EFFORTS of employees who work together, especially with a strengthen our communities that we serve. Throughout nonprofit, and that encourages engagement and AND VOLUNTEERISM.” our 80-year history, we’ve done this time and time again. team building.” To be good stewards, you have to give back through ~ BRYAN KINDOPP Individual volunteerism also helps the company contributions, charitable efforts and volunteerism.” Regional President keep a finger on the pulse of the community since branch employees usually live nearby and are personally COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT invested in the neighborhoods where they work. On a corporate scale, Great Western Bank’s areas of “Many of our employees serve in their communities, and it’s a great way to see focus for community engagement include economic development, financial what’s going on and for our employees to get involved,” Kindopp said. “We literacy, affordable housing, workforce development, early childhood education encourage our people to be involved in service clubs and be leaders in their and adult education. Associated activities include working with national communities. It’s important personal development and helps the community overall.” organizations like Habitat for Humanity and United Way, but the individual branches also support community-level efforts from sponsoring Little League to MAKING LIFE GREAT GRANTS To help fund larger projects, in 2016 the company implemented a new participating in school/business partnerships that allow students to learn about the banking industry. Great Western Bank employees also enjoy being part of branch platform for giving back: Making Life Great Grants. Nonprofit organizations throughout the bank’s nine-state service area are eligible to submit applications activities, like the monthly Jeans Day. “Employees can pay $5 to wear jeans for the day, and whatever is collected— based on certain criteria that meet funding priorities. The funds are used to which is a substantial amount—we match,” Falk said. “We help a different assist with a variety of projects, such as refurbishing a small town’s elementary school’s playground or renovating a housing facility for homeless families nonprofit each time, and that goes over very well.” through a program that helps them work toward self-sufficiency. Some activities are even initiated by branch employees, he added, but direct “We are giving a substantial amount each quarter,” Kindopp said. “It’s employee involvement through volunteerism and board service also drives much definitely meaningful and it’s something we can’t afford not to do.” of Great Western Bank’s local charitable efforts. By investing in communities, everyone wins, he added. “I think it’s important to support nonprofits and other venues through not “At the end of the day, for Great Western Bank to be successful, we have to only financial support, but participation and leadership,” he said. “It’s great to be in strong communities,” he said. “If we do our part to make that happen, it give back, and we highly encourage our employees to do that.” benefits everybody.”

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STANDING: GORDON HARNISCH, SR. VICE PRESIDENT COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE MANAGER; CORINNE SAFFORD, VICE PRESIDENT REGIONAL RETAIL MANAGER; MARK OSTRONIC, SR. VICE PRESIDENT COMMERCIAL LENDING MANAGER; AMY OLSON, VICE PRESIDENT CASH MANAGEMENT MANAGER; DAN GOMEZ, SR. VICE PRESIDENT COMMERCIAL LENDING MANAGER SEATED: OMAHA GROUP PRESIDENT CHRIS WIEDENFELD AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT HARLAN FALK STORY BY KARA SCHWEISS

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As the third largest telecommunications company in America, CenturyLink’s wide array of services to business and residential consumers support community growth and prosperity. So do the company’s numerous giving activities.

ENTURYLINK IS KNOWN FOR supporting the communities it serves through charitable contributions to numerous local and national organizations, employee volunteerism and giving, and corporate sponsorships of facilities like Omaha’s own CenturyLink Center.

“CenturyLink is fortunate to employ so many wonderful people who are passionate about their communities,” said Julie Darrington, the company’s Vice President of Operations for North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and southwest Iowa. “CenturyLink is committed to strengthening and serving our communities not only through our products and services, but more importantly through philanthropic support of local community agencies, events we take part in and other initiatives.”

CLARKE M. WILLIAMS FOUNDATION CenturyLink extends its vision through the Clarke M. Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization named for the company founder, which funds several companywide programs and initiatives: the Matching Time Grant Program, a match on the annual Employee Giving Campaign, Backpack Buddies Food Drive, and the company’s Teachers and Technology Grants program.

specific plans to implement technology in their classrooms,” Darrington explained, adding that Nebraska alone awarded more than $23,000 in grants during the 2015-16 cycle, bringing the total awarded since 2011 to more than $135,000. The program is also “a favorite” of CenturyLink employees because company personnel work with school administrators to plan an event in which the awardee receives the good news. “We really enjoy doing the surprise check presentations at all the schools,” Darrington said. “It’s a proud moment.”

LOCAL AND REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS CenturyLink has also cultivated local and regional partnerships especially with organizations in the company’s areas of focus. Some examples include Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, providing support for teens’ secondary education; University of Nebraska Omaha, funding scholarships for students in technology fields; Omaha Children’s Museum (“They do an excellent job of “ CENTURYLINK IS educating children through play.”); Boys Town FORTUNATE TO National Hotline, supporting the program which fielded more than 13,000 calls in Nebraska in 2015 and EMPLOY SO MANY helps at-risk families all over the country; and the WONDERFUL PEOPLE Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, joining with them to WHO ARE PASSIONATE deliver gifts to children in need like patients at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. ABOUT THEIR

Through the Matching Time Grant Program, all COMMUNITIES.” CenturyLink employees who volunteer 40 or more “As a provider and an employer in the community, we hours in a six-month period are eligible to earn two have a vested interest in growing our markets and we ~ JULIE DARRINGTON, $500 grants per year to support the agency with which continue to support organizations that share our goal of Vice President of Operations they are volunteering. The Employee Giving seeing our communities thrive,” Darrington said. Campaign similarly allows employees to direct support to the nonprofits of their choice; in support of an individual’s donation, the The array of organizations supported by the company through Foundation provides a 50 percent match to the local United Way serving the CenturyLink’s many giving programs and initiatives is incredibly diverse and the number of people who benefit is nearly incalculable, Darrington employee’s work area. said. It’s a fitting role for the third largest telecommunications company in Backpack Buddies is a food drive held each June to raise funds for food America and industry leader whose services for consumers and businesses— banks and raise awareness of backpack programs that provide meals to broadband, voice, video, data and managed services—directly support children over weekends and school breaks. “It’s invigorating to see the community growth and prosperity. employees’ excitement around this program,” Darrington said. “Since 2009, the program has contributed the equivalent of 47 million pounds of food to “Specifically in Omaha, this area was one of the first markets to launch our food banks across the country. $5,303.88 was raised by employees in the Prism TV services and also we launched broadband speeds of up to one Omaha area in 2016 alone.” gigabit per second across the city. We’re very proud of the launch we accomplished in Omaha,” she said. “We provide a range of services but we The Teachers and Technology grant program supports the company’s focus also recognize the benefits that our services bring to our customers. We’re in the philanthropic areas of K-12 education, youth and technology also mindful of the benefits we can bring to the communities we serve. And initiatives. “It’s a competitive grant, so teachers are required to develop all of our employees are very focused in the communities we serve as well.”

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CENTURYLINK LEADERSHIP REPRESENTING 750 OF THE COMPANY’S GREATER OMAHA EMPLOYEES CENTURYLINK EMPOWERS ITS EMPLOYEES TO BE ACTIVE COMMUNITY PARTICIPANTS THROUGH SEVERAL MATCH PROGRAMS STORY BY KARA SCHWEISS

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TARTING IN THIRD GRADE, I would sign my name ‘Mary Ann “People started talking about it immediately. They were so proud of the fact that O’Brien, CEO, Mary Ann O’Brien Industries, New York, NY 10069,’” said Mary their company gave 10 percent.” Ann O’Brien. “I was that kid.” What started out as a matter-of-fact business disclosure has broadened the She laughs at the audacity of her nine-year-old self, one of six brothers and sisters company’s culture of giving, with OBI’s approximately 30 employees serving the growing up in an Irish Catholic family in Spencer, Iowa. But she did end up community through board service, volunteerism, fundraising and direct donations. making the basic concept of O’Brien Industries a reality when she founded OBI The company supports employee contributions by allowing time away from work, Creative, with the O-B-I nodding to O’Brien Industries, Inc. even if it’s offering a match in some cases, or donating employees’ time. headquartered nowhere near Manhattan. Launched in San Diego and based in Omaha, the company is an internationally recognized full-service advertising “At OBI, you’re a good fit if you’re a participator, if you’re a giver. It’s part of our agency that was named 2016 Company of the Year by the prestigious DNA at OBI, giving,” O’Brien said. “I want employees to have a sense of pride International Business Association. in their work, and I believe sharing your talent, time and your treasure gives you a feeling that is really unlike anything else. “I am proud of my team; no other U.S. company was recognized in our category. It’s spectacular!” O’Brien said. And it’s just one of more than 40 industry awards “We also like to activate our gifts; we want to participate. It’s active giving versus earned in 2016. One distinguishing quality of OBI, O’Brien said, is a strategypassive giving—we still buy tables and that—but where we really shine is our driven creative approach solidly backed by an internal ability to give our time and get involved. And the people research team that works side by side with the creative who work at OBI have to have a say in it.” and media teams, unusual in the market. “Hope is not a strategy at OBI. We get under the hood to find out who your customer is and why you matter to them, and only then do we do creative or advertise…OBI Creative is a customer-centric marketing firm,” she said. “We get up every day and figure out how to communicate in meaningful ways, for the brands that hire us, so they can form authentic connections with their target audiences. It’s the only way to be sure your advertising will drive results.”

“COMPANIES ARE MADE UP OF PEOPLE. PEOPLE NEED TO FEEL MEANING TO CONNECT. GIVING… IS MEANINGFUL.” ~ MARY ANN O’BRIEN Founder and CEO

SPIRAL OF WELL-BEING One favorite event for the OBI team is an annual fundraiser for a Boys Town camp at Lake Okoboji, an important facility for the youth but with restoration and preservation needs not covered by the nonprofit’s operating budget. Initiated by O’Brien and her sister Peg Reit, the “Boys Town Blue Water Bash,” which includes a dinner, auction and live music, has become a signature summer event and raised over half a million dollars for the camp so far.

The company also makes meaningful connections of another kind and differentiates itself from the competition with a giving spirit that “We’re all so proud of it,” O’Brien said. also originates with O’Brien’s childhood.

“My parents are amazing people, wonderful people,” she said. “We didn’t have And although she was taught that giving is an obligation, O’Brien said she much growing up, but from very early on we were raised that you give back and you recognizes that it nurtures the giver as well. leave things better than you found them: ‘If you are fortunate, you make sure you help others.’—Even when we weren’t very fortunate. My dad would say, ‘Whatever “Companies are made up of people. People need to feel meaning to connect you give, you’re going to get back.’ And I believed everything he told me. So I’ve emotionally. Giving is meaningful. Our job at OBI is to find meaningful connections for the brands we serve. So why not tie the two together and kickalways tried to be someone who gave and inspired others to do the same.” start a spiral of well-being?” she explained. “Generosity and gratitude have a PARTICIPATORS AND GIVERS symbiotic relationship. The gratitude you get when giving fortifies bonds with O’Brien started by giving quietly, she said. others feels really good. My 10-year-old said, ‘Mom, I think you like to give so others get a chance to have a better life.’ She was right. When you give something “OBI is 15 years old and I’ve always given 10 percent. But I never shared that. that helps another, the response is exponential because you get so much in return. About four years ago I mentioned it at a team meeting. I wanted to let the team Giving is the ripple that can become the hurricane of good things for others, and know their role in those gifts.” She was surprised at her employees’ response. for you too.”

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NP DODGE COMPANY: BRINGING GIVING HOME NP Dodge supports many community and charitable organizations through a variety of giving activities that have made a difference in countless lives over the company’s 160-plus years in business.

HE VERY ESSENCE OF REAL ESTATE is home and DODGECARES community. Since its founding in 1855, NP Dodge Company has been integral The company also helps make a difference with their dollars through in helping the Omaha metro area develop and prosper through five generations DodgeCares, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed in 2002. of Dodge family leadership and thousands of employees and sales associates’ Contributions from sales associates, employees and even community members countless contributions of financial support, time and talent to nonprofit and provide food, shelter and comfort for homeless, displaced and abused individuals community organizations. in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa through 15 beneficiary charities. NP “We are in a service industry, helping people in our community buy and Dodge Company matches funds up to $250 per sales associate annually. Some sell homes, fulfilling the American Dream,” Agents Dave and Jan Anderson of the sales teams even choose to personally provide a match for agent donations said. “It is only fitting that we should carry that over and serve our or in honor of each successful transaction. “That is an amazing opportunity to double our dollars community as a whole.” being given to the charities that are supported by “We are a local, family-owned company that is very DodgeCares,” Agent Mary Robson Rensch said. engaged in the community. Sharing our success with those less fortunate is an important part of being a “ SHARING OUR SUCCESS “DodgeCares supports charities that help people with needs for housing and shelter. That is a priority for me good corporate citizen,” Agent Mike Story said. “I WITH THOSE LESS as a Realtor.” feel it is a civic duty. The company benefits greatly FORTUNATE IS AN “I think it is a natural choice for a real estate from the community; it is only natural we would company to focus its efforts on organizations providing return the support.” IMPORTANT PART OF housing and food for those less fortunate. The company “I believe that giving back to the community is BEING A GOOD makes the process of donation extremely simple and one of the most important things a person must do. CORPORATE CITIZEN.” matches employee/agent contributions to increase When we help others within our community, our impact in the community,” Story said. community also reciprocates and offers support; it ~ MIKE STORY “What a beautiful gift to double the goodness of becomes a mutually beneficial relationship,” Agent Agent others, then pour it into the heart of our own community. Lisa Jansen Bartholow said. “I believe giving back to I’m honored to work alongside people who know how those less fortunate provides a fighting chance for important giving back is,” May said. “A few years ago, I had the honor of every single person who receives. Ultimately those people will reciprocate attending the DodgeCares check presentation ceremony for the first time. I was at some time in their life, and the cycle continues.” incredibly touched by each and every story shared by the recipients as they told us how our company’s generosity impacts the everyday lives of those who need HANDS-ON PARTICIPATION it most. I don’t think there was a single dry eye in the room; we all left with full The company has supported a long and diverse list of charitable and hearts wanting to do even more.” community organizations from those with a national presence like Habitat for Humanity and United Way to uniquely local groups like Open Door Mission COLLECTIVE IMPACT and Together Omaha. Throughout the year, employees can participate in many Associates and employees are proud to be part of the NP Dodge family not hands-on ways, whether serving as bell-ringers during The Salvation Army’s just because of charitable works in which they have been personally involved, REALTOR Ring Day, sorting merchandise for toy drives, making sandwiches but also the collective impact the company’s contributions have made over time. to feed hungry people, conducting mock interviews to help homeless “NP Dodge has such a long history in this community and they are looked individuals on their journey to self-sufficiency, or helping with construction of up to as one of the leaders, and we are so honored to work for a local company new homes for economically disadvantaged neighbors. that has deep roots in this community,” the Andersons said. “Combining efforts “NP Dodge encourages all employees and agents to be involved,” Story in charitable activities brings people together to share their voice and work said. “There are many opportunities to give back that are heavily promoted by jointly for a greater impact in driving change.” NP Dodge.” “Contributing to the community to help those in need is a wonderful way to “I believe gratitude is a part of everyone’s soul, and by sharing it with others feel connected to the community. It brings us all closer together,” Rensch said. in any form—hands-on volunteering, charitable contributions, random acts of “I feel that our customers recognize the NP Dodge name as one of historical kindness—we’re contributing to a chain reaction of blessings that is much connection and importance in the area. By showing community support through bigger than any of us could possibly comprehend,” Agent Angela May said. the agents and our corporate level, we demonstrate the desire to make a “One person can make a difference.” difference for all in the area.”

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NP DODGE AGENTS RAISING FUNDS FOR THE SALVATION ARMY’S REALTOR® RING DAY 2016 DODGECARES BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT MARY ROBSON RENSCH, ANGELA MAY, MIKE STORY, DAVE ANDERSON, LISA JANSEN BARTHOLOW AND JAN ANDERSON

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HELPING FAMILIES HEAL TOGETHER Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha supports families while their children are receiving medical care in Omaha-area hospitals—some of their most difficult and challenging times—by providing a home away from home.

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AXIMUS IS JUST A BABY, but he’s already endured multiple surgeries HOW TO HELP and numerous medical procedures stemming from necrotizing enterocolitis and Guests who have the financial means are encouraged to make a $15 donation subsequent complications. Because the best bowel transplant center in the per night. It’s just a fraction of what a hotel would cost; guests come from all over country is at Nebraska Medicine, he and his family are now in Omaha, living at the U.S. and sometimes other countries. So, besides volunteering, community the Ronald McDonald House while he receives treatment. Jabreya, born with members can help by making financial and other contributions. short bowel syndrome, has been a guest with her family at Ronald McDonald “Without monetary and in-kind donations, it is impossible to fulfill our House, too. The number of days the kindergartener has spent away from home mission and protect the families who need us most, both present and future,” to receive medical care in Omaha is closing in on 1,000. Reasner said. “Becoming a donor could mean anything from supporting a family Their families have a room with comfortable beds for a night, sponsoring their entire stay, or helping the and private showers, their parents can access laundry House by donating trash bags or mac and cheese. facilities, a play area is available for their siblings, and Everything helps.” everyone is welcomed with a home-cooked meal every All donations made in Nebraska stay in Nebraska night. With Ronald McDonald House Charities and directly support the families living in the House in “WE ARE TRULY ALL (RMHC) in Omaha providing friendly accommodations Omaha, she added. RMHC in Omaha “relies solely on and the opportunity to interact with other families who IN THIS TOGETHER… the philanthropic energy of this community to run understand their unique situation and can offer emotional WE CAN SAY WITH successfully, just like all other nonprofits in the support, families can focus 100 percent on their sick child’s care and treatment. CONFIDENCE THAT area…While we do have a global office, each RMHC WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK.” Chapter operates with autonomy.”

HEALING ENVIRONMENT “We believe that every sick child deserves the ~ LINDSEY RAI REASNER HUMANITARIAN HEART opportunity for hope in an environment designed to heal,” That autonomy has allowed RMHC in Omaha to Executive Director Executive Director Lindsey Rai Reasner said. “Our respond to other needs in the community. For instance, mission is to reduce the burden that illness bears on since 2006 its Care Mobile mobile dental clinic has children and their families by providing a ‘home away provided much-needed dental care to 6,000 area from home’ while their children are receiving medical schoolchildren through a partnership with OneWorld care in Omaha-area hospitals. Evidence-based research suggests that the healing Community Health Centers. And through other partnerships, RMHC in Omaha times are accelerated more so than any other lodging accommodation when a can refer guests to affiliated programs that provide a wide array of services. child’s family stays at RMHC.” “This community is absolutely wonderful in supporting these families,” Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha opened in 1994 in a facility on South 38th Avenue just north of Leavenworth Street. By 2000, the number of Reasner said. “Collectively, we have created an opportunity for the humanitarian guest rooms was doubled to 20 with the capacity to serve 20 families or 52 guests heart in Omaha to function in a completely different way than it has before. We at a time. In 2015, 6,500 room-nights were provided to 160 families, and Reasner are totally all in this together. So when somebody comes here, regardless of where estimates the total number of families served in the facility’s 22 years of operation you’re from, we can say with confidence that we’ve got your back.” to have exceeded 2,000. To keep things running, RMHC in Omaha needs 2,600 The organization has evolved significantly in 22 years, Reasner said. “The volunteers every year. hospital systems in Omaha are growing exponentially, so we have a “Honestly, we could not survive without our volunteers,” Reasner said. “We responsibility to the families and to the hospitals to grow in concert with what always need help providing meals, ensuring our fundraising events go smoothly, they’re trying to do.” To help position RMHC in Omaha for future growth, the cleaning, et cetera. If there is something—anything,—you enjoy doing, we most board itself has been recently streamlined and reorganized, ensuring that likely have something for you.” Every night a different volunteer group procures ingredients for, prepares representation from every hospital partner and other strategic entities is present. and serves dinner at the House, which brings together families “to naturally Best of all, the “exceptional group of really heartfelt, genuine leaders” who create an interdependent support network,” Reasner said. It also gives them a have been involved historically are still playing an important role. “A robust chance to talk to community members who can offer guidance for nonmedical, and outstanding board, past presidents and previous board members help us everyday needs like shopping and recreation. “The home environment helps continue to move forward,” she explained. “We have this fierce army of advocates to help us get to where we need to go.” create a sense of normalcy,” she explained.

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OMAHA EQUESTRIAN FOUNDATION: WORLD-CLASS HOST

This spring, Omaha will be hosting a prestigious international equestrian competition. It’s part of the larger mission of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation to increase awareness and foster a growing industry right here in the Midwest.

N ONLY SEVEN YEARS, Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF) has raced In the meantime, the organization’s influence is already evident. from newly-formed nonprofit to host of the city’s first-ever world championship, the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Finals in Jumping and Dressage taking place “A brand-new competition facility in Elkhorn hosting six shows a year now at this spring at the CenturyLink Center. It was a long shot—literally, a long-shot various levels of national ranking did not exist before [the first International host bid placed in 2013—but the highest goal of OEF from the beginning, said Omaha in 2012.] Our vet has added another veterinarian to his staff and is totally booked,” she said. “And we have new trainers who have moved in from out of CEO Mike West. the region. The average training farm employs five to 15 people.” “I’ve had the benefit of having very passionate and loyal volunteers and staff; I take my hat off to all those folks because that’s where it has to start. We also have a FOSTERING A LOCAL COMMUNITY great board of directors. So now that the Omaha Equestrian Foundation mission Although the public may associate equestrian sports with the most privileged is being completed, now that we’ve found that opportunity, ‘Now’ is ‘Now what?’” classes, “It’s a more diverse population,” West said, and OEF efforts help educate he said. “Let’s do a great job for Omaha and continue this tradition of hosting and people on how to connect and participate just like with any other sport. supporting successful, world-class events.” “I think there are ways of being inclusive at the highest level and the lowest level It’s been a short but illustrious history for OEF. In 2012, the two-year-old group to all socioeconomic communities,” he said. But first, an introduction needs to hosted the International Omaha, the first U.S. five-star take place. Every year at The International, OEF jumping competition in the region and a smashing underwrites field trips for schoolchildren to visit the success. That early triumph led to repeat hosting honors educational expo, with the total number of children the next four years with expansion including the addition “OUR MISSION IS… who’ve attended now numbering into the thousands. “I of dressage, which literally means “dancing on horseback.” would say 95 percent of those kids have never seen a TO GROW THE SPORT HIGH PERFORMANCE IN OUR REGION AND… horse and probably 50 percent of them have never been in the [CenturyLink Center].” The OEF’s work continues year-round. The organization TO MAKE THE SPORT was created not only to produce international-caliber Nebraska may be a largely rural state, but city-dwelling MORE SUPPORTED… equestrian events, but also educate people right here in the Midwest about equestrian sports and foster the LIKE IT IS IN THE REST locals aren’t typically familiar with equestrian anything, industry surrounding them, OEF founder and operating Roskens added. OF THE WORLD.” board member Lisa Roskens said. “There are a lot of people here who do the sport, but ~ LISA ROSKENS “There are a lot of different directions that we could take people don’t really know how to connect with them. Founder from here, and our board has undertaken strategic Omaha Equestrian Foundation There are a lot of options depending on what you want planning. Our mission is two-fold: To grow the sport in to achieve,” she said. our region and create a new source of economic development for our region; and, secondly, to make the Adults are more likely to look for social opportunities, whereas children may be sport more of a mainstream, supported sport like it is in the rest of the world,” more interested in the athletic side of riding, she explained. she said.

OEF’s four strategic objectives are to promote the high-performance end of the “We want to give people a toolkit; we don’t want to tell people where to go…Most sport in the region, to develop a system to progress riders from ground rails to people find (equestrian activities) because a kid goes on a trail ride and says, grand prix, to help develop young horses in an inexpensive and positive manner, ‘That’s really fun; I want to do it again.’ Then they go the phone book and it’s luck of the draw from there,” Roskens said. “The International has a huge educational and to look at ways to similarly support dressage in the region. component as does the World Cup. Kids get exposed to horses and learn about “We have plans that we’re going to unveil at the World Cup to achieve those them on a very basic level, and also learn about and watch people ride and different missions,” Roskens said. “We’re fleshing out the details of the initiatives compete. The next step is to connect the dots for the families who are interested that will achieve those goals, and we’re planning a press conference at the World in finding out what’s available…What we are looking at is how to help people find Cup—when everybody is here—to talk about it.” the right fit for them.”

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EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN HELPING OMAHA GROW

by Sara Boyd, President & CEO, Omaha Community Foundation

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VERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY in helping Omaha grow – in making this a stronger community and an even better place to call home. Our role is to help people who love our community, believe in its future, and want to be a part of making it better.

The Omaha Community Foundation has been active in the charitable community since 1982, and our family of donors has invested more than $1.4 billion in Omaha and southwest Iowa. No matter what type of account or fund our donors choose, we provide ongoing guidance. Think of us as a charitable support staff. Donors tell us what they want to accomplish – or simply what they care about – and we help them focus their resources.

We see charitable gifts as investments in the future of Omaha. And we immerse ourselves in every aspect of philanthropy – local needs and nonprofits, philanthropic trends, tax codes, financial tools – to help our donors invest as wisely as possible.

We help people give without the guesswork. We research local needs for our donors and if it makes sense, we connect them with other donors who share the same interests. We are here to listen and learn.

We offer our donors simplicity and knowledge. We guide the path for our donors towards their charitable goals. We research local issues, share that knowledge with our donors, and then keep track of the financial details – much like a bank account, with online access and statements – and we make sure our donors have all the paperwork needed come tax time.

To learn more about how we can help you turn good intentions into great accomplishments, visit omahafoundation.org or call us at (402) 342-3458.

We also help donors receive the greatest tax benefit from their gifts, whether that involves donating property or appreciated stock, or simply making a deposit to a Foundation account whenever it makes the most sense financially. This flexibility allows our donors to be more thoughtful about their giving. They can make a donation to their account and qualify for the tax benefits, then decide later where to give and what to accomplish with the funds.

OMAHA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION • 302 S 36th St., Ste. 100 • Omaha, NE 68131 Phone (402) 342-3458 • www.omahafoundation.org • President &CEO: Sara Boyd • Board Chair: Todd Simon

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RIDE, GENEROSITY, COMMUNITY and excitement! That’s what you’ll find during Omaha Gives! – the metro area’s charitable holiday powered by the Omaha Community Foundation. The fourth annual giving day, which took place on May 25, 2016, brought all those elements to the fullest! Our community shined as nonprofit organizations throughout the metro area shared stories of impact to create a stronger and more vibrant community for all. When Omaha Gives! was said and done, nearly $9 million was given to support the critical work of 789 local nonprofits – slightly more than the $8.8 million raised in 2015. Almost 19,000 donors supported participating organizations by making over 46,000 donations of $10 or more during Omaha Gives! Those donations were amplified by “bonus dollars” and prizes stretching contributions even further. What’s even more meaningful was that 32 percent of those donations were first-time gifts to an organization resulting in over $1 million in new giving for those organizations. Each year, donors give to more organizations and the average size of gifts increases. Participating nonprofits also had the ability to offer their own incentives to encourage more people to give. About 10 percent of nonprofits offered challenge funds. This group earned over $550,000 in challenge funds! The spirit of generosity is infectious during Omaha Gives!. The giving takes place online, but the excitement permeates every corner of the community, from events held throughout the metro area, to #OmahaGives trending regionally on social media. During 2016’s 24-hour event, the community was electric with the power of collective giving, supporting causes that people care about, and the awareness that everyone has the power to make a difference. We’re looking forward to even more community, pride, generosity and excitement in 2017! Omaha Gives! is set to take place on Wednesday, May 24, however, the platform is live year-round. Visit omahagives24.org and support your favorite nonprofits all year long.

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A DATA-DRIVEN REFLECTION OF THE OMAHA-COUNCIL BLUFFS AREA

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BOUT TWO YEARS AGO, the Omaha Community Foundation began new work in support of our donors and the nonprofits striving to make a difference. Our goal was to provide greater clarity around issues of importance to all of us. We believe that by synthesizing data and understanding the experiences and priorities of people living in our community, there is an opportunity to take philanthropy to the next level. We believe that combining data with the lived experiences of fellow residents will give us new insights into how best to tackle our community’s greatest challenges. This rich knowledge is more than data and infrastructure alone can provide. It will give us deeper connections within our community that is so greatly needed.

But many of us do not know how this affects the entirety of their lives. We do not know how they overcome these challenges. We do not know what they need to create a better quality of life. Listening to our fellow residents who experience these challenges on a daily basis will serve all of us in understanding how best to continue investing in our community.

The Landscape is a journey of learning and listening – and it’s only just begun. We understand that our community has challenges. We know that we have great infrastructure – nonprofits working diligently and generosity that’s exceptional. Today, we know that poverty in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties has risen 65 percent faster than nationally. We know that more than 140,000 friends and neighbors struggle to find healthy affordable food. We know that twice as many people live in food deserts in our community compared to national averages. We know that many friends and neighbors cannot afford a healthy home that keeps their children safe because you must make $13.86 an hour to afford a one-bedroom apartment in the metro at fair market rent. We know that our neighbors with lower incomes spend two to three times more of their income on housing and transportation than those with higher incomes.

We are committed to listening to those voices and ensuring that our practices reflect the insights they share. We are committed to sharing that learning with all of you so that together, we can find ways to make this a great place for all, no matter who you are or where you live. And we invite you to join us. For more information on The Landscape, contact us at (402) 342-3458 or visit www.thelandscapeomaha.org.

OMAHA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION • 302 S. 36th St., Ste. 100 • Omaha, NE 68131 Phone (402) 342-3458 • www.omahafoundation.org • President &CEO: Sara Boyd • Board Chair: Todd Simon

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To improve the quality of life in Omaha by helping our youth reach their fullest potential. We seek to achieve our mission through Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness and Economic Empowerment programs.

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ENTORING IS THE FOUNDATIONof what the 100 delivers to our community. We believe the answer to poor academic performance, low high school graduation rates, lack of post-secondary pursuit and increased youth violence in Omaha is to match positive male role models with at-risk youth.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Financial support is greatly appreciated • Your gift of $100 will provide lunch at two Leadership & Mentoring Academy (LMA) Workshops • Your gift of $1,000 will allow five mentees to participate in our Pathways to Success Program • Your gift of $10,000 will provide 25 mentee stipends and underwrite mentor recruitment efforts for one academic year

The 100’s Leadership and Mentoring Academy offers the following programs: • One-to-one and group mentoring for 6th– through 12th–grade male students • Pathways to Success workforce readiness skills, corporate and entrepreneurial career pathways, and basic financial literacy for middle and high school students

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• Striving for Success: Black Male Summit is a half day set aside for goal-setting, role modeling and getting connected to programs and opportunities for middle and high school African-American boys

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Statistics have shown that children with mentors are: • 33% less likely to engage in violence

Mentor: Become a one-to-one or group Mentor for our Leadership & Mentoring Academy. Volunteers are always needed for our various programming that occurs throughout the year.

• 52% less likely to skip school • 46% less likely to begin using drugs • 27% less likely to use alcohol

Black Men of Omaha, Inc.

The 100 is committed to providing opportunities and resources that our mentees need to improve their self-esteem, elevate & maintain a post-secondary prep GPA, graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary opportunities while developing their leadership skills. Since the inception of the 100’s mentoring programs, we’ve experienced a 100 percent graduation rate and 93 percent have pursued post-secondary education or military service. 100 BLACK MEN OF OMAHA 2221 N 24th St. • Omaha, NE 68110 Phone (402) 934-7065 www.100blackmenomaha.org President/Board Chairman: John W. Ewing, Jr. Executive Director: James Mason, Jr. To volunteer or to donate contact: info@100blackmenomaha.org • (402) 934-7065

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To leverage collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland.

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GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Please join those who share in our vision of making the Heartland a better place for all with time and contributions towards: • Funding Scholarships • Corporate Sponsorships • Event Sponsorships • Planned Giving

Leadership AKSARBEN Foundation powers the Heartland’s premier network of business and community leaders called The Knights of AKSARBEN. These men and women freely give of their time, talent, energy and resources and truly embody our mission of “Giving Back, Moving Forward” for a stronger Heartland. Through our many youth leadership programs and scholarships, we are preparing today’s youth to become tomorrow’s leaders.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Join AKSARBEN Friends • Mentor an AKSARBEN Scholar • Volunteer to support AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo

Education Scholarships have been at the core of AKSARBEN Foundation’s mission. We fund and guide best-practice, needs-based scholarship programs for Heartland youth, awarding more than $1 million annually. Agriculture AKSARBEN Foundation directs the Heartland’s premier Youth Agriculture event, the AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo, and celebrates our agricultural heritage through programs such as the Nebraska Pioneer and Heritage Farm Awards. Community For over a century, AKSARBEN Foundation has proudly promoted philanthropy and volunteerism for the betterment of the Heartland through our signature event, the AKSARBEN Coronation & Scholarship Ball, and programs such as AKSARBEN Friends, AKSARBEN Good Neighbor Award and AKSARBEN Community Grants.

AKSARBEN FOUNDATION 6910 Pacific St., Ste. 102 • Omaha, NE 68106 Phone (402) 554-9600 www.aksarben.org President: Jon Burt Board President/Chairman: Kirk Kellner To donate contact: Sally Brittan To volunteer contact: Jody Siedelmann 2 0 21 07 1 6T

WISH LIST: Attend an AKSARBEN community event: • AKSARBEN Coronation & Scholarship Ball – October 28, 2017 • AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo – September 28 - October 1, 2017 • AKSARBEN Buyer’s Club Purple Ribbon Auction – October 1, 2017

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To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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HE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1982, the Nebraska Chapter has provided education, information and support to individuals afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and the related disorders across the state. There are over 33,000 Nebraskans currently living with the disease and over 81,000 caregivers supporting them. Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Together, we can fight so that one day we will have a world without Alzheimer’s.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Corporate Sponsorships and Partnerships • Event Sponsorships • Individual Giving • In-kind Donations • Memorials, Tributes and Honorariums • Matching Gifts

Our local office offers the following programs and services to help you and your loved ones through the difficult journey of Alzheimer’s. Support Groups – led by trained individuals, our groups provide support, education and information to individuals and families impacted by the disease. Care Consultation – dedicated professional staff help people navigate through the difficult decisions people with Alzheimer’s and their families face through every stage of the disease. Community Presentations - our education programs address topics including Alzheimer’s and dementia education, all aspects and stages of caregiving and issues related to living with Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia Care Conference – the premier conference on best practices for dementia care and support, with presentations from prestigious researchers, high profile family caregivers, dynamic community leaders and extraordinary health professionals. Online Communities and Support – our toll free number 1-(800) 272-3900 connects you to the 24/7 Helpline that provides reliable information and support any time, day or night. You can also visit our website: alz.org/Nebraska.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Special Events Support • Planning Committee • Advocacy • Community Educator • Support Group Facilitator

The Alzheimer’s Association raises funds every year to support our programs and services through a variety of events, including the Growing Hope Gala, Longest Day and Walk to End Alzheimer’s here in the metro area. For more information on these events and how you can get involved, please contact our local office at (402) 502-4301.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION 11711 Arbor St., Ste. 110 • Omaha, NE 68144 Phone (402) 502-4301 • (800) 272-3900 www.alz.org/Nebraska Executive Director: Sharon Jensen Board Chair: Laura Thelen To volunteer or to donate contact: Lisa Sypal, Regional Director of Development • (402) 502-4301 Ext. 8261

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Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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IFE IS WHY the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association has a mission to end the threat of heart disease and stroke, which are the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. By 2020, the Association aims to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease by 20 percent. We all have a reason to live a longer, healthier life. Maybe it is to dance at your daughter’s wedding. Maybe it’s to cheer on the Huskers. No matter how big or how small your “why” is, the American Heart Association wants to help you live for those moments.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: With a donation in any amount, you can help further the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association right here in Omaha. To make an individual gift or request information about corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact our regional office (9900 Nicholas St., Ste. 200 • Omaha, NE 68114) at (402) 810-6870 or Omaha@heart.org. We also accept donations at many local schools through Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart and at our biggest events of the year:

In the past five years (2011-15), the American Heart Association has funded 29 studies in Nebraska at a cost of $4,096,304 including $2.3 million in 2015. But the Association is about more than research. In 2015, 80,000 Nebraskans were trained by the Association in CPR, and 50,000 children fought obesity through Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart. The Association even worked to have all Nebraska newborns screened for heart defects before leaving the hospital, supported a statewide smoke-free law and is aiming to have all high school students know CPR before graduating. Whether you or someone you know has been impacted by heart disease or stroke, you have felt the effect of our work in your life.

• Heart and Stroke Ball – February 4, 2017 • Red Dress Dash – February 9, 2017 • Heart Walk – May 13, 2017 • Go Red For Women Expo – September 12, 2017 The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association is also proud to participate in Omaha Gives! on May 24, 2017.

Life is why you should support the work of the American Heart Association. Supporting can be as simple as telling a friend about the risks or wearing red on National Wear Red Day (Feb. 3, 2017). Or you can attend one of the events in Omaha like the Heart and Stroke Ball, the Heart Walk or the Go Red For Women Expo. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association is an easy organization to support, accepting donations of time, talent and treasure.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: As the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, we know volunteers are vital to the success of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Without the support of our community, our lifesaving mission would not be possible. In addition to helping at our events, we look to our volunteers for assistance in many areas including: • Administrative/office • Chair and committee recruitment • CPR training • Event planning and set-up • Public speaking and interviews No matter your interests, skills or schedule, we have an opportunity for you to become involved. Contact our regional office (9900 Nicholas St., Ste. 200 • Omaha, NE 68114) at (402) 810-6870 or Omaha@heart.org for information.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION AND AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION 9900 Nicholas St., Ste. 200 • Omaha, NE 68114 Phone (402) 810-6870 www.Heart.org/Omaha Metro Omaha Executive Director: Jennifer Redmond Metro Omaha Board President: Dr. Robert Spicer, Chief of Cardiology at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Metro Omaha Chairman of the Board: Cameron Scott, Executive Vice President Operations at Union Pacific To volunteer or to donate contact: (402) 810-6870 2017

You can even volunteer today without leaving your home. Learn the risk factors for heart disease. Learn CPR. Learn the signs of stroke. And share that knowledge with others to help spread our mission.

WISH LIST: • Monetary donations to help fund heart and stroke research • Ambassadors to share lifesaving information • Auction items and packages • In-kind photography and video services • Volunteers for day-to-day and event support

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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.

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HE AMERICAN RED CROSS is there every day for people all across the country to provide relief following a disaster, to train people in lifesaving skills so neighbors are ready to respond in emergency situations, and to ensure that our military personnel have a means of communication with loved ones should an emergency arise. We, at the American Red Cross, continue to be proactive to ensure we can positively impact how we serve our communities – today and in the future – to meet the needs of military families, disaster victims, hospital patients relying on blood donors, and those who turn to the Red Cross for lifesaving training.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Every day your donation makes a difference by providing shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those in need. Your donation to the American Red Cross will help us make a difference in the level of service we are able to provide to the community. The American Red Cross is not a government agency and depends on the generosity of the American people in order to provide vital programs and services. • Visit our website at www.redcross.org • Call (402) 343-7700 between 8am and 4:30pm weekdays. You may also leave a message. • Mail a check/money order to: 2912 S 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska 68124

AMERICAN RED CROSS KANSAS/NEBRASKA/SW IOWA/ REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS 2912 S 80th Ave. • Omaha, NE 68124 Phone (402) 343-7700 www.redcross.org CEO: Jill S. Orton Board Chair: Marcia Shanahan, First National Bank To volunteer or to donate call: (402) 343-7700

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteers play a vital role in fulfilling the Red Cross mission: preparedness, prevention and response to emergencies. No matter your interests, skills or schedule, you can make a significant contribution to your community. Find out how rewarding giving your time and efforts can be. Take a look below at the number of ways you or your company can get involved with the American Red Cross. • Disaster Responder • Smoke Alarm Installation Team • Support Service Members and Veterans • Public Speaking • General Office Support • College and Youth Red Cross Clubs • ...others!

