Frequently Asked Questions

What is SHARE Omaha’s mission?
Our mission is to help nonprofits fulfill theirs.
 
What does SHARE Omaha do?
SHARE Omaha offers the giving public opportunities to connect with nonprofits by donating, volunteering and shopping wish lists.
 
How are nonprofits selected to join SHARE Omaha?
Area nonprofits are welcome to apply here
Qualified nonprofits must:
            -Be a registered 501c3 organization with a valid Employment Identification Number (EIN), established for at least one year
            -Serve primarily Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders or Washington counties in Nebraska, or Pottawattamie, Harrison or Mills counties in Iowa
            -Have a working website
            -Not be a church, school or club. Organizations with a religious focus and school foundations are invited to join. Churches, schools and clubs are excluded at this time as these organizations naturally have loyal donors from which to solicit support. SHARE Omaha welcomes community organizations that may function as clubs but undertake projects benefiting the greater Omaha community. Groups such as Junior League of Omaha, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, which regularly engage their members in activities that support different local causes, are invited to apply to join SHARE Omaha. 

What resources are available to nonprofits as they create profiles?
We are here to help you! Mary Talen, mary@SHAREomaha.org, will be a resource for you as you create your nonprofit profile.
 
How are nonprofits listed on the site? 
Nonprofits are featured randomly regardless of size, age or cause. Search results are randomized each day, in an unbiased manner.  Donors can filter their nonprofit search by the population served, impact area and specific cause addressed.
 
Does SHARE Omaha charge nonprofits to participate?
No!  SHARE Omaha and all of its benefits are completely free to nonprofits.  For cash donations SHARE Omaha utilizes PayPal, which charges a low 2.2% + $0.30 service fee per transaction. Donors are invited to cover this fee for nonprofits.
 
What makes SHARE Omaha unique?
SHARE Omaha is the only online platform where donors can discover ways to support, serve or shop for local area nonprofits all in one place, 365 days a year.  Other local organizations also promote donation and volunteering opportunities and SHARE Omaha is engaged in collaborative talks with these community leaders. Together, we believe we can reinvent what it means to give.
 
Who is supporting SHARE Omaha?
SHARE Omaha is an established 501c3 nonprofit, launched with a gift from the Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation. Board members include David Scott and Calvin Sisson (Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation), Donna Kush, Kristin Williams (Sherwood Foundation), and Kim Yungtum (Daugherty Foundation).

What resources are available for members of the public who need help?
United Way of the Midlands powers 2-1-1, a free, confidential service that connects people of all ages in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa to a specialist who will help them find local health and human services. Assistance is available in over 100 languages using the tele-interpreter service and bilingual staff.

The 2-1-1 call center and database helps connect residents to:
  • Utility/Rent/Financial Assistance
  • Food/Shelter/Clothing
  • Abuse Prevention
  • Counseling/Mental Health Services
  • Support Groups
  • Senior Services
  • Children/Teen Services
To access Helpline resources, individuals should dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211 or visit http://211iowa.org. Specialists are available to assist individuals over the phone or via text between 7a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. After these hours, individuals can leave a message that will be returned. All calls are free and confidential, but standard message and data rates may apply when texting.