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. 

Join OSF in Supporting This Most Worthy Cause

The Omaha Schools Foundation would like to ask your help in supporting a campaign to raise funds that will help Dillon and Tyler, who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Please read their story and consideration a donation.

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dewey & Associates Lauds Top Ten School Foundations

The Omaha Schools Foundation made the news recently for being ranked in the top 10 of the 1st division among School Foundations nationwide, as reported by a national study conducted by dewey & Associates. The article was written up in Education Week and can be read in full at the following link...

Save the Date! Giving Tuesday, December 1st


Toba Cohen-Dunning
Omaha Schools Foundation
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Omaha Schools Foundation Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

Omaha, NE, November 16, 2015 – Omaha Schools Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving throughout the United States and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.   

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Benson Plant Rescue Free Plants for Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Please help get the word out.  Thank you.
 Given the large number of new plant donations coming in, the Benson Plant Rescue is expanding its 4th annual “FREE Plants for Schools” program, now in its third week,  to include churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship.  This weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4:00,  or until the supply is exhausted, over 50 houseplants will be available free of charge not only to schools but also to places of worship . 

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Omaha Schools Foundation Ranks 4th in National Study

The Omaha Schools Foundation ranks fourth in national study of K-12 education foundations. “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation” shows while Omaha is the 76th largest school district its education foundation is one of the best.

(November 10, 2015) – The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations, “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation,” has ranked Omaha Schools Foundation fourth in the nation.  Last year, Omaha Schools Foundation was ranked third.  While Omaha is the 76th largest school district its education foundation is one of the best in the nation.  

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Benson Journalism Needs Your Help to Go Live!

Benson's journalism program is one where the students are in control.  It is all about them.  The students are given the opportunity to practice professional journalism, but with great power, comes great responsibility!

Even though the freedoms of expression and press are covered by the First Amendment of our Constitution, they are not actually free. Both figuratively and literally! Maintaining a journalism department can be an expensive and daunting task. Yearbooks, newspapers, websites, and photography all cost money.  It takes donations and student determination to produce these publications.  

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Look Who's Staying Fit!

Project Fit Fontenelle ElementaryFlorence Elementary School received a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and Omaha Schools Foundation for innovative fitness in education. The grant brings the Project Fit America program to the school and provides state-of-the-art outdoor (community use welcome!) and indoor fitness equipment, curriculum, and on-site teacher training. Together in partnership Florence Elementary is improving the fitness of every student! 

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The Luvabulls Invited to the Sugar Bowl

The Omaha South High Magnet Luvabulls Varsity Dance Team has been invited to participate in an amazing educational experience--performing in front of 75,000 fans in December during the halftime of the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana. We’ll spend a total of 5 days as a team experiencing the following:

  • Performing on the field along with other high school teams from across the United States
  • Receiving constructive evaluation and coaching from top-tier instructors
  • Earning an academic credit by completing an online course designed for this event
  • Joining in the excitement of a major bowl game
  • Sharing in social and cultural activities in New Orleans 

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Do You Know What 75 North Is?

Howard Kennedy Elementary
Megan Farmer OWH

Principal Tony Gunter's assignment? Help reinvent struggling Howard Kennedy Elementary, the educational linchpin of the plan to transform the surrounding Highlander neighborhood in north Omaha.

Efforts by 75 North to transform the poverty-stricken neighborhood will not be complete without a strong school at its hub, 75 North executive director Othello Meadows said at a groundbreaking ceremony this month for new, mixed-income housing at the Highlander development. Read the Full Story in the Omaha World Herald...

Stepping Up

4th in nation of K-12 Education Foundations

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