We strive to match every volunteer with the position that best suits the individual’s skills and interests. If you have a particular skill to share and don’t see a position of interest, contact us at (402) 343-7700, and we may find an opportunity for you to serve!

WISH LIST: • $15 provides one smoke alarm installation • $20 gives a blanket, meal, snack and comfort kit to a person in need • $50 provides a Red Cross bag filled with comfort items for a wounded service member arriving at a military hospital • $200 provides a full day of food and shelter to a family of four • $1,000 provides food and shelter to five families for one day in a shelter

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Our volunteer members identify, develop, implement and fund ongoing philanthropic programs to serve specific needs of children and adults in the Greater Omaha area.

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SSISTANCE LEAGUE OF OMAHA is an all-volunteer organization serving Omaha since 1974. The organization returns 100% of proceeds raised to the community through its philanthropic programs. It received the 2016 Top–Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. Assistance League of Omaha has been approved as on Early Adopter of GuideStar Platinum.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES:

Assistance League of Omaha receives no federal, state or city funding. Programs are funded by grants and donations, ALO’s Annual Christmas Caravan Tour of Homes, Spring Style Show, and the Assistance League Thrift Shop located at 36th and Leavenworth Streets.

Support the Assistance League Thrift Shop

THERE ARE MANY WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT THE ASSISTANCE LEAGUE’S WORK: Provide a tax-deductible monetary donation $85 clothes one schoolchild Attend and support our fundraising events such as the Christmas Caravan and Preview Party Donate merchandise for fundraising events such as the silent auction or style show with your donations and patronage

Donate new or gently-used books during our annual Make a Difference Day book drive each October

SIGNATURE PROGRAMS INCLUDE:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Become a member and use your time and talents to support

Operation School Bell® Each year, over 3,400 children from the greater Omaha area are given the opportunity to shop and select new school clothing at JCPenney. Operation Recovery ALO volunteers provide life skills training and ALO Thrift Shop clothing vouchers to the residents of Santa Monica, a home for women recovering from chemical dependency. ACT/PSAT Review Sessions Low-cost seminars organized by ALO and presented by professional instructors prepare students from 27 area schools for the ACT and PSAT exams. Assault Survivor Kits® ALO purchases and prepares kits containing new clothing and hygiene products for victims of rape and other forms of violence. The kits are distributed to twelve hospital emergency rooms and shelters throughout the greater Omaha area. Children’s kits are also provided via Project Harmony. Over 400 kits are distributed each year. Operation Teen Parent Teen parents in the Omaha school district are encouraged to complete their education and read to their children. Over 600 books were distributed to students from eight area high schools and five post-secondary scholarships were awarded. Operation Bear Hug Bears purchased by ALO are distributed to children in crisis situations via the Omaha Police precincts and eight other emergency agencies. Over 1,300 bears have comforted children in the last 12 months.

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ASSISTANCE LEAGUE® OF OMAHA 3569 Leavenworth St. • Omaha, NE 68105 Phone (402) 342-4288 alomaha.org President: Jan Jackson To volunteer or to donate contact: The Assistance League Office • (402) 342-4288 2017

WISH LIST: • Thrift shop donations of adult clothing and small housewares • Monetary donations

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UTISM ACTION PARTNERSHIP

To improve the quality of life of persons on the Autism Spectrum and their families through education, advocacy and support.

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UTISM ACTION PARTNERSHIP seeks to maximize our impact and increase inclusion for those on the autism spectrum through targeted grants and services. Our funding and support are characterized in the following categories: supporting and strengthening families, workforce development, social skills, education, awareness and support in the autism community.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Vintage Affaire • Omaha Gives! • Autism Awareness Month

At Autism Action Partnership, we believe that we must support families as they seek opportunities and support. We do this through direct grants supporting legal services for families, behavioral treatment, early intervention, and providing a family with resources. We also sponsor several free events specifically designed for children with autism at the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Omaha Children’s Museum, summer art school at Hot Shops, and others.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Guild • PACE peers

AAP funds and operates the Partnership for Autism Career Employment (PACE), which provides long-term supported employment services for young adults on the autism spectrum. PACE employs the evidence-based TEACCH model in helping individuals with autism secure, maintain and thrive in career-based employment. AAP funds the “Circle of Friends” program in over 230 elementary, middle and high schools throughout Nebraska, which is a peer-based social skills endeavor. Thousands of children benefit from Circle of Friends each year. In addition, AAP supports the Transitions Program at the University of Nebraska Omaha, which provides social skills training and support for college-age young adults in the Omaha metro area. We host the Annual Autism Summit which brings national speakers, to present diverse views on the subject of autism. We host a comprehensive website resource, and we offer a hotline for advice and resource connection for families and individuals.

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We also support capacity building through partnership in advocacy efforts and in efforts to align different partners in increasing the collective impact of organizations dedicated to improving the well-being of individuals, families and institutions involved in autism and autism services. AUTISM ACTION PARTNERSHIP 10110 Nicholas St., Ste. 202 • Omaha, NE 68114 Phone (402) 763-8830 www.autismaction.org Executive Director: Dave Pantos Board President/Chairman: Gail Werner-Robertson Guild Board President: Lisa Meridith To volunteer or to donate contact: Kristen Beck, Director of Development • (402) 763-8830 Ext. 1003

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VENUE SCHOLARS FOUNDATION To ensure careers for students of hope and need through education and supportive relationships.

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HE KEY COMPONENT of the Avenue Scholars Foundation program is the supportive relationship between the Avenue Scholar and a teacher and life coach called a Talent Advisor. Through the relationships established, Talent Advisors help Avenue Scholars develop hope and set realistic, attainable education and career goals.

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Students are selected at the end of their sophomore year of high school using multiple criteria:

Please support Avenue Scholars Foundation students by volunteering with a local mentoring organization and choosing an Avenue Scholar as your mentee.

Financial support is greatly appreciated. Donations can be made directly or online at www.avenuescholarsfoundation.org. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

• Recommendations from the student’s high school based upon his or her demonstrated aptitude or motivation to pursue a career in high-demand vocational/technical fields such as health, banking/insurance/technology, automotive technologies, manufacturing, construction, and transportation/distribution. • Demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity • Eligibility for free or reduced-price lunches/Federal Pell Grants • Participation in Avenue Scholars Foundation programming Once students are accepted into the Avenue Scholars program, Talent Advisors provide comprehensive support to help students successfully complete high school and post-secondary training and then begin a meaningful career.

AVENUE SCHOLARS FOUNDATION 7101 Mercy Rd., Ste. 240 • Omaha, NE 68106 Phone (402) 916-9777 www.avenuescholarsfoundation.org President/CEO: Kenneth M. Bird, Ed.D. Board Chairman: Walter Scott, Jr.

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WISH LIST: Avenue Scholars Foundation is always looking for businesses with which to partner in offering career-building opportunities for our students. Please join our effort by providing career exploration, preparation and placement opportunities for our Avenue Scholars.

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ALLET NEBRASKA

Ballet Nebraska is the region’s only professional dance company – bringing the beauty, athleticism and energy of ballet to Nebraska and Iowa audiences.

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ITH AN ENTHUSIASTIC AUDIENCE and a recognized reputation among critics for artistic quality, Ballet Nebraska is a rising star of our region’s arts community. The company is performing at the Orpheum, Joslyn, Iowa Western Arts Center, and on tour... reaching thousands of children through outreach and education programs... and earning the support of some of the community’s most respected sponsors.

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Now in its seventh season, Ballet Nebraska is the youngest major arts organization in the metro area and the only professional dance company serving Nebraska and western Iowa.

• In-kind Donations

Ballet Nebraska’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, Ballet Nebraska plays a key role in the cultural vitality of the region.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

• Season Sponsorships • Production Sponsorships • Choreography, Costume, Education and Artist Sponsorships • Individual Donations

Ballet Nebraska Guild: The Guild is a dedicated group of outstanding volunteers who support Ballet Nebraska through social events and fundraisers. Junior Guild: This lively group allows young ballet fans the opportunity to work together to help support Ballet Nebraska.

Ballet Nebraska’s commitment to community service embraces a range of outreach programs, including special performances for school children; onsite workshops at schools and other venues; tickets for underserved populations; and ongoing collaborations with partners that include Joslyn Art Museum, Opera Omaha, Omaha Performing Arts and Omaha Symphony. To attend, donate, volunteer or simply learn more about Ballet Nebraska, please visit balletnebraska.org.

BALLET NEBRASKA P.O. Box 6413 • Omaha, NE 68106 Phone (402) 541-6946 www.balletnebraska.org Founder and Artistic Director: Erika Overturff Chair, Board of Directors: Greta Vaught President, Ballet Nebraska Guild: Dr. Gregory Garro To volunteer or for more information: guild@balletnebraska.org • info@balletnebraska.org

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EMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

Founded in 1981, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts supports today’s artists through an international artist-in-residence program, temporary exhibitions and commissions, and innovative public programs.

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OCATED IN THE HISTORIC OLD MARKET district, the Bemis Center serves a critical role in the presentation and understanding of contemporary art, bridging the community of Omaha to a global discourse surrounding cultural production today.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Membership Become a vital part of the Bemis Center family through an annual membership. Included at all levels of support is the opportunity to schedule a private tour of the Bemis Center, giving you behind-the-scenes access to exhibitions and artist-inresidence studios. Your investment supports our internationally-renowned Artist-in-Residence Program, exhibitions, public programs and daily operations.

Artist-in-Residence Program: For more than three decades, the Bemis Center has provided artists from around the world dedicated time, space and resources to conduct research and to create new work. Frequently cited as one of the top international residency programs, the Bemis Center offers artists private live/work studios, financial support, technical/administrative assistance and opportunities for intellectual discourse about contemporary art through free public programs such as panel discussions, lectures and knowledge-sharing workshops. To date, nearly 900 artists have participated in the residency program.

• Sponsorship Corporate and Foundation sponsorship opportunities begin at $5,000 and include recognition in all exhibition brochures and the Benefit Art Auction catalogue. (8,000+ visitors annually)

• Matching Gifts Many employers participate in a Matching Gifts Program. Inquire with your employer to enhance the impact of your gift.

• Benefit Art Auction Local and national artists are represented in this annual live and silent auction in an effort to raise critical resources for the organization. Tickets available mid-September.

Exhibition Program: The Bemis Center’s exhibition program features solo and group exhibitions of artwork in all media by local, national and international artists. Exhibitions are always free, open to the public, and frequently introduce the community of Omaha to the most experimental and provocative art forms today.

• Artist Submissions for the Benefit Art Auction Artists are invited to submit their works for inclusion in the live and silent auction. Proceeds are reinvested into the Bemis Center’s artist-centric programs that advance the work of today’s artists year-round.

Community Engagement Program: Throughout the organization’s 36-year history, the Bemis Center has offered artist-driven, community-responsive programs that bolster civic engagement in the creation and understanding of art. Ranging from public murals and artist-led classes and workshops, to the creativeplacemaking project Carver Bank by artist Theaster Gates, community engagement programs provide regular opportunities for the public to learn about and be inspired by the visual arts. Through ARTalks, workshops, Open Studio events, panel discussions, film screenings and performances, the public has direct access to artists and to their diverse approaches to art making and interpreting the world around us.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Internship Program Interns gain nonprofit arts experience, are exposed to artists from around the world, learn how exhibitions come to fruition, and learn how artists and curators engage the public. This is an opportunity to work alongside some of today’s most creative professionals while gaining college credit. Positions may include Administration & Operations, Residency Program Administration, Residency Arts Technician Assistant, Artist-in-Residence Assistant, Communications, and Development/Fundraising. More information can be found at bemiscenter.org/internships.

• Benefit Art Auction Volunteers Gain event management and administrative experience along with the opportunity to work with passionate people, enhance your social network, and help the Bemis Center raise important resources to support its mission. More information can be found at bemiscenter.org/benefit.

BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS 724 S 12th St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 341-7130 www.bemiscenter.org Executive Director: Chris Cook Board President/Chairman: Fred Clark, President and Creative Director, Clark Creative Group To volunteer or to donate contact: Ellie Novak, Development Associate • (402) 341-7130 Ext.16 2017

WISH LIST: • Furniture and household appliances for artists’ live/work studios

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• Art supplies or gift cards to art supply or hardware stores

• Vehicle for artists-in-residence use while living/working at the Bemis Center

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LUEBARN THEATRE

BLUEBARN is dedicated to theatre’s most important tradition: to provoke thought, emotion, action and change.

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HE BLUEBARN THEATRE was founded in the late 1980s by graduates from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film at the State University of New York at Purchase. As Omaha’s only professional contemporary theatre in the area, BLUEBARN is dedicated to theatre’s most important tradition: to provoke thought, emotion, action and change.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: The BLUEBARN Theatre deeply appreciates the generosity of our donors. Gifts from individuals, foundations, corporations and other institutions can be designated by the donor in the following areas:

Annual Fund: Support the theatre’s mission and help BLUEBARN meet its operating expenses with a donation to the Annual Fund.

Now at home in its newly-constructed building at the corner of 10th and Pacific, the BLUEBARN is a cultural destination boasting a one-of-a-kind flexible indoor/outdoor plan, allowing for innovative stage designs and audience perspectives. The 96-seat house maintains the intimacy for which BLUEBARN is known, while overhead stage grid and state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment open the doors to the unexpected, inside and out. The site features integrated functional artwork created by four regional artists, and a welcoming public green space for the entire community.

Professional Artist Fund: The idea of an artist making a living with his art is something that shouldn’t be debated. Become an investor and support the actors, designers and creative forces contributing to the incredible stories BLUEBARN puts onstage. Show Sponsorships: Sponsor one of our award-winning productions and support a specific production at the level of your choice. Naming Opportunities: Envision your name on a wall, a theater seat, or a porchyard brick. Opportunities are available at all levels. Planned Giving: Provide a lasting legacy for the future of the

At the core of each season are four to five contemporary plays scheduled from September through June. The repertoire is diverse in theme and style, ranging from works by some of America’s most renowned modern playwrights, to regional premieres of work produced on the coasts, to new work by writers whose voices deserve to be heard amid the modern repertoire.

BLUEBARN Theatre and Omaha. Contact Director of Development Erin Sample at esample@bluebarn.org

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteer opportunities are available in the front office and/or backstage as a carpenter, technician or member of our running crew. Some volunteers are needed to work outside in the summer, maintaining our beautiful green space.

With every performance, BLUEBARN stimulates people to think, to respond emotionally, to act on that response, and to contribute to positive change in the community around them. BLUEBARN is committed to telling stories that are authentic, allowing audience members to bring their own history and experiences to the theater and to leave with their own impressions and opinions.

Volunteers are placed according to their interest, experience and availability and the BLUEBARN’s needs. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have reliable transportation.

BLUEBARN is dedicated to expanding access to professional theater programming for community members and works with a variety of organizations for educational activities, social service, and partnership programming.

For more information about volunteering contact Amy Reiner, Production Manager, at areiner@bluebarn.org.

BLUEBARN THEATRE 1106 S 10th St. • Omaha, NE 68108 Phone (402) 345-1576 www.bluebarn.org Producing Artistic Director: Susan Clement Toberer Board President: Devin Fox To volunteer or to donate contact: Amy Reiner, Production Manager • (402) 345-1576

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OY SCOUTS OF AMERICA To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

HE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. For over a century, the Boy Scouts of America has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes – and, through over a century of experience, knows – that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Your financial contribution to the Mid-America Council is one of the most

The Mid-America Council has a strong tradition as one of the nation’s premier Scout Councils. Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has instilled timeless values of character, citizenship and leadership in each young man and woman who has entered the Scouting program. The Mid-America Council continues this tradition through educational-based skills and activities. Currently, there are 20,814 Scouts and 7,017 volunteer leaders.

The Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council is always looking for volunteers to help in numerous ways. Volunteer online today at www.mac-bsa.org/volunteer. We need people who can coordinate activities, teach merit badges, inspire kids and parents to join, and much more. If you believe in the Scouting program and want to help us provide advantages for today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders, contact us today!

valuable investments you can make to ensure tomorrow’s leaders get the best start today. A gift of $181 will support a Scout with a high-quality experience for one year; this covers the cost of providing camping, training and advancement programs. To help keep Scouting affordable for our families, the Mid-America Council needs your help. Gifts to the Mid-America Council are tax deductible. Donate now at ww.macbsa.org/donate.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

“It is the vision of the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council to provide unparalleled experiences for more youth.”

MID-AMERICA COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA 12401 W Maple Rd. • Omaha, NE 68164 Phone (402) 431-9BSA (9272) www.mac-bsa.org Chairman: Drew Blossom President: Paul LaFave, Sr. To volunteer or to donate contact: Scouter Services • (402) 431-9272

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WISH LIST: • Tax-deductible donations • In-kind contributions (food for camp operations, program supplies, printing, etc) • Corporate sponsors • Event sponsorships/attendance • Endowment & Planned Giving

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OYS TOWN

Changing the way America cares for children, families and communities by providing and promoting an Integrated Continuum of Care® that instills Boys Town values to strengthen body, mind and spirit.

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VERY DAY, ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN and broken and struggling families seek help from Boys Town. The care we provide is uniquely effective because it is driven by our unwavering belief that every child and every family has the potential to succeed, regardless of their circumstances.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • $1,000 makes you an Honor Roll member of the Boys Town family. Every dollar goes directly toward the care of a child.

• $600 donation can purchase Christmas gifts for eight Boys Town children. • $115 donation can help pay for an annual school physical to ensure that a child stays healthy and lives in a healthy home away from home.

In cities across America, Boys Town gives families and children a second chance at success. Our Integrated Continuum of Care® provides a tightly integrated spectrum of research-proven services based on the consistent delivery of the Boys Town Model®. When you support Boys Town by making a donation, you support a Continuum of Care that meets children and families where they’re at and moves them toward independence and empowerment.

• $75 donation can help purchase an entire outfit for a child – from shoes to a warm winter sweater – and provide the self-confidence he or she needs to follow the path to success.

• $55 donation can help pay for a portion of a young athlete’s sports uniform as he or she learns to compete with character.

Your donation helps us provide the right care, at the right time, in the right way and reinforces our firm belief that every child and family deserves the opportunity to succeed. Every day, every donation received increases our ability to serve children and families in communities across America.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Repair bicycles and sew quilts. Complete office projects or scan photographs. Welcome visitors to Boys Town and other activities. Mentor one student, using teacher-selected materials, in reading or math, one hour a week. Mentoring hours are between 8am and 2pm Monday through Friday.

BOYS TOWN 14100 Crawford St. • Boys Town, NE 68010 Phone: (402) 498-1056 www.BoysTown.org National Executive Director: Father Steven Boes Board Chairman: Greg McMillan To volunteer contact: Tom Lynch • (402) 498-1186

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WISH LIST: • Carpenter tools and mechanical tools for the Career Readiness Academy • New computers • New twin-size sheet sets for residential homes • New age-appropriate reading books • New bicycles for children

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Mindful of the presence of God in our midst, we serve, empower and advocate for individuals and families in need.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Irish Fest: Annual March fundraising dinner and auction Annual Appeal: Online donations at www.ccomaha.org Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: May-August cash drive for our food pantries Hoops for Hope: Winter fundraising party before Creighton game Foundation/Planned Gifts: Emily Cunningham Kozlik (402) 829-9260 Cars for Kids: David Klein (402) 829-9241 Mother’s Day / Father’s Day Cards: Give your mother or father a beautiful card

INCE 1926, CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF OMAHA has been ministering to the greatest and most fundamental needs of the Archdiocese of Omaha. To the voiceless, hungry, addicted, abused and forgotten – regardless of race, religion, age or income – Catholic Charities provides sanctuary in times of hardship while opening doors for promising futures. Every year, Catholic Charities helps and empowers more than 75,000 individuals and families in Nebraska. MINISTRY IN ACTION • To the battered woman and her children, we are shelter and safety. • To the poor, the hungry, the homeless, we are help and hope. • To those faced with unplanned pregnancy, we are support and guidance. • To the immigrant, we are a path to acceptance and participation. • To the person immobilized by mental illness and addictions, we are a road to recovery. • To families and senior citizens, we are a haven for learning, growth

while donating to Catholic Charities.

Easy Gifts: Catholic Charities offers the Easy Gifts Program, an electronic fund transfer (EFT) service, which stretches your donation by reducing the cost of processing your contribution and allowing us to better plan and budget for our programs. Your gift may be a one-time donation or you can make it a recurring monthly gift.

and a place to come together.

Matching Gifts: Many companies have Matching Gift programs which double or even triple tax deductible contributions made by their employees.

• To those who care about the less fortunate, we facilitate and celebrate your service. • Because we see injustice, we are a voice for social change.

Memorial Gifts: Memorial gifts may be given or designated to Catholic Charities to honor the memory of someone who has passed.

SERVICES:

Program/Service Donations: You may select a specific service to receive your

• Addiction and Mental Health Services • Domestic Violence Services • Family Strengthening • Food Assistance • Immigration Legal Assistance • Microbusiness Training • Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption Services • Senior Services

donations by including that information with your check or online donation.

Tribute Gifts: You may make a tribute gift to Catholic Charities in honor of someone’s birthday, anniversary, graduation, Confirmation or in lieu of a holiday gift. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Development fundraising events Emily Cunningham Kozlik (402) 829-9260 Food Pantries Food collection and/or sorting: Volunteer Office (402) 829-9296 Other volunteer opportunities Volunteer Office (402) 829-9296

CATHOLIC CHARITIES: Providing hope. Changing lives. Serving all.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES 3300 N 60th St. • Omaha, NE 68104 Phone (402) 554-0520 • Toll Free (800) 403-2435 www.ccomaha.org Executive Director: John J. Griffith Board President: Bob Gunia Foundation Board Chair: John Kuehl To donate contact: Emily Cunningham Kozlik, Development Director • (402) 829-9260 2017

WISH LIST: • Cash donations to purchase pantry items or other needs • Irish Fest auction items: Emily Cunningham Kozlik (402) 829-9260 • Non-perishable food items: Juan Diego Center (402) 731-5413 • St. Martin de Porres (402) 453-6363 • Diapers/gift cards/cell phones/bedding/misc. items: David Klein (402) 829-9241

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EALTH FOUNDATION

The Mission of CHI Health Foundation is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.

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GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: CHI Health Foundation is appreciative of financial support to assist with the needs of healthcare in our community. Gifts may include:

• Individual Giving • Memorials / Tributes / Honorariums • Corporate Sponsorships & Partnerships • Event Sponsorships • Endowment & Planned Giving • Silent Auction & Live Auction Item Donations

Established in 2007, CHI Health Foundation has more than $16 million in gift assets under management. The Foundation is governed by a board of directors, which includes one director from each hospital campus charitable council, as well as at-large members from the community. Kathy Bertolini serves as the Division Vice President of Philanthropy for the Foundation.

COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES: Partners In Health Earn Your Scrubs

As a not-for-profit organization, CHI Health reinvests all revenue beyond operational expenses, and manages and invests gift assets for the benefit of the six metro-area CHI Health hospitals: Bergan Mercy, Creighton University Medical Center, Immanuel, Lakeside, Midlands and Mercy Council Bluffs; five critical access hospitals and the 100-plus CHI Health Clinic network.

Partners in Health Earn your Scrubs is a community outreach program the Foundation started three years ago in an effort to bring community leaders into the hospital to learn about the issues facing healthcare from behind the scenes. It is a day of interactive, educational experiences, in a variety of settings with hospital executives, department leaders and corporate leaders. Each educational experience is customized, and attendees can choose to attend two of the four experiences offered. After each tour, everyone participates in a thought-provoking medical discussion and has an opportunity to meet some of our executive team. In addition, the attendees are able to network with our community about business leaders. At the end of the day, participants receive a pair of scrubs in appreciation for being our Partner in Health.

At CHI Health, our core purpose is to heal the body, mind and spirit. Our most important focus is to care for our patients and their families. To do this, all CHI Health employees are expected to serve others by incorporating specific behaviors into their day-to-day work. Our Core Values describe these specific day-to-day work expectations based on our mission and values: • Reverence: Profound respect and awe for all of creation, the foundation that shapes spirituality, our relationship with others and our journey to God. • Integrity: Moral wholeness, soundness, fidelity, trust and truthfulness in all we do. • Compassion: Solidarity with one another, capacity to enter into another’s joy and sorrow. • Excellence: Preeminent performance, becoming the benchmark, putting forth our personal and professional best.

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CHI HEALTH FOUNDATION 10101 Maple St. • Omaha, NE 68134 Phone (402) 343-4338 www.CHIhealthfoundation.com Division Vice President of Philanthropy: Kathy Bertolini Foundation Board Chairman: Craig Saigh To volunteer or to donate contact: Kathy Bertolini (402) 343-4550 • Kathryn.Bertolini@alegent.org

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HILD SAVING INSTITUTE, INC. Our mission is “responding to the cry of a child.” ALL children should have homes where hope is kindled and dreams can be achieved.

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OR MORE THAN 120 YEARS, Child Saving Institute has provided a safe haven and healing for thousands of young victims of family crisis and abuse.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Memorials/Tributes/Honorariums Gifts in any amount can be made to CSI

At its very core, CSI exists to help children and families. The agency is tireless in its work for the prevention, intervention and healing of abuse, neglect and abandonment. CSI has developed an exemplary reputation for utilizing early intervention and prevention techniques to help parents cope successfully with stressful situations, reducing the risk of abuse and neglect or the threat of having children removed from their homes.

to honor or memorialize a loved one. Please include a note with your gift indicating your intentions and an acknowledgement will be sent to the appropriate individual. Securities Charitable gifts of stocks and property are gratefully received. Please consult a professional for details or call CSI’s Development Office for additional information, (402) 504-3663. Legacy Gifts Legacy Gifts allow you to choose the type of legacy you would like to leave at the end of your life and can help alleviate your tax burden. Please call the Development Office for additional information, (402) 504-3663. In-kind Gifts Non-monetary gifts from shampoo to diapers to new car seats to non-perishable snacks can be used by children and youth in CSI’s care.

CSI also provides hope. Our trained staff help create a positive family dynamic by recruiting foster and adoptive families for children and teens. As part of this work, we manage the Nebraska Heart Gallery, where many older children and siblings available for adoption have found loving “forever families.” Child Saving Institute’s nationally-accredited Early Childhood Education program provides nurturing care in two state-of-the-art facilities that are safe, stimulating and focused on fun and learning. Our two child care centers — located at CSI at 4545 Dodge St. as well as at the Spellman Child Development Center on the College of Saint Mary campus — offer children ages six weeks to six years the best possible environment, providing your child with a true sense of community and individualized attention. CSI also offers parenting classes and workshops so that parents learn new ways to care for their children through love, responsiveness and appropriate communication, with classes covering everything from basic care, playtime and bedtime, to budgeting and health concerns. CSI is funded by private donations, government grants and contracts and the United Way of the Midlands.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteers working with Child Saving Institute’s children and youth receive nine hours of training to prepare for different volunteer positions. Volunteers must be 19 or older.

Early Childhood Education Share your creative talents and energy with children six weeks to six years old. Story tellers and creative coloring gurus welcomed! Fun friends Make an impact on a teen’s life by giving a few hours a week. Are you a gamer? Do you shoot hoops? Do you love to cook, draw or write poetry? Youth in our programs enjoy these same skills. Think of the fun you could have together! Parent Education Partners We need babysitting volunteers on Wednesday and Thursday evenings so parents may participate in CSI parenting classes and engage in Foster Parent Networking. Office volunteers are needed to assist with mailings and general office work. Gardening volunteers are needed to assist with the nature playground weeding and planting.

To volunteer contact: Anna Willey, Events and Projects Coordinator • (402) 504-3664

CHILD SAVING INSTITUTE 4545 Dodge St. • Omaha, NE 68132 Phone (402) 553-6000 www.childsaving.org facebook.com/csiomaha • twitter.com/childsaving childsaving.org/blog • youtube.com/childsavinginstitute President and CEO: Peg Harriott Board Chairman: Paul Olson Guild President: Tiffany Wade To volunteer or to donate contact: Anna Willey, Events and Projects Coordinator • (402) 504-3664 2017

WISH LIST: • Gift cards (e.g. Visa, MasterCard, Target, Walmart) $10-$25 increments • School supplies, including backpacks • Movie passes and movie money • Gift cards for bowling, Family Fun Center, Skatedaze, etc. • Playdough, craft kits and art supplies (sketch pads, drawing pencils) • Toiletries (deodorant, lip balm, ethnic hair products, feminine hygiene products)

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To improve the life of every child.

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GIVING OPPORTUNITIES Children’s Foundation donors generate philanthropic support to fund cutting-edge equipment, research, unreimbursed care and a wide range of medical programs.

As an advocate for children, many of the services Children’s provides are not reimbursed. No child in need of medical care is ever turned away for an inability to pay. That’s why Children’s depends on the generosity of donors for help.

Opportunities include: • Major Gifts • Annual Gifts • Event Sponsorships and Partnerships • Endowment and Planned Giving • Heartstrings Giving Circle • Memorials and Tributes

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SERVICES Children’s is ranked as a 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery and Orthopedics. Children’s is home to Nebraska’s only Level IV regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit and the state’s only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. The Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Heart Center offers the region’s largest and most comprehensive pediatric and adult congenital cardiac care program.

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STEADY GROWTH FROM NEAR & FAR Since its founding in 1948 in the midst of the polio epidemic, Children’s has been on the leading edge of pediatric care in Omaha and across the region. This has led to steady, significant growth in the number of patients served and the variety of programs and services provided.

• Friends Board • Scrubs • Gala, Wine Women & Shoes and Golf Events

For example, Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) serves the region’s sickest, most critical children like Alexis, pictured above, who spent two months in Children’s PICU. Projections indicate patient need will grow by 40 percent by 2025. TRANSFORMATIVE GROWTH Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is entering a new era of dramatic transformation and significant growth, launching a critical expansion project to build one of the nation’s leading epicenters of pediatric health care. The new building, called the Hubbard Center for Children, will be built between the hospital and the Specialty Pediatric Center along West Dodge Road. THE HUBBARD CENTER FOR CHILDREN WILL INCLUDE: • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit • New Oncology Unit • New Fetal Care Center • Surgical Services • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit • Emergency Department • New Cardiac Care Center • Short-Stay Observation Unit

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CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION 8401 W Dodge Rd., Ste. 120 • Omaha, NE 68114 Phone (402) 955-6851 www.childrensfoundationomaha.org Executive Director: Beth Greiner Board Chair: Mike Homa President & CEO, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center: Richard G. Azizkhan, M.D.

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HILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FOUND 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.

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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.

Every gift makes a difference! Below are just a few examples of how you can give to CSF:

Individual Giving Planned Giving Corporate Giving Memorials or Honorariums Event Sponsorships In-Kind Donations

CSF awards scholarships solely on the basis of financial need, following guidelines similar to the National School Lunch Program. Our organization is destination neutral and has no religious affiliation – scholarship recipients attend approximately 80 different schools across Omaha and northeast Nebraska.

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Commitment A crucial piece of the CSF program is the commitment we make to our families and the commitment we require from them in return. Provided a CSF family continues to be financially eligible, CSF provides a scholarship to each student in a family every year through 8th-grade graduation. In return, each CSF family must contribute at least $500 toward their children’s education, and their children must achieve a minimum 90 percent attendance rate each year.

Volunteer for our CHANCE Luncheon event on June 8, 2017. For other volunteer opportunities available to support our programs, please contact CSF office for further details: (402) 819-4990.

Unique As the only provider of K-8 scholarships in the state, our program serves students at a crucial time in their education where few scholarships exist. Relying solely on private donations, since being founded in 1999, CSF has awarded over 31,000 scholarships worth approximately $31 million. While CSF is able to assist many families, the demand for scholarships outpaces CSF’s ability to fund them. For the 2016-17 school year, approximately 500 scholarships went unfunded.

CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF OMAHA 7101 Mercy Rd., Ste. 305 • Omaha, NE 68106 Phone (402) 819-4990 www.csfomaha.org Executive Director: Sandra Reding Board President: Terry Kroeger To volunteer contact: Lydia Sand, Program Manager • (402) 819-4990 Ext. 103 To donate contact: Mary Boyle, Annual Giving Manager • (402) 819-4990 Ext. 102

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WISH LIST: CSF is grateful for donations of any amount. Your gift helps us provide the following opportunities: • $1,750 provides a full CSF scholarship for one year • $875 funds a semester of school for a CSF scholar • $175 funds a month of school for a CSF scholar • $44 funds a week of school for a CSF scholar

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To teach, every day, life skills and the values necessary for a successful life – one full of Caring, Contribution and Commitment.

HILDREN’S SQUARE U.S.A. is a private, not-for-profit organization founded on December 23, 1882 and incorporated on March 16, 1883. Originally called as the Council Bluffs Home of the Friendless, the name changed to Christian Home Association in 1894. The name was officially updated to Christian Home Association-Children’s Square U.S.A. in 1988.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Annual/Event Sponsorships- Annual sponsors are recognized

Each day over 1,500 children from birth to 21 and their families are enrolled in one of the organization’s programs throughout western Iowa and the Omaha metropolitan area. Services include early childhood educational programs, counseling services, pediatric integrated health services, emergency services for children including a telephone helpline, triage and temporary shelter, a grades 1-12 school for children with behavioral needs, residential treatment for children and adolescents experiencing serious emotional disorders, aftercare services for young adults who have aged out of foster care, and support of foster, adoptive and resource families in both Iowa and Nebraska. While programs and services are diverse, each strives to foster the Vision to See (and the value of setting an ideal for which to reach), the Courage to Try (and the value of accepting each obstacle as a challenge to meet), and the Will to Succeed (and the value of making the commitment to persevere).

• Monetary gifts/ in-kind gifts- Both are vital in providing the array

The organization is fully-licensed and accredited. The annual operating budget is $10 million. Approximately 200 full- and part-time employees deliver programs and services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Volunteers add their hearts and hands to make a difference in a variety of ways. The main campus is located just northwest of downtown Council Bluffs. A second child care site and additional offices are located within four blocks of the campus, in Omaha, Nebraska, at 50th and Leavenworth and in downtown Sioux City, Iowa.

Campaign gifts will fund the construction of a new residential treatment complex and renovate grades 1-12 school for children with behavioral disorders.

throughout the year for their support that benefits programs and special projects. Event sponsorships are also available for Chip in for Children, Run for the Young, Jason Awards, and Christmas Enchantment. of goods and services to meet the programming needs.

• Memorial and Honor gifts- Tribute gifts are a special means of recognition for an associate, friend or family member.

• “Friends of Children’s Square U.S.A.” membershipsThe “Friends” promote community interest and stimulate charitable activities that support Children’s Square U.S.A.

• Endowment/Legacy Gifts- Gifts to the Christian Home Association Foundation provide for long-term support. Donors eligible for Endow Iowa Funds may also contribute to the Children’s Square Endowment Fund at the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation.

• Better Spaces Brighter Futures Capital Campaign-

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: One-time, group and ongoing volunteer opportunities are available. These include administrative functions, support services, campus care, “The Closet” (donated children’s clothing) and spiritual life mentors. Children’s Square U.S.A. is also a host site for the Foster Grandparent program participants. An application process and background checks are required for some volunteer positions. For information on current volunteer opportunities, contact Joette Shaw at 712-325-5843 or email visitorcenter@childrenssquare.org.

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CHILDREN’S SQUARE U.S.A. N 6th and Ave. E, P.O. Box 8C • Council Bluffs, IA 51502 Phone (712) 322-3700 • (888) 245-3593 www.childrenssquare.org President and CEO: Carol D. Wood Board President/Chairman: Mitch Streit Guild Board President: Dennis Keithley To volunteer or to donate contact: Joette Shaw • (712) 325-5843

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• Gasoline cards for foster, adoptive parents and other families • Outdoor and Indoor recreational games • Gift certificates for movies, recreational activities, bowling, pizza and birthday cakes/gifts • Event tickets/passes for groups of 10/12 to museums, plays and sporting events • Twin Sheets/Towels (bath and kitchen) • Visit www.childrenssquare.org for wish list (updated monthly)

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OLLECTIVE FOR YOUTH is a connector for advocacy, resources and training for out-of-school-time providers. We are committed to connecting youth to high quality programs and to growing a community of thriving partners. We partner with more than 60 providers to oversee out-of-school-time activities for 6,000 elementary- and middle school-aged students.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Event Sponsorship • Omaha Gives • In-Kind Donations • Individual Giving • Matching Gifts

Collective for Youth was born through a partnership with the City of Omaha, Omaha Public Schools, The Sherwood Foundation, and a number of private foundations. We began our work in 2006 in response to several needs in our community.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Afterschool Program Volunteers • Day-of-event volunteers • Board of Directors • Fundraising Drive

Local studies revealed that Omaha was lacking in quality out-of-school-time programming for youth. Out-of-school-time program providers were looking for a neutral facilitator to assist them in navigating the school system and their partnerships with it. Today, we support our partners through financial resources, professional development, and quality standards. We come to work every day so that young people in our community can participate in great educational, recreational, cultural, social, and personal enrichment programs. We believe that our youth – our city’s future – deserve the best. WHAT WE DO:

• We are connectors and coordinators – We connect providers to resources and funding that they may not be able to access on their own. • We are cheerleaders – We know that out-of-school-time providers are doing what they do best – providing great programs and activities for our community’s youth. We are here to cheer them on, to advocate on their behalf to donors, the school district, and lawmakers, and to provide professional development, feedback, and assessment tools. • We are building a community-wide system – A strong community-wide out-of-school-time system is our goal. We are the entity that brings the right people to the table and guides the growth and development of the out-of-school time community. COLLECTIVE FOR YOUTH 105 N 31st Ave., Ste. 103 • Omaha, NE 68131 Phone (402) 932-2025 www.collectiveforyouth.org Executive Director: Megan Addison Board President: Matthew Ray, Omaha Public Schools To volunteer or to donate contact: Nicole Everingham (402) 932-2025 Ext. 1005 • neveringham@collectiveforyouth.org 2017

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

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OMPLETELY KIDS ASSISTS MORE THAN 2,000 children and families each year in overcoming barriers to their success. Research shows that growing up in poverty can have a significant impact on a child’s cognitive development, emotional well-being and physical health. Completely KIDS has consistently seen the impacts of poverty on families and has developed program components that specifically address each area of need.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: $10 provides 65 children with academic supplies to help them be successful in program/school. $30 fills 3 children’s backpacks with child-friendly/nutritious food to take home

Safe KIDS Completely KIDS provides a safe and enriching environment for youth. Programming focuses on empowering kids to make safe choices in their community. Youth are taught about bullying, violence prevention and healthy relationships. The Charles E. Lakin Learn to Swim Program provides children with basic swimming and water safety skills.

$100 provides 10 children with hands-on learning projects. $675 provides meals for 60 kids for one week during summer all-day programming. $1,500 provides two Family Nights, giving Completely KIDS children and their families

over the weekend.

$50 allows 10 children to take a field trip to a local park, museum or attraction to provide educational and cultural awareness experiences.

the opportunity to enjoy a hot meal and engage in a fun activity together.

