The $25,000 Excellence in Service to Women Grant recognizes a program that is doing outstanding work in the community. The grant may be used for general operating expenses or programming. In making these awards, the Women’s Fund seeks to recognize programs that can demonstrate successful outcomes in measurable and concrete terms.
The 2016 recipient is Santa Monica, Inc. for their halfway house program, offering a holistic continuum of care to women with substance dependence issues.
Community Impact Grants are awarded for programming in areas that the Women’s Fund identifies as priorities. These areas include:
- Economic Security
- Leadership Development
- Sexual Literacy
- Violence Against Women
In 2016, we awarded $143,000 in Community Impact Grants to the following organizations:
Sisters of Notre Dame, Hotel/Motel Training, $22,000—Training of staff at hotels and motels to recognize the signs of sex trafficking and respond through reporting.
Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska, Domestic Violence Access to Justice, $20,000—Educational presentations and outreach to law enforcement agencies and service providers on best practices for working with immigrant domestic violence victims.
Girls Inc., Sexpertise, $15,000—Providing girls with access to medically accurate reproductive health information, and non-judgmental answers to their questions.
Nebraska Children’s Home Society, Teen Chat, $15,000—Offers educational classes and support focusing on STD education, sexual literacy, and pregnancy prevention and the development of a healthy sense of personal well being.
Women’s Center for Advancement, Emergency Funds, $15,000—Provides clients with emergency direct assistance including temporary housing, transportation, lock changes and other immediate needs for low-income clients who would otherwise face a financial barrier in getting help.
Nebraskans for Civic Reform, CIRCLES, $14,500—Partners low income adolescent girls with policy makers who teach them how to engage with the workforce.
Latino Center of the Midlands, Joven Noble Youth Program, $11,000—Increases access to culturally based leadership programs for young women, including a 12-week program that targets the reduction of unplanned pregnancy, substance abuse and other adverse behaviors.
Urban League of Nebraska, Inc., Girls Summer STEAM Academy, $10,500—6-week program that exposes up to 20 high school girls of color to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics.
Legal Aid Nebraska, Elder Access Line, $10,000—Provides relief to elderly women facing crisis due to consumer issues through advice, representation and peace of mind.
Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation, Latina Women Go Forward, $10,000—Increase opportunities for Latinas through holistic education, entrepreneurial training, business coaching, leadership development, workplace tech training, access to capital and financial literacy.
Emerging Issues Grants provide funding for innovative solutions to emerging issues that face women and girls in our community. The goal is to provide agencies with funding for issues that face women and girls that the Women’s Fund might not yet know about or have not identified as one of its priority areas.
In 2016 we awarded $15,000 in Emerging Issues Grants to the following organizations:
Intercultural Senior Center, Shoulder to Shoulder, $10,000—Mental health support group for seniors from around the world.
Lutheran Family Services, Ambassadors English as a Second Language (ESL) Mentoring Program, $5,000—Program will provide individualized ESL services to female refugees.
$20,000 in Be the Change Grants, were decided by a vote of attendees at the Women’s Fund Fall Luncheon on October 21. $10,000 went to both Sisters of Notre Dame and Women’s Center for Advancement.
The $5,000 Legacy League Grant went to Omaha Girls Rock’s Afterschool Leadership Program, which empowers young women to find their unique voice through creativity, music education and performance. Girls enrolled in the Legacy League program voted on the grant recipient from three candidates that applied for Women’s Fund grants. Sign your little super hero up for Legacy League!
The $5,000 Legacy Circle Grant went to Nebraska Children’s Home Society’s Raising Your Grandchildren program, which provides an environment where grandparents can share their blessings and struggles with others experiencing similar challenges, as well as gain knowledge of child development. Legacy Circle, comprised of former Women’s Fund board members, voted to determine the recipient from the three candidates that applied for the grant.
The WomanSpirit Award was initiated in 1996 to recognize a select group of women whose leadership has had a significant impact on the lives of women and girls in Omaha. The tribute is presented with these words:
“Women leaders strive to incorporate into our world the values of compassion, the worth of the family, the dignity of the individual and the protection of those who cannot help themselves.
“To reach these goals they must work hard, being conscious at the same time that they do not succeed alone. They touch the stars by lifting the universal achievements of all those women who have gone before them. It is that spirit that we honor.”
A gift of $1,500 is given to a designated nonprofit in the name of each recipient every year. WomanSpirit honorees and the 2016 recipient agencies are:
- In honor of Mary Heng-Braun – University of Nebraska Foundation – Marian Ivers Community Leadership Award
- In honor of Dianne Seeman Lozier – University of Nebraska Foundation, CodeCrush
- In honor of Maryanne Stevens – College of Saint Mary, Undocumented Student Scholarship Fund
- In honor of Barbara Weitz – Omaha Girls Rock
- In honor of Gail Walling Yanney – Women’s Fund of Omaha
- In memory of Margre Durham – Nebraska Humane Society, Project Pet Safe
- In memory of Marian Ivers – University of Nebraska Foundation, Marian Ivers Community Leadership Award
- In memory of Mimi Waldbaum – Lutheran Family Services, Ambassadors ESL Mentoring Program