Your continued support of the Women’s Fund makes our work possible and our voices stronger. Thank you for standing with us and advocating for women and girls in our community. In 2018, we invested $10.5 million in grants to local nonprofits including the launch of grants for the first community of practice dedicated to bringing together organizations serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking. A commitment was made to serve as the fiscal sponsor for I Be Black Girl, including IBBG Gives, the first Giving Circle to support Black women and girls in Omaha.
Here are additional highlights of our work in 2018:
In addition to engaging a more diverse and representative electorate through our first Get Out the Vote campaign efforts, the Women’s Fund successfully advocated for the passage of LB 1132, which allows trafficking survivors to come forward and have convictions, for crimes they were forced to commit, set aside and public records sealed.
The Domestic/Sexual Violence and the Workplace: An Employee Toolkit was released to provide local employees with resources on what domestic and sexual violence looks like and how to stay safe in the workplace. This resource was a collaboration with the Human Resource Association of the Midlands. The full electronic toolkit is available online for free.
Additional work through the Adolescent Health Project led to a decrease in the rate of chlamydia for the first time in nearly a decade. Another milestone of the project was reached with the distribution of more than 1 million condoms.