Healthy KIDS Completely KIDS promotes mental and physical health through education by providing access to resources for healthy habits. Completely KIDS provides healthy meals at our school-based programs and backpacks of nutritious, child-friendly food every weekend through the Weekend Food Program. Completely KIDS also works with community partners to establish healthier lifestyles at home.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Reading Buddies: Take your Completely KIDS buddy on a faraway adventure, down a historic path or on a scientific exploration by reading with them. Reading buddies spend time reading and playing reading games with kids, showing them that reading is fun and cool, and encouraging a love for reading. Youth Events: Help with book fairs, back-to-school parties and events. Check our website for up-to-date opportunities. Weekend Food Program: Get a group of friends or coworkers together to pack bags of food for the children to take home over the weekend. Fundraising/Supply Drives: Coordinate a fundraising/supply drive to gather Weekend Food items; swimsuits; school, ballet or other program supplies; or raise money.

Successful KIDS Completely KIDS positions kids for success by providing hands-on learning opportunities to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom. Youth practice reading, writing, math and science through activity centers and projects to keep the youth engaged in learning. Completely KIDS also positively develops social-emotional skills through activities designed to build and reinforce perseverance, future orientation (hope), growth mindset, self-regulation and self-confidence. By offering adult classes such as ESL, literacy and GED, parents can gain skills that help their kids achieve success. Connected KIDS Strong families are important to the healthy development of children and the community. Completely KIDS strengthens families by engaging parents with their children through family-centered activities designed to promote positive family dynamics. We also connect families to local resources to meet specific needs and facilitate service-learning opportunities for both children and their families.

WISH LIST: • Technology: Digital and video cameras, iPads • Sports Equipment: Soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, jump ropes • Art Supplies: Markers, crayons, tissue and scrapbook paper, paint/brushes, art kits, stamps, stencils • Program Supplies: Board games, puzzles, pencils, kids’ magazines • Family: Toiletries and cleaning supplies • Field Trips: Buses, zoo, museums, parks • Weekend Food Program items: see website

COMPLETELY KIDS 2566 St. Mary’s Ave. • Omaha, NE 68105 Phone (402) 397-5809 www.completelykids.org Executive Director: Penny Parker Board Chairman: Steve Lindsay Guild Board President: Kate Brownrigg To volunteer or to donate contact: Sarah Croft, Community Resource Manager scroft@completelykids.org • (402) 397-5809 Ext. 229

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Douglas County Sheriff Foundation is determined to provide charitable assistance for the youth of Douglas County, honor and remember the fallen deputies and ensure the safety of the deputies and citizens of Douglas County.

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HE DOUGLAS COUNTY Deputy Sheriff Foundation is determined to design, fund, promote, support and operate charitable programs which provide a positive influence upon the youth of Douglas County. Each year, the Douglas County Deputy Sheriff Foundation and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2 organize a charitable golf outing. This outing provides a majority of the funds for the foundation’s Shop with a Sheriff event. At the golf outing, a number of generous businesses and citizens from Douglas County sponsor holes, donate items for raffle prizes, or donate in other ways to generate funds for the Shop with a Sheriff event. The foundation is very fortunate to have CenturyLink as a corporate sponsor of the event for over five years.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Hole Sponsorships for Annual Golf Outing • Prize Donations for Annual Golf Outing • Scholarship Fund Donations • Toys for Shop with a Sheriff Event • Non-Perishable Food Items for Open Door Mission Holiday Meals • Diapers for The Lydia House Diaper Drive VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Annual Golf Outing • Diaper Collection for the Lydia House Diaper Drive • Food Drive Collection

With funds raised throughout the year, the foundation organizes a Shop with a Sheriff event. Each year in December, before Christmas, the deputies along with employees from CenturyLink go shopping for gifts and items for the children who are admitted to the pediatric cancer and organ transplant units at Nebraska Medicine. In addition to giving gifts to the children, the organization also gives gift cards to the families of the children, donates to the Child Life Organization, and treats the pediatric staff to a holiday meal. The foundation is also focused on maintaining a memorial for deceased deputies of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Their brothers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Douglas County will not be forgotten. The organization ensures this through memorial scholarships for graduating high school seniors as well as memorials at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Promoting education for the public about crime and crime prevention in Douglas County is also a priority. Both the citizens and the deputies of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office share a responsibility for the safety and well-being of each other. The foundation is dedicated to opposing crime while ensuring safety of the deputies of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens they protect and serve.

WISH LIST: DOUGLAS COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF FOUNDATION 3601 N 156th St. • Omaha, NE 68116 Phone (402) 669-6812 President: Chris Yordt To volunteer or to donate contact: Stan Benke • (402) 669-6812 2017

• Monetary Donations • Golf Outing Sponsors/Donors • Diapers • Local restaurant to donate meal(s) for Nebraska Medicine Staff and/or families of the children admitted to the hospital

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REAMWEAVER FOUNDATION We strive to improve the quality of life by fulfilling lifelong dreams for terminally ill seniors in need. Making the impossible dream, possible.

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HE DREAMWEAVER FOUNDATION is dedicated to fulfilling lifelong dreams for seniors with terminal illnesses. We are committed to honoring our greatest generation in their final days. It is our belief that granting these dreams will forever enrich and change the lives of not only the dreamer, but his or her family and our community.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Donate financially Make a contribution to support our work. Visit www.thedreamweaverfoundation.org/donate to give online. Participate in our Annual Online Holiday Auction every December by sponsoring the event, donating an auction item, or bidding! More details at www.thedreamweaverfoundation.org

Dreams are more than tangible things. A dream is a life experience: a family get-together that’s long overdue; a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame with your best friend; getting to see your granddaughter walk down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams; or getting to chat with your only grandson who happens to be fighting for this country we love so much. Dreams are more than dreams: they are a gift of hope.

Encourage your organization or business to underwrite a Dream.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Help make a dream come true for one of our Dreamers. Dream Team: Volunteer to be a part of our Dream Team.

To nominate a dreamer, go to www.thedreamweaverfoundation.org and click on “Get Involved.” Fill out the the nomination form, mail it in, and we’ll be in touch.

Annual Holiday Online Auction: Volunteer to help with our Annual Holiday Online Auction in December. Dream for a Senior: Volunteer with your organization or business to help fulfill a lifelong dream for a senior. For more information about getting involved, email us at info@thedreamweaverfoundation.org.

THE DREAMWEAVER FOUNDATION 13321 California St. • Omaha, NE 68154 Phone (402) 697-5471 www. thedreamweaverfoundation.org Executive Director: Cheri Mastny Board President: Kelsey Ruwe To volunteer or to donate contact: Cheri Mastny, Executive Director (402) 697-5471 • cherim@thedreamweaverfoundation.org

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Enhancing the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form.

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UR ORGANIZATION oversees two wonderful and distinct cinemas: (1) the Ruth Sokolof Theater, the two-screen venue we opened in 2007 within the Saddle Creek Records complex in North Downtown Omaha, and (2) the historic Dundee Theater, Omaha’s last surviving single-screen neighborhood cinema, which we’re in the process of renovating and plan to reopen by 2018.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Film Streams Membership Support quality cinema in our community with an annual membership. Benefits include half-priced tickets, 20 percent off concessions, and advance notice of special events and screenings. Additional benefits for higher level members include year-round recognition on screen and a theater seat plaque inscribed with the name of your choice.

Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater — and the Dundee Theater to come — is open seven days a week and hosts a variety of programs within five principal areas:

Film Streams’ “Feature” Celebration Help support Omaha’s nonprofit cinema through a gift to Film Streams’ periodic gala celebration – and score a ticket to the Omaha film event of the year! Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Film Streams Board Member Alexander Payne personally invites each Feature guest for an engaging live discussion on art and life. Most recently, Payne was joined by Academy Awardnominated writer-director David O. Russell. Other past guests include Laura Dern, Debra Winger, Steven Soderbergh, and Jane Fonda. For Feature V, which coincided with the release of Payne’s film NEBRASKA, the director was joined by stars Bruce Dern, June Squibb, and Will Forte for a conversation with public radio host Kurt Andersen.

First-Run Films American independents, documentaries, and foreign films making their theatrical premieres in Omaha and the surrounding region. Repertory Selections Classic films, themed series, director retrospectives, and revivals celebrating the history and cultural spectrum of the art of film, presented with the highest quality 35mm prints and DCP restorations available.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Film Streams has opportunities for volunteers interested in

Arts in Education Year-round opportunities for students to engage with film as an art form, including Daytime Education Screenings for visiting classes and a monthly Student Night the first Monday of every month when any regularly-scheduled program is free with valid school ID.

getting involved with our organization, including administrative help, ticket taking, and distributing promotional materials through our Streams Team. We’re a small staff, so volunteers contribute tremendously to the success of our organization. If you’re interested in volunteering, please send a message with your name, contact information, and an idea of your availability throughout the week to kate@filmstreams.org.

Community Development Collaborative screenings and discussions with other nonprofits in the Omaha area, using film as a springboard for important conversations about the world at large and our community in particular. Special Programs Q&As with visiting filmmakers, live musical performances to silent classics, an annual Local Filmmakers Showcase celebrating the work of area artists, and other special events complementing each of the aforementioned areas.

WISH LIST: • COME TO THE MOVIES & SUPPORT GREAT CINEMA Your attendance makes a difference and supports quality film programming in Omaha and great filmmaking throughout the world

FILM STREAMS AT THE RUTH SOKOLOF THEATER 1340 Mike Fahey St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 933-0259 www.filmstreams.org Executive Director: Rachel Jacobson Board Chair: Paul G. Smith To volunteer contact: Kate Williams, General Manager • (402) 933-0259 Ext. 20

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Our mission is to enhance public safety and build community appreciation and respect for our first responders.

OLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS put their lives on the line for us each and every day. They are the first people on the scene when an emergency strikes. While everyone else is running away, these brave men and women are running towards dangerous situations to save and protect the people of our community. We are the only foundation in Omaha that focuses on supporting and recognizing both police and firefighters, and we are the only foundation that provides these first responders with support and vital equipment. We partner directly with Omaha’s police and fire chiefs to fulfill wish lists and provide meaningful resources that make a positive impact on the community. The First Responders Foundation was recognized for our “Commitment to Community” by the American Red Cross at the 2015 Heroes in the Heartland awards luncheon.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Donations to support programs and wish list items for OPD and OFD • Event sponsorship • Participation in annual auction and signature event • In-kind donations • Omaha Gives! • Matching gifts • Become a Booster

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Event support • Administrative support • Social media advocacy

Our programs include: the Support Blue Campaign, which has grown into a social media movement to recognize and show support for our brothers and sisters in law enforcement who put their lives on the line for us each and every day; the Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector Program, for which we partner with the Omaha Fire Department to provide and install free, tamper-proof, and long-lasting combination alarms in every home in underserved areas; and the Youth Athletic Program, in collaboration with Police Athletics for Community Engagement, which allows police officers to volunteer as coaches and mentors for kids in at-risk areas of the city to encourage them to become productive citizens by keeping them off the streets, out of gangs, and drug-free.

You can help make a difference. Join us in showing appreciation to our first responders for their dedicated service by making a donation or volunteering to help support our cause.

FIRST RESPONDERS FOUNDATION P.O. Box 540158 • Omaha, NE 68154 Phone (402) 672-6331 www.firstrespondersomaha.org Executive Director: Ray Somberg Chairman: Charles V. Sederstrom To volunteer contact: Ray Somberg, Executive Director • (402) 672-6331

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WISH LIST: • Become a member of the Booster Club at firstrespondersomaha.org/boosterclub • Attend an event • Volunteer your time or talents • Donate your services or products • Help spread the word on social media

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Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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Girl Scout Promise

We provide leadership opportunities for girls to discover their place in the world, explore new areas of interest, connect with others who share their vision, build lifelong relationships and have fun!

On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

We offer a variety of program experiences such as travel, camping, STEM, the arts, culinary, financial literacy, business (like Girl Scout Cookies!), conservation, community service and much more. The Girl Scout national program portfolio (badge earning activities) expands on program topics to create even more possibilities for a girl to do the things she enjoys or to try something she never thought possible.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: $25 – Sends one girl to camp to experience nature $100 – Provides volunteer enrichment for 10 troop leaders $250 – Gives 50 girls a global view at a World Thinking event $1,000 – Sponsors 60 high school girls at a leadership conference $2,500 – Funds a community outreach troop’s activities for an entire year

A spark becomes a movement! It all began in 1912 with a visionary woman from Savannah. Juliette Gordon Low believed in the power of every girl. She recognized the need in America for a program that would instill confidence and self-reliance, and she made it her life’s work to build Girl Scouts upon those principles. For more than 100 years, generations of devoted Girl Scout volunteers have upheld Juliette’s dream to provide leadership experiences so that every girl can explore her potential and reach out in every possible direction. It is estimated that 59 million American women were at one time in their lives a Girl Scout!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Leaders / Co-leaders / Troop Support Caring, compassionate and enthusiastic volunteers lead troops – both traditional and outreach – so that girls can explore and discover their values, spend time with their friends, take action to make the world a better place and have fun!

Those who need us most. Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska has a robust program that extends into Omaha’s inner-city. Through “community outreach,” we bring Girl Scouting – in the form of volunteers, program experiences and materials – to hundreds of girls in schools and in community centers; girls who may not otherwise have the means or the support for participation. In turn, the girls “pay it forward” by reaching out to offer community service in their neighborhoods and beyond! This unique approach to Girl Scouting provides fundamental leadership skills that girls can call on throughout their lives.

Assist at Events and Programs Use your event coordination skills or bring your special talents and interests to programs to enhance the Girl Scout experience.

Event Hosts Are you a former Girl Scout? Host an event and invite your alumnae friends to share stories and raise awareness for the organization.

Girl Scouts empowers girls to make good choices and find their voices! GIRL SCOUTS SPIRIT OF NEBRASKA 2121 S 44th St. • Omaha, NE 68105 Phone (402) 558-8189 • Toll Free (877) 447-5558 GirlScoutsNebraska.org CEO: Fran Marshall Board President: Lynne Ruth To volunteer or to donate contact: Wendy Hamilton, Fund Development Director

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• Share your Girl Scout alumna stories

• Volunteer your time

• Follow us on social media

• Provide in-kind donations

• Support Girl Scouts during Omaha Gives!

• Attend Girl Scout events

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Goodwill changes lives and strengthens communities through education, training and work.

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HILE MOST PEOPLE KNOW GOODWILL for our retail stores and donation centers, we are so much more. Our vision is to eliminate unemployment among those who want to work. In 2015, we worked towards this vision by helping our program participants find 697 jobs in the community at an average wage of $10.65 an hour. We serve eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa, with a focus on Omaha and Council Bluffs.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Goodwill Golf Classic: Have a foursome in our Goodwill Golf Classic on August 28, 2017 – Held at The Players Club at Deer Creek.

Sponsor our Community Career Events: Help support career events that focus on finding employment for people in our community.

Join the Goodwill Society: An unrestricted gift of $500 or more will allow you to join our elite group of donors, while supporting our mission programs.

Through Goodwill’s mission services, we help people fulfill their dreams through work. Our programs have given hope to thousands of people who otherwise may never have known the benefits that come from holding a job. People with employment barriers are able to earn a living and succeed in life. In the past five years, we’ve served nearly than 12,000 program participants who have found more than 2,500 jobs in the community.

Donate: Gently-used clothing and household items to any of our 17 donation centers to help fund our mission.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Goodwill Golf Classic Committee: Help recruit foursomes and other sponsorships while planning logistics for our long-running golf tournament.

Currently, Goodwill has several programs that help people in our community find meaningful work. These programs offer a variety of services, all focused on helping individuals obtain and maintain self-supporting employment. We provide weekly workshops on employability topics – such as money management, social interaction, decision-making skills and ethics – that are open to the public. We also offer weekly computer classes and one-on-one job readiness assistance for anyone seeking help. We have sector-based training programs that provide short-term training and connections to local employers that allow participants to quickly obtain employment skills with a pipeline to employment. We provide intensive case management and career guidance for at-risk youth. By helping put people to work, Goodwill is assisting the community’s economy by creating wage earners as well as consumers.

Special Event Committee: Work with a team of volunteers to ensure our special fundraising event is successful. Volunteer Corps: Various volunteer opportunities throughout the year, including speaking to program participants about job skills, clerical tasks and volunteering in stores.

To learn more about these and other programs, please visit GoodwillOmaha.org.

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES, INC. 4805 N 72nd St. • Omaha, NE 68134 Phone (402) 341-4609 www.goodwillomaha.org To volunteer or to donate contact: (402) 341-4609

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To provide excellent and compassionate grief support services, education, and professional training so that no one has to grieve alone.

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OGETHER, HOPE GROWS. As the region’s cornerstone for grief support, Grief’s Journey provides free peer support programs as well as professional training, education, and consultation. We serve the greater Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area, rural southeast Nebraska, and rural southwest Iowa. Research indicates that unresolved grief correlates to issues such as poor school and work performance and emotional and behavioral concerns, whereas healthy coping leads to long-term successes for children, families and communities.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Compassion Society Membership • Cash and In-kind Donations • Annual Remembrance Walk • Comfort Food Classic – Chef Competition • Corporate Sponsorship & Volunteerism • Hugs, Bags and Grief Support “First Aid” Kits for Purchase

Since 2001, Grief’s Journey has been providing free peer support groups, day camps and overnight retreats to increase resilience and develop healthy coping skills in children, teens and adults.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Standing Committees (Marketing, Development, Special Events) • Support Group Facilitation • Day Camp Support • Office Assistance • Invite Us – Ask us to give a presentation to your organization, church, or civic group.

Assessments, which measure affect, behavior, and perception of support and progress, reveal positive outcomes for program participants. On average, participants report a 35-point improvement on a 100-point scale. 96 percent of caregivers completing the final evaluation state they would refer this program to other families.

GRIEF’S JOURNEY 7811 Farnam Dr. • Omaha, NE 68114 Phone (402) 502-2773 www.griefsjourney.org Executive Director: Rebecca Turner Board President: William (Wayne) Young, Jr., Ph.D. To volunteer or to donate contact: Kathy Bigelow, Volunteer Coordinator • (402) 502-2773

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WISH LIST: • Kleenex

• Copy Paper

• Paper Plates & Cups

• Gas Cards

• Plastic Utensils

• Silent Auction Items

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EALING EMBRACE

HEALing Embrace strives to bring hope and healing to the grieving hearts and to celebrate and honor the lives of babies gone too soon.

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EALING EMBRACE WAS FOUNDED by Jennifer Sommer and Shawna Hoffman, who met at a support group for bereaved parents.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Memorials & Honoriams • Monetary Donations • Annual Pledges • Event Sponsorships

In addition to the normal expenses of birth, bereaved families now face expenses for funeral services and grief counseling, and may require in-home postpartum assistance. HEALing Embrace focuses on the finances so families can focus on healing, not the stress of unexpected bills. Raising awareness about loss, as well as connecting families is another goal of HEALing Embrace. Ultimately, we strive to validate and support those who have had to say goodbye to the newest member of their family. Saying goodbye before hello is the most difficult journey anyone should have to walk and one should never have to do it without support.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Newsletter Layout • Marketing Coordinator • Fundraising Outreach • Knitters/Crocheters • Photography • Sewing • HEALs to the Pavement event

While each grief journey is unique and healing comes in many forms, we believe our four cornerstones can provide support where it is needed most. In addition to financial support, we also provide weighted birth day bears, miscarriage and stillbirth care packages and free grief resources. We strive to embrace each baby and family member regardless of gestation. Perinatal Care: Perinatal hospice is not a specific place, but a belief that families who receive a fatal diagnosis for their baby have choices. HEALing Embrace believes all families should receive support and be cared for with dignity, compassion, and love throughout their pregnancy. Perinatal hospice can easily be incorporated into ordinary pregnancy and birth care just about anywhere. CuddleCot – A Gift of Time: Parents who learn their baby has died or will soon die after birth want nothing more than time. A CuddleCot is specifically designed to increase the amount of time a family can spend with their deceased baby by cooling the baby’s body. HEALing Embrace is the owner of the only mobile CuddleCot in the state of Nebraska. This means regardless of place of birth, a mother can receive CuddleCot time when she requests HEALing Embrace’s services during her hospital stay.

HEALING EMBRACE P.O. Box 540021 • Omaha, NE 68154 Phone (402) 819-4002 www.healingembrace.org Founders: Jennifer Sommer and Shawna Hoffman To volunteer or to donate contact: jennifer@healingembrace.org • (402) 819-4002

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• Printing Services

• Puzzles, Books and Crayons

• Yarn

• Wedding Dresses

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EART MINISTRY CENTER

Providing food, clothing, healthcare and a way forward to people severely affected by poverty in the Omaha area.

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HE HEART MINISTRY CENTER (HMC) is a community outreach center located at 2222 Binney Street. HMC offers a “choice” food pantry, free clothing closet, dental clinic, Porto health clinic, community garden, legal clinic, job training and placement program, self-sufficiency programming, youth mentoring, life skills classes, support group meetings and case management services. In 2016, the Center was projected to provide more than 110,000 acts of assistance.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: The Heart Ministry Center is extremely grateful to our generous financial contributors who help make what we do possible. HMC is diligent in ensuring that money donated to our Center is spent thoughtfully and is used in the best interest of the people we serve. Please consider donating to our programs, so we can continue to provide food, clothing, household items, toiletries, medical care and other services to the Omaha community. Without the generous support of our donors, we would not be able to continue on in this vital ministry.

Programs & Services: • Choice Food Pantry - Pantry clients can choose from a variety of bread, meat, produce and canned or boxed items. • Clothing Closet - Clients can shop for 10 minutes in the free clothing closet to select all of the clothing items their families need. • Porto Medical Clinic – The clinic provides free basic medical care on a walk-in basis. Creighton University nurse practitioners treat everyday health problems like the flu, sore throat, or infections. Basic screenings for diabetes and blood pressure are available as well as flu shots. • Gary L. Maag Dental Clinic - Volunteer dentists provide free dental care. Dental services are focused on pain alleviation through teeth extractions and cavity fillings. • Social Work and Case Management Services - Center social workers and case managers meet with clients to discuss individualized assistance and selfsufficiency plans. Staff can also make referrals to other community organizations for housing, behavioral health, parenting, or other resources. • Boys’ Mentoring - The program provides male role models and positive activities for boys ages 7 to 18. The typical mentoring outing includes a meal, service/work project, and fun activity. The program is small to maintain individualized attention and consistent relationships. • Fresh Start Job Training & Placement Program – Fresh Start participants learn job skills, effective workplace communication and customer service skills while helping to serve others in the community. The Center provides employment placement assistance for graduates of the program. It is also designed to help participants become self-sufficient by setting life goals and working to overcome challenges that may stand in the way.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteers are essential to operations at the Heart Ministry Center. Volunteers are needed to sort and stock food and clothing donations, answer phones, clean, pick up and deliver donations, enter and process data, maintain the grounds and assist clients in the pantry.

WISH LIST: • New and gently used clothing • New socks and underwear • Shoes and boots • Hats and gloves • Sheets, blankets and sleeping bags

HEART MINISTRY CENTER 2222 Binney St. • Omaha, NE 68110 Phone (402) 451-2321 heartministrycenter.org • facebook.com/HeartMinistryCenter Executive Director: Jim Clements Board President: Joyce Davis To volunteer or to donate contact: Mark Dahir • (402) 451-2321 2017

• Towels • Unopened toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, bar soap, feminine hygiene products, etc.) • Paper goods (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) • Diapers and formula • Bicycles (in good condition) • Fans and space heaters

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EARTLAND FAMILY SERVICE

To strengthen individuals and families in our community through education, counseling, and support services.

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INCE 1875, HEARTLAND FAMILY SERVICE has been the leader in creating the path to a better tomorrow for children and families in the Omaha metro area. We continue that legacy today at more than 15 locations throughout east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa by providing essential services to over 30,000 individuals and families of all ages each year in the following program areas:

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Corporate Sponsorships Individual Giving In-kind Donations Honoring and Memorial Gifts Event Support Endowment and Planned Giving

Child & Family: These community centers and services span many generations. From early childhood education programming to therapeutic intervention for troubled teens, to social and nutritional offerings for seniors, participants in our programs receive the education and support needed to ensure a brighter future. Counseling & Prevention: Programs in this area share a central focus on therapeutic services in order to treat mental health and substance abuse issues, manage chronic illnesses, intervene earlier, and limit occurrences altogether through education and prevention services. Housing & Financial Stability: These programs offer hardship assistance, housing, and supportive services. The goal is to provide immediate as well as long-term survival assistance, including therapeutic support, to residents in our community who are experiencing issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, and financial crisis.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Heartland Family Service Friends Guild: Women who plan and conduct annual events and activities to support our clients.

Junior Friends: Students in 10th through 12th grade who want to deepen their commitment to volunteerism.

Program Activities: Individuals and groups who help with daily operations of our programs. One-time and repeating activities are available, and times are flexible.

Because we have more than 50 programs in our organization, we are able to hand-craft an integrated, multi-service approach that guides each client toward safety and well-being. We ask “What has happened to you?” and not “What is wrong with you?” to each and every client that walks through our doors. The majority of families we care for are among our community’s most vulnerable populations; 80 percent from households with an annual income of $20,000 or less. Our expert staff and licensed therapists work with the individuals and their families in order to help break damaging intergenerational cycles in order to attain stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency.

When life improves for one of us, life improves for all of us. We all matter.

HEARTLAND FAMILY SERVICE 2101 S 42nd St. • Omaha, NE 68105 Phone (402) 553-3000 • Toll Free (877) 553-3001 www.HeartlandFamilyService.org www.facebook.com/HeartlandFamilyService @HeartlandFam on Twitter and Instagram President/CEO: John H. Jeanetta, MBA, MSW Board Chairman: Jack Struyk Jr. Guild Board President: Melissa Steffes To volunteer contact: Katie Kaufman • (402) 552-7418 Volunteer@HeartlandFamilyService.org To donate contact: Donna Dostal • (402) 552-7443 Donations@HeartlandFamilyService.org

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WISH LIST: • Baby bottles, formula, diapers • New underwear and socks • Toothbrushes, shampoo, feminine products • Event tickets for children and families • Phone cards, gas cards, gift cards • Pillows, bedding, towels

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The Hope Center for Kids strives to faithfully inspire hope in the lives of youth and children through education, employability, collaboration and faith.

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HE HOPE CENTER FOR KIDS started with a vision in the heart of Pastor Ty Schenzel. He saw the need for hope in the lives of youth and children in North Omaha who could not see beyond their circumstances. This vision became a reality in 1998 when The Hope opened its doors. It is home to multiple learning spaces, including The Hope Employment Academy, a commercial kitchen and cafeteria, and The Hope Skate roller rink. The Hope Center for Kids now serves over 2,700 youth, children and families through its programs and community events.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Seeds of Hope is a giving community of people, committed to providing life-transforming programs to the next generation at The Hope, with a monthly or quarterly gift.

Hope Community Partners Businesses and churches partner with The Hope through a yearly sponsorship. Members receive year-round recognition, a foursome at the Golf Classic and table at The Hope Gala.

The Hope serves youth ages 5-19 by offering strengths-based educational support and a safe place to play and grow, both educationally and spiritually. Youth grades 10-12 also have the opportunity to apply and interview for The Hope Employment Academy, a two-year program that prepares youth for successful employment. Youth attend classes on financial literacy and healthy relationships, as well as employment skills training.

10th Annual Hope Gala October 20, 2017 at CenturyLink Center. Individual tickets and a variety of sponsorships are available to support The Hope Center for Kids.

In 2014, The Hope opened the doors of its second location in Fremont, Nebraska. This location has experienced incredible growth and recently expanded its high school program. We currently serve over 100 youth members each day in the Fremont community.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

15th Annual Golf Classic June 12, 2017 at Champions Run Golf Course. All proceeds help fund programming at The Hope Center for Kids.

There are many ways you can make an impact by serving our youth and children firsthand. We work to place our volunteers and mentors in roles that maximize their strengths.

• Tutoring • One-on-one Mentoring • Guest Speaking in the Employment Academy • Group Projects

THE HOPE CENTER FOR KIDS 2200 N 20th St. • Omaha, NE 68110 Phone (402) 341-4673 • www.hopecenterforkids.com Executive Director: Brenda Block Board President/Chairman: Sean O’Connell Guild President: Steph Boyens To volunteer contact: Alexander Cayetano, Volunteer Coordinator (402) 341-4673 Ext. 1002 or alex@hopecenterforkids.com

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WISH LIST: • Visit our website www.hopecenterforkids.com to view the most current Wish List.

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OSLYN CASTLE The Joslyn Castle Trust preserves the magnificent Castle and its beautiful grounds and gardens to enrich the community.

EORGE AND SARAH JOSLYN BUILT a national media empire from their humble beginnings in Omaha. The Western Newspaper Union, through its clients, reached over 70% of the population of the US each week, serving over 61 million Americans. The role of the Joslyn’s publications in setting national character during the early 20th century is undisputed.

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The Joslyns were great philanthropists devoted to improving the community and committed to enhancing education, the arts, and culture in the city they loved. This list of groups they supported or helped to found is long and includes the Child Saving Institute, the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Nebraska Humane Society, Fontenelle Forest, Omaha University (UNO), and Ak-Sar-Ben among others. Sarah’s largest and most notable gift to Omaha was the Joslyn Memorial (Joslyn Art Museum) built in memory of her husband.

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Donations to the Castle are tax-deductible, help immeasurably, and are greatly appreciated. Giving opportunities include: Annual Program Sponsorship, Individual Giving, Memorials/ Tributes, Planned Giving, Guild Membership, and Designated Gifts for Restoration Projects.

Volunteers are always needed for our various programming that occurs throughout the year. In addition, tour and event docent opportunities exist. Skilled gardeners are especially needed to help maintain the beautiful grounds.

In 1903 construction was completed on the Joslyns’ home, a 20,000-sq. foot, 35-room carved limestone mansion atop a hill on the outskirts of Omaha. Situated on 5.57 acres, the Castle was one of the city’s grandest private estates. The Scottish baronial style home was designed by Omaha architect John McDonald. Its interior boasts Italian marble, beautifully carved exotic woods, a curved Spanish mahogany staircase, a conservatory, and 14 original stained glass windows. It is truly an architectural jewel. The grounds of the estate were the first historic site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. The Joslyn Castle Trust preserves and shares the Castle and its beautiful gardens and grounds to enrich the community. The Joslyn Castle Trust offers programming in education, the arts, and culture. Private and business rental opportunities are available, and the beautiful grounds are always open to the public.

JOSLYN CASTLE TRUST 3902 Davenport St. • Omaha, NE 68131 Phone (402) 595-2199 www.joslyncastle.com Interim Executive Director: Catherine Demes Maydew Guild President: Laura Worick To volunteer or to donate contact: (402) 595-2199 • info@joslyncastle.com

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Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska (JFON-NE) welcomes immigrants into our communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy.

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USTICE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS-NE provides immigration legal services in a wide, genuine and compassionate sense—welcoming and helping immigrants who are often scared and confused by the systems, processes and ways of the United States. JFON’s free services prepare our low-income clients to contribute valuable cultural and economic assets to our society. We serve immigrants of all faiths, races, abilities and ages, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable—victims of domestic violence; children who have been neglected, abused or abandoned; and persons who would be persecuted if they returned to their home country.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Individual Gifts & Commemorations • Food Truck World Tour Event Sponsorships • Omaha Gives! • Sponsor a client for a year VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Interpreters • Translators • Pro Bono Attorneys • Clerical & Communications Assistants

In 2016, our eleven attorneys worked on more than 2,500 cases for individuals from 44 countries. All attorneys are educated and experienced in immigration law with specialties in matters involving domestic abuse, child welfare and asylum law. They provide free, professional immigration legal services in weekly consultations or monthly legal clinics held in Omaha, Grand Island, Lexington, Crete and South Sioux City in Nebraska, and Council Bluffs in Iowa. We offer presentations on immigration issues to the community as well as opportunities for the public to help us advocate for immigrant rights and to reform the broken immigration legal system.

THE NEED: • 70% of detained immigrants are unrepresented in Omaha’s immigration court. • Legal representation increases a positive case outcome by as much as five times. • JFON clients are migrants in extreme poverty, victims of domestic violence,

Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska enjoys a solid reputation as a leader and go-to resource in our region’s immigration profession. We are affiliated with National Justice For Our Neighbors (NJFON), a network of legal clinics originally founded in 1999 by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). We are fortunate to count among our generous supporters the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church, NJFON and many local corporate and family foundations.

abused or abandoned children and refugees.

JUSTICE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS-NEBRASKA (JFON-NE) 2414 E St. • Omaha, NE 68107 Phone (402) 898-1349 www.jfon-ne.org Executive Director: Emiliano Lerda, J.D., LL.M. Board Chair: Beverly Reicks To volunteer or to donate contact: Dawn Bashara, Communications & Development Director

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Our purpose is exploring the creative process – how a new idea is born into the arts, sciences and philosophy. Supporting and promoting freedom in creativity is KANEKO’s mission.

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ANEKO IS A 501(c)(3), public nonprofit cultural organization, exploring and encouraging the process of creativity, and how it impacts our lives. We believe that everyone can be creative; the challenge is to recognize opportunities for creative effort. As humans we need to harness and cultivate creativity in our citizens and invest in a creative society.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Exhibition/Program Sponsorship: Help bring creativity to Omaha by sponsoring an exhibition or program that can be accessible to the community.

Camp Scholarship: Sponsors a deserving student who would not be able to attend a STEAM learning, educational summer camp otherwise!

Established in 1998 by international artist Jun Kaneko and his wife Ree, KANEKO is headquartered in three turn-of-the-century warehouses in the Old Market District of Omaha, Nebraska. KANEKO was conceived of as “open space for your mind,” a place where thoughtful examination of others’ ideas through exhibitions and public programs lead us to new and exciting ideas of our own.

Donation Boxes: On your next visit, be sure to contribute to our donation boxes and help keep KANEKO accessible! KANEKO Membership Program: Join KANEKO as a member and support the arts by attending events and engaging in KANEKO programming. Buy a cool book or sticker to take home! VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Gallery Attendant: Guide visitors through the KANEKO gallery space. Administrative Assistance: Help KANEKO archive important information and keep up with daily tasks.

Event Assistant: Help with set-up and check-in for KANEKO events. Youth Education Assistant: Help with youth workshops and tours.

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KANEKO 1111 Jones St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 341-3800 www.thekaneko.org Executive Director: Chris Hochstetler Board Co-Chairmen: Robert Schlott & J.Robert Duncan To volunteer or to donate contact: Elisabeth Barrett, Development Associate • (402) 341-3800

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• Art and archival storage materials • Camp and workshop supplies • Exhibition signage- in braille! • Your participation! • Student transportation to and from our exhibits • Lunch for our summer camp students

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UTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES OF NEBRASKA LFS expresses God’s love for all people by providing quality human care services that build and strengthen individual, family and community life.

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HAT BEGAN AS two Nebraska orphanages in 1892 has grown into one of the largest human care organizations in the state. LFS is a community-based, not-for-profit, multi-service human care organization with locations across Nebraska and in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Services are provided through three core competencies:

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Cost of one session of a parenting class that will reduce the risk of child abuse and increase the parenting skills of a struggling teen parent – $35

Provide one hour of intensive therapy for a child suffering from the trauma

• Behavioral Health programs provide mental health counseling; sexual abuse treatment; substance use treatment; community support services; individual and couples counseling; support for active military, veterans and their loved ones; and support to law enforcement confronted with an individual experiencing a mental health crisis. • Children Services focuses on child welfare through three service divisions: Prevention and Early Intervention, Permanency and Well-Being, and Children’s Behavioral Health. Programs include foster care and adoption services: pre-and postadoption support; pregnancy counseling, respite care, maternal health care and family support services; education and support for parents with children prenatal to age five, including specialized parenting programs for teen mothers through the Centers for Healthy Families; early childhood mental health therapies, including trauma therapy; and specialized therapies to help parents bond with their children to prevent child abuse and neglect. Our RSafe® program provides therapy for children and families impacted by child sexual abuse. • Community Services programs welcome and support newcomers fleeing persecution from all parts of the world. Services include refugee resettlement, acculturation, job training, ESL education, immigration legal services, health navigation, language interpretation and case management. An AmeriCorps program provides opportunities for individuals to engage in a year of intensive national service focused on building opportunities for new Americans.

of sexual abuse – $150

Provide one hour of therapy that could save a clinically depressed person’s life – $110 Provide one hour of case management/advocacy services to a refugee or immigrant to help them register their children in school, file their taxes, receive job training, navigate the healthcare system or learn about public transportation – $26.25

Car seats for teen and/or low-income mothers – $60 each New crib and mattress – $210 each VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Join the Forever Families Guild to increase community awareness, fundraise and volunteer in Children Services programs.

Babysit children during parenting classes at the Centers for Healthy Families in North Omaha, Council Bluffs and Fremont. Assist in collecting, organizing and managing donations to families in need. Mentor and support refugees to succeed in their new lives in the U.S. Tutor ESL students during private and classroom instruction. Set up apartments for refugee families.

LFS programs and services are available to anyone, regardless of age, race, religion or income. The work of LFS is supported by caring members of our community whose contributions help make services available to those unable to pay fees. This year marks 125 years of service. WISH LIST: LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES OF NEBRASKA 124 S 24th St., Ste. 230 • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 342-7038 www.LFSneb.org President/CEO/Executive Director: Ruth Henrichs Board Chairman: Bradley D. Holtorf Guild/Auxiliary: Nancy K. Johnson, President, “Forever Families” Guild To volunteer contact: Dana Moyer, Volunteer Management and Human Resources Project Coordinator • (402) 978-5665 2017

• New car seats for children of teen and low-income parents • 10-ride MAT bus passes for clients without transportation • Cleaning items for setting up refugee apartments • Diapers and pull-ups (newborn to 5T) and baby wipes • New/nearly new items kitchen items for refugee apartments • Retail gift cards for foster parents to purchase clothing for new children in their home • Toiletries (e.g. shampoo, toothbrushes, toilet paper, etc.) for setting up refugee homes • Children’s clothing (new-nearly new) – newborn to 5T to stock “Boutique” stores

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quiet whispers and dreams of these special children and then we make their wishes come true. Fear and fatigue are pushed aside by excitement that bubbles out in giggles and shy smiles. We replace riding in wheelchairs with traveling in stretch limousines. And doctor’s visits give way to a command performance by their favorite characters. Whatever their minds can conceive and hearts can dream, we do our best to make reality.

• Wish Ball: A Night with Oscar, Sunday February 26, 2017 Lincoln Station, Lincoln

Funding comes through donations from individuals, businesses, fundraising events, charitable trusts, bequests, and foundations. Make-A-Wish Nebraska is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with an annual budget close to $3 million a year. Program costs account for 85% of every dollar, and the money raised in Nebraska helps grant Nebraska wishes.

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The Nebraska chapter was formed in 1983, and since then has granted wishes to over 2,400 children throughout the state, now averaging 110-115 wishes per year. Over 350 volunteers help spread and support our mission across the entire state with our headquarter office in Omaha and satellite offices in Lincoln and Kearney.

• Wish Granters: As a member of a wish team, wish granters meet with the family,

• Blue Jean Ball: A Night of Stars, Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Hilton Downtown Omaha • Young Leaders Council’s Wine, Whiskey & Wishes: Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Old Mattress Factory, Omaha

Volunteers are always welcome and make it possible for us to carry out our mission. All volunteers must first attend a volunteer orientation which takes place quarterly. Currently we are looking for : • Spanish and French Interpreters help the wish child determine the wish and act as a liaison between Make-A-Wish staff and the wish family during the wish process. Wish granters must be a minimum of 21 years old. Attendance at an in-depth training session is required. (*requires background check)

• Airport Greeters: (Omaha area only) – Meet and greet the families the night before their wish trip departure to help with any last-minute questions and also greet them at the airport after their trip. Flexibility is required as some flights get delayed and some changes occur in travel schedules. Must be a minimum of 21 years old. (*requires background check)

• Scrapbook Volunteers: Each wish child receives a keepsake memory album that includes many photos of the wish. Creative and experienced scrapbookers are needed to create a beautiful keepsake memory album. Volunteers meet monthly in Omaha to exchange ideas and supplies, but memory makers can live anywhere in the state.

