Spotlight on the OSF

Welcome to the Omaha Schools Foundation fresh new look at our award winning programs and success stories. Founded in 1984 by the Omaha Board of Education, the Omaha Schools Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (C3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors (all residents of the Omaha School District), and incorporated under Nebraska Law as a nonprofit corporation. At the most basic level, the Omaha Schools Foundation exists to raise funds for projects and programs which cannot be funded by tax dollars.

We are excited to share our enthusiasm for the Omaha Public Schools amazing students, administrators, teachers and curriculums and encourage you to participate in supporting the many programs and scholarships which facilitate the success of our students. 

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The Omaha Schools Foundation loves Omaha Public Schools #OPSProud! 

Thank you, Omaha!

The Omaha Schools Foundation would like to thank the generous donors who contributed to our success in the Omaha Gives! campaign. We are truly grateful for all the support we received both through our website as well as the Omaha Gives website. We would not be able to accomplish our mission supporting the students of the Omaha Public Schools without your help!

Art in the Heart of South Omaha

 On March 2, 2015, Omaha South High Magnet Principal, Ruben Cano, presented a plan to the Omaha Public Schools Board to build an addition on to South Magnet School supporting Visual and Performing Arts.  The addition will further expand opportunities for student training (artistic and technical) and encourage students to pursue careers in the arts. The proposed addition will benefit all of the visual and performing arts disciplines - vocal music, theatre, instrumental music, piano, guitar, film, dance, music technology, pottery, studio art, digital art. The addition will also include a new black box theatre and an art gallery. 

Read more: Art in the Heart of South Omaha

OSF Dollars at Work

Congratulations McMillan Magnet upon the dedication of your water conservation project! Thanks to Adam Steffen and Steve Kinkaid from the OSF Board for participating today. With a grant from the  Omaha Community Foundation Richard A. Shaw Grant and  matching funds from our very own Omaha Schools Foundation this project was made possible. Amazing students, staff and school. Can't wait to see its implementation in the fall! 

Thank you to McMillan Principal Dr. Jeaneen Talbott, Mr. James Mayberger, Mrs. Sarah Castanos, Dr. Toni Turnquist and Mr. Mark Warneke for the great opportunity for Omaha Schools Foundation to partner on your water conservation project at the school.  We are excited to see the waterfall in action in the fall!  You're an amazing team and the students have gained such a broad depth of knowledge as a result of this experience.

Congratulations to the S.A.M.E. club for taking second place for this project at the recent Kiewit/UNO Society of American Military Engineers Team competition.

Read more: OSF Dollars at Work

Omaha Gives Funds Scholarships for OPS Students

The Omaha Schools Foundation administers many different scholarships for graduating seniors of the Omaha Public Schools.

Donors may establish scholarship funds in honor or in memory of loved ones and may determine criteria which best fits their wishes. Contact Toba Cohen Dunning by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office, 402-557-2047, to make inquiries and establish a Scholarship for a deserving Omaha Public School Student.

Read more: Omaha Gives Funds Scholarships for OPS Students

Your Donor Dollars Through Omaha Gives

Bryan has adopted a unique pocket academy structure. Their career academies are small, personalized learning communities within Bryan High School that involve career-based and service learning projects. Teachers from other subject areas work with the academy instructors to integrate curriculum and concepts into core academic subjects. Students are grouped together for specific classes throughout the day, which promotes a family-like atmosphere resulting in close student-teacher ties that ultimately impacts achievement. A particular benefit of this program is the opportunity to earn dual enrollment credits. The academy follows The National Career Academy Coalition’s National Standards of Practice. 

Read more: Your Donor Dollars Through Omaha Gives

We're Ready to Roll!


The fun has already begun for Omaha Gives!

Go to the at Omaha Gives anytime to schedule your gift now through May 24. Your donation will be scheduled and the nonprofit will be notified. The gift will actually post on May 25 — the day of Omaha Gives!

Every Kid Healthy Week April 25th-29th

Spotlight Article, April 26th, 2016 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Today Live Well Omaha Kids is spotlighting their Partners for Healthy Schools member, Fontenelle Elementary. Their Principal, Eric P. Nelson, recently shared an impressive list of things this school is doing to improve the health and wellness of their students. Check it out!

Fontenelle Elementary has been knee deep in health and wellness initiatives for over 5 years. The staff, students and community have embraced and enjoyed the several opportunities we have been afforded. The staff have worked long hours and wrote many grants to get our initiatives off the ground and then have remained steadfast to ensure we sustain all that we create. We love working with Live Well Omaha and are proud to have been the first partner school in the Partners for a Healthy City cohort.

OSF Remembers Crytal Simpson

The Omaha Schools Foundation would like to express their profound sorrow at the passing of Crystal Simpson, beloved principal of Dodge Elementary School.

The Crystal Simpson Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in Crystal's name. You can donate to the fund through our secure payment gateway. Click here to donate and choose in the drop down menu. If you want to send a check, please make all checks payable to the Omaha Schools Foundation, Attention Toba Cohen-Dunning, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE  68131.

 The Omaha World Herald paid tribute to Ms. Simpson in today's news.

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