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Understanding our community through listening to residents and engaging local data
The Landscape is a project organized by the Omaha Community Foundation (OCF) that incorporates publicly-available data, policy review, and insight gathered from direct engagement with residents in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties.
Data + Listening = Understanding
Ultimately, The Landscape is an approach for knowing the community—both its assets and opportunities—and for understanding how to invest in its future. To that end, OCF has built a strategic operating model of community knowledge and investment that provides understanding of the issues community members are facing today. It focuses on eight areas of community life:
Making Omaha a Great Place to Call Home
Together, we can use this data and insight to invest in the most vital areas of community life, so that the Omaha metro is a great place to call home and raise a family for all people—regardless of who you are or where you live.
Community listening is an important part of The Landscape. Workshops and listening sessions have been held to get honest input from the local residents most impacted by the issues outlined in The Landscape. You can see the results of this work in our most recent Listening Report.
The Landscape has become a significant resource to guide our work and has provided a framework for the Foundation’s Community Investment Strategy.
In 2019-2020, a collaborative comprised of nine local foundations partnered with Development Strategies, a research firm based in St. Louis, Missouri, to explore affordable housing across the Omaha metro area and Council Bluffs. While the purpose of the study was to gather data that would guide philanthropic leaders in a strategic investment, the information gained provided valuable insight for the broader community regarding the need for affordable housing.
The study highlights seven key issues across the focus area (Douglas County, Sarpy County, and the City of Council Bluffs), followed by recommendations for creating change in the affordable housing landscape of Omaha/Council Bluffs.
Study funding provided by: The Sherwood Foundation, Omaha Community Foundation, Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, Lozier Foundation, Mutual of Omaha Foundation, William and Ruth Scott Foundation, Peter Kiewit Foundation, Dorothy B Davis Family Foundation, and Iowa West Foundation.