• Clerical Work

MAKE-A-WISH® NEBRASKA 11836 Arbor St. • Omaha, NE 68144 Phone (402) 333-8999 • (800) 760-9474 www.nebraska.wish.org President/CEO: Brigette Young Board President/Chairman: Stuart Bartruff Guild Board President: Kathy Gates Name of Guild/Auxiliary: Omaha Friends Council To volunteer or to donate contact: Lauren Piller, Manager of Events & Community Outreach lpiller@nebraska.wish.org • (402) 333-8999 Ext.111

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ETHODIST HOSPITAL FOUNDATION To improve the quality of life by supporting excellence in health care and health care education provided by Methodist Health System.

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ETHODIST HOSPITAL FOUNDATION raises, protects and distributes funds that improve health care for you, your family and friends. With the generosity of our donors, we helped nearly 50,000 people in 2015. Our four primary program areas include: Charitable Care, Cancer Care, Community Service and Education.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Community Counseling Program Provide free counseling to individuals, students and their families at 31 sites around Omaha. Harper’s Hope Help cancer survivors with a program that improves their quality of life before, during and after cancer.

Methodist Hospital Foundation is committed to helping you… and our community. That’s the Meaning of Care.

Charitable Care Assist patients who are unable to afford their medical bills and prescription medications. Heidi Wilke SANE/SART Survivor Program Help victims of sexual assault, human trafficking and domestic violence. Nursing Scholarships Fund tuition for future healthcare providers at Nebraska Methodist College.

METHODIST HOSPITAL FOUNDATION 8401 W Dodge Rd., Ste. 225 • Omaha, NE 68114 Phone (402) 354-4825 MethodistHospitalFoundation.org CEO: Cynthia Peacock President & Chief Philanthropy Officer: Tracy Madden-McMahon Board President: Andrew Robertson, M.D. To volunteer contact: Chris Hatton, Volunteer Recruiter & Coordinator • (402) 815-1130 2017

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ETRO AREA YOUTH FOUNDATION, INC. Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska Optimists uniting to improve the quality of life for children and their families.

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HE METRO AREA YOUTH FOUNDATION (MAYF) was formed in 2006 by a group of Omaha-area Optimist Club members, who wanted to do more for families and children experiencing cancer. This all-volunteer group recognized that many organizations have been formed to help fight cancer, but there were not many resources available to the families who were in the middle of the fight.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer Fundraiser • Corporate Sponsorship • Attend Event • Donate Items to Auction • Visit our website at summerbashforccc.org • Mail a check to MAYF, Inc., P.O. Box 540772, Omaha, NE 68154 • Call (402) 510-4083

Our goal is to allow the families to focus on the children, not the money they owe. We hope to provide a short-term financial bridge. Many of these families were already struggling financially; a cancer diagnosis can often mean that only one parent can continue to work, adding to the burden. In the past two years alone, we’ve been able to provide over 120 families a chance to keep the water and power on, rent to stay in their apartment, a mortgage payment to keep their home and a chance to keep life as stable and normal as possible.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Volunteers to assist with planning & executing annual fundraiser

The largest portion of funds raised is used by MAYF to directly pay for basic living expenses for families having financial difficulties while their child is being treated for cancer. We have established an application process and excellent relationship with the social workers at both hospitals who refer families with the most need. We pay rent, mortgage, water, gas, electricity, grocery, prescription, insurance, medical bills and provide gas cards to defray transportation costs. We primarily assist families from Nebraska and Iowa.

• Volunteers to work MAYF sponsored events at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and at Camp Quality

Lastlly, we allocate funds to Camp CoHoLo and Camp Quality as we believe the camps provide invaluable experiences, allowing these kids to put cancer in the backseat and enjoy just being a kid. Disbursements are also made to the children’s oncology departments at both Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine. The funds are used for information packets given to newly-diagnosed families and for small gift cards to gas stations for those struggling to pay for transportation to and from treatments.

METRO AREA YOUTH FOUNDATION, INC. P. O. Box 540772 • Omaha, NE 68154 Phone (402) 510-4083 summerbashforccc.org Board President: Gary Krebs To volunteer contact: Connie Mansfield • (402) 734-0270

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The Metropolitan Community College Foundation advances the College’s mission by building relationships and connecting community partners with giving opportunities that fulfill their philanthropic objectives.

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CC SERVES MORE THAN 40,000 STUDENTS each year through credit and noncredit offerings, making it the second largest higher education institution in Nebraska. Students can earn high-demand technical skills, industry credentials and credits to help them reach their academic goals. Others turn to MCC to engage in lifelong learning through English-language instruction, GED or college prep courses, career training and continuing education. The foundation connects students with scholarships and helps fund new facilities and program opportunities, all provided by generous community donors.

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GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Educational programs – With more than 100 programs, MCC offers students countless opportunities. You can help the College stay on the leading edge of technology and knowledge by giving to an educational program. Advisory groups, equipment donations, mini-grants, partnerships with industry and community involvement strengthen our programming each year. Your support helps us ensure that students are receiving relevant education in an ever-changing world. Faculty support – We are proud to have a low faculty-to-student ratio, allowing for a personalized classroom and educational experience. Professional development funds help to keep faculty abreast of technology and curricular advances in their fields. Your support enables them to participate in conferences, trainings and return-to-industry internships at local businesses. Scholarship support – Scholarships help fulfill the College mission by bridging financial gaps for students. Donors can create their own scholarship fund or contribute to an existing fund of their choice. Annual and endowed scholarships can be established to honor loved ones or recognize a family, individual or business.

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION P.O. Box 3777 • Omaha, NE 68103 Phone (531) MCC-2346 www.mccneb.edu/foundation Executive Director: Jackie Almquist Ph.D. Assistant Director: Amy Recker Foundations Programs and Services Associate: Sarah Hayden Development Manager: Rick Sandvig Development and Alumni Relations Facilitator: Margaret Katona Development Associate: Nancy Smith

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EBRASKA ATAXIA provides a support system for people living with ataxia, a progressive neurological disorder that can rob individuals of their balance, coordination, mobility and independence. Nebraska Ataxia works to keep those with ataxia from feeling isolated, raises money for support programs, educates the community about ataxia, and builds a network of community partners.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Individual Giving • Business Donations • Corporate Sponsorships • Event Sponsorships • Memorials

One of the first signs of ataxia is feeling unsteady due to a loss of balance. That unsteady feeling slowly creeps into every facet of life, including unsteadiness in physical and mental health, unsteadiness in maintaining employment, unsteadiness in nurturing relationships, and unsteadiness in staying involved in the community. “Let’s Go Steady” is Nebraska Ataxia’s call to action every single day. We seek to replace unsteadiness with stability by providing hands-on assistance, education and awareness, support for caregivers, and funding for medical therapies, equipment, and research. After going steady with us throughout the year, we propose you take your commitment one step further and engage with us September 30th for the Nebraska Ataxia Engagement Party. Join us for the best party of the year as we celebrate our successes, educate the community about living with ataxia, raise money for our support programs, and connect with friends and community partners who steadfastly support our mission.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Lend an ear to someone with ataxia who feels isolated. • Lend a hand by running errands or helping with daily tasks. • Attend one of our monthly support group gatherings. • Help with our annual Engagement Party fundraiser.

NEBRASKA ATAXIA P.O. Box 24214 • Omaha, NE 68124 Phone (402) 979-6331 www.nebraskaataxia.org Executive Director: Linda Snider Technology Director: Mark Sidwell Outreach and Partnerships Director: Jenni Herchenbach Marketing Director: Elizabeth Remmen Administrative Director: Barbara Henkelman To volunteer or to donate contact: Jenni Herchenbach • (402) 979-6331

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WISH LIST: • $10,000 pays for a mobility van conversion. • $5,000 pays for a home remodel to improve wheelchair accessibility. • $1,000 pays for bathroom grab bars and safety upgrades. • $500 pays for a balance vest. • $100 pays for an hour of skilled therapy. • Donations of goods and services support our annual Engagement Party fundraiser.

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EBRASKA CHILDREN works to create positive change so that all of our state’s children can reach their full potential. We do this by building strong communities that support families so their children can grow up to be thriving, productive adults.

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation has a unique approach to solving large, complex social issues that affect our state’s children. It’s based on two core beliefs: • Prevention works It’s the most effective and fiscally responsible approach for addressing complex social problems.

OUR AREAS OF FOCUS INCLUDE: • Prevention of child abuse and neglect through our Community Response efforts in the Metro and across the state, and through our child abuse prevention councils across Nebraska.

• Channeling a community’s existing resources toward a common goal will maximize their effectiveness. Every initiative we undertake aligns with those values. Our programs are preventative in nature, designed to reduce the number of children entering the child welfare and criminal justice systems. Our approach encompasses all the resources a community has to offer, helping to ensure community ownership of the process and outcomes. The end goal is to prepare all of Nebraska's children for success in school and in life.

• Early childhood education to promote kindergarten readiness for vulnerable babies and toddlers. Nebraska Children is currently serving more than 1,000 children statewide, including three programs in the Omaha Metro. • Closing the achievement gap for low-income students through high-quality, accessible afterschool and summer learning opportunities.

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• Support for unconnected youth Nebraska Children works to give older youth the caring support, education access, employment training, access to housing, transportation and life skills required to become a successful, contributing adult.

Critical Needs Gift Your gift will be put to use where it is most needed. Older Youth Support Help fund Connected Youth Initiative statewide expansion or give brothers and sisters living in separate foster homes the chance to reunite at Camp Catch-Up. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Friends of Nebraska Children – Support our work with a vibrant group of children’s champions through fundraising, service projects or awareness. Contact Kareen Hickman for details at (402) 819-9361 or khickman@nebraskachildren.org.

Camp Catch-Up staff – Find out more at www.CampCatchUp.org.

NEBRASKA CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FOUNDATION 1516 Cuming St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 819-9361 www.NebraskaChildren.org President and CEO: Mary Jo Pankoke Board President/Chair: Jaime Hemmerling To volunteer or to donate contact: Kareen Hickman, Director of Engagement • (402) 819-9361 2017

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Through 11 statewide offices, Nebraska Children’s Home Society provides safe and loving care to children of all ages. Services include pregnancy, parenting, adoption and post-adoption services; foster care and permanency services; teen pregnancy prevention; and early childhood education.

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Because you support the Children’s Home... • Women and teens facing the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy have information and support in developing a plan for parenting or adoption. • Abused and neglected children find safety and permanency in nurturing foster and adoptive families. • Parents overcome barriers and nurture their children’s growth and development. • Children begin school ready to learn. • Families are formed through foster care and adoption. • Youth set and achieve educational goals and become confident young adults. • Members of the adoption circle (adoptive parents, birth parents and adopted persons) receive guidance, counseling and support in their lifelong journey. In the words of those who know us... “The services, support & love provided at NCHS has truly been a blessing.” ~ Pregnancy Client “When we began this journey, we had no idea the impact, the support, the education, and the friendships we would get.” ~ Parent “I felt as if I alway had a group of cheerleaders by my side cheering me on!” ~ Foster Parent

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • General Corporate Sponsorships • Individual Giving • In-kind Donations • Honoring and Memorial Gifts • Event Sponsorships • Endowment and Planned Giving VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • NCHS’s Family Guild Membership • BRANCH Board Membership • Volunteer at NCHS’s Sand in the City® event • Other volunteer opportunities available to support our programs

With a firm commitmentto the belief that a child’s needs must come first, Nebraska Children’s Home Society engages in advocacy for vulnerable and at-risk children. All children deserve safe and loving care. Because most of the Children’s Home budget depends on the generosity of donors, assistance is needed. Follow Children’s Home on Facebook: facebook.com/nebraskachildrenshomesociety, Twitter: @NEChildrensHome, Instagram: nechildrenshome WISH LIST: • Diapers of all size, baby wipes, new bottles

NEBRASKA CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY 4939 S 118th St. • Omaha, NE 68137 Phone (402) 451-0787 • www.nchs.org CEO: Karen Authier Board President: Jim Winterscheid Chief Development Officer: Brian Osborne To donate contact: Lindsay Hofbauer • (402) 451-0787 To volunteer contact: Tami Swanson • (402) 451-0787

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EBRASKA ENTERPRISE FUND was founded in 1994 and is a certified Community Development Finance Institution serving businesses that increase employment to the low-to-moderate income (LMI) population, traditional disadvantaged businesses, and not-yet-bankable entrepreneurs. NEF envisions a vibrant Nebraska where small and micro-businesses have opportunities to excel. NEF does this through direct lending, coaching, training and support of eligible businesses as well as partnering with Micro Development Organizations (MDOs).

NEF provides the following resources… • Financing to near-bankable businesses • Direct loans ranging from $1,000 to $150,000 • Gap financing and collaboration allowing for companies to access the formal financial sector • Business Acumen and Sales Acceleration training and mentoring • Assessment of cash-flow and financial analysis • Technical assistance in business plan writing and loan application • Access to additional and specialized technical assistance providers

We empower viable underserved entrepreneurs with key resources to achieve success. Lack of financing, training, and mentoring means these businesses’ capacity is inhibited which limits creation of the business environment and ecosystem. Equipped with the appropriate resources (financing, training, and mentoring) these entrepreneurs enhance local economies, create job opportunities, and generate wealth (personal and community). NEF connects these underserved entrepreneurs with access to the resources for success that grows a vibrant small business ecosystem across Nebraska.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Corporate Grants, Sponsorship, Partnership • Individual Giving through our website www.nebbiz.org • Event Sponsors • Omaha Gives!

We are distinct… • We serve all of Nebraska (rural and urban) • We focus on cash-flow financing

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Board Member and Advisory Committe • Event Volunteers • Event Speaker • Fundraising

• We fund 100+ businesses each year • 69 percent of our clients last year were from diverse populations • We CONNECT… Capital, Training, Mentoring

NEBRASKA ENTERPRISE FUND 330 N Oakland Ave. • Oakland, NE 68045 Phone (402) 685-5500 www.nebbiz.org Executive Director: James A. Reiff Board President: Andrew Williams To volunteer contact: Jane Olson, Program Manager • (402) 685-5500 2017

WISH LIST: • Partnerships to increase Revolving Loan Funds • Contributions for specific training events, mentoring, and coaching

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Our mission is to assist former college athletes – both men and women – from any college or university in Nebraska, who have lettered in their respective sport, in their times of medical need.

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HE NEBRASKA GREATS Foundation provides financial assistance to former collegiate athletes in the State of Nebraska, both men and women, who have lettered in their respective sport, who, as a result of a medical challenge, have exhausted both their insurance and personal resources. Some were stars. Some played supporting roles. But they all helped make Nebraska athletics special. And most importantly, they are all fellow Nebraskans. And in Nebraska, we take care of our own.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Donations can be given on our website NebraskaGreatsFoundation.org. Participation in our fundraising events is always most appreciated. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Opportunities for volunteers for the different events will be available on our website Nebraskagreatsfoundation.org.

Perhaps nowhere in the world is the love of sport and its practitioners greater than in Nebraska. Our legendary loyalty to our beloved collegiate teams proves that the word “fan” is indeed a shortened form of “fanatic.” This loyalty extends far beyond the fields of play, and does not fade with time. For once you have represented the state of Nebraska, once you have demonstrated your sacrifice and heart, once you have thrilled us with feats few of us dared dream possible – then you are forever a member of our family. Like all families, trouble strikes its individual members from time to time. And when those times occur, we want to be there to lend a hand. Because that’s what family does. From this desire, the Nebraska Greats Foundation was born. Founded and run by former athletes from various Nebraska colleges, the Nebraska Greats Foundation directly funds the medical services and products needed by our recipients. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, all donations to the Nebraska Greats Foundation are tax deductible. We hope you will join us as we try to bring healing and happiness to those who, through the years, brought so much happiness to us all.

NEBRASKA GREATS FOUNDATION 2813 S 76th Ave. • Omaha, NE 68124 Phone (402) 301-5255 www.nebraskagreatsfoundation.org President: Jerry Murtaugh Vice-President: Steve Edelfsen Treasurer: Denny Walker Administration: Margie Smith To volunteer or to donate contact: Jerry Murtaugh • (402) 301-5255

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The Nebraska Humane Society protects, saves, and enriches the lives of animals in the communities we serve.

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HE NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY is one of the 10 largest shelters in the country, touching the lives of more than 25,000 animals each year. We are an open entry shelter that takes in all companion animals who have no other place to go. NHS also provides animal control services to Omaha and Sarpy County. We work to rescue and return stray pets, investigate cruelty cases, and to serve our community by upholding the laws that protect pets and people. Staff and volunteers care for, heal and rehome more than 10,000 animals annually. All are spayed or neutered, microchipped and have first shots. Many spend time rehabilitating in private foster homes. Others get lifesaving surgeries and treatments.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Individual Gifts Corporate Sponsorships Companies Who Care Event Sponsorships Tributes and Memorials Endowment and Planned Giving Combined Federal Campaign

We also work to keep pets in homes by providing training classes, a free behavior helpline, a free pet-food pantry, pet food deliveries for meals-on-wheels clients, and a low-cost spay & neuter center. We offer summer camps, clubs, tours and birthday parties for children. We provide private cremation services for after-life care. And we work to provide pet-friendly events, pet-loss support and safe haven for pets of domestic abuse victims. NHS provides education, gives sanctuary, encourages adoptions and promotes responsible pet ownership—your one-stop pet resource.

Online at www.NEHumaneSociety.org VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Dog Walking and Enrichment Cat Care and Enrichment Adoption Counseling Kids Program Proctors Foster Families And more!

NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY 8929 Fort St. • Omaha, NE 68134 Phone (402) 444-7800 www.nehumanesociety.org President & CEO: Nancy Hintz Guild : Friends Forever Guild President: Laura Stanosheck To volunteer contact: Sally Zachary • (402) 444-7800 Ext. 2222

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• Canned Chicken/Vienna Sausage

• Blankets and Towels

• Washable Durable Pet Toys

• Soft Treats

• Pet Food for our Pantry

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EBRASKA WILDLIFE REHAB, INC. To rehabilitate wildlife for return to the wild, to preserve and restore native habitats, and to educate about the importance of wildlife and ecosystems and to inspire action to protect them.

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EBRASKA WILDLIFE REHAB. has a two-fold mission: To rescue, rehabilitate, and release native and migratory wild animals back into the wild and to educate people on how to live in harmony with wildlife and inspire them to take action to protect it. Each year NWRI receives more than 4,000 wild animals needing skilled medical and rehabilitative care and returns them to the wild, and handles more than 10,000 telephone and e-mail inquiries from the public. NWRI also:

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Capital Fund: NWRI is working to purchase land and build a wildlife complex specialized for rehabilitation, education, and research.

Operating Funds (Staff Salaries): NWRI’s small staff trains and supports over 100 volunteers in the rehabilitation of thousands of wild animals and performs hundreds of education programs each year. They also implement innovative wildlife education opportunities for students, including Collective for Youth, the High School Science Academy, and our University Internship program. Stable funding for our staff is crucial to our work.

• Is the wildlife partner for the Nebraska Humane Society. • Trains and advises the staff of NHS and other animal control agencies on how to safely and humanely handle wildlife calls.

Wildlife Medical Fund: Wildlife has unique medical needs and your support ensures NWRI can save as many wild animals as possible and return them to life in the wild.

• Works with students in seven middle schools each week, teaching the importance of our native wildlife and ecosystems, and helping them develop a relationship with nature.

Wildlife Education Programs: Innovative education programs are a critical part of NWRI’s mission. Funding for our Middle School Out-of-School time programming through Collective for Youth, our High School Science Academy, and our University Internship program keeps these programs in our schools and brings resources to students throughout the state.

• Hosts a High School Science Academy, providing a unique opportunity for high school students to partner with university professors, exploring advanced topics in biology. • Has a University Internship Program that gives students the opportunity to gain skills in the fields of veterinary medicine, wildlife management, animal husbandry, and other fields.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Wildlife Center Volunteer • Wildlife Caregiver • Fundraising/Event Planning

• Provides dozens of other education programs for school and community groups each year. • Takes referrals from zoos, nature centers, veterinarians and government agencies to rescue and provide aid for wild animals.

• Wildlife Transporter • Cage Building

All of NWRI’s public outreach and educational initiatives together reach more than 20,000 students and other community members each year. NWRI takes on this monumental responsibility to the community with a small staff and a group of more than 100 dedicated volunteers.

WISH LIST: • Land outside the Omaha city limits for a new Wildlife Center (donations to Capital Fund) • Monetary donations for wildlife medical treatment and specialized rehabilitation supplies • Professional services, including general contracting, renovation, and plumbing services • Medical and veterinary supplies (see our website for list) • Towels, blankets, newspapers • Seasonal produce and tree nuts (acorns, black walnuts)

NEBRASKA WILDLIFE REHAB, INC. P.O. Box 24122 • Omaha, NE 68124 Phone (402) 234-2473 • www.nebraskawildliferehab.org Executive Director: Laura Stastny Board President: Phyllis Futch To volunteer contact:Laura Stastny, Executive Director (402) 234-2473 • info@nebraskawildliferehab.org Photos © Joel Sartore • www.joelsartore.com

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The mission of NET is to enrich lives and engage minds by connecting communities and celebrating Nebraska with services that educate and enlighten.

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ET TELLS THE STORIES that capture our hearts and imaginations – from the tiny hands that clap with joy when Big Bird dances across the screen to lifelong learners who nurture an interest in science, history and the arts. Each week more than 1 million people – with our largest viewing audience in Omaha – enjoy programs that inspire on television, radio and online.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Membership: Annual membership is the foundation on which all of NET’s success is

Where You’ll Find Us: netNebraska.org/tvchannels

Planned Giving: If you would like to extend your support of NET to make a lasting

• NET – PBS and award-winning locally produced public television programs.

impact, consider putting NET in your will or setting up a charitable gift annuity. You can find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and support NET.

built. If you’re already a member, consider a gift membership for the person who has everything.

NET Sustaining Star: Join other caring members who provide dependable financial support on a continuing monthly basis.

Sports Partner Club: As a member of the NET Sports Partners Club, you’ll support more than 200 hours of collegiate and high school sports programming annually on NET.

• NET World – Live coverage of the legislature, plus news, sports and public affairs television.

Underwrite with NET: Underwriting on NET delivers dual marketing benefits to your organization. Your message reaches an exceptionally devoted audience that is hard to capture through traditional media. Your support of a respected nonprofit generates goodwill. Contact our staff at (402) 470-6334.

• NET Create – Cooking, how-to, travel and lifestyle television programs. • NET Radio – NPR and classical music, news and lifestyle features. (91.1 FM, stream online or listen on our apps) • NET Nebraska App – Free, fast access to live and on-demand television, radio and online content.

NET is not just a public broadcasting network, it’s your broadcasting network – a community resource that has served Nebraskans for more than 60 years. To join, call (800) 634-6788.

• NET Radio App – Listen to either News/Classical (FM) or News/Jazz (HD-2). • Nebraska Capitol Live App – Watch all the live streaming video from the Capitol. Education: NET began with an educational mission and it remains at the heart of what we do. We offer 12 hours of safe, educational kids shows every weekday. Through NET’s Virtual Learning Library, powered by PBS LearningMedia, educators, students and parents have more than 100,000 digital learning objects, lesson plans and activities.

NET –NEBRASKA’S PBS & NPR STATIONS 1800 N 33rd St. • Lincoln, NE 68503 10050 Regency Cir., Ste. 125 • Omaha, NE 68114 Phone (800) 634-6788 www.netNebraska.org General Manager/CEO: Mark Leonard Assistant GM, Development & Marketing: Debbie Hamlett Chair of the NET Commission: Ken Bird Chair of NET Foundation Board of Directors: Nicholas Baxter To donate call: (800) 634-6788 2017

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We accept God’s call, reaching out to people with unmet needs, nurturing in them a conviction of love that they may recognize their own gifts.

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S THE NOTRE DAME SISTERS continue to respond to the call of Christ, we commit ourselves to building a world Christian community of love and support for each person by meeting unmet needs.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Financial Contributions: Your donations to our retirement and healthcare fund, Notre Dame Housing, Inc., Safe Homes and human trafficking are always needed to allow the Sisters to continue their ministries. (The Omaha Archdiocese does not provide the Sisters with direct financial support. The Sisters are solely responsible for assuring that their funding needs are met.)

We work to educate, inform, enlighten and advocate. We are teachers, nurses, chaplains, pastoral ministers and spiritual directors. We care for and work with the ill, infirmed, minorities, marginalized and those affected by poverty, violence and social disadvantage.

Event Sponsorship & Attendance: We host an annual Community Luncheon in November that is free for the public to attend and a Celebration of Spirit Dinner in the spring. For more information about these events, sponsorships or to acquire tickets, please visit our website www.notredamesisters.org.

Safe Homes: Through our Safe Homes ministry, we provide start-up funds for people escaping domestic violence situations. We also help them rebuild their self-esteem damaged in abusive relationships, find employment and a home where they will be safe from harm. Since 2009 this ministry has helped more than 450 people in need.

In-kind Donations: The Sisters and residents of Notre Dame Housing, Inc. are always grateful for donations of fresh fruit and vegetables, food staples, household items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, office supplies and craft materials. Memorial & Prayer Associations: Nearly 200 people request our prayers each week. Those who are enrolled are prayed for perpetually. Family members and friends who have enrolled loved ones in the Memorial Association are invited to a special Memorial Mass in November.

Human Trafficking: We respond to the call of Christ by working to achieve justice for all, especially those on the margins of our community. We collaborate with area organizations through the Coalition on Human Trafficking, working to eliminate one of the most abusive actions toward men, women and children. (www.notrafficking.org)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Events: Friendly and fun volunteers are always needed to help with our annual Celebration of Spirit Dinner and our other events throughout the year.

Notre Dame Housing, Inc: Notre Dame Housing, Inc. provides safe and affordable living for older adults in a community of respect, love and independence, encouraging growth of body, mind and spirit. Our residents are offered life enrichment, health and wellness and supportive services to improve their quality of life, allowing them to live independently and age in place. (www.ndhinc.org)

Notre Dame Housing, Inc: We have various volunteer opportunities available to help with resident programs, activities and events. Become a Notre Dame Associate: The Associate Program provides an opportunity for persons who are not canonical members of the Notre Dame Order to enter into a formal relationship with the congregation. Associate members and the Sisters gather monthly to share in community, prayer and ministry. They also meet annually for volunteer service, a retreat day, to celebrate commitments of new and renewing members and a day to re-energize and have fun. Associates are men and women who are 18 years of age or older of any race, culture, Christian belief, married, single or clergy who make a formal commitment with specified goals over a period of time. There is no financial requirement for Associates in the program.

Prayer: Prayer is an integral part of the life of the Notre Dame Sisters and flows through all of our ministries. We give comfort to anyone in need by sending cards and letters, making phone calls and visits and with our prayers. We also visit shut-ins and jails and attend funerals in this vital ministry.

NOTRE DAME SISTERS 3501 State St. • Omaha, NE 68112 Phone (402) 455-2994 www.notredamesisters.org Provincial Leadership Team: Sr. Margaret Hickey, Sr. Joy Connealy & Sr. Margaret Proskovec To volunteer contact: Mary J. Brown Advancement & Communications Officer • (402) 455-2994 Ext.101

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Omaha Academy of Ballet exists to promote the art of dance through excellent training, performance opportunities and exposure to specific ballet testing programs and curriculum.

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MAHA ACADEMY OF BALLET (OAB) was founded in June 1962 by civic-minded community leaders who wanted a professionally oriented ballet school to develop talent in Omaha. Currently Omaha Academy of Ballet has three core programs – the School of Dance, the Community Engagement Program including Omaha Dance Project and after-school dance classes in the Omaha Public Schools, and the Nebraska Summer Dance Camp in Halsey, Nebraska.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Développé Capital Campaign: Ensure the success of Omaha Academy of Ballet into our next 50 years. The Campaign seeks to raise $2.0 million to purchase and renovate our new building; expand programming, Community Engagement and Scholarship funding; and create a building maintenance fund. Omaha Dance Project: (ODP) is the Academy’s community performance program open to dancers throughout the community. Its goal is to provide non-professionals with the chance to experience a professional-style performing experience. We collaborate with local and regional dance choreographers to bring their works to life through our dancers.

Current OAB students learn the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Syllabus, a professionally developed teaching system with levels that assure progressive and safe development.

Sharon McGill and Wendy Larson-Cooper Scholarship Fund: Aimed at providing tuition assistance to families experiencing financial hardships or rewarding exceptional students for their dedication and perseverance. Nebraska Summer Dance Camp: Now in its 30th year, the Nebraska Summer Dance Camp provides a week-long, overnight experience at the 4-H Camp in Halsey, Nebraska, for intermediate to advanced dancers. The Royal Ball: Children experience the art of ballet through performances, learning a dance, treats, arts and crafts at the historic Joslyn Castle.

Many students have continued on in professional careers with companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Los Angeles Ballet, Houston Ballet, National Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, San Francisco Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Denver Ballet, Momix, Omaha Ballet, Ballet Nebraska, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Frankfurt Ballet in Germany. Omaha Dance Project first began in 2005 and is designed to serve the dance community as a venue for performance opportunity. OAB completely sponsors this program and provides rehearsal space, access to choreographers, a pre-professional environment, the costumes, sets and performance venue. New in 2016, the afterschool dance classes provide students with the opportunity to take ballet classes who otherwise would not have the means to come to the main studio.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Board of Directors/Committee Member: Share your expertise with us! We are always looking for new board and committee members who are excited about dance and our programs. The Royal Ball Host/Hostess: Occurring each October, we seek volunteers to help with set-up, tear-down and the running of various stations such as the craft and food areas. Omaha Dance Project: Occurring in January 2017, we seek volunteers to help with costume alterations, set-up and tear-down of the production as well as front-of-house help including handing out programs and selling tickets. Spring Dance Concert: Occurring late May or early June of each year, this is OAB’s showcase of all its students. We seek volunteers to help with costume creation/alterations, set-up and tear-down of the production, handing our programs, and selling merchandise and flowers.

Now in its 30th year, the Nebraska Summer Dance Camp in Halsey, Nebraska, offers a rewarding challenge to dancers at moderate to advanced levels. This week-long, overnight camp experience draws dancers from across the Midwest with instructors from professional companies or educational institutions around the region. Nebraska Summer Dance Camp is a safe, affordable way to experience an intensive summer dance program.

OMAHA ACADEMY OF BALLET 319 N 72nd St. • Omaha, NE 68114 Phone (402) 346-0469 www.oabdance.org Director of Operations: Penny Michonski Board President: Catherine Demes Maydew To volunteer or to donate contact: Penny Michonski, Director of Operations • (402) 346-0469 2017

WISH LIST: • Donations of any amount. • A tablet for front desk use and at events. • Sound system for fourth studio, including complete audio system and speakers. • Bike rack for students who ride their bikes to class. • Outdoor benches for families waiting.

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MAHA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Our mission is to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning.

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INCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1976, Omaha Children’s Museum has been a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works and learn through play. It is Omaha’s primary participatory museum and provides a variety of hands-on exhibits, workshops, programs, presentations and special events that put children in touch with their ever-changing world. Educational programming is an area of strength for Omaha Children’s Museum. Special offerings such as focus field trips, summer camps, workshops, overnights and birthday parties help round out the experience for young visitors.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Exhibit & Event Sponsorship • Corporate Sponsorships • In-kind Donations • Planned and Annual Giving • Membership • For the Kids Benefit

The imaginative environment at Omaha Children’s Museum reaches beyond home and school experiences, nurturing growth and development as young children and their adults explore the world together.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The museum is always on the lookout for talented volunteers who want to engage and inspire young minds. Volunteer opportunities include: • Rainbow Connector’s Guild • Hosting a Corporate Membership Drive • Exhibit and Event volunteers

OMAHA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 500 S 20th St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 342-6164 www.ocm.org Executive Director: Lindy Hoyer Board President/Chairman: Trent Demulling, Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc. Guild Board President: Ellie Grace Name of Guild/Auxiliary: Rainbow Connector’s Guild To volunteer or to donate contact: Rachel Evans • (402) 342-6164 Ext. 415

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HE OMAHA COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE is the largest community theatre in the nation! Founded in 1924, the visionaries who started the Playhouse set our course to be different from the typical community theatre. Now in our 92nd season, the Omaha Community Playhouse has taken community theatre to a level previously unachieved and unimaginable. From our national-caliber productions to a magnificent state-of-the art facility, Omaha’s playhouse has been the product of hard work, creative talent and continued generosity.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: General Operations These gifts remain the most needed contributions to OCP. Simply put, a gift to our general operations allows OCP to use the money where it is needed most. This could be paying the electric bill (around $5,000 a month), adding the finishing touches to a production’s special effects, supporting staff, buying supplies for an educational workshop or many other needs.

Producing Partners (Show Sponsors) Help underwrite an OCP show and in return receive great marketing and ticket benefits.

Our professional staff works side-by-side with emerging theatrical talents and thousands of community volunteers both onstage and backstage to produce yearround entertainment. We are also supported in this mission by community individuals and corporations who consider their generosity an investment in the culture of our city. This partnership between OCP and the greater Omaha community has given Omaha a unique position in the world of community theatre. While we celebrate the success of this theatre season after season, we remain always mindful of the community volunteers, local corporations and, of course, our loyal audience members and donors who brought this theatre to “Number 1.” This theatre has certainly come a long way since 1924, but the original commitment to presenting compelling work for the stage has always been and continues to be the number one priority of the Omaha Community Playhouse.

Omaha Community Playhouse Foundation Endowment Ensure OCP’s high-quality productions and programs are available to future generations.

Scholarship Funds Help deserving students participate in OCP workshops, classes, camps or the Theatre Technology Apprenticeship Program® (TTAP).

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Actors Experience the thrill of performing! We rely on Omaha’s talent to bring productions to life.

Backstage Backstage volunteer positions include, but are not limited to, running crew, lightboard, soundboard, spotlight, flyrail, shift crew, properties, special effects, wardrobe, scene shop, set/construction, lighting/electrics, etc. Box Office Front-of-house volunteer positions include ushers, greeters, hosts and Box Office representatives, who seat patrons, answer phones and sell tickets.

“The Omaha Community Playhouse isn’t a mere building. It’s the spirit that’s been put into the Playhouse by thousands of volunteers over the years.”

Administrative Administrative volunteers answer phones and greet daytime visitors.

~ Henry Fonda WISH LIST: • Season Subscribers – A number of great ticket packages are available; join today! • Testimonials – Has your life been changed by the Omaha Community Playhouse? We want to know! Please share your story with us. • In-kind Gifts – In-kind gifts help reduce our expenses. Needs include: laundry detergent, copy paper, rechargeable batteries, tools, landscaping and/or snow removal service and more! • Speaking Engagements – Invite OCP to your workplace, a neighborhood event, a club or organization you attend or to speak with your friends and family. No group is too small! • Contributions of Any Amount Make a Difference! – Please contact the Development Director at (402) 553-4890 Ext. 127 for more information on these or other giving opportunities with OCP.

OMAHA COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE 6915 Cass St. • Omaha, NE 68132 Box Office (402) 553-0800 • Administrative (402) 553-4890 Toll Free (888) 782-4338 www.omahaplayhouse.com President: Tim Schmad Artistic Director: Kimberly Faith Hickman Board Chairman: Norma Riley To volunteer contact: Cheryl Rudeen • (402) 553-4890 Ext. 110 2017

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MAHA HOME FOR BOYS

Strengthening and supporting youth, young adults and families through services that inspire and equip them to lead independent and productive lives.

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OUNDED IN 1920, the Omaha Home for Boys is a leader in communitybased services for youth, young adults and families. Our goal is reunification of the family.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Your support is vital to the young men and women in our care.

As we continue on the road to our 100th anniversary in 2020, the Omaha Home for Boys serves young men and women who are generally at-risk due to neglect, multiple placements, poor socioeconomic circumstances, truancy or poor school performance, drug and alcohol abuse and/or the inability of their families to support them.

Every gift makes a difference. It helps change lives for the better, reunites families and gives our young men and women the opportunity to be independent, self-supporting and productive citizens.

For 97 years, we have been a resource in the community, offering support and stability while working in collaboration with schools, service providers and other nonprofit organizations to help youth and families be successful. Our youth are cared for through three programs: Inspiration Hill Residential Care (high school-age boys), Jacobs’ Place Transitional Living (young men and women ages 17-20) and Branching Out® Independent Living (young men and women ages 14-24). Each year, the Omaha Home for Boys cares for more than 300 young men and women ages 14-24. They are placed at the Omaha Home for Boys by family or self-placement, the juvenile justice system, social workers, state agencies and other youth care professionals.

You can support our young men and women in a variety of ways: Monetary Gifts Cash gifts are preferred and most appreciated. Youth Assistance Our young men and women need support from our generous community. You can help them reach their goals through the following ways to help ensure a bright future for them and our community:

• Gifts

• Internships

• Job opportunities

• Housing opportunities

• Scholarships

AND OTHER SUPPORT Giving of your time or services: • OHB Dunk Tank as part of Omaha Gives! – May 24, 2017 • Omaha Home for Boys Annual Golf Classic – Tiburon Golf Club – June 7, 2017 • Imagine Our Youth Gala – Embassy Suites La Vista – September 14, 2017 For more information about giving opportunities, join our mailing list or to receive our print and/or e-mail Twig newsletter, please contact our Development Department today at (402) 457-7165 or email us at giving@omahahomeforboys.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@omahahomeforboy) and LinkedIn for news and information about the Home and our amazing youth.

WISH LIST: HELP US TO HELP OUR YOUTH

THE OMAHA HOME FOR BOYS 4343 N 52nd St. • Omaha, NE 68104 Phone (402) 457-7000 • Toll Free (800) 408-4663 www.omahahomeforboys.org President & CEO: Jeff Moran Board Chairmen: Darren Carlson To volunteer contact: (402) 457-7000

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MAHA PERFORMING ARTS

Presentation of the highest quality arts and entertainment experiences; stewardship of the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center; education and community engagement programs.

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MAHA PERFORMING ARTS is the largest arts institution in Nebraska. We are a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of citizens in Omaha and the region. In the past decade, more than 3 million visitors have attended world-class performances including Broadway, jazz, dance, family and popular entertainment at our two venues, the Orpheum Theater and the Holland Center, and beyond. More than 220,000 students have participated in our Education and Community Engagement programs. Omaha Performing Arts provides a $40 million annual impact on the local economy.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Annual Gifts: Annual fund gifts support Omaha Performing Arts in maintaining the Orpheum and Holland; presenting artists and ensembles; and providing Education and Community Engagement programs.

Corporate Sponsorships and Corporate Circles of Giving: Performances are supported in part by corporate sponsorships that enable OPA to present artists and ensembles. Opportunities exist for single performances or an entire series, including Dance, Family, Jazz, Showcase, and National Geographic Live as well as Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing, 1200 Club and Education and Community Engagement programs. Major Gifts: Major Gifts support our organization’s operations, Education and Community Engagement programming, and capital projects that sustain and improve its two venues. Previous major gifts have resulted in the construction of the NRG Energy Ovations bar and lounge, Zinc restaurant, and new sound and lighting systems. Planned Gifts: Planned gifts help secure a vibrant future for the arts in Omaha. Endowment gifts are invested by the Foundation, which then grants funds to Omaha Performing Arts for facility needs, programs and operations.

