Move Marks End to Omaha Gives Day of Giving
The Omaha metro area will soon be able to focus on a single website destination for online giving and volunteer opportunities, thanks to a new partnership between SHARE Omaha and the Omaha Community Foundation. The two groups share a passion for philanthropy that invites everyone to participate year-round. The new partnership will combine the year-round power and versatility of SHAREomaha.org with the far-reaching accessibility of Omaha Gives, which was started eight years ago by the Omaha Community Foundation.
That means an end to the Omaha Gives day of giving – with an incredible $58 million raised for more than 1,000 nonprofits in the metro area over the eight-year run. Leaders from both nonprofits are confident that the giving will continue to grow on the enhanced platform, with SHARE Omaha’s focus on 365-day giving as well as planning for 2021 giving and volunteering events.
“While Omaha Gives has been an integral part of our work throughout the last decade, we see the incredible opportunity to combine our efforts for greater nonprofit impact,” said Donna Kush, Omaha Community Foundation’s CEO and President. “We are eager to support SHARE Omaha as they build upon a dynamic and robust online resource that will support donors and nonprofits in exciting ways into the future.”
SHARE Omaha executive director Marjorie Maas encourages eligible nonprofits to join SHARE Omaha and experience free promotional benefits right away. “The SHARE Omaha community makes it easy to share a nonprofit mission year-round. Not only do Omaha/Council Bluffs region nonprofits reach new donors daily, they attract and retain first-time volunteers and in-kind contributions.”
The partnership to elevate a single online giving platform will allow each group to focus on what they do best. The Omaha Community Foundation will devote greater focus and resources to their community initiatives, grant programs, community interest funds, and nonprofit capacity building.
SHARE Omaha connects everyday philanthropists to local causes with a website that showcases thousands of ways to do good through Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. From last year’s floods to this year’s pandemic, SHARE Omaha has engaged new volunteers—over 2,000 in 2020—and allowed donors to provide useful supplies during these critical times. SHARE Omaha operates with the belief that every member of the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro has a gift to offer the community, each donor and volunteer is valued, and all are invited to give when, where and how they want to give.
SHARE Omaha’s Upcoming Events
- Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020, is the next community-wide giving celebration which transitions into seasonal giving
- Do Good Week, April 18-24, 2021, will be a celebration of all forms of generosity including donations and volunteerism
SHARE Omaha, which serves an eight-county region in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, owns its online platform and is currently exploring the next stage of technology enhancements to be released fall of 2021. Nonprofits will be encouraged to share feedback on possible new features at listening sessions held in December and January. For more information visit SHAREomaha.org.
The Omaha Community Foundation is proud to help good grow in Omaha by helping more than 2,000 fundholders facilitate their philanthropic giving. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1982, donors have granted $1.8 billion to nonprofits, supporting more than 3,000 local organizations. For more information visit OmahaFoundation.org.