Instilling a sense of philanthropy in younger generations

Growing up in New York, Rich Juro never guessed he would find a lifelong home and career in Omaha. In 1966, he and his wife, Fran, moved here “temporarily” but they liked it so much they ended up staying. People often ask Rich if he misses New York; he always answers with his trademark forthrightness, “Actually, no.”

In New York, he says, many cultural opportunities are too expensive for most families to enjoy together. So he has a special appreciation for the accessibility of Omaha’s cultural attractions. “We have the number two zoo in the nation … and the Omaha Community Playhouse, which is the largest community theater in the country.”

For the Juros, Omaha was the perfect place to raise their three children. And they have given generously to ensure that others can experience the same cultural events and attractions they have enjoyed with their family.

Rich and Fran are avid travelers and enjoyed seeing the lemurs on their trip to the island of Madagascar. So when they learned the Henry Doorly Zoo was building a Madagascar exhibit they agreed to help fund the exhibit. “My wife and I feel very happy we are in the position to help organizations and nonprofits who want to do good things,” Rich says.

Now the Juros are passing on their spirit of giving through the Omaha Community Foundation’s family giving services. Every year they give each of their grandchildren the opportunity to make a contribution to the charity of the child’s choice. The children enjoy choosing a charity that aligns with their interest—like helping animals or funding sports or arts programs for kids in need.

The grandchildren are learning how to make a difference in Omaha, just like their grandfather has done for many years. With a legacy of giving like this, Omaha’s future couldn’t be brighter.


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