The Orpheum Theater hosts top Broadway touring productions including Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and The Phantom of the Opera, and artists such as Tony Bennett, Jason Mraz and Diana Krall. The Holland Performing Arts Center has featured such acts as Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti, David Sedaris and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Omaha Symphony is a resident company at the Holland. Both venues are also popular destinations for weddings, corporate meetings and community events. Performing arts go beyond our buildings into classrooms in Omaha and across Nebraska. Programs include the Student Matinee Series, daytime shows for schools; Nebraska High School Theatre Awards, celebrating, supporting and advocating musical theater education across Nebraska; Disney Musicals in Schools, a free program for grades 3-5 developed by Disney Theatrical Group to build sustainable musical theater programs; WeBop®, an early childhood jazz education program in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center; and Musical Explorers, a K-2 curriculum-based program from Carnegie Hall to build music skills in the classroom. We also offer Master Classes to give students the chance to learn from accomplished artists.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The Ambassadors: The Ambassadors is a volunteer organization that supports Omaha Performing Arts, the Orpheum Theater and the Holland Performing Arts Center. Ambassadors provide patrons with quality customer service, ensuring they have a positive entertainment experience. Led by professional House Managers, Ambassadors are truly just that – ambassadors – representing the entertainers, the theater and, in a larger sense, Omaha. Ambassador duties may include greeting patrons, taking tickets, helping at Will Call, assisting with seating, assembling programs and handling coat-check.

The Presenters: The Presenters is an enthusiastic volunteer group whose members donate extensive time and talent to support the mission of Omaha Performing Arts. The group also raises funds through the biannual Broadway Ball and Stage Party events, which they contribute to programming and Education and Community Engagement efforts of Omaha Performing Arts.

Our Community Engagement programs include Arts Access, reduced-rate tickets to organizations that serve populations with limited access to the arts. OPA’s popular free summer concert series, Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing, draws more than 50,000 people annually.

OMAHA PERFORMING ARTS 1200 Douglas St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 345-0202 OmahaPerformingArts.org President: Joan H. Squires Board President/Chairman: John Gottschalk Guild Board President: Gail Graeve Name of Guild/Auxiliary: The Presenters To volunteer contact: Joni Fuchs • (402) 661-8485

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MAHA SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

Our mission is to provide students and staff of the Omaha Public Schools academic programs, enrichment activities and professional opportunities beyond their budget constraints.

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HE OMAHA SCHOOLS FOUNDATION’S mission supports the curriculum of the Omaha Public Schools and helps sustain this community’s tradition of excellence in integrated living and learning.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • The Bryan High School Urban Agriculture Career Academy Greenhouse • The South Magnet High School Visual and Performing Arts Center • The Benson High School Career Academies • The Burke High School Stadium Renovation • The Future Educator Scholarships

To carry out this mission, the Omaha Schools Foundation seeks private and corporate contributions and gifts. The Foundation also develops proposals for projects and programs for presentation to private, corporate and philanthropic organizations for sponsorship and funding. The Foundation is unique in that, unlike many available fundraising platforms, it does not charge any fees associated with making a donation or using the Omaha Schools Foundation Social Media to promote classroom project requests.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Kids Club offers employment opportunities for Childcare Directors, Assistant Directors

Kids Club, a before and after school parent-pay childcare program for children attending Omaha Public Elementary Schools, is administered by the Omaha Schools Foundation. The mission of Kids Club is to provide high quality care for children in a safe, fun and nurturing environment.

and Aides for the before and after school childcare program, part time with split shift. Ideal for Elementary Education majors or any student. Call Omaha Schools Foundation at (531) 299-0250 for further information.

The Omaha Schools Foundation also provides an early childhood program serving children ages 4-5 and is available at Fullerton, Harrison, Picotte, Saddlebrook, and Standing Bear. This parent-pay program mirrors the philosophy the Omaha Public Schools District. The Early Childhood program in the Omaha Public Schools is based on the belief that every child is diverse and uniquely gifted with the capacity to learn. The OPS program capitalizes on the natural curiosity of children by designing meaningful learning experiences to promote language; literacy; and cognitive, physical and social/emotional development in a safe and secure environment. The Omaha Schools Foundation is recognized as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is incorporated under Nebraska Law as a nonprofit corporation. The Foundation is governed by a board of directors, all residents of the Omaha School District.

THE OMAHA SCHOOLS FOUNDATION 3215 Cuming St. • Omaha, NE 68131 Phone (531) 299-0250 www.omahaschoolsfoundation.org Executive Director: Toba Cohen-Dunning Board President: Adam Steffen For Employment opportunities: Omaha Schools Foundation • (531) 299-0250

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MAHA SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION

The Omaha Symphony’s mission is to enrich people’s lives through the exhilarating experience of live orchestral music.

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HE OMAHA SYMPHONY, a nonprofit professional orchestra, is the largest performing arts organization in Nebraska and a top regional orchestra. Established in 1921, the Omaha Symphony is celebrating 96 years of great music, education and community enrichment.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Annual Fund: Gifts to the annual fund allow us to reach individuals of all ages and backgrounds through concerts, education programs and community engagement. Each year, the symphony performs more than 100 concerts – from free community events to main-stage concerts with world-renowned guest artists. Our music education programs provide 30,000 local students the opportunity to use music as a tool to develop skills of creativity. Corporate Sponsorships: As a corporate sponsor, your business gains exposure in the community and increased name recognition. Whether on a promotional poster, in an on-air commercial or during a pre-concert announcement, your name is associated with the largest performing arts organization in Nebraska. The Omaha Symphony creates customizable performance and marketing benefits tailored to your business’s unique needs. Endowment and Planned Gifts: Estate gifts and endowment contributions create a charitable legacy that benefits the Omaha Symphony now and for generations to come. Memorials and Tributes: Gifts to honor or celebrate a person or event.

Under the leadership of Music Director Thomas Wilkins and Principal Pops Conductor Ernest Richardson, the Omaha Symphony is comprised of 42 full-time musicians and 54 contract musicians, with additional players hired as repertoire requires. All orchestra members are highly trained, paid professionals. A versatile ensemble, the Omaha Symphony offers six mainstage concert series – MasterWorks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Symphony Joslyn, Movie Music and Family – and brings many world-renowned popular and classical guest artists to Omaha to share the concert stage. Each season the Omaha Symphony reaches approximately 30,000 students throughout the region with a nationally-recognized music education curriculum designed for preschool through high school. The Omaha Symphony provides professional workshops for young American composers and for Omaha-area music teachers. The symphony also partners with social service agencies, arts groups and academic organizations to provide engaging programs for thousands of individuals diverse in age, background and opportunity. Partners include Creighton University, Salvation Army, El Museo Latino, Completely KIDS, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Omaha Conservatory of Music, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha Area Youth Orchestras, Omaha Public Schools and others.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The Omaha Symphony Guild and the Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony are long-time volunteer contributors, providing funding and support for the orchestra’s education programs.

According to a 2013 study by UNL’s Bureau of Business Research, the symphony generated an estimated $45 million economic impact in Douglas County over the previous five years.

OMAHA SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION 1905 Harney St., Ste. 400 • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 342-3836 www.omahasymphony.org President & CEO: James M. Johnson Chairman: D. David Slosburg Omaha Symphony Guild Board President: Victoria Halgren To support contact: Melanie Rogge, VP of Development • (402) 661-8575 2017

WISH LIST: • Subscribers and single-ticket buyers – Treat yourself to great music at great prices! • Trade partners and in-kind gifts – Contact us to discuss creative partnerships! • Contributions of any size – Whether an annual campaign donation or a multi-year pledge to the endowment, your support is deeply appreciated. • Corporate Sponsorships – Gain exposure in the community while supporting the largest performing arts organization in Nebraska.

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The Omaha Zoo Foundation is dedicated to supporting the mission and programs of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

OVERING MORE THAN 130 ACRES, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is Nebraska’s largest tourist attraction and is consistently ranked among the top zoos in the world. Omaha’s Zoo has evolved from a small city park established in 1894 with a menagerie of animals to a nationally recognized zoological and conservation park that has exposed millions of people to rare and endangered species from around the world.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Adopt-An-Animal • Patron Memberships • Dr. Lee G. Simmons Legacy Fund • Capital Projects • Exhibit Naming and Sponsorship • Corporate Sponsorship • Honorary and Memorial Giving

Seventeen major building and animal enclosures along with expansive outdoor exhibits showcase more than 17,000 animals amidst gardens, visitor amenities and world-class research facilities, making Omaha’s Zoo a living classroom. It is enjoyed by approximately 1.7 million people each year, including more than 250,000 people who take part in its education programming. Zoo visitors develop an understanding and appreciation of animals, plant life and the environment we share.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Docent Program • Diet Kitchen Volunteers –assist with animal diet preparations • Event Volunteers

The Omaha Zoo Foundation’s sole purpose is to advance support of these efforts by raising the funds necessary to ensure a vibrant zoo for future generations.

OMAHA ZOO FOUNDATION 3701 S 10th St. • Omaha, NE 68107 Phone (402) 738-2073 www.omahazoofoundation.org Executive Director: Tina L. Cherica Omaha Zoo Foundation Chairman of the Board: Lee G. Simmons, DVM Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium CEO: Dennis Pate To volunteer contact: Kathy Vires • kathyv@omahazoo.com

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Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission that meets the basic needs of individuals and families while inspiring HOPE for lasting change.

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HE FIRST TIME SOMEONE COMES TO Open Door Mission, they are often driven by an urgent physical need for food and shelter from street life—even for a short while. But thankfully, what happens once they arrive can have a lasting impact. At Open Door Mission they find shelter—not only from the storms that bring harsh weather—but also from the storms of life.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Hope for the Hungry, Hope for the Holidays: You can provide 10 hot, nutritious meals for hungry and homeless men, women and children for just $21.50. Visit www.opendoormission.org today! Heartland Hands Club: Faithful donors who commit to a monthly gift providing basic needs to hungry and homeless men, women and children each year at Open Door Mission. Contact Valerie Ridpath, Heartland Hands Coordinator at vridpath@opendoormission.org for more information. Memorials and Honorariums: Gifts in any amount can be made to Open Door Mission to honor or memorialize a loved one. Please include name and address so an acknowledgement may be sent to the appropriate individual to recognize the gift. Securities, Charitable Gifts: Donations of stocks, property or cars are always gratefully received. Please consult a professional for specific details or contact Mike Johnson, Chief Financial Officer, for additional information at (402) 829-1558 or mjohnson@opendoormission.org. Planned Giving: One very important aspect of planning for the future is to take time to consider your overall financial and estate plans. Consider making a difference in the lives of the hungry and homeless while leaving a legacy gift. Please don’t hesitate to contact Candace Gregory at (402) 829-1502 or cgregory@opendoormission.org with any questions about planned giving.

Each Day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women, and children and serves over 2,000 nutritious meals to feed the hungry. And more than 275 people in our community who are struggling to make ends meet find a variety of services at our Family Outreach/Donation Centers that help prevent them from slipping into the despair of homelessness. We realize there are many worthwhile causes and ministries you could choose to be a part of, and we never take your gift for granted. We hope the heartfelt mutual concern we share for our neediest neighbors will convince you that Open Door Mission is worthy of your support. As we work together, we can truly make a difference in our community!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Please Volunteer just 2 hours a month… 2 hours a month x 12 months = 24 hours a year. That’s one day of your year that will change lives forever. Schedule your life-changing volunteer experience today! Contact (402) 829-1504 or volunteer@opendoormission.org. Walk-Ins Welcome: Sort, organize, and shelve donations of clothing and housewares at one of our four Family Outreach/Donation Centers, all of which will empower low-income individuals and families to remain in their own homes. Check out specific hours and addresses online, but no reservation needed! Friends of the Mission: A volunteer organization, open to both men and women, that supports and aids the work of Open Door Mission. Meetings are the first Tuesday of every month, starting at 11:30am, with lunch and testimonies from current program members, followed by optional service projects.

OPEN DOOR MISSION 2828 N 23rd St. East • Omaha, NE 68110 Phone (402) 422-1111 www.opendoormission.org President/CEO: Candace L. Gregory Board Chairmen: Perry Poyner Guild Board President, Name of Guild/Auxiliary: Wanda Meador, Friends of the Mission To volunteer contact: Amy Harvey, Volunteer & Partner Director (402) 829-1504 • volunteer@opendoormission.org

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PERA OMAHA

Nebraska’s only professional opera company, Opera Omaha makes opera accessible to everyone by providing artistic excellence on stages, in classrooms and unexpected venues across the area throughout the year.

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OUNDED IN 1958 as a volunteer association, the Omaha Civic Opera Society became a fully professional opera company by 1970 with tremendous community support. Opera Omaha is instilled with a spirit of adventure, producing high-quality productions all over the city, with Omaha’s historic Orpheum Theater serving as its main stage. The company is known internationally for producing American and world premieres of new works, as well as masterpieces already established in the canon. The 2016-17 season includes the free Opera Outdoors concert in Midtown Crossing’s Turner Park; Puccini’s best known and beloved classic, La bohème; Mozart’s masterpiece of love and deception, Così fan tutte; and a new production of Jonathan Dove’s contemporary opera Flight, led by visionary Director James Darrah.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: The Annual Fund Continually expanding Opera Omaha’s family of supporters will ensure that Opera Omaha can serve as a cultural asset to Omaha for Omaha. Every gift is appreciated.

Artist and Production Sponsorship The wonderful artists, beautiful costumes and spectacular scenery you see on stage are made possible by production sponsorships. There are numerous naming opportunities for donors at many different levels. Community Programs and Education Opera Omaha partners with classrooms and after school programs to introduce opera to people of all ages. Discover how your gift can help change lives by inspiring a young person!

Memorials and Honorariums Remembering your loved ones or recognizing an achievement or milestone in our souvenir program book is a wonderful way to celebrate.

Opera Omaha’s community programs offer opportunities that extend beyond the mainstage productions. Each year, educational and community partnership programs reach thousands of young students across the metropolitan area. Additionally, Opera Omaha offers free pre-production Lunchtime Previews, Prelude Talks at Film Streams prior to each The Met:Live in HD broadcast and many activities across the community annually including National Opera Week.

Planned Giving Join generous donors who have included Opera Omaha in their estate

Opera Omaha is proud to collaborate with other arts organizations in the community including the Omaha Symphony, Film Streams, Ballet Nebraska, KANEKO, Lauritzen Gardens, Fontenelle Forest, Omaha Children’s Museum, and Hot Shops as well as individual artists working in multiple disciplines.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The Opera Omaha Guild – is a group of men and women dedicated to

through a will, trust, or retirement plan. Your personal legacy will provide art for generations to come.

Matching Gifts Does your employer offer a matching gift program? Please check with your Human Resources office to see if, with your company’s help, your gift will go even further!

supporting the Company with fundraising and opera education efforts. Members plan and promote events such as Cotillion (etiquette classes for area sixth-graders), social luncheons, and educational outreach activities.

Craftsman’s Guild – since 1962, the men and women of the Craftsman’s Guild have lent their stagecraft skills in the areas of wardrobe, makeup, wigs, concessions and parties, meeting the backstage needs of guest artists and crew.

The Opera Omaha Chorus – professional singers from Omaha, Lincoln and surrounding communities. Auditions are scheduled at various times throughout the year and are posted on the website.

OPERA OMAHA 1850 Farnam St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 346-7372 www.operaomaha.org General Director: Roger Weitz Board Chairman: Terrence J. Ferguson Guild President: Hillary Nather-Detisch To volunteer contact: Rebecca Ihnen • (402) 346-4398 Ext. 100 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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Supernumeraries – volunteers who appear on stage in non-speaking, non-singing roles, much like being an extra in a movie. Tweet Seats – social media savvy people with great knowledge of the Twitterverse attend the final dress rehearsal of each opera and tweet throughout the production offering real-time reviews of the productions before opening night.

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To positively impact everyone who is blind or visually impaired.

UTLOOK NEBRASKA, INC. (ONI) empowers anyone in the community facing vision loss to gain confidence in their capabilities and achieve their life goals. Through employment, adaptive technology training, recreational and cultural opportunities designed specifically for the visually impaired, ONI strives to enhance the lives of our blind neighbors. ONI produces and sells janitorial paper products through its Employment Program. Nearly 70 percent of our workforce is legally blind. ONI, through its Enrichment Programs, offers free education and training for our community members facing vision loss and their families. We can help them navigate the challenges of vision loss and understand the resources and tools available to help them achieve their goals. We teach several types of technology that enable the blind of any age to use computers, smart phones, magnification devices, scanners and document readers.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: $25 – Support a job at ONI by purchasing ONI paper products for work or home. $50 – Provide an hour of adaptive technology training for a visually impaired person. $75 – Fund a visually impaired teen’s participation in an adapted recreation activity. $100 – Buy a smartphone app that a blind person can use to read print materials. $150 – Subsidize a smart device purchase for an adaptive technology training client. $200 – Purchase a refurbished computer with software allowing a visually impaired person to use independently.

$250 – Make audio description services available for one theatrical production. $500 – Cover the cost for five people to try digital eyewear potentially overcoming vision loss. $2,750 – Support a blind student to attend Camp Abilities Nebraska. We prefer all donations go to the general donation fund, not specific selections. Donate online at www.outlooknebraska.org/donations.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Vision Ambassadors – Help further our mission with a group of friends through fundraising, service projects, or awareness and network building.

Provide vision support during evening adaptive technology training sessions. PE teachers, Physical Therapists, & Coaches – Learn adaptive techniques assisting at our recreation events.

Artists, art teachers – Help us with art workshops for the blind. Ride tandem with an associate in the Bike for Sight event. General office support – Data entry, mail campaigns. Donate an hour mentoring our associates building life skills like budgeting, interviewing, and time management.

Event support – Many skills needed. Other volunteer opportunities are available to support our programs. OUTLOOK NEBRASKA, INC. 4125 S 72nd St. • Omaha, NE 68127 Phone (402) 614-3331 www.outlooknebraska.org CEO: Eric Stueckrath Board Chairman: Steve Knapp, Chairperson To volunteer contact: outlooknebraska.org/volunteer • (402) 614-3331 2 0 21 07 1 T 6

WISH LIST: • Smartphones, tablets or computers for individuals who complete our Education and Training Program curriculum • Tandem bikes that can be used in future ONI-sponsored events • Youth golf clubs for golf instruction to blind and visually impaired children

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Phoenix Academy educates and inspires students with learning differences to realize their full academic potential and become successful in school and in life.

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HOENIX ACADEMY, is a nonprofit private all-day school, kindergarten to 8th grade, that helps students with learning challenges get back on track. Our students transfer to Phoenix Academy from schools across Iowa and Nebraska to benefit from intensive reading and math, small class sizes and a supportive learning environment. Founder Patti Clark believed in each child’s ability to succeed and so do we. At Phoenix Academy young minds don’t just take flight – they soar.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Phoenix Academy Scholarship Luncheon Proceeds from the Scholarship Luncheon provide tuition assistance to students who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend Phoenix Academy. This year, the keynote speaker is Angela Duckworth, psychologist and author of the New York Times bestseller, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. The luncheon will be held on February 1st, 2017 at the Hilton Omaha. Please see our website for ticket information.

WE ARE UNIQUE We provide opportunities for children who have not been successful learning to read at their public or private school, and are behind grade level in reading and/or math. Phoenix Academy is approved by the NE Board of Education. We are unique in that the children attend school here for two years on average, as they work to gain skills to achieve proficiency. Approximately 50 percent of our students have been formally diagnosed with a learning disability, ADHD, or other learning challenges. Students are placed in classes based on their academic needs, not necessarily their grade level. Teaching takes place in a nurturing learning environment using Spalding, an intensive phonics program, and focusing on reading, writing, spelling and math. The overall curriculum also includes science, social studies, music and Bal-A-Vis-X.

Scholarships for Student Tuition Phoenix Academy students pay less than 80 percent of what the actual cost is for each student. Parents have the opportunity to apply for financial aid which is awarded using a sliding scale based on the rates for free or reduced lunch. Our goal is that no one be denied the educational opportunity of Phoenix Academy due to financial difficulties.

Omaha Gives! This citywide fundraiser takes place each May, and helped us raise over $75,000 last year.

Classroom Curriculum We are always looking for additional funding for curriculum resources such as Spalding books.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

SUCCESS STARTS IN THE CLASSROOM Students not only grow academically at Phoenix Academy, they often blossom socially and emotionally, too. Nothing is more rewarding for our educators than to watch students’ confidence soar as they discover their ability to learn, contribute in the classroom, make friends and develop goals for the future.

There is always room for volunteering at Phoenix Academy! Our students love meeting people from our community and getting them involved in what we’re doing. Below are merely examples of what your experience could be.

“Read to the Dog Room” Our students love reading to therapy dogs! This process helps with reading confidence in a fun and unique way. We are always looking for new dog volunteers!

Classroom Assistant Help assist teachers with individual students, homework help and activities.

Office Assistant Help our secretary with tasks, run errands and help with small internal duties.

PHOENIX ACADEMY 1110 N 66th St. • Omaha, NE 68132 Phone (402) 390-0556 http://phoenixacademyomaha.org https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixAcademyOmaha Executive Director: Nancy Liebermann Guild Board President: Dianne Seeman Lozier To volunteer or to donate contact: Stephanie Loneman • (402) 390-0556

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WISH LIST: • $11,000 – Cost to educate (1) student • $7,800 – Full tuition for (1) student • Other Donations: School and Office Supplies, Technology Upgrades

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To help youth reach their academic and life potential through sports, developing the necessary skills, abilities and values to be successful academically and in life.

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LAYSMART IS AN ORGANIZATION that helps 5th through 8th grade students realize their academic and life potential. PlaySmart was created in 1997 by a group of alumni from Princeton University who wanted to provide athletic opportunities to youths who would otherwise not have them. Since our inception, we have helped thousands of young people throughout the United States by introducing them to sports via sports camps, scholarships and other activities with a sports theme. Socioeconomic disparities often mean that certain groups of children do not have access to quality academic programming and athletic programs. PlaySmart works to level the playing field by offering opportunities and programs that foster positive youth development. These include:

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Corporate Sponsorship Individual Giving PlaySmart Academy Student Sponsorship In-kind Gifts Busing - $8,000 Uniform Donation VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Assisting youth with reading Coaching a sport Volunteer staff (counselor) at Academy Fundraising Board member Event volunteers Camp counselors Speakers - motivational, leadership, goal setting, sportsmanship, self confidence Presenting a session at PlaySmart Academy

Branded programs (PlaySmart Academy) Scholarships (support of student athletes to further their development) Partnerships (mini-grants to mission similar organizations, leagues and programs) To date, PlaySmart has invested more than $1 million into the communities it serves through the above strategies. Thousands of young people across the country have been impacted. In 2011, PlaySmart took a major leap forward and launched its own unique summer program that allows hundreds of young people to learn crucial life skills. By introducing young people to new possibilities, we hope to broaden their perspective, raise their aspirations and level the playing field for all.

PLAYSMART 22850 Harrison St. • Gretna, NE 68028 Phone (402) 689-4914 • Toll Free (800) 970-8184 www.playsmart.org Regional Director: Chad Soupir Regional Manager: John Manna Co-Founder: Derek Leathers To volunteer or to donate contact: John Manna • jdmanna@cox.net

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• Gas Cards

• Camp Shirts, Hats, Water Bottles, Drawstring Bags

• Gift Cards - to Costco, Sam’s, etc.

• Assorted Sporting Equipment baseball, football, etc.

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Deliver life-changing rehabilitation and care. • Protect dignity, instill purpose and create hope. • Commit to excellence.

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GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Philanthropic support of QLI directly impacts the families QLI serves.

rehabilitation program has transformed Omaha into the definitive national resource for individuals affected by severe brain and spinal cord injuries. Using a proprietary rehabilitation model, QLI combines unrivaled clinical expertise with an extraordinary focus on practical, real-world therapies. Every program is tailored to meet the individual needs of each respective client, helping brain and spinal cord injury survivors not only regain essential physical and cognitive skills but also reconnect to the passions and purpose that define a meaningful life path.

Giving opportunities include Corporate Giving, Individual Giving, In-kind Donations, Honorarium and Memorial Gifts, Event Sponsorships, and Endowment and Planned Giving. Donations can be made online at www.TeamQLI.com or via phone at (402) 573-3700. Donations can also be mailed to the following address: QLI • 6404 N 70th Plz., Omaha, NE 68104 • Attn: Development

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: QLI has a variety of volunteer roles available, including opportunities to work

QLI’s impact on families across the nation has no parallel, and its life-changing approach to rehabilitation has no peer.

directly with rehabilitation clients, and opportunities to assist with on-campus projects and corporate events. QLI’s volunteer program matches the applicant’s strengths and passions to roles that best serve the needs of QLI and the needs of the volunteer themselves. If you are interested in learning more about QLI’s volunteer program and opportunities therein, please contact Jen Karolski at jkarolski@QLIomaha.com or (402) 573-3738.

QLI: Unrivaled. Relentless. HERE. To learn more, visit QLI on Facebook or online at www.TeamQLI.com.

QLI (QUALITY LIVING, INC) 6404 N 70th Plz. • Omaha, NE 68104 Phone (402) 573-3700 www.TeamQLI.com President: & CEO: Patricia Kearns Board President/Chairman: Walt Griffiths, Legal Counsel, Kutak Rock LLP To volunteer contact: Jen Karolski, Director (402) 573-3738 • Jkarolski@QLIomaha.com

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WISH LIST: Without philanthropic support, QLI could not offer its innovative Life Path Services program, which systematically helps individuals and families restore purpose and pleasure in their lives following a catastrophic injury. Unfortunately, since there is no medical code for the “restoration of hope and pleasure” in someone’s life, insurance companies do not fund this vital element of QLI’s clinical program. To learn more about how you can help, contact Blake Hoogeveen at (402) 573-2164.

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EBUILDING TOGETHER OMAHA Together we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities.

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N JUNE 1996, Christmas in April Omaha began with a modest $5,000 budget, in which five families in dire need of house repairs could safely remain in their homes. Since that time, the name has changed to Rebuilding Together Omaha and year-round services are now offered to meet the growing need of low-income seniors with free home repairs.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Monetary Donations: • One time, recurring or pledge • Planned giving Become A Partner • Corporate Partners - Investing in Rebuilding Together Omaha changes lives for low-income homeowners living in unsafe and unhealthy homes

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• Hands-on volunteering • Event sponsorship

• Healthy at Home: A program that allows homeowners to stay in their homes by providing critical plumbing and electrical repairs, roof replacement and other renovations requiring immediate attention. • Home Modification: The program is designed to allow homeowners with disabilities to remain in their homes and prevent unnecessary institutionalization by providing home modifications intended to increase independence, safety and security.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: National Rebuilding Day – April 29, 2017 Rebuilding Together Omaha – an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing that provides low-income homeowners with critical home repairs – will take part in this year’s National Rebuilding Month by uniting the efforts of hundreds of volunteers to provide free repairs, painting, yard clean-up, waste removal and landscaping for residents in the Deer Park neighborhood.

WISH LIST: • New Bathroom Supplies: new toilets (ADA) 16”tall, braided water line, light fixtures, 60”shower pans and surrounds

REBUILDING TOGETHER OMAHA 2316 S 24th St. • Omaha, NE 68108 Phone (402) 965-9201 www.rebuildingtogetheromaha.org Executive Director: Lynette Farhart Board President: Sarah Brons, First National Bank of Omaha To volunteer or to donate contact: Sara Zivny, Program Manager • (402) 965-9201 2017

• New Fire Extinguishers • New CO/Smoke Detectors • New Paint Supplies: brushes and rollers, cleaning rags • New Ceiling Fans • New Appliances

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STABLISHED TO PROVIDE HOPE and resources to victims of human trafficking, Rejuvenating Women has a long-term restoration home designed to help survivors heal and equipped with experienced counselors, proven curriculum, and engaged supporters. Rejuvenating Women also provides much-needed resources and direction to women in crisis due to trafficking.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Committed Partner Program (monthly donor) • Banquet Sponsorships • Attend Event

What does Rejuvenating Women do in aiding victims of Human Trafficking and help to combat trafficking? Rejuvenating Women works to increase community awareness and coordinate the identification of human trafficking, and assist in community education, advocacy, provision of culturally and linguistically sensitive victim services, and efforts to ensure the investigation and prosecution of human traffickers. Rejuvenating Women provides a Bible-based context, in which women trapped in modern-day slavery and/or survivors of human trafficking are given HOPE, shelter with safety at our Restored Wings Home while provided with anonymity, security and freedom. We have partnered with several agencies and organizations; including law enforcement, to better support and help women and girls escaping violence.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: We have a wide variety of opportunity and need for volunteers. Please contact us to discuss how you can become involved.

WISH LIST: • Twin Sheets

REJUVENATING WOMEN P.O. Box 207 • Boys Town, NE 68010 Phone (800) 402-0601 www.rejuvenatingwomen.com President/Executive Director: Julie Shrader To volunteer or to donate contact: Morgan Putnam (800) 402-0601 • mputnam@rejuvenatingwomen.org

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• Cleaning Supplies • New Bras • New Underwear • New Socks • New Pajamas

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ESTORATION EXCHANGE OMAHA Dedicated to restoring, revitalizing and maintaining treasured buildings and neighborhoods in order to foster stronger communities.

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ORMED IN JULY 2013 through the merger of Landmarks Inc., Restore Omaha, and Omaha Urban Neighborhoods, Restoration Exchange Omaha (REO) seeks to educate and motivate the Omaha area to preserve, restore and rehabilitate older homes, buildings and neighborhoods. Through productive partnerships and creative alliances, REO:

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Become a Member (opportunities start at $35) Join us in making our work happen. Become a member and get fun perks like member-only tours of older homes and buildings being restored.

Restore Omaha Sponsor (opportunities begin at $250) Underwrite our annual conference that provides ideas, solutions and inspiration to over 300 old-home enthusiasts.

• Educates through the Restore Omaha Conference and tours of historic homes, buildings, and neighborhoods.

School Tours of South and North 24th Street (opportunities start at $100) Allow a local school group to discover the culture, history and architecture of South 24th or North 24th Street on our 90-minute walking tour.

• Advocates by nominating and saving homes, buildings and historic districts. Working closely with local and state government officials, Landmark Commission(s) and the public to create laws and policies that favor historic preservation.

Underwrite a Local Landmark Nomination (opportunities start at $2500) Help us save those places that matter in Omaha. Underwrite a local nomination of historically significant property and save it from demolition.

• Invigorates by sharing information, success stories and preservation resources through publications, social media and an online resource directory.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Fall Neighborhood Tours & Restore Omaha Conference: Day-of-event volunteers are needed for the fall neighborhood tour in October and Restore Omaha Conference in March.

Property Research: Help us research the history of homes and buildings in the Omaha area. Training provided. REO Committees: Advocacy - This committee identifies properties to put on the National Register, brings attention to properties in danger, works with the City of Omaha to create policies that promote restoration and preservation of Omaha’s built environment, and meets with developers and property owners to talk about real estate and funding tools available to save historic buildings. Meets monthly at 5:30pm.

Education - This committee organizes the Fall Neighborhood Tour and the Restore Omaha conference, and maintains the REO Online Service Directory. Meets monthly at 5:30pm. Invigoration - This committee writes stories for The Exchange (our monthly e-newsletter), provides content for our social media outlets, takes pictures and organizes our annual Omaha Gives! and “Heart Bombing” events. Meets monthly at 5:30pm.

RESTORATION EXCHANGE OMAHA 3902 Davenport St. • Omaha, NE 68131 Phone (402) 679-5854 www.restorationexchange.org Board President: Joe Sanuik, AIA Executive Director: Kristine Gerber To volunteer contact: info@restorationexchange.org • (402) 679-5854 2017

WISH LIST: • Flat files to hold architectural prints

• Office computer and/or laptop

• HON 3-drawer vertical file cabinet

• Coffeepot

• Beer/wine/water/coffee for our meetings and social events

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The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha (RMHC) is to create and operate programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

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HEN CHILDREN COME TO OMAHA to receive life-saving medical treatments, Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha (RMHC) provides their families with a home away from home.

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GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Annual Fund – Give the gift of togetherness with a donation to our annual fund. For $120, you can support a family for one night at RMHC. Donations accepted at rmhcomaha.org/donate.

The specific purpose of RMHC in Omaha is to support access to care, reduce financial burden, provide psychosocial support keeping families together, and enhance clinical experiences and outcomes and help families resume normalcy.

• Planned Giving – Provide a lasting legacy to RMHC and the families we support. • In-kind Gifts – We constantly are in need of various household supplies and food items to care for the families and maintain the House. We also enlist the help of organizations who donate services (printing, yard care, etc).

With more than 6,500 lodging nights annually, normalcy is established by providing warm beds, hot showers, meals, laundry facilities, family-friendly kitchens, playrooms, and a playground — all of the basic essentials of home. Further, the Ronald McDonald House environment includes a built-in support system where families are able to connect with each other, forming an interdependent network of resources and collaboration. The cost to provide our services is approximately $120 per night, per family, and no family is ever turned away due to inability to pay the $15 suggested donation.

• Pop Tabs – More than 600 groups collect an average of 30 million pop tabs every year for us to recycle for cash to pay the electricity bill all year long for the House.

• Corporate & Event Sponsorships – We have three exciting signature events every year: RMHC Golf Tournament, Kids & Clays Sporting Clays Tournament, and Wings & Wheels Gala.

• Silent Auction & Live Auction Items – These items will help raise additional funds at our signature fundraising events.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Meals that Heal – Every night, a different group will sign up to plan, shop for and cook dinner for the families. On weekends, groups can serve breakfast or dinner.

• Events – Friendly and fun volunteers are always needed at our signature events and third-party fundraisers.

• Pop Tabs – Individual and group opportunities are available to help us track and transport pop tabs to the recycling center.

• Activities for Families – Plan a game night or afternoon of arts & crafts for the families. Tickets to family events are always welcome.

• Front Desk – This is the hub of the House and friendly, helpful individuals are vital to help families and visitors.

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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES IN OMAHA, INC 620 S 38th Ave. • Omaha, NE 68105 Phone (402) 346-9377 rmhcomaha.org Executive Director: Lindsey Rai Reasner Board President/Chairman: Scott Searl, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, BH Media Group To volunteer contact: Emily Mozer, Volunteer and Events Manager • (402) 346-9377

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The Siena/Francis House’s mission is directed toward a concern and care of the poor, realized in feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless.

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OUNDED IN 1975, the Siena/Francis House is Nebraska’s largest shelter and is located in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The Siena/Francis House provides food, shelter and clothing, along with outreach/case management to homeless families and individuals from Omaha and surrounding communities. The Siena/Francis House annually serves nearly 420,000 meals and provides over 180,000 overnight stays to the approximately 4,000 homeless families and individuals who turn to us for assistance each year. Additionally, the Siena/Francis House provides more emergency shelter and meals to homeless families and individuals than all other Omaha homeless shelters.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: The Siena/Francis House provides our basic human services of emergency shelter, food & clothing at no cost to the homeless families and individuals needing our services. As such, we rely primarily on the generosity of the community for our operational expenses. Having sufficient supplies is crucial. For example, each month we need 5,000 rolls of toilet paper and enough soap for 5,760 loads of laundry. Please visit www.sienafrancis.org to make a contribution, donate materials or volunteer.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The Siena/Francis House’s main volunteer program is serving a

The Siena/Francis House has an “open door” policy, in that we try to never turn away any person or family who comes to us in need, regardless of the circumstances that led them to be in need of our services. Exercising a policy of unconditional acceptance, the Siena/Francis House is dedicated to providing all of our services to the poor and homeless with the respect and dignity they deserve, including those viewed as “most difficult to serve” – the chronically addicted & mentally ill homeless persons who may not currently be receiving medical care or medication.

meal to our homeless guests. Evening dinner is served by outside volunteer groups every day of the year. Volunteers also serve a brunch every Sunday morning and on major holidays. Volunteers dish up food onto trays in the food line and deliver the trays to the homeless guests who are seated at tables in our dining room. Dinner volunteers are needed each evening from 4:30 until 7:15pm. Brunch volunteers are needed from 8:30 until 11:15am. For more information on serving a meal, contact stephanie@sienafrancis.org. Other volunteer opportunities include helping sort donations such as toiletries, canned goods, clothing, books, craft items, etc.; helping with special projects and special events that arise from time to time; and conducting gatherings of items from our daily needs list. For more information regarding other volunteer opportunities, please contact stephanie@sienafrancis.org.

Additional Siena/Francis House Information: • The Siena/Francis House has two model emergency shelter facilities which provide safe, clean and secure housing for our guests;

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• The Siena/Francis House provides all of our services at no cost to our guests;

• Food • Clothing • Blankets, Pillows, Linens, Towels • Personal Care Items • Cleaning Agents, such as Pine Sol and Bleach • Kitchen-Related Items, such as Silverware, Aluminum Foil, Plastic “Baggies,” Paper Towels, Large Garbage Bags, Coffee, Disposable Coffee Cups

We appreciate receiving in donations all items that help our organization provide services to our guests, including:

• Each year helps approximately 250 homeless families and individuals achieve stable housing; • The Siena/Francis House is a 501(c)(3), tax exempt charitable organization; • The Siena/Francis House is independent, in that it is not affiliated with a national or “parent” organization, and is non-denominational; • The Siena/Francis House operates Nebraska’s largest residential mental health/chemical addictions treatment program administered by licensed professionals; • The Siena/Francis House has a 110-person employment training program which provides the homeless work-related and personal growth skills;

SIENA/FRANCIS HOUSE HOMELESS SHELTER 1702 Nicholas St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 341-1821 www.sienafrancis.org CEO/Executive Director: Mike Saklar Board Chairman: Tom Chapman To volunteer contact:stephanie@sienafrancis.org

• Employment training staff help operate the Siena/Francis House’s facilities and programs and receive monthly stipends for their work.

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Special Olympics Nebraska provides sports, health screenings and education for people with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy.

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PECIAL OLYMPICS NEBRASKA is a nonprofit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect across the state.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Event Sponsorship – Create a connection between you and over 5,000 athletes and

From Special Olympics Nebraska’s beginnings over 40 years ago, we have grown from a few hundred athletes to over 5,000 athletes, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs.

Start a Polar Plunge Team – Break the ice for Special Olympics! Create a team of friends, family and co-workers who are brave enough to take a dip into frigid winter waters.

Special Olympics Nebraska is active in over 110 communities statewide and can be found in hundreds of classrooms through our Project Unify and Young Athletes Program initiatives.

In-Kind Giving – Donate equipment, apparel, food or a professional service to support

In addition to sporting and competition, Special Olympics Nebraska provides free health screenings, wellness programs and education opportunities.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Coach a Team Volunteer at an Event Become a Unified Partner and compete on a Special Olympics team Host a Reveal the Champion presentation at your work or home

8,000 volunteers. State Games sponsors help provide equipment, venues, transportation and other support to Special Olympics Nebraska athletes.

Join our Giving Society – The Champions Together Giving Society is a commitment to support Special Olympics Nebraska for five years at $1,000 or above. our mission.

More than 5,000 volunteers help make life-changing experiences possible for Nebraskans with intellectual disabilities. This can include coaching, becoming a Unified Partner or working at an event as a day-of volunteer. Learn more about the work of Special Olympics Nebraska by joining us in our office for a tour of our mission. These Reveal the Champion tours are offered monthly and an RSVP is required. Contact Sandi Hansen at shansen@sone.org for upcoming dates and to secure your spot!

