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Give Together During Do Good Week

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 19, 2021    in
Let's state the obvious right off the bat: the last 12 months have been tough. Really tough. 


It's been hard on all fronts: our health, our careers, our families, our friendships... our entire community has changed, been compromised or stretched thin in one way or another.

Many people - like you, undoubtedly - have stepped up to help their neighbors. All of us in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area owe each other a big thank you. We all assisted each other through an unbelievably difficult time. And unfortunately, we are still very much in the thick of our challenges. 

The reality is that our local nonprofits are still struggling to keep up with ongoing, increased demand. And with COVID preventing in-person fundraising events, a significant revenue stream is cut to a trickle. 

Yet, hope remains. It's time for a large-scale, collective effort to lift our community.

SHARE Omaha Launches Do Good Week

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 19, 2021    in
Omaha, Neb – SHARE Omaha, announces that the organization is launching the first Do Good Week from April 19 - April 24, 2021. Coinciding with National Volunteer Week, Do Good Week amplifies the mission of SHARE Omaha to meet the needs of community organizations by financially supporting their efforts, building their donor base, fulfilling the wish lists of goods needed and volunteering. The week-long effort, with themed days, builds on the eight year history of Omaha Community Foundation’s Omaha Gives which ended in 2020. 
 

Guest blog: Mental health affects everyone

March 11, 2021    in
This blog is guest-written by Meka Tate, Mental Health Campaign Coordinator at The Wellbeing Partners.

Mental health affects everyone: One in two of us have a mental health condition in our lifetime, and even if you have not experienced one yourself, you likely have a loved one who has1. Mental health is a human experience, but negative attitudes and beliefs toward people with a mental health condition are common.
 

The Power of 100: A Simple Concept with a Huge Impact

February 25, 2021    in
This blog is written by guest writer, Katie Bruno.

As a young professional woman, I am involved in a number of groups and organizations in my community from serving on boards and committees of non-profits to organizing community service projects for my young professional group to teaching financial literacy classes. Being involved in the community is important to me both personally and professionally. I find that giving back helps to teach us understanding and compassion for others and for me, it’s extremely rewarding.

One of my personal favorites that I believe has one of the greatest impacts on the community is 100 Women Who Care. We are a giving circle. Our growing group is local Omaha women who pool our resources to make a collective donation to a charity that we choose as a group.

SHARE Omaha turns two years old!

Written by Katie Fourney    on January 21, 2021    in
This month, SHARE Omaha turns two years old! We want you to know, it has been a joy to dedicate these 730+ days to connecting metro supporters throughout eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa to local causes. 

You may know, Omaha was the second metropolitan area in the country to launch a nonprofit organization utilizing Share Good’s innovative software, the first metropolitan being Charlotte, North Carolina. Over the past two years, SHARE Omaha has grown quickly to offer greater visibility for nonprofits of all sizes on an equal playing field.
 
GROWTH:

Giving Tuesday Heroes: Local reporters and media

Written by Katie Fourney    on December 14, 2020    in
On December 1st, the metro showed up in a big way, almost doubling giving from 2019’s Giving Tuesday. (Read the full results, here.) How did this happen, you ask? A key ingredient to this powerful day was overwhelming support from local media: every tv station, radio station, newspaper and more.

These partners deserve the thanks of our whole community:
  • Houck contributed queen-sized bus ads
  • Lamar and Link contributed outdoor billboard space
  • KETV NewsWatch 7, WOWT 6 News and KMTV 3 News Now contributed PSA commercials and covered the news story
  • Cox Media contributed PSA commercials

2020 Giving Tuesday Results

Written by Katie Fourney    on December 10, 2020    in
You brought the power of ALL!

On December 1st, the metro showed up in a big way, almost doubling giving from 2019’s Giving Tuesday. Thank you for giving your all in support of vital, local causes.
If you still have gifts to give, it’s not too late! Give now.





Thank you Core Bank and TS Bank for leading the way with #GivingTuesday402 and #GivingTuesday712. You made this powerful day possible.

8 Gifts that support local nonprofits

Written by Katie Fourney    on December 10, 2020    in
With the focus on shopping local this year, we challenge you to shop local AND support nonprofits. These holiday gifts give back to local causes you love.

Supporting Golden Hills RC&D


This WanderLoess bison shirt supports conservation in Western Iowa. A portion of the proceeds from t-shirts purchased in the month of December 2020 will be donated to Golden Hills. Shop now.

Supporting Gotta Be Me

  

Gloves that give: Ways to help others this #GivingTuesday712

Written by Katie Fourney    on November 24, 2020    in
Many local area businesses will be supporting #GivingTuesday712 to harness the power of good in Southwest Iowa. Businesses are getting creative in finding ways to assist others! Hear from Becca Wiggins with Dusted Charm on their plans for #GivingTuesday712 on December 1st.
 

What caused you to get involved in #GivingTuesday712? 

 
Giving back through time, talent or treasure has been part of the Dusted Charm “why” and mission since opening 2.5 years ago. The passion we have for giving back locally stems from the wonderful people in Southwest Iowa who rallied around my family in a time of significant need when we were faced with a devastating terminal diagnosis with our first-born child. My goal from that point forward was to someday create a local platform that would allow me to pay the selfless gift of giving forward. 
 

Pottawattamie County Community Foundation matches 20% for #GivingTuesday712

Written by Katie Fourney    on November 22, 2020    in
For #GivingTuesday712 on December 1, SHARE Omaha is thrilled to partner with Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) to engage all Southwest Iowa nonprofits and community supporters.

To increase the power of the day, PCCF is generously adding a 20% match when donors use the code PCCF2020 at SHAREomaha.org, when the nonprofit adds to their PCCF endowment fund. This gift could add an additional $250,000 of support for Southwest Iowa organizations! 

The Council Bluffs metro helps one another, cares about each other. SHARE Omaha and PCCF believe that kind of optimism needs a celebration – a day with its own focus. Donna Dostal, president and CEO of Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, says she wants to inspire a giving spirit. “Generosity has many forms. Our community can grow its existing reputation for giving back on Giving Tuesday. We want to ignite that good.” 
 

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