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How Many Nonprofits Does it Take to Pass a Bill?

The February Talk of the Town event focused on why it's important for nonprofits to advocate for issues affecting their clients and why collaboration makes sense.

Participants learned about important issues state legislators will address this session and how their organizations can voice their support for or opposition to a bill. Discussion groups focused on proposed bills that will impact local agencies.

Special thanks to our presenters:
  • Becky Gould, executive director of Nebraska Appleseed
  • State Senator Amanda McGill
Valiant Voices: Portraits of Strength, a Nebraska Appleseed photo project developed in partnership with the Heart Ministry Center and supported by a Women's Fund grant, was also be on display.

October Talk of the Town Focuses on Refugee Needs

Connecting Refugees to Resources was the theme for the Oct. 10 Talk of the Town event.

Omaha is home to refugees and immigrants from many countries. Representatives from area nonprofit agencies learned about the barriers and challenges facing these new populations how they can make the transition to life in Omaha a little easier.

Lacey Studnicka, Development Officer for Community Services of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, provided an overview of the services and programs available for refugees, immigrants, asylees, secondary migrants and victims of human trafficking. Additionally, the following panelists shared their experiences and answered questions:

  • Kara Tofte - Coordinator for the International Center of the Heartland (ICH) at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
  • Hamida Hashi - Caseworker with Region 6 (former refugee from Somalia)
  • Ester Taw - Caseworker for Employment First (Former refugee from Burma)
  • Govin Magar - Employment Specialist with Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (Former refugee from Bhutan)
  • Jaci Tackett - Immigration Attorney with Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska


Panelists for Connecting Refugees with Resources presentation.

'Let's Talk about Sex, Power and Money' Is June Topic

While Omaha ranks as the No. 1 Best City to Raise a Family in America, a large percentage of our population doesn't see this as reality.

The June 12 Talk of the Town event focused on how an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, high pregnancy rates and other issues impact the economic self-sufficiency of many of Omaha's women and girls and what the community can do to make a difference.

Sex Trafficking Topic of Past Talk of the Town Event

Thanks to everyone who attended the Aug. 23, 2012, Talk of the Town event focusing on "Sex Trafficking in the Heartland: How Do You Know?"

There are an estimated 2.5 million sex trafficking victims in the United States, including in Omaha, yet most people have no idea. Those attending the event learned about sex trafficking, how to identify victims and what local nonprofit agencies can do to address victims' needs.

Speakers were Joy Stevens, chaplain with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry,, and James S. Webb, resident agent in charge of the Grand Island office for Homeland Security.

About Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town was launched by the Women’s Fund in 2009 to provide opportunities for nonprofit agency professionals to network with each other and build relationships.

Steering committee members are:
  • Annette Farnan - Legal Aid of Nebraska
  • Tahnee Markussen - WCA Omaha
  • Kimberly Green Thomas - CASA for Douglas County
  • Elisha Novak - City of Omaha
  • Denise Pecha - CityMatCH
  • Maggie Wood - Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Talk of the Town networking events for nonprofit agency professionals are held quarterly.  To be added to the email notification list, please send your name, nonprofit agency name and title to

Talk of the Town Steering Committee members

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