For more information about getting involved, contact our Volunteer Manager Maggie Stryson at mstryson@sone.org or visit our website at www.sone.org.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEBRASKA 9427 F St. • Omaha, NE 68127 Phone (402) 331-5545 • Toll Free (800) 247-0105 www.sone.org President/CEO: Carolyn Chamberlin Board Chair: Heather Wright, Gallup To volunteer or to donate contact: Maggie Stryson, Volunteer Manager • (402) 331-5545 Ext. 20

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• Collateral Material

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Save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

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N NEBRASKA, an estimated 24 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each week. Susan G. Komen Nebraska is a resource for those who need to learn about breast health and for breast cancer patients and their families. Since its founding in 1994, Komen Nebraska has invested more than $7 million in community-based services and more than $2 million in breast cancer research.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Corporate and Event Sponsorships • Individual Donations • Matching Gifts • Memorials or Honorariums • In-kind Donations

Your support of Komen Nebraska funds community programs that provide education, screening, and treatment support serving 91 counties. In the last year alone: • 21,500 people received breast health education • 600+ people received a free or low-cost mammogram • 350 breast cancer survivors received support

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Help in our office with general office duties • Volunteer to help with our annual fundraiser, Race for the Cure® • Plan and implement other special events for Komen® Nebraska

No one should ever have to die from breast cancer. Despite advances in medicine, a stubborn truth remains: more than 40,000 women and men die of breast cancer every year in the U.S. This is a number we have never been willing to accept, and one that we will change with our bold goal: to reduce breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent in the next 10 years. We need your help to make this goal a reality. Act. Donate. Get Involved.

For more information about getting involved, contact Angela Phillips at angela.phillips@komennebraska.org or visit the “Get Involved” section on our website at www.komennebraska.org.

SUSAN G. KOMEN® NEBRASKA 8707 W Center Rd., Ste. 101 • Omaha, NE 68124 Phone (402) 502-2979 www.komennebraska.org Executive Director: Karen Daneu 2016/17 Board of Directors, President: Stephen Jackson To volunteer or to donate contact: Angela Phillips, Operations & Events Officer • (402) 502-2979 Ext. 202

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WISH LIST: • Office supplies

• Signage/advertising

• Postage/mailing services

• Video/creative services

• Printing/copying

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Developing capable and resilient individuals by incorporating horses into therapeutic and learning programs.

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AKE FLIGHT FARMS (Take Flight) was incorporated in 2002 with the goal of providing collaborative therapeutic and learning programs for members of the community to achieve emotional health and well-being through interactive experiences on the ground with horses. Practicing the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) method, the purpose is not to gain horseback riding skills or horsemanship ability but rather to focus on empowering individuals to utilize their creative problem-solving skills, achieving goals with horses that will translate into valuable life skills. For the seventh year in a row, Take Flight has been named an EAGALA “Distinguished Program Member,” which recognizes a program’s high level of standards in business and practice in EAGALA Model work.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Capital Campaign: Help Take Flight Farms purchase our own facility and enable us to serve many more in our community.

Horses Make a Difference Scholarship Fund: Assist individuals or families who would like to take advantage of programs but may not be able to afford it on their own.

Sponsor a Take Flight Horse: Help offset the cost of board, vet care, farrier, training and equipment.

Programing Partnering: Work with different nonprofits and organizations in the Omaha and Lincoln area.

Take Flight serves children and adults in the Omaha and Lincoln areas of Nebraska operating with just two full-time staff members. Take Flight currently offers three types of programs: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), and Equine Assisted Development (EAD). EAP is a form of experiential therapy using one or more horses and incorporated activities as a hands-on way to help clients achieve emotional and behavioral growth. Take Flight uses EAP for individuals, couples, families, and groups. EAL allows clients to build life skills through interactive, goal-oriented activities with horses. At Take Flight we mostly use EAL for school programming. Take Flight has also used it for military work, families, youth groups and organizations. EAD is a unique corporate teambuilding program that uses group activities with horses to work on leadership and creative problem-solving skills. In all sessions, the horses are utilized as metaphors in activities to promote exploration and processing.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Please visit www.takeflightfarms.org to find different volunteer needs and to fill out a volunteer application. Email us at: contact@takeflightfarms.org for any questions.

TAKE FLIGHT FARMS 1004 Farnam St., Ste. 400 • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 930-3037 www.takeflightfarms.org Executive Director: Lissa Sutton Board Chairman: Pauli Bishop Founder and Board Chair Emeritus: Lisa Roskens To volunteer or to donate contact: Mara • Contact@takeflightfarms.org

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Provide relevant educational and entertaining opportunities within the region that exceed customer expectations, while preserving our community’s vibrant cultural history.

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NION STATION opened its doors to the public on January 15, 1931, as one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the United States. This magnificent facility served millions of rail travelers and was well-known for its “modern” amenities and lavish style.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Annual Fund Help further the Museum’s mission with a donation to the Annual Fund. Brick by Brick Campaign Help pave the Museum’s path to the future! Education Sponsorship

Today, Union Station serves as the home of The Durham Museum, and its grandeur has not diminished with time. In fact, this building shines brighter than ever and continues to welcome visitors from around the globe. The entire museum team is dedicated to enhancing our offerings and providing our guests with a unique experience each time you visit.

Sponsor education programs that have a lasting impact in the community.

Exhibition Sponsorship Support one-of-a-kind exhibitions that inspire Museum visitors.

Heritage Map Make a lasting impact with a contribution to The Durham Museum’s Heritage Map. Planned Giving Provide a lasting legacy to the Museum and the community.

From our permanent exhibits highlighting the history of Omaha and its surrounding regions, to impressive traveling exhibitions from our national partners such as the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the Field Museum, there is truly something for everyone.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Soda Fountain + Candy Shop Serve old-fashioned treats such as phosphates, ice cream sodas and floats, and other food items.

Front Desk Volunteer Collect admission, share the benefits of membership with visitors, and answer questions about museum layout and programming. Museum Shop Help guests find the perfect piece of history to take home. You will also help our retail manager organize and display items.

Education Volunteers, Docents and Train Car Host Help with classes, field trips and workshops. If history is your specialty, you’ll enjoy an interactive role as a docent, where you will provide tour groups with detailed commentary on all that The Durham has to offer. Membership Department The museum’s growing membership is due in no small part to our dedicated membership volunteers. Help our membership staff with mailings and phone-a-thons, as well as promoting and selling memberships both at the museum and off-site.

THE DURHAM MUSEUM 801 S 10th St. • Omaha, NE 68108 Phone (402) 444-5071 • Toll Free (866) 400-4274 DurhamMuseum.org Executive Director: Christi Janssen Board Chairman: Daniel K. O’Neill To volunteer contact: Debb Hopp, Guest Services Manager • (402) 444-5071 2017

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Our mission is to serve as a supportive resource and compassionate voice for lives touched by mental illness and suicide.

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HE KIM FOUNDATION is dedicated to reducing the stigma too often associated with mental illness and suicide prevention while working to expand the opportunity for quality mental health care across Nebraska. The foundation was established in 2001 and is sponsored by the Larry and Kathy Courtnage family and their associates at C&A Industries, Inc. Through their support, The Kim Foundation is able to give back to the community and be a leader towards change in the mental health field. The Kim Foundation’s vision is a community free of suicide that embraces the importance of quality mental health services and prevention. The Kim Foundation believes that through resiliency and hope, recovery and healing are possible.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: General donations to support a specific initiative The Kim Foundation is leading

Memorial or honorary gifts to make a lasting gift in memory or honor of a friend or loved one

Corporate sponsorships toward The Kim Foundation’s annual luncheon – A Time for Hope & Healing

Event support through the purchase of a seat or table at The Kim Foundation’s annual luncheon – A Time for Hope & Healing

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Become a member of the Metro Area LOSS Team (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors)—persons who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide and/or clinicians can become members of the team to provide support to survivors of suicide by offering resources and sources of hope to the newly bereaved.

Assist with activities associated with our 13minutes.org suicide prevention campaign, join our suicide prevention coalition, or volunteer to help at our booth during events.

THE KIM FOUNDATION 13609 California St. • Omaha, NE 68154 Phone (402) 891-6911 www.thekimfoundation.org Executive Director: Julia Hebenstreit Board President/Chairman: Larry Courtnage Chairwoman: Kathy Courtnage Board of Directors: Vicki Courtnage, Craig Wolf, Mark Wolf To volunteer or to donate contact: Julia Hebenstreit, Executive Director (402) 891-6911 • jhebenstreit@thekimfoundation.org

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The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Christian Church. Its mission is to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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HE SALVATION ARMY, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Gift Planning Donations can be made online at SalArmyGiving.org or by calling our Planned Giving Department at 1 (800) 274-0628.

Salvation Army Thrift Stores Donate in-kind items or vehicles by calling

The Salvation Army began in the 19th century after evangelist William Booth began offering Christian-based services to the less fortunate. Today, The Salvation Army helps more than 35 million people worldwide each year. In Omaha, The Salvation Army offers programs and services in the areas of food, housing, youth development, material assistance, behavioral health, older adult services and anti-human trafficking.

(402) 342-4135 or visiting SATruck.org. Fast and free pick-up service is also available.

Red Kettles Give to the red kettles at locations throughout the Omaha metro November 10 – December 24 or create your own online fundraising team at RedKettleReason.org.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Bell Ringing Choose your preferred location and time by visiting RingOmaha.org. Winter Night Watch Serve the hungry and homeless December through February. Christmas Toyland Escort parents through our toy shop for families and children in need.

Food Pantry Sort food items at two different Omaha locations. Disaster Services Training and uniforms provided. Please call (402) 898-5942 for more information.

Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen Drivers needed for the summer feeding program for local children.

THE SALVATION ARMY 10755 Burt St. • Omaha, NE 68114 Phone (402) 898-7700 SalArmyOmaha.org President/CEO: Major Greg Thompson, Divisional Commander Executive Director of Development: Jeff Beckman Board Chairman: Joleen David, President of SKAR Advertising To volunteer or to donate contact: Kay Weinstein-Kay_Weinstein@usc.salvationarmy.org • (402) 898-6000 2017

WISH LIST: • Monetary donations – give online at SalArmyOmaha.org • Mobile giving – text OMAHA to 80888 to make a $10 donation by phone • Food donations – cereal, soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meats, beans and pasta

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BY MAX I. WALKER DRY CLEANER & LAUNDERER

To give back to the community who supports us and provide a chance for everyone to feel beautiful, no matter their circumstances.

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S A LOCALLY OWNED and operated business, Max I. Walker is part of the Omaha metro community, and we are proud to do our part to give back. Throughout the year, we look for opportunities to support various national and local charities and are committed to helping The Open Door Mission’s Lydia House with the annual Ultra Chic Boutique and Dress Flip event.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Dress Donations (are accepted at all Max I. Walker locations) • Monetary Donations to the Lydia House • Raffle Donations (gift certificates and product giveaways that could be useful

Every year, Max I. Walker customers donate their unwanted prom, wedding, bridesmaid, cocktail and other formal dresses at locations all across the Metro, and then Max I. Walker’s employees generously clean, press and mend them. Once ready, the dresses are sold for just $30 (cash) at the Ultra Chic Boutique event in January, with the proceeds going to benefit the Omaha Open Door Mission’s Lydia House.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteers for the day of the event: hanging dresses, selling raffle tickets

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and assisting with the fashion shows, judges for The Dress Flip

HOW TO DONATE A DRESS If you have an old prom dress, bridesmaid’s dress or any dresses you’ll never wear — or fit into — again, simply drop them off at your nearest Max I. Walker location. We’ll clean, press and prepare your gowns, transforming them into the dress of someone’s dreams.

MAX I. WALKER DRY CLEANER AND LAUNDERER ULTRA CHIC BOUTIQUE 1616 Burt St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 558-3677 www.maxiwalker.com President: Rob Walker Vice President: Lisa Walker Sekundiak To volunteer or to donate contact: Bridget Hanson, Marketing Manager • (402) 558-3577

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Delivering community-based care that provides peace of mind, quality of life, and independence.

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AMILIES AND THEIR PHYSICIANS CHOOSE VNA for in-home senior care because of the quality of care offered to the communities we serve. Only at VNA can you choose from a complete line of in-home healthcare services delivered by qualified professionals and backed by 120 years of experience. At the heart of our tradition of care lies compassion for the well-being of the community. While our services and programs are always evolving to meet the community’s needs, our commitment to improving the health of individuals throughout Omaha and Council Bluffs remains unchanged.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Financial contributions help fund VNA’s range of community-based services that work to change lives for the better. It’s because of support from donors that patients are never turned away due to their inability to pay. Community health services including Shelter Nursing, Breast Cancer Patient Assistance, Cooking Matters and Family Support Services are provided thanks to generous community members like you!

Choose VNA for your health care, non-medical companion care, and flu and immunization services. Immunizations, for instance, are covered under most insurance and cost you nothing more out of pocket while revenue is reinvested back into VNA community health programs. Making the VNA choice means supporting your friends and neighbors right here in Omaha and Council Bluffs!

VNA is also the only in-home care provider that extends care into the community and offers public health nursing services wherever people live, learn, work or play. From school health services to breast cancer patient assistance, VNA and partnering organizations offer a wide range of community health services designed for individuals as well as the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Hospice Volunteers - Hospice is dedicated to providing compassionate care to patients facing terminal illness. Volunteers help our team by offering companionship as well as caregiver relief. Hospice volunteers may also choose to assist in bereavement or clerical duties. Opportunities are available for individuals age 14 years and older.

Community health services include: • Flu & Immunization Services • School Health Programs • Shelter Nursing Services to all area homeless and domestic violence shelters, as well as unattended youth living on the street • Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Program • Cooking Matters • Family Support Services including Home Visitation Services

Office and Clerical Volunteers - Office and clerical volunteers help with a variety of duties at the VNA office. Volunteers assemble packets, file or copy paperwork, and work on the computer or help with mailings. These volunteers are crucial to VNA’s day-to-day operations.

Special Event Volunteers - Throughout the year, VNA needs volunteers to assist with special events. Help is needed from planning to set-up so volunteers can choose what works best for their interests, time and schedule.

VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION (VNA) 12565 W Center Rd., Ste. 100 • Omaha, NE 68144 Phone (402) 930-4170 • (800) 456-8869 www.thevnacares.org President and CEO: James C. Summerfelt To volunteer contact: Celeste Sully, Volunteer Coordinator • (402) 930-4261 To donate contact: Caryn Hohnholt, Vice President of Development • (402) 930-4170

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WELLCOM partners with employers of all sizes to deliver wellness programming that impacts employee well-being and wellness, strengthens the culture and drives business results.

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OUNDED IN 1982 by the CEOs of Union Pacific Railroad, Valmont Industries, Mutual of Omaha, and Central States, WELLCOM has been the trusted partner for hundreds of employers of all sizes who strive to create a culture of health for all employees. For 35 years, WELLCOM has been a one-stop resource for employers who integrate health and well-being programs into the overall way they do business and to provide an overall culture that supports employees and their families. No matter the size or maturity of a company’s health and wellness program, our members benefit from cutting-edge education, high-level training programs, extensive networking opportunities and expert advice. WELLCOM’s workshops and online trainings help members develop, lead and advance their workforce health and wellness programs. In addition to WELLCOM’s collaboration with several other nonprofits throughout the Omaha-Metro area, WELLCOM’s extensive outreach throughout the Midwest enables members the opportunity to strategize with one another and learn from nationally-recognized wellness experts.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Trek Up the Tower Vertical Race – February • William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Awards Dinner – April • Omaha Gives! Day of Giving – May • Excellence in Worksite Wellness Awards Luncheon – November • Annual Corporate Memberships (based on size of business) • Annual Corporate Sponsorship Packages VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Trek Up the Tower – February

WELLCOM’s commitment to create a culture that supports wellness also extends beyond the workplace into our communities through our strategic partnerships and collaborations, as well as special initiatives such Partners for a Healthy City.

WELLCOM (WELLNESS COUNCIL OF THE MIDLANDS) Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Rm. 219 University of Nebraska at Omaha 6001 Dodge St. • Omaha, NE 68182 Phone (402) 934-5795 www.elevatingwellness.org President & CEO: Rebecca Vinton, M.A. Board President/Chairman: Gray Derrick, Partner, Baird Holm Law Firm To volunteer contact: Danielle LeGrande, Logistics Manager • (402) 934-5795

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WISH LIST: • Silent Auction Items (both big and small) for the Light of Wellness Awards Dinner • Volunteers for Trek up the Tower Fundraising Event • In-kind Printing and Mailing Services

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To help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault achieve safety and empower them to lead self-determined lives.

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HE WOMEN’S CENTER FOR ADVANCEMENT (WCA) is the designated direct service provider for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault (DVSA) in Douglas County. The agency utilizes a holistic approach to service provision that helps those affected by DVSA out of their immediate crisis and into long-term stability. The WCA’s continuum of services includes, but is not limited to, Omaha’s 24-hour crisis hotline (English and Spanish), advocacy support (lethality assessment, safety planning, resource referral), short-term crisis counseling, peer-led support groups, legal services related to family and immigration law, self-sufficiency programs, career coaching, and the career clothing closet. All services are offered to victims completely free of charge. In addition, the WCA offers a broad array of prevention and education opportunities for community members of all ages.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Attend and/or sponsor our events • Tribute to Women – June 13, 2017 • tgif! – October 2017

• Make a monetary donation to the WCA on our website or through Omaha Gives! Contact Emily to learn more. • Volunteer with the WCA. Contact Sara to learn more. • Donate gently-used women’s career clothing, accessories and shoes. • Host a drive for one of the wish list items below.

The WCA has also identified and provides additional services for three particularly vulnerable, underserved populations in the Omaha community: women in the military, immigrants/refugees, and victims of human trafficking.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • 24/7 Hotline • Clothing Closet • Administrative • Front Desk • Support Groups and Classes

Visit us on the web at www.wcaomaha.org or call (402) 345-6555 for more information.

WOMEN’S CENTER FOR ADVANCEMENT (WCA) 222 S 29th St. • Omaha, NE 68131 Phone (402) 345-6555 • 24/7: (402) 345-7273 wcaomaha.org President & CEO: Amy Richardson Board President/Chairman: Regina Toman Guild Board President, Name of Guild/Auxiliary: Angela Cutler, WCA Partners Guild To volunteer contact: Sara Eliason • (402) 345-6555 Ext. 280 To donate contact: Emily Andres • (402) 345-6555 Ext. 245 2017

WISH LIST: • Toiletry items (travel sized) • Non-perishable food items • Women’s career clothing • Diapers • New women’s underwear • Cash donations

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

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GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: The Strong Communities Campaign is the YMCA of Greater Omaha’s annual campaign to ensure that everyone has the opportunity for success. Your meaningful gift to the campaign goes directly toward providing financial assistance for those in our community who wouldn’t otherwise have access to Y programs and facilities. With the help of the Strong Communities Campaign, we are able to provide over $1.2 million to 17,000 individuals in the Omaha metro area.

Established in 1866, the YMCA of Greater Omaha is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. Our 10 locations impact a geographic scope of four counties in a two-state area, Douglas and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska and Mills and Pottawattamie Counties in Iowa. George Frost was a purchasing agent for Union Pacific when he formed the first YMCA Association in Omaha in 1866. There was a need for a safe place for migrants, immigrants and new residents to feel welcomed, supported and strengthened, and the Y answered the call. From a one-time saloon and former engine house at 12th and Farnam streets, the YMCA began its work to strengthen community and put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change right in your own neighborhood by becoming a volunteer at the Y. Our volunteers act as youth sports coaches, board members, mentors, guest readers in our early childhood programs, and campaigners for the Strong Communities campaign.

As an organization, we strive to understand our community needs. We provide a variety of programs that support educational achievement, alternatives to teen violence, health and wellness, chronic disease intervention, child care, summer day camp, water safety, refugee assimilation, homework help, special needs integration and family programs.

Learn more at www.metroymca.org.

The Y supports men, women and children of all walks of life; from the littlest learners in their first classroom environment, to teenagers in need of a strong support system, to the active older adult looking for companionship. We are open to all regardless of ability to pay, and as a result we provide over $1 million in financial assistance each year. By investing in our kids, our health and our neighbors, the YMCA of Greater Omaha ensures that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to thrive. The Y is for all to be strong. To be confident. To belong. Here’s to the next 150 years.

YMCA OF GREATER OMAHA 430 S 20th St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 341-1600 www.metroymca.org President/CEO: Chris Tointon Executive VP & COO: Lance Cohn Associate VP of Financial Development: Cara Wiese Board President/Chairman: Craig Lefler

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

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Programs offered: • Street Outreach / Street Outreach Center: YES Outreach Staff seek out youth in crisis and offer basic need items and emergency supplies. Youth are invited to visit the Street Outreach Center to receive additional services including a hot meal, a warm shower and the opportunity to meet with a nurse. • Emergency Shelter: A short-term housing solution for youth needing immediate shelter. • Maternity Home: A program that supports and provides long-term housing for pregnant and/or parenting teen mothers. • Transitional Living Program: Offers youth long-term services while living in apartment style housing and working with case managers to set and accomplish goals. • Mentoring: Every youth in our Transitional Living Program and Maternity Home has the opportunity to be matched with a mentor.

Causes of youth homelessness: • Abuse: Nearly half of homeless and runaway youth cite physical or sexual abuse as the reason they left home. • Foster care: Foster care youth are discharged from the state at age 19, often lacking income, education and social support. • Sexual orientation: As many as 25 percent of LGBTQ teens are rejected by their families and end up on the streets. • Pregnancy: Many young mothers run away or are kicked out because they are pregnant. Effects of youth homelessness: • Instability: With no permanent address, it’s virtually impossible for homeless youth to attend school, get a job and secure housing. • Survival sex: One in four youth have traded sex for survival means such as food, clothing and shelter. • Violence: This year, more than 6,000 homeless youth will die from assault, illness or suicide.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Monetary Donations Your cash gift is vital to the mission of ending youth homelessness. Additionally, many companies will match your generous donation. Gifts can be made via the YES website and placed in honor or memory of a loved one or special occasion. Event Sponsorship/Attendance YES hosts three annual events including a golf outing in May, Dance for a Chance in August, and a luncheon in November. For more information about the events, sponsorships, or event tickets, please visit the YES website, www.yesomaha.org. In-Kind Donations Hygiene items, teen and baby clothing, diapers, food and drinks.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Organize a Drive or Fundraiser Organize a drive to secure items on the YES Wish List. Each program has different needs for the youth it serves.

Provide a Meal YES serves over 700 meals a month. Help by preparing meals off-site and delivering them to our Street Outreach Center ready to be served to our youth who visit daily. This facility is open Monday-Friday with varying hours and numbers of youth served each day. Tip Top Thrift Shop Volunteer Donate, shop, or volunteer! Tip Top Thrift Shop is a committed partner in raising funds for YES. Help our mission prosper by sorting donations, cashiering, or assisting customers at the store. Tip Top is located in the heart of Benson at 5910 Maple Street. Mentor Join our mentoring program and invest in Omaha’s youth. Provide support and guidance to young mothers in our Maternity Home or young adults in our Transitional Living Program.

YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICES 2679 Farnam St., Ste. 205 • Omaha, NE 68131 Phone (402) 345-5187 www.yesomaha.org Executive Director: Mary Fraser Meints Board President/Chairman: Rob Schartz To volunteer or to donate contact: Angela Heim, Volunteer Coordinator (402) 345-5187 Ext. 111 • aheim@yesomaha.org

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To ensure that our student-athletes receive the resources necessary to be successful in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community.

OOD BANK FOR THE HEARTLAND

Committed to providing emergency and supplemental food to people in need in Nebraska and western Iowa.

HE MOVE TO the BIG EAST Conference has brought an unprecedented amount of national attention to Creighton University and the athletic department. As a member of the BIG EAST Conference, Creighton student-athletes are experiencing opportunities that once seemed impossible. This new level of competition has required Creighton Athletics to commit additional resources due to the rising costs of scholarships, escalating travel expenses and capital projects.

INCE 1981, Food Bank for the Heartland has been feeding hungry

children, families and seniors in the Heartland. We distribute donated and purchased food to those in need across 93 counties in Nebraska and western Iowa through our network of 530 pantries, emergency shelters, schools and other nonprofit partners. In addition, we operate our own programs that serve vulnerable populations directly. During the 2016 fiscal year, we distributed 15.8 million meals. As Food Bank for the Heartland works to reach our goal of closing the meal gap by 2025, we are calling on community members to think and act locally. The best support is locally sourced.

You are key in helping us achieve this mission. Whether you have been a longtime supporter of Creighton Athletics or recently found your way to being a Bluejay fan, we welcome you to the family and thank you for your support. Your gift to Creighton athletics directly affects the success of almost 300 Bluejay student-athletes.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Virtual Food Drive Utilizing the virtual food drive on the Food Bank’s website, donors select food items from the shelves of a virtual grocery store to donate. As items are scanned at the cash register, users see the multiplying factor of their donated dollars translated into meals for the hungry. Each donated dollar provides three meals. Host a Food and Funds Drive Individuals or organizations can collect non-perishable items and monetary donations. Sponsor a Program Support one or more of our direct programs that feed vulnerable populations in the community with a one-time donation or a multi-year gift.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: • Jaybackers • BIG EAST Fund • Athletic Scholarships • Capital Project Support • Planned Giving – Heritage Society • Visit www.GoCreighton.edu/GIVING • Call (402) 280-GIVE

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The Food Bank could not operate without the support of our volunteers! We can accommodate individuals, families, school groups and companies for a one-time visit or an ongoing volunteer experience.

Distribution Center Sort and box donated food items that will be given to hungry individuals. Programs Assist with our direct programs: Mobile Pantry, BackPack, Kids Cafe, SNAP Outreach and Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen. Events Participate in one of our fundraising events like Strike Out Hunger or Celebrity Chef. Foodies Join an organization dedicated to the support of the Food Bank through volunteerism, fundraising and the promotion of community awareness.

WISH LIST: • Monetary donations – With every donated $1, the Food Bank can distribute three meals. • Food donations – Items like peanut butter, macaroni and cheese and canned proteins are always in high demand • Volunteers – Our staff is small, but our mission is great!

FOOD BANK FOR THE HEARTLAND 10525 J St. • Omaha, NE 68127 Phone (402) 331-1213 www.FoodBankHeartland.org

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS 2500 California Plz. • Omaha, NE 68178 Phone (402) 280-GIVE www.GoCreighton.com/GIVING

President & CEO: Susan Ogborn Board Chair: Tara Stingley Guild Board President: Cindy Hansen,

Athletic Director: Bruce Rasmussen To donate call: (402) 280-2700

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Build quality, energy efficient, affordable homes to assist families in realizing a safe, secure, stable living experience while strengthening and revitalizing their neighborhoods.

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INCE 2002, GESU HOUSING, led by Brother Mike Wilmot, S.J., has built 43 Energy Star 3.0 Certified homes in the Clifton Hills South neighborhood of North Omaha (bounded by 45th St. and Erskine St. to Patrick Ave.). The area is racially diverse and economically challenged. The goal of Gesu Housing is to address the issues of poverty and neighborhood decline in North Omaha by turning renters into first-time homebuyers with an affordable mortgage payment as well as in-filling vacant lots with new three-bedroom homes.

PREMIER CENTER for the visual arts, Joslyn offers something for every interest and every age, and general admission is free to all. Nearly 20 galleries feature artwork from ancient times to the present. Joslyn presents six temporary exhibitions annually and offers performances and events, scholarly lectures, and art classes. Art Works, a multi-generational interactive space, offers hands-on art-making and educational tools to enhance the Museum experience for kids and families. Joslyn is an accessible Museum.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES:

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Join Joslyn! Valuable benefits, offered exclusively through membership, help you

Fundraising is a year-long effort. We have a direct mail campaign in October, a Golf Event in July and a link on our website to donate via credit card.

save money, stay informed, and increase your access to Museum activities and programs — all while providing crucial support to Joslyn. Members are treated first, and free, to ticketed touring exhibitions; receive invitations to members-only events; enjoy discounts throughout the Museum; and more. Annual Fund Gifts to the annual fund support all activities of the Museum, from presenting special exhibitions and providing educational programs, to preserving and growing our collection.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: There are very few opportunities to volunteer. Gesu Housing employs a general contractor to build our new homes.

WISH LIST: • It would be wonderful to have an endowment to fund future construction so that fundraising would not be a daily concern.

Tribute Gifts A memorial/tribute gift is a thoughtful way to celebrate a special occasion, or to honor family or friends.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Joslyn Art Museum Association (JAMA) A membership-based organization of volunteers from the metropolitan area that primarily sponsors educational and outreach programs and fundraisers for the Museum. General Volunteer Options Joslyn provides these volunteer opportunities for adults 19 and older: Hitchcock Museum Shop (all public hours & special events); Joslyn Information Assistant (weekends; greet visitors at the Museum entrance); Membership Table (weekends; provide membership information and take applications); and Scott Education Technology Gallery (weekdays; distribute educational resources). On-the-job, hands-on training for volunteers is provided by Joslyn staff.

JAMbassadors Joslyn’s high school volunteers, JAMbassadors assist artistteachers with children’s classes, interact with Museum visitors at public events, and help with many behind-the-scenes tasks. JAMbassadors must be at least 14 years old or in grades 9–12. Applications accepted annually in August. WISH LIST: • Memberships • Annual Contributions • In-kind Donations GESU HOUSING, INC. 5008 1/2 Dodge St., Ste. B • Omaha, NE 68132 Phone (402) 614-4776 www.gesuhousing.com

• Volunteers/Gift of Time • Bring a Friend

JOSLYN ART MUSEUM 2200 Dodge St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 342-3300 www.joslyn.org

President: Brother Mike Wilmot, S.J. General Manager: Dale F. Barr, Jr.

Executive Director & CEO: Jack Becker Board Chairman: Paul Smith Guild Board President & Name of Guild/Auxiliary:

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LLIE WEBB CENTER, INC.

To enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through support, programs and advocacy.

E OFFER A LIFETIME OF SUPPORT and assistance for people

ARTNERSHIP 4 KIDS is a goal-setting and group mentoring program

that builds hope for underserved students, helping them create a foundation for success from kindergarten to careers. The agency has served the youth of Omaha for more than 25 years and currently reaches 5,500 low-income students, empowering them to succeed with support from caring adult role models, who teach them how to set and achieve goals, inspiring them to explore various career paths and pursue higher education.

with developmental disabilities and their families—from diagnosis to education and beyond. Our care and concern encompasses the whole family, with networking, activities, and services accessible to all.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Monetary Donations: We appreciate any tax-deductible donations at any time, and they can be given through the website at olliewebbinc.org.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES:

Attend an Event: You are invited to attend our annual Ollie’s Dream Gala on June 3, 2017, at the downtown Hilton.

Contribute gifts of cash, securities, real estate, employee match or through a bequest Donate in-kind gifts or services Sponsor a school or a student event such as a college visit, a career tour, family festival or year-end celebration Become a “Bike to Success” Sponsor and reward a deserving student with a new bike with helmet and lock Become a “College Care Package” Sponsor giving a first-generation college student a great start Attend and support agency fundraising events

Honey Sunday: On the first Sunday in November, volunteers sell bottles of honey as part of Honey Sunday. We welcome volunteers to sell at their offices, neighborhoods or places of worship. People can also purchase bottles of honey by contacting Ollie Webb at (402) 346-5220. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Ollie Webb Center, Inc. welcomes your donation of time. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age or accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Lisa Dougherty at (402) 346.5220 Ext. 22, or ldougherty@olliewebbinc.org.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Become a Goal Buddy! Goal Buddies work with elementary students

WISH LIST: • • • • • • •

To mentor kids for college today and careers tomorrow.

once a month during the school day.

Book sets of 12 books for book clubs ($70 each) Braille translation ($80 per book) Adult life jackets Basketballs Double-sided basketball jerseys Adult classroom supplies Curriculum materials

Become a Group Mentor! Group Mentors work with middle and high school students an average of twice per month, after school.

Join P4K Service League! P4K Service League members promote the mission and work of Partnership 4 Kids and assist with agency fundraising events. Become an events volunteer! Partnership 4 Kids event volunteers staff fundraising events and help to secure auction donations.

WISH LIST: • College dorm supplies • Cultural event tickets • Children’s books • Gift cards

OLLIE WEBB CENTER, INC. 1941 S 42nd St., Ste. 122 • Omaha, NE 68105 Phone (402) 346-5220 www.olliewebbinc.org

PARTNERSHIP 4 KIDS 1004 Farnam St., Ste. 200 • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 930-3000 www.p4k.org

Executive Director: Laurie Ackermann Board President : Loren Steenson To volunteer or to donate contact: Lisa Dougherty (402) 346-5220 Ext. 22 • ldougherty@olliewebbinc.org

President: Debbie J. Denbeck Board President/Chairman: Dr. Ward Chambers Service League President: Joe Hefflinger To volunteer contact: Tracy Wells, Director of Volunteer Resources (402) 490-1344 • mentor@p4k.org

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Connect perishable food from local food purveyors to local nonprofits that feed our hungry, while raising awareness and educating the community on food waste and hunger.

To impact poverty, United Way focuses the efforts of many to help our neighbors stand strong by addressing basic needs and fostering classroom-workplace success.

HANKS TO GENEROUS DONORS, caring volunteers and great community partners in the corporate, nonprofit and civic sectors, United Way of the Midlands helps make our Omaha-Bellevue-Council Bluffs metro area stronger. UWM is not only focused on local needs today; it is focused on what can be and what should be. United Way builds on today’s strong partnerships to create even more comprehensive human service efforts tomorrow, so our community can solve some of the root causes of poverty.

AVING GRACE PICKS UP excess perishable food—such as produce,

dairy, meats and prepared foods—from local grocers, caterers, restaurants and other food purveyors and then delivers it the same day – free of charge – to local food pantries, after-school programs, shelters and senior centers. This food that may otherwise go to waste feeds children, seniors and families in need. In July 2016 – 34 months after operations began – Saving Grace exceeded one million pounds of perishable food rescued and delivered.

UWM’s 2025 Goals will guide our work and keep the organization accountable for the results from our signature investments and collaborative work with other local partners. United Way is community-based and community-focused. Thanks to those who share their strength, United Way of the Midlands is Community Strong.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Make a Financial Contribution: Every $1 donation supports Saving Grace’s operations to feed five people. Make your donation online at www.savinggracefoodrescue.org or mail your tax-deductible gift to the address below. Omaha Gives!/AmazonSmile/TAGG: Remember Saving Grace during Omaha Gives! in May and when shopping through AmazonSmile. And, TAGG your purchases with local restaurants and businesses.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Members of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area may participate

Attend The Great Food Makeover: A No Food Waste Fest: Our annual community celebration/fundraiser will be held in the fall. Watch for details.

in UWM’s campaign through their workplace, or by visiting unitedwaymidlands.org and clicking on “Donate Today” at the top of the page. Groups like the Women’s Leadership Council and Young Professionals provide giving and volunteer opportunities for those who want to get involved in focus areas like local basic needs and literacy.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Learn More about food waste and how you can make an impact – and help spread the word. Sign up online to receive our email newsletter and follow Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

by reducing the amount of food waste generated, donating excess food to feed the hungry or signing our online food waste pledge.

United Way connects individuals and groups with meaningful opportunities to donate their time and skills to help organizations that serve those in need, including these special projects:

Become an Event Volunteer watch for opportunities listed in our

• Day of Caring – August 25, 2017

email newsletter.

• Day of Action – June 21, 2017

Commit to Personally Making a Difference to combat food waste

• Holiday Helpers – November 1-December 23, 2017

WISH LIST: • Monetary donations - To support our operations to rescue and deliver healthy perishable food to feed the hungry. • Food donations – To feed 20 to 25 people from restaurants, caterers, cafeterias, grocery stores, delis, food brokers, special events and wedding planners. • Advocates – To spread the word about food waste, hunger and easy steps anyone can take to make an impact.

UNITED WAY OF THE MIDLANDS 2201 Farnam St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Phone (402) 342-8232 www.unitedwaymidlands.org

SAVING GRACE PERISHABLE FOOD RESCUE, INC. 4611 S 96th St., Ste. 112 • Omaha, NE 68127 Phone (402) 215-6718 www.SavingGraceFoodRescue.org

President & CEO: Shawna Forsberg Board Chair: Dr. Mary Hawkins – President, Bellevue University To donate contact: donate@uwmidlands.org • (402) 522-7904 To volunteer contact: volunteer@uwmidlands.org • (402) 522-7951

• Find year-round opportunities at www.unitedwaymidlands.org under “Ways to Engage”

President and Founder: Beth Ostdiek Smith Director of Field and Logistics: Judy Rydberg Board Chair: Michael Hemenway Board Vice Chair: Laurie Wolford To volunteer or to donate contact: Beth Ostdiek Smith, President • (402) 215-6718 FROM THE PUBLISHER

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100 BLACK MEN OF OMAHA

AKSARBEN FOUNDATION

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

To leverage collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland.

To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

To improve the quality of life in Omaha by helping our youth reach their fullest potential. We seek to achieve our mission through Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness and Economic Empowerment programs.

Black Men of Omaha, Inc. Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Annual Men of Honor Gala

AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Omaha

Date: April 7, 2017

Date: September 28 – October 1, 2017

Date: September 24, 2017

Event Description/Theme: The Men of Honor Gala serves to recognize individuals who, through their service, demonstrate an exceptional commitment to the mission of the 100 and raises needed funds to support 100 programs that serve at-risk Omaha youth. The Gala provides an ideal platform for inspirational and highly respected leaders to deliver timely messages, while highlighting the work and achievements of the 100.

Event Description/Theme: Contributing an economic impact of more than $21 million to the Heartland, AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo features the largest 4-H Stock Show in the nation along with championship rodeo competition. An Omaha tradition since 1928, the AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo is a prime example of AKSARBEN Giving Back and Moving Forward, providing fun and free educational entertainment to families and youth. The weekend culminates with the AKSARBEN Purple Ribbon Auction, which provides more than $250,000 in scholarships, awards and prizes to 4-H youth.

Event Description/Theme: The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Location: www.aksarbenstockshow.com

Attire: Casual

Times: TBD*

Event Contact: Erinn Drouin • (402) 502-4301 Ext. 8250

Location: Omaha Hilton Downtown 1001 Cass St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Times: • 5pm cocktails • 6pm dinner Ticket Prices: • $100 per seat • $1,500 table

100 Black Men of Omaha 2221 N 24th St. • Omaha, NE 68110 (402) 934-7065 Email: info@100blackmenomaha.org www.100blackmenomaha.org

Event Chair: Tracy Lichti Ticket Prices: Free to participate • $100 for a T-shirt

Other Fundraising Events: • Growing Hope Gala – February 11, 2017 • Dementia Care Conference – April 6, 2017 • The Longest Day – June 21, 2017

Attire: Black Tie

Event Contact: James Mason, Jr. info@100blackmenomaha.org

Times: 10:30am – Walk Kickoff

Ticket Prices: TBD* Attire: Casual

Oral Auction: Yes

Location: Turner Park – Midtown Crossing

Event Contact: Jody Siedelmann • (402) 554-9600 Ext. 107

Alzheimer’s Association Lisa Sypal 11711 Arbor St., Ste. 110 • Omaha, NE 68144 (402) 502-4301 Ext. 8261 Email: lsypal@alz.org

Other Fundraising Events: • AKSARBEN Purple Ribbon Auction October 1, 2017 • AKSARBEN Coronation & Scholarship Ball October 28, 2017

www.alz.org/nebraska AKSARBEN Foundation 6910 Pacific St., Ste. 102 • Omaha, NE 68106 (402) 554-9600 Email: info@aksarben.org www.aksarben.org • www.aksarbenrodeo.com

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION AND AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION

AMERICAN RED CROSS

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF OMAHA

The mission of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association is to “build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

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.

Our volunteer members identify, develop, implement and fund ongoing philanthropic programs to serve specific needs of children and adults in the Greater Omaha area.

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

2017 Omaha Heart and Stroke Ball

Centennial Celebration

Christmas Caravan Preview Party

Date: February 4, 2017

Date: June 10, 2017

Date: November 1, 2017

Event Description/Theme: The 28th Annual Omaha Heart and Stroke Ball, attended by more than 1,000 individuals from Omaha’s business, medical and social communities, is the annual black-tie gala benefiting the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Highlights of the evening include a survivor story, an auction and live entertainment, all celebrating our work and mission, and the lives saved and improved because of our donors and volunteers.

