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Who We Are

Maximizing the power of philanthropy to strengthen our community

Our vision is a connected community of passionate philanthropists, strong nonprofits, and thriving residents. We work to make this vision a reality every day through intentional planning, building strategic partnerships, facilitating meaningful dialogue with all our partners and fundholders, and ensuring we have a lot of fun along the way.

We’re committed to these efforts because we believe a stronger community is worth it for everyone.

Our History

Just as you might expect, the Omaha Community Foundation (OCF) was created from a desire to consolidate efforts to make our community better—from improving the environment to preserving its history, strengthening neighborhoods, increasing opportunity, and spreading generosity throughout our community.

The Foundation was created in 1982, first functioning primarily as a charitable bank for Omaha and Southwest Iowa philanthropists. Since then, our community knowledge has grown, programming has expanded, partnerships have been forged, and the Omaha Community Foundation has become a regional thought leader in philanthropy and community investment.

 

Today

We’re exceptionally proud to report that our collective of fundholders have granted more than $2 billion in our history. That kind of generosity ranks Omaha in the top 3% in per capita giving.

In the process, the Omaha Community Foundation has also grown to include more than 2,000 fundholders, serving the needs of over 3,000 nonprofits, initiatives, and funds throughout greater Omaha and Southwest Iowa.

See our strategic framework for 2022-2024.

Our Values

Community. Community is the heart of who we are. By offering vital support, leadership, and deep knowledge, we connect, convene, and collaborate to strengthen our region.

Adaptability. The needs of the community and our fundholders are constantly evolving—and we’re ready and able to evolve and adapt with them, while providing exceptional service, always.

Curiosity. We cultivate curiosity by listening, learning, and continually pushing ourselves to hear and understand voices that are distinctive and different.

Inclusivity. We believe in the power of diversity to create an inclusive and equitable community where all can thrive and feel a sense of belonging.

Connectedness. We care for, support, and inspire one another and members of our community in our work, while infusing a sense of fun and spirit in all we do.

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2022-24 Strategic Plan (PDF)

Join the Giving

You can help us strengthen our community, and we can help you make your giving more effective. Be a part of the good we’re growing by contributing to one of our funds or opening your own philanthropic fund.