Event Description/Theme: Help us celebrate 100 Years of Red Cross Service in the Omaha Council Bluffs Metro! The Centennial Gala will be an anniversary party to remember, highlighting Red Cross stories from our past and ushering the next century of service with style.

Event Description/Theme: A preview party will precede the 2017 Christmas Caravan on Wednesday evening with tours of four homes decorated for the holidays by area florists. The tours are followed by a no-host social time, silent auction, and dinner at Champions Run.

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista Times: 6:30pm – 11pm Honorary Chairs: Sandy and Kate Dodge Michael and Laura Luther Nate and Meg Dodge Event Chairs: Dana and Danielle Bradford Ticket Prices: Individual tickets are $300 Tables available starting at $3,000 Attire: Black Tie optional Event Contact: Kelsey Ridder • (402) 810-6848 Other Fundraising Events: • Red Dress Dash – February 9, 2017 • Heart Walk – May 13, 2017 • Go Red For Women Expo – September 12, 2017

Location: Champions Run Location: CenturyLink Center Times: Evening (TBD*)

Times: • Home tours: 4pm – 6pm • Social and dinner: 6pm

Ticket Prices: $150

Event Chairman: Susie Hultman

Attire: Cocktail

Ticket Prices: $100 Attire: Dressy

Event Contact: Briana Laymon briana.laymon@redcross.org • (402) 990-6893

Silent Auction: Yes

Other Fundraising Events: • Omaha Council Bluffs Chapter 100th Birthday April 10, 2017 • Red Cross Giving Day – April 26, 2017 • Heartland Heroes, A Centennial Celebration May 4, 2017 • Volunteer Recognition Event November. 3, 2017

Event Contact: Assistance League office • (402) 342-4288 Other Fundraising Events: • Christmas Caravan – November 2, 2017 • Style Show – April 11, 2017

American Red Cross 2912 S 80th Ave. • Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 343-7700

Assistance League® of Omaha Jan Jackson 3569 Leavenworth St. • Omaha, NE 68105 (402) 342-4288 Email: alo@alo.omhcoxmail.com

www.redcross.org

alomaha.org

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association 9900 Nicholas St., Ste. 200 • Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 810-6870 Email: Omaha@Heart.org www.heart.org/omaha/ *Visit organization websites and SpiritofOmaha.com’s 2017

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AUTISM ACTION PARTNERSHIP

AVENUE SCHOLARS FOUNDATION

To improve the quality of life of persons on the Autism Spectrum and their families through education, advocacy and support.

The mission of Avenue Scholars Foundation is to ensure careers for students of hope and need through education and supportive relationships.

BALLET NEBRASKA Ballet Nebraska is the region’s resident professional dance company – bringing the beauty, athleticism and energy of ballet to Nebraska and Iowa audiences.

PA R T N E R S H I P

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Vintage Affaire

Avenue Scholars Foundation Celebration Luncheon

Momentum

Date: September 9, 2017

Date: Spring 2017

Date: April 1 & 8, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Vintage Affaire generates amazing financial support for our programs. We host a silent and live auction, raffle and dinner. We will also be giving our Annual Help is Hope Award to an individual or group who has demonstrated selfless support of autism services and awareness throughout Nebraska. The Vintage Affaire this year has the theme “Dress to the Nines!”

Event Description/Theme: The Avenue Scholars Foundation Celebration Luncheon is held each year to celebrate the incoming class of Avenue Scholars and honor individuals and businesses who have made exceptional contributions to the Foundation’s mission.

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista

Times: TBD*

Event Description/Theme: Momentum, Ballet Nebraska’s award-winning mixed-repertory program, presents an entertaining collection of short works that showcase the artistic range and variety of ballet. Topping the bill: Bournonville Divertissements, a sparkling compilation of selections by 19-century master choreographer August Bournonville, staged for Ballet Nebraska by former New York City Ballet principal dancer Nilas Martins. Featuring the Danish master’s famously exuberant footwork, the ballet is presented in conjunction with Joslyn Art Museum in celebration of its European collection.

Location: TBD*

Ticket Prices: Invitation Only Times: 5pm Attire: Business Honorary Chairmen: C.L. and Rachel Werner Ticket Prices: $200 – individual admission Attire: Cocktail Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes Raffle: Yes Event Contact: Kristen Beck • (402) 763-8830 Other Fundraising Events: • Ladies Dance Party – January 14, 2017

Event Contact: Beverly Hass • (402) 991-5595 bhass@avescholars.org Other Fundraising Events: • Avenue Scholars Foundation Wine Tasting and Vintner Dinner – November 16, 2017 Avenue Scholars Foundation Kenneth M. Bird, Ed.D. 7101 Mercy Rd., Ste. 240 • Omaha, NE 68106 (402) 916-9777 Email: kbird@avescholars.org

Location: • April 1 at the Joslyn Art Museum • April 8 at the Iowa Western Arts Center Times: 7:30pm Ticket Prices: Joslyn Art Museum: $19, $33, $48, VIP $73 (includes reception), Patron Reception in the Fountain Court: $25; Iowa Western Arts Center: $19/$33/$48. Raffle: Yes Event Contact: Joslyn • (402) 345-0606 or visit TicketOmaha.com Iowa Western • (712) 388-7140

www.avenuescholarsfoundation.org Other Fundraising Events: • The Nutcracker 2017 at Iowa Western Arts Center and Omaha’s Orpheum Theater • Nutcracker Tea Party at Joslyn Castle • Nutcracker Nouveau Patron Party

Autism Action Partnership Dave Pantos, Executive Director 10110 Nicholas St., Ste. 202 • Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 763-8830 Email: dpantos@autismaction.org

Ballet Nebraska PO Box 6413 • Omaha, NE 68106 (402) 541-6946 Email: info@balletnebraska.org

www.autismaction.org

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BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

MID-AMERICA COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts supports today’s artists through an international artist-in-residence program, temporary exhibitions and commissions, and innovative public programs.

To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Mindful of the presence of God in our midst, we serve, empower and advocate for individuals and families in need.

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Benefit Art Auction

Citizen of the Year Luncheon

Irish Fest

Date: October 27, 2017

Date: April 24, 2017

Date: March 11, 2017

Event Description/Theme: The Benefit Art Auction will once again unite local and national artists with our beloved community of art enthusiasts and patrons in an effort to raise critical resources for the Bemis Center. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in both silent and live auctions including more than 200 works of art while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and live entertainment.

Event Description/Theme: The Citizen of the Year luncheon honors an individual and corporation that have given a tremendous contribution to Scouting and our community. The 2017 Citizen of the Year is Gerry Lauritzen. The 2017 Corporate Partner of the year is Performance Auto Group, Mickey Anderson and Angie Quinn.

Event Description/Theme: Every year, Catholic Charities holds Irish Fest, our premier fundraising event. This year Catholic Charities of Omaha is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Irish Fest. The evening includes silent and live auctions, cocktails and gourmet dinner followed by entertainment. Seeing your friends and having fun is the best part of the event!

Location: Scott Conference Center 6450 Pine St. • Omaha, NE

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista

Times: 12pm – 1pm

Times: 5:30pm

Ticket Prices: $5,000 per table

Honorary Chairmen: TBA*

Location: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts 724 S 12th St. • Omaha, NE 68102 Times: 6pm – 9pm Ticket Prices: $100

Event Chairmen: TBA* Attire: Business Attire

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes

Ticket Prices: visit www.ccomaha.org

Event Contact: John Pelletier • (402) 431-9272

Attire: Semi-Formal

Event Contact: Ellie Novak ellie@bemiscenter.org • (402) 341-7130 Ext.16 Other Events: • ARTalk + Exhibition Opening Reception February 2, 2017 • ARTalk + Exhibition Opening Reception June 1, 2017 • ARTalk + Exhibition Opening Reception November 16, 2017

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes Raffle: Yes

Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America 12401 W Maple Rd. • Omaha, NE 68164 (402) 431-9BSA (9272)

Event Contact: Emily Cunningham Kozlik, Development Director

www.mac-bsa.org

Other Events: • Omaha Gives! – May 24, 2017 • Hoops for Hope – Winter 2017

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts 724 S 12th St. • Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 341-7130 Email: info@bemiscenter.org

Catholic Charities 3300 N 60th St. • Omaha, NE 68104 (402) 829-9260 Email: Emilyk@ccomaha.org

bemiscenter.org

www.ccomaha.org

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CHI HEALTH FOUNDATION

CHILD SAVING INSTITUTE

To nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.

Our mission is ‘responding to the cry of a child.’ ALL children should have homes where hope is kindled and dreams can be achieved.

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER To improve the life of every child.

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CHI Health Golf Outing

Cabaret

Children’s Gala

Date: June 5, 2017

Date: May 13, 2017

Date: November 11, 2017

Event Description/Theme: This is a fundraiser to enhance patient care services and technology at five CHI Health hospitals in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area. The proceeds from this event will be applied to technology and facility upgrades, patient programs and services, and continuing education opportunities at CHI Health’s Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area hospitals: Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy, Immanuel, Lakeside, Mercy Council Bluffs and Midlands.

Event Description/Theme: You will not want to miss this casual and entertaining event featuring the hilarious Second City. The evening includes cocktails, dinner and great comedy for a great cause! All proceeds benefit CSI’s services for the prevention, intervention and healing of child abuse and neglect.

Event Description/Theme: Join the Friends of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center for the 2017 Children’s Gala. Proceeds from the Gala will support the Changing Lives Together capital campaign to expand Children’s main campus, elevate pediatric critical care and foster groundbreaking research.

Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek 12101 Deer Creek Dr. • Omaha, NE

Times: 6pm – 9:30pm

Times: 10:30am – 4pm Ticket Prices: $1,250 for a Foursome

Location: CenturyLink Center Omaha Location: Hilton Omaha

Times: • 6pm – Cocktails & Silent Auction • 7:30pm – Dinner, Live Auction & Raffle • 9pm – Live Entertainment

Honorary Chairmen: Kelley and Ed Prosser

Gala Co-Chairs: Cindy Heider and Kelli Jorgensen

Event Chairs: Lauren and Mosah Goodman Emily and Tasso Sideris

Attire: Cocktail Attire

Ticket Prices: $175 Attire: Golf Attire

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes Raffle: Yes

Attire: Casual Event Contact: Kathy Bertolini • (402) 343-4550 Other Fundraising Events: • Evening with Friends – April 27, 2017 • Night of Celebration – April 28, 2017 • Jewels of Autumn – September 16, 2017 • CUMC & Bergan Gala – November 18, 2017 CHI Health Foundation 10101 Maple St. • Omaha, NE 68134 (402) 343-4550 www.CHIhealthfoundation.com

Raffle: Yes

Other Fundraising Events: • Wine Women & Shoes – April 7, 2017 • Fore! the Kids – May 15, 2017 • Children’s Charity Classic – May 22, 2017

Event Contact: Anna Willey • (402) 504-3664 Other Fundraising Events: • Golf Fore Kids – June 19, 2017 • Touch A Truck, Free Family Event – TBA* • PurseOnalities Luncheon – TBA* • Substitute Santa – December 6 – 8, 2017

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation Beth Greiner, Executive Director 8401 W Dodge Rd., Ste. 120 • Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 955-6851

Child Saving Institute 4545 Dodge St. • Omaha, NE 68132 (402) 553-6000 Email: awilley@childsaving.org

ChildrensFoundationOmaha.org

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CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF OMAHA 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.

CHILDREN’S SQUARE U.S.A.

COLLECTIVE FOR YOUTH

To teach, every day, life skills and the values necessary for a successful life – one full of Caring, Contribution and Commitment.

Collective for Youth’s mission is to advocate for, facilitate resources, and provide quality training for out-of-school time program providers.

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CHANCE Luncheon

Christmas Enchantment

Lights On Afterschool Celebration

Date: June 8, 2017

Date: December 2, 2017

Date: October 2017

Event Description/Theme: Drawing countless attendees each year, the CHANCE Luncheon celebrates the work of Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha (CSF), features a keynote speaker, and presents Rising Star awards. Past keynote speakers include legendary coach Lou Holtz, former Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels, and Herman Edwards. Rising Star awards are given to current CSF students who demonstrate leadership qualities, overcome obstacles, or foster community within their schools. Proceeds provide funding for much-needed scholarships.

Event Description/Theme: Celebrate the Holiday Season and support the children of Children’s Square U.S.A.! Join us at Christmas Enchantment for music, hors d’oeuvres, and general merriment while browsing the holiday décor and gifts for sale. Christmas Enchantment helps fund the Spiritual Life Program at Children’s Square U.S.A., providing holistic mental health options in the care given the children.

Event Description/Theme: An advocacy event celebrating existing afterschool programs and calling attention to the need for more high-quality programs. Omaha’s afterschool programs play an important role in the lives of students, families and our community. Our programs provide a range of research-backed benefits thus helping students succeed in school, reinforce skill development, strengthen the economy and improve public safety and health. Short celebratory program, hands-on activities, talent show, parent resource fair, free lunch, and more!

Location: Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home 1221 N 16th • Council Bluffs, IA Times: 6pm

Location: Hilton Omaha 1001 Cass Street • Omaha, NE

Ticket Prices: Free

Location: University of Nebraska at Omaha

Times: 11:30am – 1pm

Attire: Festive

Ticket Prices: $75 Individual Sponsorships also available

Event Contact: Lisa Milbrath • (712) 322-3700

Attire: Business

Other Fundraising Events: • Run for the Young – June 2, 2017 • Jason Awards – Fall 2017 • Chip in for Children – May 15, 2017

Event Contact: Nicole Everingham (402) 932-2025 Ext. 1005 neveringham@collectiveforyouth.org

Children’s Square U.S.A. P.O. Box 8C • Council Bluffs, IA 51502 (712) 322-3700 Email: info@aksarben.org

Collective for Youth 105 N 31st Ave., Ste. 103 • Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 932-2025 Email: info@collectiveforyouth.org

www.childrenssquare.org

www.collectiveforyouth.org

Times: TBD* Ticket Prices: FREE event open to everyone in the community Attire: Casual

Event Contact: CSF Offices (402) 819-4990 Ext. 102 scholarship@csfomaha.org

Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha 7101 Mercy Rd., Ste. 305 • Omaha, NE 68106 (402) 819-4990 Email: sandra.reding@csfomaha.org www.csfomaha.org

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COMPLETELY KIDS

CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

FIRST RESPONDERS FOUNDATION

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

To ensure that our student-athletes receive the resources necessary to be successful in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community.

To enhance public safety and build community appreciation and respect for our first responders.

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Pinot, Pigs & Poets

Bluejay Jamboree

9/11 Memorial Benefit

Date: June 1, 2017

Date: Fall 2017

Date: September 7, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Pinot, Pigs & Poets, in collaboration with the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, will return for an eighth year in 2017. All proceeds benefit the Completely KIDS weekend and after-school food programs. As one of Omaha’s premier wine and food events, Pinot, Pigs & Poets will once again feature outstanding pinot noir wines, savory pork dishes from renowned Omaha chefs, slam poetry by the Nebraska Writers Collective, and vintner and chef competitions.

Event Description/Theme: The First Responders Foundation invites you to attend our annual 9/11 Memorial Benefit. Join us for a fun night of great food, complimentary beer and wine, amazing auction items and live music. This will be a great opportunity to show your support and appreciation of first responders alongside Omaha Police Officers and Firefighters.

Location: Happy Hollow Club

Event Description/Theme: The Bluejay Jamboree is the premier fundraising event celebrating Creighton Athletics. The money raised from this event has a major impact on all of our men’s and women’s athletic programs at Creighton University, and it will help Creighton Athletics keep pace with the ever-increasing costs associated with student-athlete scholarships and providing the full cost of attendance. The Jamboree will directly support the BIG EAST Fund which is used towards student-athlete scholarships including nutrition as well as new cost of attendance regulations.

Times: 6pm – 10pm

Location: TBD*

Honorary Chairmen: TBD*

Ticket Prices: • Patron $250 • Regular $125 • Under 30 $75

Times: 6pm

Event Chairmen: Gina Mowat

Event Chair: Janie and Harry Hoch Jr.

Ticket Prices: $75

Ticket Prices: TBD*

Attire: Country Casual

Attire: Game Day

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes

Location: Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn Times: 5pm

Attire: Dressy Casual Event Contact: info@completelykids.org Other Fundraising Events: • Author Luncheon – March 2, 2017 • Completely KIDS Fall Event September 28, 2017 Completely KIDS 2566 St. Mary’s Ave. • Omaha, NE 68105 (402) 397-5809 Email: info@completelykids.org completelykids.org

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes Raffle: Yes

Event Contact: Gina Mowat • gina@firstrespondersomaha.org

Event Contact: Rachel Grosvenor athleticevents@creighton.edu • (402) 280-5577 Other Fundraising Events: • Leaders for Life – May 5, 2017

Other Fundraising Events: • Golf Tournament – June 12, 2017 • 9/11 Minute of Silence, September 11, 2017 • Action Day – October 7, 2017

Creighton University Athletic Department 2500 California Plz. • Omaha, NE 68178 (402) 280-2720 Email: athleticevents@creighton.edu

First Responders Foundation P.O. Box 540158 • Omaha, NE 68154 (402) 672-6331 Email: contact@firstrespondersomaha.org

www.gocreighton.com

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FOOD BANK FOR THE HEARTLAND

GIRL SCOUTS SPIRIT OF NEBRASKA

GRIEF’S JOURNEY

Committed to providing emergency and supplemental food to people in need in Nebraska and western Iowa.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

To provide excellent and compassionate grief support services, education, and professional training so that no one has to grieve alone.

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Celebrity Chef featuring Marc Murphy

artVenture

19th Annual Remembrance Walk

Date: March 2, 2017

Date: March 25, 2017

Date: May 27, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Born in Milan and raised all over the world, Marc Murphy shares his global perspective on food as a judge on Chopped and a regular contributor on Iron Chef America. Chef Murphy is the Food Bank’s 2017 Celebrity Chef! Guests who attend the annual fundraiser will enjoy wine tasting, appetizers, a culinary presentation by Marc Murphy and dinner inspired by his recipes.

Event Description/Theme: artVenture is a unique celebration of creative expression! Girl Scouts are matched with professional artists to work in a variety of mediums and the original art they create, as well as professional works, are sold at this silent auction event. Proceeds benefit Girl Scouts in Nebraska. This is an adult-only event.

Event Description/Theme: Members of the entire community are invited to take part as individuals or as part of a team to honor a loved one and to create special new memories. This annual event celebrates the importance of community support in the wake of grief. No one should have to walk their grief journey alone, and it takes all of us -- friends, families, co-workers, and neighbors to step up and offer support. 5K walk and family festival.

Location: UNO’s Mammel Hall Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista Times: • 5pm – Patron party • 5:30pm – Cocktail reception • 7pm – Chef Murphy’s presentation followed by dinner Ticket Prices: Individual $150 • Patron $500 Attire: Business Casual

Times: • 6pm – Patron Party • 7pm – Main Auction

Location: Miller’s Landing

Honorary Chair: Pam Alfrey Hernandez

Ticket Prices: TBD*

Event Chairs: Kim and Josh Weiss

Attire: Casual/Sporty

Ticket Prices: • Patron Party – $125 • Main Auction – $50 • Young Professionals – $35

Event Contact: Karen Galvin • kgalvin@tedebearhollow.org

Times: Morning (exact time TBD*)

Other Fundraising Events: • Comfort Food Classic – October 2017 • Grief Awareness Conference – November 2017

Oral Auction: Yes Attire: Business/Cocktail Event Contact: Joani Mullin • (402) 905-4810 JMullin@FoodBankHeartland.org Other Fundraising Events: • Strike Out Hunger Food and Funds Drive – June 2017 • Taste the Season Patron Party and Luncheon – Fall 2017 Food Bank for the Heartland Susan Ogborn, President & CEO 10525 J St. • Omaha, NE 68127 (402) 331-1213 Email: SOgborn@FoodBankHeartland.org

Silent Auction: Yes

Grief’s Journey (formerly Ted E. Bear Hollow, Inc.) 7811 Farnam Dr. • Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 502-2273 Email: kgalvin@tedebearhollow.org

Event Contact: Wendy Hamilton • (402) 779-8230 Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska 2121 S 44th St. • Omaha, NE 68105 (402) 779-8230 Email: whamilton@girlscoutsnebraska.org

www.griefsjourney.org

GirlScoutsNebraska.org

www.FoodBankHeartland.org

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HEALING EMBRACE

HEART MINISTRY CENTER

HEARTLAND FAMILY SERVICE

HEALing Embrace strives to bring hope and healing to the grieving hearts and to celebrate and honor the lives of babies gone too soon.

Providing food, clothing, healthcare and a way forward to people severely affected by poverty in the Omaha area.

To strengthen individuals and families in our community through education, counseling and support services.

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HEALs to the Pavement for Pregnancy & Infant Loss

Holy Smokes

“Carnival of Love” Gala

Date: August 31, 2017

Date: February 11, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Holy Smokes is an annual fundraiser for the Heart Ministry Center. A very casual, fun event featuring delicious BBQ, live music and dancing, Holy Smokes has been a favorite in Omaha for more than a decade.

Event Description/Theme: The Heartland Family Service “Carnival of Love” Gala is a fun-filled evening featuring cocktails, appetizers, carnival games, photo booth, dinner, and both silent and live auctions. The proceeds benefit the more than 30,000 children and families we serve each year throughout the metro area.

Date: October 14, 2017 Event Description/Theme: HEALing Embrace hosts an annual 5K fun run/ 1 mile walk to raise funds and awareness to sustain their mission. HEALing Embrace supports bereaved families and honors babies lost during pregnancy, those born silently, or those who passed away before their first birthdays. HEALing Embrace partners with Midlands Community Foundation to support grieving families through financial aid in the following areas: funeral expenses, medical expenses, postpartum care, and grief counseling. The HEALS to the Pavement event is a chance for friends and families to come together to honor their journeys and celebrate the lives of babies who left too soon. Location: Zorinsky Lake 3808 S 156th St. • Omaha, NE 68114 Times: TBD* Ticket Prices: • 5K – $30 • 1 Mile Walk – $25 • Kids Tot Trot – $7

Location: TBA* Times: 5:30pm – 9:30pm Ticket Prices: TBA* Attire: Casual Event Contact: Jim Clements • (402) 451-2321 Heart Ministry Center 2222 Binney St. • Omaha, NE 68110 (402) 451-2321 Email: jim@heartministrycenter.org www.heartministrycenter.org

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista Times: • 6pm – Cocktails, appetizers and silent auction • 7:30pm – Program, dinner and live auction Honorary Chairmen: Kacey and Joe Lempka Event Co-Chair: Julie Gibson-Beier and JoAnn Gould Ticket Prices: $150 Attire: Casual (Sweaters & Jeans) Event Contact: Nicole Tromler • (402) 552-7424 Events@HeartlandFamilyService.org Other Fundraising Events: • Strike A Chord – June 16, 2017 • Jefferson House Comedy Night August 5, 2017 • Safe Haven Golf Tournament – September 2017

Attire: Walk/Run Attire Event Contact: Jennifer Sommer • (402) 819-4002

Heartland Family Service Donna Dostal, Chief Development Officer 2101 S 42nd St. • Omaha, NE 68105 (402) 552-7443 Email: Donations@HeartlandFamilyService.org

HEALing Embrace P.O. Box 540021 • Omaha, NE 68154 (402) 554-9600 Email: jennifer@healingembrace.org www.healingembrace.org

www.HeartlandFamilyService.org www.facebook.com/HeartlandFamilyService @HeartlandFam on Twitter and Instagram

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THE HOPE CENTER FOR KIDS

JOSLYN ART MUSEUM

JOSLYN CASTLE TRUST

To faithfully inspire hope in youth and children through education, employability, collaboration and faith.

Joslyn collects, preserves, and interprets the visual arts of the highest quality, fostering appreciation and enjoyment of art for the benefit of a diverse audience.

The Joslyn Castle Trust preserves and shares the Castle and its gardens and grounds to enrich the community.

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The Hope Gala

Joslyn Art Museum Association Annual Gala

Joslyn Castle Unlocked

Date: October 20, 2017

Date: June 3, 2017

Date: January 28; April 29; August 12; December 9, 2017

Event Description/Theme: The 2017 Hope Gala will be a memorable evening, celebrating the life stories of youth and children at The Hope Center for Kids.

Event Description/Theme: On Saturday, June 3, 2017 the Joslyn Art Museum Association will host their Annual Gala in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris. Sparkling gems, luxurious materials, elegant designs, and superb craftsmanship distinguish the works by the great Parisian jewelry houses. Bijoux Parisiens presents glorious pieces of jewelry by Cartier, Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpels, and others. All this beauty and elegance will adorn the galleries of Joslyn Art Museum.

Location: CenturyLink Center Times: • 6pm Reception • 7pm Dinner & Program Ticket Prices: Individual tickets and a variety of sponsorships available Attire: Cocktail Event Contact: Brenda Block • brenda@hopecenterforkids.com Other Fundraising Events: • The Hope Golf Classic - June 12, 2017 The Hope Center for Kids 2200 N 20th St. • Omaha, NE 68110 (402) 341-4673 Email: getmoreinfo@hopecenterforkids.com

Location: Joslyn Art Museum 2200 Dodge St. • Omaha, NE Times: 6:30pm Honorary Chairs: Ellen and Stavely Wright Event Chairs: Mary Lou Brasee, Melanie Hecker and Debbie Wood Ticket Prices: • $250 per person – table pricing available Attire: Formal Attire

www.hopecenterforkids.com Event Contact: Erika Conces • (402) 933-8220 Other Fundraising Events: • Wishbone: An Event Supporting Kent Bellows Mentoring Program – April 28, 2017 • Joslyn Young Art Patrons GLOW in the GARDEN – September 22, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Go behind the scenes for an in-depth tour of the historic Joslyn Castle. Every door will be unlocked providing complete access to all floors – including the ballroom and basement. This fun evening delves into the lives of George and Sarah Joslyn leaving guests eager to learn more about Omaha’s original philanthropic couple. Personal items of the Joslyns will be on display along with historic photos and blueprints of the Castle. Dinner is included. Location: Joslyn Castle Times: 10am – 5pm Attire: Casual – wear comfortable shoes! Event Contact: (402) 595-2199 Other Fundraising Events: • Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre February 24 – 25 and March 3 – 4, 2017 • Literary & Art Festival – Sept. – Oct. 2017 • Historic Home Tour and Boutique – Nov. 2017 • Joslyn Castle Turkey Trot – Nov. 23, 2017 Joslyn Castle Trust 3902 Davenport St. • Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 595-2199 Email: info@joslyncastle.com www.joslyncastle.com

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JUSTICE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS NEBRASKA (JFON-NE)

KANEKO

Welcoming immigrants into our community by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy.

KANEKO is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to exploring and encouraging the creative process and how it impacts our lives.

LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska expresses God’s love for all people by providing quality human care services that build and strengthen individual, family and community life.

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enVISION 2017: FOOD TRUCK WORLD TOUR

KANEKO Open Space Soirée

Celebrating 125 Years of Faith in Action®

Date: TBA*

Date: September 22, 2017

Date: September 23, 2017

Event Description/Theme: JFON-NE’s third annual Food Truck World Tour is a fundraiser to support immigration legal services in our community. Enjoy a variety of food from local food trucks, special desserts and good music. The Patron Party attracts supporters and includes the food and benefits, while a public After Party with a popular band entertains music lovers.

Event Description/Theme: Mark your calendars for the 4th annual KANEKO Open Space Soirée. Be the first to experience the upcoming KANEKO exhibition and enjoy a special night with Omaha’s creative innovators under one roof. The KANEKO Open Space Soirée is the organization’s annual fundraising event, with all proceeds benefiting KANEKO programming and operations.

Event Description/Theme: Faith in Action® is an annual event recognizing the generosity of those who support LFS in advancing safety, hope and well-being for all people. This year’s event celebrates LFS’ founding in 1892 as two orphanages in Omaha and Fremont. Over the last 125 years LFS has grown to strengthen families, heal those afflicted by trauma and welcome newcomers fleeing persecution from all over the world.

Location: The Slowdown Times: • 5:30pm – Patron Party • 8pm – After Party

Location: KANEKO 1111 Jones St. • Omaha, NE

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista

Times: 6pm –9pm

Times: TBA* Honorary Chairman: TBA*

Host Committee Chairs: TBA*

Ticket Prices: • $175 general public • $75 young professional (35 and under)

Ticket Prices: TBA*

Attire: Cocktail Attire

Attire: Casual

Event Contact: Elisabeth Barrett • elisabeth@thekaneko.org

Honorary Event Chairs: TBA*

Event Chairs: TBA* Ticket Prices: TBA* Attire: Business Casual Event Contact: Joanne Hull • (402) 978-5646

Paddle Raise: Yes Event Contact: Dawn Bashara • (402) 898-1349 Other Fundraising Events: • Omaha Gives! – May 24, 2017 Justice For Our NeighborsNebraska (JFON-NE) Dawn Bashara 2414 E St. • Omaha, NE 68107 (402) 898-1349 Email: info@jfon-ne.org

Other Fundraising Events: • Fremont Family Friends June 13, 2017 • Rally for Kids – November 3, 2017

KANEKO 1111 Jones St. • Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 341-3800 Email: info@thekaneko.org

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska 124 S 24th St. • Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 978-5646 Email: info@lfsneb.org

www.thekaneko.org

www.LFSneb.org

www.jfon-ne.org

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MAKE-A-WISH NEBRASKA

METHODIST HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

METRO AREA YOUTH FOUNDATION, INC.

We grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

To improve the quality of life by supporting excellence in health care and health care education provided by Methodist Health System.

Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska Optimists uniting to improve the quality of life for children and their families.

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

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Blue Jean Ball: A Night of Stars

Play Ball!

Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer

Date: April 8, 2017

Date: June 2, 2017

Date: August 12, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Join Make-A-Wish® Nebraska for an evening celebrating the true stars of our mission, our wish kids. Spend the evening helping make more Nebraska wishes come true by taking part in a raffle, silent auction and live auction. Hear the stories of children who’ve been touched by our mission and experience the power of a wish.

Event Description/Theme: Join the Methodist Volunteers In Partnership for a casual evening of fun and games, dining, and dancing at the ballpark to raise funds for Methodist Hospital.

Event Description/Theme: An evening of auctions, raffles and socializing to benefit families with a child who has cancer. The evening starts with cocktails, entertainment, and a silent auction. A plated dinner will be served which includes a dessert auction. A short program will highlight the impact the funds raised will make. The night will finish with a live auction. All proceeds directly benefit children with cancer and their families.

Location: Werner Park 12356 Ballpark Way • Papillion, NE 68046

Location: Hilton Downtown • 1001 Cass St. Times: • 6pm – Silent Auction • 7:30pm – Dinner & Program

Times: • 6:30pm – Reception, silent auction, and ballpark fun! • 8pm – Dinner/dancing

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista Times: 5:30pm – 9pm

Honorary Chairs: Jason and Angie Fisher Event Chair: Laure Grant

Event Chairmen: Laura Stevenson Honorary Chairman: TBA*

Ticket Prices: $150 per person • $1,500 corporate table

Ticket Prices: • $150 per person • $250 per person for Patron reservation

Event Chairmen: Al Penner and Walt Keast

Attire: Blue Jeans

Attire: Ball Park Casual

Ticket Prices: $100 per person

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes Raffle: Yes

Silent Auction: Yes

Attire: Business Casual

Event Contact: Laura Stevenson • (402) 384-8962

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes Raffle: Yes

Event Contact: Brigette Young, President/CEO byoung@nebraska.wish.org • (402) 333-8999 Other Fundraising Events: • Lincoln’s Wish Ball: A Night with Oscar February 26, 2017 • Young Leaders Council’s Wine, Whiskey & Wishes – May 11, 2017 Make-A-Wish® Nebraska 11836 Arbor St. • Omaha, NE 68144 (402) 333-8999 Email: lpiller@nebraska.wish.org

Other Fundraising Events: • Methodist Golf Classic – August 22, 2017 Methodist Hospital Foundation 8401 W Dodge Rd., Ste. 225 • Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 354-4825 Email: foundation@nmhs.org

Event Contact: Connie Mansfield • (402) 740-5158 Metro Area Youth Foundation, Inc. P. O. Box 540772 • Omaha, NE 68154 (402) 510-4083 Email: summerbash@cox.net

MethodistHospitalFoundation.org www.summerbashforccc.org

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NEBRASKA ATAXIA

Helping those affected by ataxia through hands-on assistance, education and awareness, support for caregivers, and funding for medical therapies, equipment, and research.

NEBRASKA CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FOUNDATION

NEBRASKA CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY

Our mission is to create positive change for Nebraska’s children through community engagement.

To provide safe and loving care to children of all ages.

Featured Event:

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Featured Event:

Nebraska Ataxia Engagement Party

Perfect Pour 2017

NCHS’s Sand in the City®

Date: September 30, 2017

Date: February 25, 2017

Date: June 9 – 11, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Join us for the best party of the year – the Nebraska Ataxia Engagement Party. Engage with us as we celebrate our successes, educate the community about living with ataxia, and connect with friends and community partners who steadfastly support our mission. “Let’s Go Steady” is our call to action throughout the year. On this big night, we propose to go one step further and get engaged.

Event Description/Theme: Join us for a 1950s Cuban-themed evening celebrating fun, friendship and charity. Prepare for a showdown between Omaha and Lincoln’s brightest and most innovative bartenders! Local mixologists will prepare their best craft cocktails using Brugal rum. There will be live music, authentic period photography, and an amazing opportunity to make a difference for Omaha’s most vulnerable kids. Presented by Nebraska USBG and Friends of Nebraska Children.

Event Description/Theme: Join us for Nebraska Children’s Home Society’s Sand in the City®. View 400-tons of sand in the middle of Omaha; On Friday corporate teams compete to build the best 15-ton sculpture; and vote for your favorite all weekend long. FREE family fun, food for purchase and FREE entertainment & Kid ZONE on June 10-11th at Baxter Arena. Donations welcome to benefit the children and families NCHS serves across the state of Nebraska.

Location: TBD*

Location: Baxter Arena

Time: Evening Ticket Prices: • $150 VIP • $50 general admission • Full table pricing and corporate sponsorships available. See website.

Location: The Mastercraft 1111 N 13th St. • Omaha, NE

Times: • June 9: 10am – 4pm – Sand Sculpting • June 10: 10am – 8pm – Family Fun Days • June 11: 11am – 5pm – Family Fun Days

Times: 7pm – 11pm Ticket Prices: $75

Attire: Casual – come as you are

Attire: Business

Ticket Prices: FREE

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes

Silent Auction: Yes

Attire: Casual

Event Contact: Kareen Hickman • (402) 819-9361

Raffle: Yes

Event Contact: Jenni Herchenbach jenni.herchenbach@nebraskaataxia.org Other Fundraising Events: • Nebraska Ataxia Bourbon Bash – February 2017 • Nebraska Ataxia Pool Party – Summer 2017 Nebraska Ataxia Linda Snider, Executive Director P.O. Box 24214 • Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 979-6331 Email: info@nebraskaataxia.org

Event Contact: Leah Lindell • (402) 451-0787 • llindell@nchs.org

Other Fundraising Events: • Changemakers 2017 – October 10, 2017

Other Events: • HomeGrown – October 2017 • National Adoption Awareness Month November 2017 • Project Elf – December 2017

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation 1516 Cuming St. • Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 819-9361 Email: khickman@nebraskachildren.org

Nebraska Children’s Home Society 4939 S 118th St. • Omaha, NE 68137 (402) 451-0787 Email: info@nchs.org

www.PerfectPour.org

www.nebraskaataxia.org

www.nchs.org www.SandintheCityOmaha.com

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NEBRASKA HUMANE SOCIETY

NEBRASKA WILDLIFE REHAB, INC. To rehabilitate wildlife for return to the wild, to preserve and restore native habitats, and to educate about the importance of wildlife and ecosystems and to inspire action to protect them.

The Nebraska Humane Society saves, protects and enriches the lives of animals in the communities we serve.

NOTRE DAME SISTERS We accept God’s call, reaching out to people with unmet needs, nurturing in them a conviction of love that they may recognize their own gifts.

Featured Event:

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Dining With Dogs

Bats Over Omaha Bat Release

Celebration of Spirit Dinner

Date: April 22, 2017

Date: TBD* (March – May 2017)

Date: April 2, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Looking for a night out on the town with your best friend? Dining with Dogs is the event to attend. Uniquely designed with both canines and humans in mind…this is the only dinner that invites you to bring your dog. Fido can put on his best collar while you enjoy a casual, fun, social hour, dinner, silent auction and oral auction. But the best entertainment is on the end of your leash!

Event Description/Theme: We invite you to join us as we release more than 250 bats back into the wild after a long winter’s hibernation! Bat Release includes activities for children, educational tables, and roving bats to keep the crowd entertained. You’re invited to come as early as 6pm to stake out a spot on Joslyn’s lawn and enjoy a picnic dinner. Bat Release takes place at dusk and is generally complete by 9pm.

Event Description/Theme: All are invited to join us for an evening of merriment and thanksgiving at our 23rd Annual Celebration of Spirit Dinner! This event honors distinguished stewards with our Mother Qualberta Service Award and celebrates all of our guests for being faithful servants of the Lord. The evening includes a silent auction, cocktails and an elegant dinner.

Location: Omaha Design Center 1502 Cuming St. • Omaha, NE

Location: Joslyn Art Museum 22nd & Dodge St. • Omaha, NE

Location: St. Robert Bellarmine Social Hall 11802 Pacific St. • Omaha, NE 68154

Times: 6pm – 9pm

Times: • 4pm – Social • 5:30pm – Dinner • 6:15pm – Program • 7:15pm – Final Blessing

Times: 6pm – 9pm Ticket Prices: $100 ticket

Ticket Prices: FREE and family-friendly

Attire: Casual

Attire: Casual

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes Event Contact: Gordon Krentz • (402) 905-3483 gkrentz@nehumanesociety.org Other Fundraising Events: • Ales for Tails – June 2017 • Walk for the Animals – September 24, 2017 Nebraska Humane Society Pam Wiese 8929 Fort St. • Omaha, NE 68134 (402) 905-3470 Email: pwiese@nehumanesociety.org

Honorary Chairmen: TBD*

Raffle: Yes Event Contact: Laura Stastny, Executive Director Other Events: • Open House & Family Day at the Wildlife Center – Summer 2017 • Fall Fundraiser – October 2017

Nebraska Wildlife Rehab, Inc. P.O. Box 24122 • Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 234-2473 Email: info@nebraskawildliferehab.org

Event Chairmen: TBD* Ticket Prices: $85 per person • $680 per table Attire: Cocktail Silent Auction: Yes Raffle: Yes Event Contact: Mary J. Brown, Advancement & Communications Officer Other Fundraising Events: • Community Luncheon – November 2017

www.nebraskawildliferehab.org Notre Dame Sisters 3501 State St. • Omaha, NE 68112 (402) 455-2994 Email: info@notredamesisters.org

www.nehumanesociety.org

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OMAHA ACADEMY OF BALLET OMAHA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Omaha Academy of Ballet exists to promote the art of dance through excellent training, performance opportunities and exposure to specific ballet testing programs and curriculum.

To engage the imagination and create excitement about learning.

OMAHA COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE The Omaha Community Playhouse is a performing arts organization that enhances quality of life through live theatre, professional touring and arts education.

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Omaha Dance Project

For the Kids Benefit

Bubbly with Barbra

Date: January 27–29, 2017

Date: May 6, 2017

Date: March 31, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Omaha Dance Project (ODP) is the Academy’s community performance program open to dancers throughout the community. Its goal is to provide non-professionals with the chance to experience a professional-style performing experience. This year we are performing excerpts from Le Corsaire as well as modern and contemporary ballet pieces. Performances are January 27th at 7:30pm, January 28th at 7:30pm, and January 29th at 2pm. Omaha Dance Project will be held at Creighton University this year.

Event Description/Theme: Race on over, raise a glass, and place your bets at the Museum’s largest annual fundraiser! Support the growth of our community’s children at this delightful evening that includes a live auction, dinner and drinks.

Event Description/Theme: An evening featuring Camille Metoyer Moten and Friends in tribute to Barbra Streisand and benefiting the Omaha Community Playhouse. The evening will include pre-show cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, performance of Streisand hits, and post-show coffee bar and desserts.

Location: Creighton University, Lied Education Center for the Arts • 24th & Cass St. Times: • 7:30pm – January 27 & 28 • 2pm – January 29

Location: Omaha Children’s Museum Location: Omaha Community Playhouse 6915 Cass St. • Omaha, NE 68132

Times: 5:30pm – 9pm Event Chairmen: Ellie Grace Shannon Lerda Gina McDevitt Deidre Oschner Carolyn Sutton

Times: 6pm Honorary Chairs: Gerry and Bruce Lauritzen Event Chair: Emily Tonniges

Ticket Prices: $150 per person

Ticket Prices: $125

Project Director: Juliette Henning

Attire: Derby Hats and Derby Attire

Attire: Cocktail

Ticket Prices: • $15 Adults • $10 Students/Seniors

Raffle: Yes

Event Contact: Lizzy Gilbert, Development Director lgilbert@omahaplayhouse.com (402) 553-4890 Ext. 127

Event Contact: Penny Michonski (402) 346-0469 • academy@oabdance.org

Omaha Academy of Ballet 319 N 72nd St. • Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 346-0469 Email: academy@oabdance.org

Event Contact: Thomas Miller tmiller@ocm.org • (402) 342-6164 Other Fundraising Events: • Great Friends to Kids Luncheon September 2017

Omaha Community Playhouse 6915 Cass St. • Omaha, NE 68132 (402) 553-4890 Email: info@omahaplayhouse.com

Omaha Children’s Museum 500 S 20th St. • Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 342-6164 Email: tmiller@ocm.org

www.OmahaPlayhouse.com

www.oabdance.org www.ocm.org

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OMAHA HOMEFOR BOYS

OMAHA PERFORMING ARTS

OMAHA SYMPHONY

Strengthening and Supporting Youth, Young Adults and Families through services that inspire and equip them to lead independent and productive lives.

Presentation of the highest quality arts and entertainment experiences; stewardship of the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center; education and community engagement programs.

Enriching lives through the exhilarating experience of live orchestral music.

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Imagine Our Youth Gala

Orpheum Theater 90th Anniversary Celebration

Omaha Symphony Gala

Date: September 14, 2017

Date: October 6, 2017

Date: April 22, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Join the Omaha Home for Boys for its annual Imagine Our Youth gala at the Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista. This event celebrates the regular contributions and accomplishments of the young men and women in our Residential, Transitional Living and Independent Living programs. Please come Imagine – and Celebrate – the youth at the Omaha Home for Boys.

Event Description/Theme: Anniversary celebration highlights: - Artists who have performed at the Orpheum - Patrons and donors who have attended performances and special events - Students and young people who have participated in education and engagement programs Location: Orpheum Theater

Event Description/Theme: Join Thomas Wilkins and your Omaha Symphony for our annual gala concert! The Omaha Symphony Gala is one of Omaha’s most anticipated social events, celebrating the symphony’s role as a vital contributor to our community’s cultural and educational landscape. Funds raised support the symphony’s education programs, which serve nearly 30,000 children annually.

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista

Time: 6pm

Location: Holland Performing Arts Center

Ticket Price: $250

Times: • 5:30pm – cocktails • 6:30pm – dinner • 8pm – concert

Times: 5:30pm – 9pm Attire: Cocktail Ticket Prices: • $200 VIP • $125 Individual • $75 Young Professionals (40 and Under)

Event Contact: Development Department, Omaha Performing Arts • (402) 661-8455

Attire: Business/Business Casual recommended

Other Fundraising Events: • Stage Party – August 25, 2017 Orpheum Theater

Silent Auction: Yes Event Contact: Lori Bechtold, Director of Development Other Fundraising Events: • Omaha Home for Boys Annual Golf Classic, Tiburon Golf Club – June 7, 2017 • OHB Dunk Tank as part of Omaha Gives! Stinson Park, Aksarben Village – May 24, 2017

Omaha Performing Arts 1200 Douglas St. • Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 345-0202 Email: Development@OmahaPerformingArts.org www.omahaperformingarts.org

The Omaha Home for Boys 4343 N 52nd St. • Omaha, NE 68104 (402) 457-7165 Email: lbechtold@omahahomeforboys.org

Ticket Prices: • $5,000 table sponsor • $500 for gala dinner and concert • $25-$85 for concert only Attire: Cocktail Event Contact: Melanie Rogge, Vice President of Development (402) 661-8575 • mrogge@omahasymphony.org Omaha Symphony Stephanie Ludwig, Public Relations Manager 1905 Harney St., Ste. 400 • Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 661-8587 Email: sludwig@omahasymphony.org www.omahasymphony.org

www.omahahomeforboys.org

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OMAHA SYMPHONY GUILD

OMAHA ZOO FOUNDATION

OPEN DOOR MISSION

The Omaha Symphony Guild is dedicated to promoting the growth and development of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and support of its education programs for the pleasure and education of the residents of the Greater Omaha Community.

The Omaha Zoo Foundation supports the mission of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium through raising funds to ensure its continued growth and vibrancy.

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission that meets the basic needs of individuals and families while inspiring HOPE for lasting change.

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Table Art 2017

Zoofari 2017 – Night of the Tiger

Auction and Dinner

Date: April 4 & 5, 2017

Date: September 15, 2017

Date: September 28, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Table Art 2017 celebrates the entertaining whimsy of nora fleming. Founder, Nora Napientek’s “dressed up interchangeable dinnerware” concept has bloomed into a business founded on simplifying the art of everyday entertaining.

Event Description/Theme: Zoofari, the Omaha Zoo Foundation’s biennial blockbuster fundraiser, supports Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. 2017’s “Night of the Tiger” event on Friday, September 15, 2017, will celebrate the zoo’s newest immersive exhibit – the Asian Highlands. Guests will experience an evening evoking Asia while enjoying cocktails, dinner, and a thrilling live auction. Proceeds from Zoofari – Night of the Tiger will help make the Asian Highlands – with tigers, snow leopards, and red pandas – a place for thousands of visitors to experience one of the most beautiful and mysterious places on earth, right here in Omaha.

Event Description/Theme: At the Silent Auction guests will bid on a large variety of items provided by area retailers such as gift certificates, event tickets, gift baskets, sporting goods, home and garden items and much more! Following the Silent Auction, guests will enjoy a sit-down dinner, Live Auction and stories of HOPE presented by graduates of Open Door Mission’s life-changing programs.

Location: Omaha Design Center Times: • 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Patron Party, April 4, 2017 • 12pm – Luncheon, April 5, 2017 Event Chairmen: Kyle Robino Ticket Prices: • $75 for the Luncheon • $100 for the Patron Party • $150 for both events Attire: Business Raffle: Yes

Location: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Ticket Prices: Free. Reservations are required. Attire: Business Casual Honorary Chairpersons: Anne and John P. Nelson Susie and John H. Nelson Ticket Prices: • $250 – Individual Tickets • Underwriting packages starting at $5,000

Other Events: • Debutante Ball – December 27, 2017

Attire: Cocktail/Business Casual Oral Auction: Yes

www.omahasymphony.org/guilds/

Times: • 5pm – 6:30pm – Silent Auction • 6:30pm – 8pm – Dinner

Times: 5:30pm

Event Contact: Victoria Halgren • vhalgren@cox.net

Omaha Symphony Guild Victoria Halgren P.O. Box 24355 • Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 681-4218 Email: vhalgren@cox.net

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista

Event Contact: Tina Cherica, Executive Director • (402) 738-2073 Omaha Zoo Foundation 3701 S 10th St. • Omaha, NE 68107 (402) 738-2073 Email: jacob@omahazoofoundation.org www.omahazoofoundation.org

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OPERA OMAHA

OUTLOOK NEBRASKA, INC.

• Provide professional opera performances and programs through a community-wide organization • Provide an operatic showcase for local, national and international talent • Enhance the cultural vitality of our community

PARTNERSHIP 4 KIDS

To positively impact everyone who is blind or visually impaired.

To mentor kids for college today and careers tomorrow.

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Opera Omaha Gala

Vision Beyond Sight

vinNEBRASKA Spring Wine Event

Date: March 25, 2017

Date: November 10, 2017

Date: April 1, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Join Opera Omaha for another one-of-a-kind gala in an unexpected venue that is yet to be revealed. Known for spectacular events in unique spaces, Opera Omaha’s sold-out galas inside Crossroads Mall (2015) and Paxton & Vierling Steel Co. (2016) astonished and excited guests as they were surrounded by both live performance and installation art. Inspired by Flight, the final opera of the 2016-2017 season, guests can expect an elegant evening of exquisite food, wine and music, as well as an unmatched artistic experience at the 2017 Opera Omaha gala.

Event Description/Theme: Celebrate with us and be inspired at this growing community event! Vision Beyond Sight is an evening to celebrate the capabilities of our 35,000 blind neighbors here in Nebraska. Enjoy dinner and drinks with friends and leaders in our region, medical community and businesses, experience Dessert in the Dark, and learn about Outlook Nebraska’s growing Employment and Enrichment Programs geared toward empowering the blind and visually impaired.

Event Description/Theme: This grand celebration of great wines, gourmet food and amazing auction packages will feature premier wines from nationally and internationally recognized winemakers, paired with a selection of delectable hors d’ oeuvres. The event includes a silent auction with unique gift items and wine-themed artwork as well as a live auction showcasing select bottles of wine, one-of-a-kind vacation packages and rare collectibles. Location: Ramada Plaza, 3321 S 72nd St. • Omaha, 68124

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista

Times: 5pm

Times: 6pm

Times: 6pm

Honorary Chairs: Dr. Ward and Suzanne Chambers

Chairmen: Gail and Mike Yanney

Attire: Cocktail or Business

Ticket Prices: $115 ($125 after March 1st)

Ticket Prices: $300 – Reservations Required Table Prices – $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000

Event Contact: John Wick • (402) 614-3331 Ext. 224

Attire: Business Casual

Attire: Cocktail Attire

Other Events: • Tee It Up Fore Sight Golf Tournament Indian Creek Golf Course – June 8, 2017 • Visually Impaired Community Resource Fair Westroads Mall – Spring 2017

Location: To Be Revealed*

Event Contacts: Development Director • (402) 661-8435 Other Events: • Così fan tutte February 10 & 12, 2017 • Flight – April 21 & 23, 2017 Opera Omaha 1850 Farnam St. • Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 346-7372

Outlook Nebraska, Inc. Rachel Carver 4125 S 72nd St. • Omaha, NE 68127 (402) 614-3331 Ext. 221 Email: rcarver@outlooknebraska.com

www.operaomaha.org

www.outlooknebraska.org

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes Raffle: Yes Event Contact: Andrea Eischen (402) 557-6381 • aeischen@p4k.org Other Fundraising Events: • Swing 4 Kids Golf Benefit Field Club of Omaha – July 31, 2017 • Hops and Grapes Fall Festival – TBD* Partnership 4 Kids 1004 Farnam St., Ste. 200 • Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 930-3000 www.p4k.org

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PHOENIX ACADEMY

PLAYSMART

QLI

Phoenix Academy educates and inspires students with learning differences to realize their full academic potential and become successful in school and in life.

To help youth reach their academic and life potential through sports, developing the necessary skills, abilities and values to be successful academically and in life.

Deliver life-changing rehabilitation and care. Protect dignity, instill purpose and create hope. Commit to Excellence.

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Phoenix Academy Scholarship Luncheon

PlaySmart Fall Fundraiser

QLI Golf Challenge

Date: February 1, 2017

Date: Fall 2017

Date: August 14, 2017

Event Description/Theme: The largest fundraiser for Phoenix Academy, a K-8th intervention school for students struggling in reading and math. Every year there is a powerful and often well-known keynote speaker who conveys the school’s mission on the importance of education.The luncheon also recognizes two literary champions of the Omaha community, recipients of the Mactier/Clark Literacy Educator Award and the Holland Advocate Award. Proceeds provide tuition assistance to students who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend Phoenix Academy.

Event Description/Theme: Some of the area’s top chefs will compete for the chance for their dish to be dubbed “Omaha’s Best Bite.” This event will benefit PlaySmart Omaha. Sample an amuse bouche prepared by each chef and cast a vote for your favortie bite. The event includes wine tasting, craft beer tasting, silent auction and wine sales all to benefit PlaySmart.

Event Description/Theme: Not your ordinary day on the links, QLI’s annual Golf Challenge is golf with a twist. Players take on unique themes and tasks at each hole to learn more about QLI’s nation-leading rehabilitation program. Take your best drive from the seat of a wheelchair, or slice a hit onto the fairway with goggles that simulate the effects of an injury. QLI’s Golf Challenge is a golf outing like no other!

Location: Hilton Omaha Times: 11:30am – 1pm Ticket Prices: Friend Table(s) $ 5,000 • Supporter Table(s) $ 2,500 Patron Table(s) $ 1,500 • Regular Table(s) $ 1,000 Patron Seat(s) $ 150 • Regular Seat(s) $ 100 Attire: Business Casual Event Contact: Nancy Liebermann Other Fundraising Events: • Omaha Gives! – May 2017 Phoenix Academy 1110 N 66th St. • Omaha, NE 68132 (402) 390-0556 Email: nancyliebermann@phoenixacademyomaha.org

Location: Werner Valley Lodge 30809 Reichmuth Rd. • Valley, NE

Location: Players Club at Deer Creek

Times: 6pm

Times: TBA*

Ticket Prices: $60 per person

Ticket Prices: TBA*

Attire: Fall Casual

Attire: Golf Appropriate

Silent Auction: Yes Raffle: Yes

Event Contact: Don Terry • dterry@QLIomaha.com

Event Contacts: Blane Hunter • (402) 670-9768 Mary Hunziker • (402) 301-3281

QLI (Quality Living, Inc) 6404 N 70th Plz. • Omaha, NE 68104 (402) 573-3700 Email: jkarolski@QLIomaha.com

PlaySmart 22850 Harrison St. • Gretna, NE 68028 (402) 689-4914 • (800) 970-8184

www.TeamQLI.com

www.playsmart.org

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REBUILDING TOGETHER OMAHA

REJUVENATING WOMEN

RESTORATION EXCHANGE OMAHA

Together Freedom

To educate and motivate the Omaha area to restore, preserve and rehabilitate older homes, buildings and neighborhoods.

Together we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities.

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Rebuilding Day 2017

Rejuvenating Women Key to Freedom Banquet

Preservation Celebration

Date: April 29, 2017

Date: August 31, 2017

Date: March 3, 2017

Event Description/Theme: April 2017 marks the 22nd Annual National Rebuilding Month. This year, Rebuilding Together Omaha will focus on restoring homes and revitalizing a community during National Rebuilding Day, bringing together hundreds of volunteers to serve low-income homeowners in South Omaha. National Rebuilding Month is embraced by community leaders and corporate partners as a way of bringing immediate, large-scale impact to communities. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Annette Green at annette@rebuildingomaha.org.

Event Description/Theme: An evening of networking and joy raising funds to support Rejuvenating Women’s Restored Wings Home, a long-term home of restoration for survivors of human trafficking.

Event Description/Theme: An opportunity to celebrate the organizations and people who are making preservation happen.

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista

Times: 6pm – 10pm

Location: Historic Venue to be announced

Times: 5:30pm

Celebration Chair: Laura Shiffermiller

Ticket Prices: TBD*

Ticket Prices: $75/$125

Location: Select homes in the Deer Park Neighborhood, Omaha NE

Attire: Formal

Attire: Business Casual

Times: 8am – 1pm

Silent Auction: Yes Oral Auction: Yes Raffle: Yes

Silent Auction: Yes

Event Chairman: Fred Lopez

Event Contact: Cindy Tooher • cindy@restorationexchange.org

Event Contact: Morgan Putnam • (800) 402-0601

Attire: Work Clothes Event Contact: Sara Zivny • (402) 965-9201

Rebuilding Together Omaha 2316 S 24th St. • Omaha, NE 68108 (402) 965-9201 Email: sara@rebuildingomaha.org

Rejuvenating Women P.O. Box 207 • Boys Town, NE 68010 (402) 612-8365 Email: mputnam@rejuvenatingwomen.org www.rejuvenatingwomen.com

Other Fundraising Events: • Heart Bombing – February 11, 2017 • Restore Omaha Conference – March 4, 2017 • Fall Tour of the Wyman Heights Neighborhood October 2017 Restoration Exchange Omaha 3902 Davenport St. • Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 679-5854 Email: info@restorationexchange.org www.restorationexchange.org

www.rebuildingtogetheromaha.org

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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES IN OMAHA

SAVING GRACE PERISHABLE FOOD RESCUE, INC.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEBRASKA

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha (RMHC) is to create and operate programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

Connect perishable food from local food purveyors to local nonprofits that feed our hungry, while raising awareness and educating the community on food waste and hunger.

Special Olympics Nebraska provides athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy.

Omaha

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Wings & Wheels Gala

The Great Food Makeover: A No Food Waste Fest

Breakfast of Champions

Date: September 8, 2017

Date: Late September or early October 2017*

Date: April 18, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Wings & Wheels is an evening of viewing classic and luxury cars alongside private planes held in a prestigious, private airplane hangar. Enjoy fantastic food, good wine and great music while raising money to support extraordinary families residing at the Ronald McDonald House. The night includes an exciting live auction, raffle prizes and live music. Please join us!

Event Description/Theme: The Great Food Makeover - A No Food Waste Fest is an exciting community event that celebrates autumn’s abundance. Local chefs will use surplus or cosmetically imperfect produce--that would otherwise be wasted or plowed back into the fields--to create gourmet stew that will be served to attendees. This family-friendly event also includes great entertainment, fun children’s activities, and interactive displays designed to inspire solutions to food waste and hunger.

Event Description/Theme: An inspiring breakfast hosted by Special Olympics Nebraska. This year’s keynote speaker is TBD*. A Special Olympics Nebraska athlete and Global Messenger will also share an inspirational message. Join us for a hot breakfast with friends and learn about the important work of Special Olympics Nebraska in your community.

Location: TBD*

Times: 7:30am – 8:30am

Times: TBD*

Ticket Prices: • $5,000 – Gold Table • $2,500 – Silver Table • $1,000 – Bronze Table • $100 – Individual

Location: Signature Flight Support 3636 Wilbur Plz. • Omaha, NE

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista

Times: 7pm Ticket Prices: Visit our website Attire: Cocktail Oral Auction: Yes Raffle: Yes Event Contact: Emily Mozer • (402) 346-9377

Ticket Prices: TBD* Attire: TBD*

Attire: Business Casual Event Contact: Beth Ostdiek Smith • (402) 215-6718

Other Fundraising Events: • Ronald McDonald House in Omaha Golf Tournament – May 15, 2017 • Kids and Clays Sporting Clays Tournament October 21 – 22, 2017

Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue, Inc. Beth Ostdiek Smith 4611 S 96th St., Ste. 112 • Omaha, NE 68127 (402) 215-6718 Email: beth@savinggracefoodrescue.org

Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha Emily Mozer, Volunteer and Events Manager 620 S 38th Ave. • Omaha, NE 68105 (402) 346-9377 Email: emozer@rmhcomaha.org

www.savinggracefoodrescue.org

Event Contact: Amanda Gilreath • (402) 331-5545 Ext. 13 Other Fundraising Events: • Omaha Polar Plunge – February 11, 2017 • Summer Games – May 17-21, 2017 • Champions Together Luncheon – TBD* Special Olympics Nebraska 9427 F St. • Omaha, NE 68127 (402) 331-5545 Email: agilreath@sone.org www.sone.org

www.rmhcomaha.org

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SUSAN G. KOMEN NEBRASKA

®

Save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

THE DURHAM MUSEUM

THE KIM FOUNDATION

Provide relevant educational and entertaining opportunities within the region that exceed customer expectations, while preserving our community’s vibrant cultural history.

To serve as a supportive resource and compassionate voice for lives touched by mental illness and suicide.

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Susan G. Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure®

Sentimental Journey

A Time for Hope & Healing Annual Luncheon

Date: October 8, 2017

Date: November 17, 2017

Date: Fall 2017

Event Description/Theme: Join us to run, walk or simply show your support for those touched by breast cancer in Nebraska. Choose from a 5k competitive run, 5k walk or 1-mile family fun walk. Event proceeds fund local education, screening, and survivorship programs for those who would otherwise not have access to these services, as well as groundbreaking research. Special activities on Race day for breast cancer survivors, kids and families.

Event Description/Theme: The Durham Museum invites you to join us for Sentimental Journey, an annual gala celebrating our region’s rich history and heritage, and of course the community that makes it possible. The evening includes dinner, exclusive entertainment and a special preview lighting of Omaha’s largest indoor Christmas tree. Your participation advances the museum’s work to bring history a little closer by providing much-needed support to The Durham’s educational programs and first-class exhibitions.

Event Description/Theme: To help build awareness in the community around the topics of mental health and suicide prevention, The Kim Foundation is proud to host its annual luncheon, A Time for Hope & Healing. Proceeds from the luncheon will enable The Kim Foundation to continue pursuing its efforts while striving for a community free of suicide that embraces the importance of quality mental health services and suicide prevention.

Location: The Durham Museum

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista

Times: 6pm

Times: TBD*

Location: Baxter Arena Times: 7am – 10am Honorary Chairmen: TBA* Honorary Chairman: TBA*

Attire: Business Professional/Business Casual

Ticket Prices: Visit the Events section of www.komennebraska.org

Ticket Prices: $175 and up

Event Contact: Julia Hebenstreit • (402) 891-6911

Attire: Running/Walking Attire

Attire: Cocktail

Raffle: Yes

Event Contact: Corey Wilson • (402) 444-5071

Event Contact: Karen Daneu • (402) 502-2979

Other Fundraising Events: • On Track Guild Fall Event – TBA* • Corporate Membership Drive Spring and Summer 2017

Susan G. Komen® Nebraska Karen Daneu 8707 W Center Rd., Ste. 101 Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 502-2979 Email: Karen.daneu@komennebraska.org

The Kim Foundation 13609 California St. • Omaha, NE 68154 (402) 891-6911 Email: jhebenstreit@thekimfoundation.org www.thekimfoundation.org

The Durham Museum 801 S 10th St. • Omaha, NE 68108 (402) 444-5071 www.durhammuseum.org

www.komennebraska.org

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EVENT REGISTER

THE SALVATION ARMY

THE SALVATION ARMY

ULTRA CHIC BOUTIQUE

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Christian Church. Its mission is to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Christian Church. Its mission is to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

To give to help stop the cycle of abuse and neglect of women and children in Omaha through the Lydia House.

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

D.J.’s Hero Awards Luncheon

Tree of Lights Kickoff

The Ultra Chic Boutique and The Dress Flip

Date: May 11, 2017

Date: November 10, 2017

Date: January 28, 2017

Event Description/Theme: The D.J.’s Hero Awards Luncheon is a fundraising event that benefits Salvation Army programs for children and families. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding young Nebraskans, and a nationally recognized speaker is featured.

Event Description/Theme: This annual ceremony kicks off The Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights Campaign and marks the beginning of red kettle season. The celebration includes musical entertainment, food, warm beverages and the lighting of the Tree of Lights.

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista

Location: American National Bank • 90th & Dodge

Event Description/Theme: Every year, Max I. Walker customers donate their unwanted prom, wedding, bridesmaid, cocktail and other formal dresses at locations across the Metro, and then Max I. Walker’s employees generously clean, press and mend them. Once ready, the dresses are sold for just $30 (cash) at the Ultra Chic Boutique event in January, with the proceeds going to benefit the Omaha Open Door Mission’s Lydia House.

Times: 11:45am

Times: 6pm

Event Chairs: James and Paula Blackledge

Ticket Prices: Free

Ticket Prices: • $150 per seat • $1,500 per table of 10

Event Contact: Mari Heller, Special Event Coordinator (402) 898-5909 • mari_heller@usc.salvationarmy.org

Event Contact: Mari Heller, Special Event Coordinator (402) 898-5909 • mari_heller@usc.salvationarmy.org

Other Events: • D.J.’s Hero Awards Luncheon – May 11, 2017 • Adopt A Family Radiothon November 30 & December 1, 2017

Location: Omaha Design Center Times: 9am – 3pm Event Chairmen: Lisa Walker Sekundiak Ticket Prices: Free

Other Events: • Tree of Lights Kickoff – November 10, 2017 • Adopt A Family Radiothon November 30 & December 1, 2017 The Salvation Army 10755 Burt St. • Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 898-7700

Attire: Casual Raffle: Yes

The Salvation Army 10755 Burt St. • Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 898-7700

Event Contact: Lisa Walker Sekundiak • (402) 558-3677

www.SalArmyOmaha.org

Ultra Chic Boutique Max I. Walker Dry Cleaner and Launderer 1616 Burt St. • Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 554-9600 Email: lisa@walkersinc.net

www.SalArmyOmaha.org

www.maxiwalker.com

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VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION Delivering community-based care that provides peace of mind, quality of life and independence.

WELLCOM

WOMEN’S CENTER FOR ADVANCEMENT (WCA)

Partners with employers of all sizes to deliver evidence-based programming that advances a culture of worksite wellness and workforce health as an integral component of business success.

To help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault achieve safety and empower them to lead self-determined lives.

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Featured Event:

Art & Soup

Trek Up the Tower

Tribute to Women

Date: February 26, 2017

Date: February 18, 2017

Date: June 13, 2017

Event Description/Theme: Join local artists and restaurants who come together to help raise funds for VNA’s Shelter Nursing program. Enjoy an afternoon sampling soups created by the area’s top chefs and purchasing original art from some of the best local artists! This is a fabulous event you will not want to miss!

Event Description/Theme: Trek Up the Tower is the region’s leading vertical stair climb. Trek raises money to support WELLCOM’s mission of elevating worksite wellness programs. Participants race to the top of First National Tower in this competitive yet fun event. Trek is ideal for all fitness levels and attracts everyone from elite athletes who race to the top, to participants who are looking to accomplish a personal goal as they climb the stairs slow and steady.

Event Description/Theme: Please join us at the 30th Annual Tribute to Women Luncheon, where we will share the mission and work of the WCA while honoring ten outstanding women in the Omaha area for their extraordinary contributions to our community. Funds raised from the event will support the critical programs, services, and operations of the WCA, helping those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in our community stay safe and grow strong.

Times: • 1pm – 2pm – Patron Party • 2pm – 5pm – Art & Soup

Location: First National Tower 1620 Dodge St. • Omaha, NE

Location: Hilton Omaha

Honorary Chairs: John and Andrea Marshall

Times: 7am – 11am

Ticket Prices: • $100 – Patron Party • General Admission – $50 in advance, $55 at the door

Ticket Prices: • $55 November 1st – 4th • $60 November 5th until all spots are filled

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista

Times: 12pm – 1pm Tribute Honorary Chairs: TBD* Ticket Prices: $75 Attire: Business Attire: Workout Attire Attire: Casual Silent Auction: Yes Event Contact: PlanitOmaha • (402) 333-3062 Other Fundraising Events: • River Bash ‘n Brew – August 4, 2017

Event Contact: Danielle LeGrande (402) 934-5795 • dlegrande@elevatingwellness.org

Event Contact: Emily Andres • (402) 345-6555 Other Fundraising Events: • tgif – October 2017

Other Fundraising Events: • William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Awards Dinner – April 27, 2017 • Excellence in Worksite Wellness Awards Luncheon – November 7, 2017 • Omaha Gives! – May 24, 2017

Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) 222 S 29th St. • Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 345-6555 wcaomaha.org

Visiting Nurse Association/Easter Seals Nebraska Caryn Hohnholt, VP of Development 12565 W Center Rd., Ste. 100 • Omaha, NE 68144 (402) 930-4170 Email: reaton@thevnacares.org

WELLCOM Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center Rm 219 • University of Nebraska at Omaha 6001 Dodge St. • Omaha, NE 68182 (402) 934-5795 Email: info@elevatingwellness.org

www.thevnacares.org www.elevatingwellness.org

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YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICES

365/24/7

VIEW 100s OF EVENTS FOR 2017

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

as registered and updated 365/24/7 by local area charitable, cultural and giving organizations and enterprises on our website at

SPIRITOFOMAHA.COM’S

C

OMMUNITY CALENDAR PAGE

www.spiritofomaha.com/Metro-Magazine/Community/Calendar/

Featured Event: Dance for a Chance

CATCH THE LATEST EVENT UPDATES

Date: August 4, 2017

by visiting our extensive calendar pages or each organization’s individual event links

Event Description/Theme: For the last eight years, Youth Emergency Services has hosted Dance for a Chance to help fund programs that help homeless and near homeless youth get back on their feet. YES recruits local community leaders who partner with a professional instructor to perfect a short dance routine. The pair then performs in front of a panel of judges and a crowd of YES supporters for their chance at the mirror ball trophy.

REGISTER YOUR OWN EVENTS by settting up a free account • ASK US HOW at CONNECT@SpiritofOmaha.com

LET US HELP YOU PROMOTE YOUR EVENTS by creating a free account on our calendar page and registering your event info using our BEFORE YOUR EVENT/AFTER YOUR EVENT resources

Location: Omaha Design Center Times: 6pm Ticket Prices: TBD*

PROMOTE YOUR GIVING AGENDA

Attire: Cocktail

in our weeklyCONNECTOR E-newsletter and other mobile & online resources, on our FACEBOOK page, and in the pages of our quarterly publication:

Silent Auction: Yes Event Contact: Ashley Flater • aflater@yesomaha.org Other Fundraising Events: • Golf Outing – May 1, 2017 • Breaking the Cycle Luncheon – November 2017 Youth Emergency Services 2679 Farnam St., Ste. 205 • Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 345-5187 Email: info@yesomaha.org www.yesomaha.org

CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY

people. parties. passion. purpose

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The Embassy Suites and Courtyard by Marriott in La Vista are proud to be award-winning hotels for their Project SEARCH host site: a school-to-work program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in partnership with the Papillion La Vista Community Schools and Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation.

Proud host of another Project SEARCH class

The SEARCH classroom is onsite, where their learning experience includes three rotations of 10 weeks each in a range of hotel and conference departments that include housekeeping, engineering, restaurants, kitchens and banquets.

Guests and staff alike appreciate their integration, and soon discover their unique skills are a valuable asset. Embassy Suites and Courtyard by Marriott also host a Business Advisory Council to assist the students in finding meaningful employment following course completion. Having found employment for 97% of students that have completed the program since 2013, the hotel team members are looking forward to coaching and teaching the class of 2017.

Call 402-408-5470 to become involved with Project SEARCH, or to book your corporate meeting, group or social event.

courtyardlavista.com

Omaha - La Vista/Hotel & Conference Center

embassysuiteslavista.com

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EVENT HALL / PARTY ROOM

embassy suites - la vista

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ocated at the intersection of I-80 & Giles Road, the La Vista Conference Center offers over 45,000 square feet of private meeting space with an additional 15,000 square feet of public area pre-conference space. Also available is state-of-the-art sound system technology, high-speed wireless internet access and on-site audiovisual professionals.

event checklist Handicap Access Parking Available Valet Parking (with charge) On-site Rentals Outside Catering Allowed

ROOM

THEATER

CLASSROOM

CONFERENCE

ROUND TABLES

Windsor Ballroom

3,200

1,600

2,000

1/2 Windsor Ballroom

1,665

800

800

1/4 Windsor Ballroom

840

420

450

Dapper

812

456

360

Gatsby

280

156

120

150

In-house A/V

Fedora I

68

33

32

40

Outside A/V Allowed

Sugarloaf

140

75

46

70

Outside Alcohol Allowed (contracted vendors only)

Outdoor Capabilities Area for Tents Internet Access (wireless)

12520 Westport Pkwy. | La Vista, NE 68128 | Contact: Megan Gilligan | phone (402) 331-7400 | fax (402) 331-7401 | megan.gilligan@JQH.com

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founders one • nine

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n urban chic event space situated in downtown Omaha at 19th and Jackson, with seating up to 400 guests, outdoor green space, pre-event space complimented with modern globe lighting, award-winning catering, private conference room/bridal suite and ample surface parking.

event checklist Handicap Access Parking Available Valet Parking (with charge) On-site Rentals Outside Catering Allowed Outside Alcohol Allowed (contracted vendors only)

Outdoor Capabilities

ROOM

Founders ONE • NINE

THEATER

CLASSROOM

CONFERENCE

ROUND TABLES

700

300

150

400

Area for Tents Internet Access (wireless) In-house A/V Outside A/V Allowed 1915 Jackson St. | Omaha, NE, 68102 | Contact: Event Coordination Staff | phone (402) 558-3272 | info@foundersomaha.com

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hilton omaha

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nvision yourself in event space unlike any in the area, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows in the foyer and mesmerizing chandeliers that are truly works of art. Picture an elegant setting, featuring delectable cuisine with flair and flavor. Event excellence is brought to life by experienced professionals. Hilton Omaha – the venue that turns your vision into a reality.

event checklist

CONFERENCE & EVENT ROOMS

Handicap Access Parking Available

1 Fontenelle

6 Paxton

11 Flatiron

16 St. Nicholas B

2 Herndon

7 Murray

12 Hill

17 St. Nicholas Foyer

3 Washington City

8 Prague

13 Blackstone Ballroom A

18 Registration Area

4 Cozzens

9 Mercer

14 Blackstone Ballroom B

19 FedEx Office

5 Merchants

10 Rome

15 St. Nicholas A

Valet Parking (with charge) On-site Rentals Outside Catering Allowed Outside Alcohol Allowed

(contracted vendors & corkage fee)

Outdoor Capabilities Area for Tents ROOM

Internet Access (wireless) In-house A/V Outside A/V Allowed

THEATER

CLASSROOM

CONFERENCE

ROUND TABLES

1,000

650

-

800

Blackstone Ballroom

600

400

-

480

Saint Nicholas

250

168

84

200

Hill

117

63

34

60

Grand Central Ballroom

1001 Cass St. | Omaha, NE 68102 | Contact: Gina Tielebein | phone (402) 998-4225 | gina.tielebein@hilton.com

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omaha design center beautiful, modern, flexible space to create your special event. Major interior renovation, enlarged 30,000-square-foot venue. At 15th and Cuming, near the Ballpark and multiple new hotels. Improved parking and flexible catering arrangements. A blank canvas for your ideas or use our turnkey complimentary atmospheric lighting & state-of-the-art A/V system.

event checklist Handicap Access Parking Available Valet Parking (with charge) On-site Rentals Outside Catering Allowed Outside Alcohol Allowed (contracted vendors only)

ROOM

COCKTAIL

THEATRE

CONFERENCE

ROUND TABLES

Exhibition (Total)

2,125

1,600

1,050

1,280

Grand Exhibition

1,000

750

500

600

Internet Access (wireless)

Petit Exhibition

600

450

300

360

In-house A/V

Design Gallery

400

300

200

240

Outside A/V Allowed

Backstage

125

100

50

80

Outdoor Capabilities Area for Tents

1502 Cuming St. | Omaha, NE 68102 | Contact: Natalie or MJ | phone (402) 819-8792 | info@omahadesigncenter.com

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OMAHA’S PREMIER SOURCE FOR

PARTY & EVENT RENTALS

402.556.1600 WWW.UNITEDRENT-ALL-OMAHA.COM

811 SOUTH 48TH STREET OMAHA, NE 68106


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joslyn castle

magine hosting your business or private event rental in the rich setting of beauty and elegance that the Joslyn Castle offers. A park-like setting surrounded by limestone walls assures your privacy on more than five acres.

event checklist Handicap Access

(with limits, call for information)

Parking Available Valet Parking (welcome to bring in this service if desired)

On-site Rentals Outside Catering Allowed We can accommodate various needs for your business or personal event. Theater, classroom, conference and dining options available.

Outside Alcohol Allowed Outdoor Capabilities

ROOM

THEATER

CLASSROOM

CONFERENCE

ROUND TABLES

COCKTAIL

Morning Room

-

-

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16

-

Dining Room

-

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3902 Davenport St. | Omaha, NE 68131 | Contact: Sherri Moore, Director of Castle Events | phone (402) 595-3209 | smoore@joslyncastle.com

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EVENT HALL / PARTY ROOM

holland performing arts center & orpheum theater

Photo by M. Stokes

W

ith two world-class venues offering many customizable spaces, there are infinite possibilities when you book your event with Omaha Performing Arts. The best views of downtown, gourmet fare, access to a professional theatrical production staff and exceptional event coordination services ensure your event will be flawless and unforgettable.

event checklist Handicap Access Parking Available Valet Parking (with charge) On-site Rentals Outside Catering Allowed ROOM

Outside Alcohol Allowed (contracted vendors only)

Outdoor Capabilities Area for Tents Internet Access (wireless) In-house A/V Outside A/V Allowed

ConAgra Foods Lobby Courtyard First National Bank Lobby Scott Recital Hall Cassling Education Center Peter Kiewit Concert Hall NRG Energy Ovations Slosburg Hall Lauritzen Lobby Grand Lobby Exhibition Lobby Weaver Lounge Zinc

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CLASSROOM

CONFERENCE

ROUND TABLES

COCKTAIL

300 150 350 70 2,000 2,600 200 150 140

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1200 Douglas St. | Omaha, NE 68102 | Contact: Event Coordination Staff | phone (402) 345-0202 | Events@omahaperformingarts.org

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CBatering Creations

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E A GUEST AT YOUR OWN EVENT! We want to bring the vision for your event to life! Delicious menus, refreshing cocktails, linens, floor plans, set-up and smiling professional event staff are all part of what we do. We will make sure your menus are always delicious, hot, beautiful, on time and served with a smile. We also promise countless compliments from your guests!

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An approved caterer for many of the finest venues in Omaha and its surrounding areas. From Start to Finish event planning We handle all aspects of your event including menu, bar, event staff, tables, linens and more! Member of the Better Business Bureau’s Honor Roll Celebrating 14 years of bringing the restaurant to you! Winner of “Best of Omaha’s” Best Caterer – FIRST PLACE - for 6 years in a row Winner of the National Award for Achievement in Catering Excellence for the Midwest Region selected by Catersource Magazine “The Knot” Best of Weddings Award “Wedding Wire’s” Bride’s Choice Award The food is always spectacular, but our service is what sets us apart from the rest!

1915 Jackson St. | Omaha, NE 68102 | phone (402) 558-3202 | info@cateringcreations.com

www.CateringCreations.com

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DDog & Pony Productions, Inc. OG & PONY PRODUCTIONS, INC. was founded in 1988 as a premier provider of audio visual production and event services company producing corporate meetings, sporting events, concerts and special nonprofit fundraisers. We have also been involved in many celebrity functions and TV events, including The Academy Awards. Thirty-five years of experience lend the Hollywood standards to your event!

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We provide broadcast quality high-definition video for you! Our extensive experience with live event production means you will have the best image possible! We bring you the best video production, projection & webcasting available!

We provide crystal clear audio using the best audio equipment and engineers! From microphones to concert sound systems, we bring it all to you!

Lighting effects and technology turn the room into a beautiful color palette!

From hotels to arenas, we make you look great!

8928 L St. | Omaha, NE 68127 | phone (402) 391-7691 | Contact: Mike Gilstrap, President

www.dogandponyinc.com

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