The Omaha Public Schools Foundation enriches students' lives by funding learning experiences that inspire hope, open doors and help students to achieve their dreams.
To carry out this mission, the Omaha Public Schools Foundation seeks private and corporate contributions and gifts.
The Foundation also develops proposals for projects and programs for presentation to private, corporate and philanthropic organizations for sponsorship and funding.
The Omaha Public Schools Foundation is recognized as a tax exempt organization under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. It is incorporated under Nebraska Law as a nonprofit corporation.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, all residents of the Omaha Public School District.
Did You Know?
Established in 1984 – The Omaha Board of Education created the Omaha Schools Foundation to enrich the educational experiences for Omaha Public Schools’ students
- The initial “start up” funding for the Foundation was a gift of $1,555.71 from the Omaha Public Schools Instruction Department.
- Luanne Nelson, then Communications Director for OPS, served as Executive Director until 2010.
- Toba Cohen-Dunning served first as Associate Executive Director from 2006 until 2010 when the Board appointed her the new Executive Director.
- In 2018, OPSF provided over $150,000.00 in both Community and OPS Teacher Grants.
- OPSF administers scholarships established in the honor of OPS teachers, administrators, students and in 2018 awarded over $450,000.00 to OPS graduating seniors.
- OPSF administers Kids Club before and after school child care programs in 42 OPS elementary schools, serving over 5000 students.
- OPSF provides parent-paid Early Childhood Classrooms in select OPS elementary schools throughout the district.
- The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations -- “Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations”-- has ranked Omaha Schools Foundation in the Top 10 of the nation's Public School Foundations for the last 4 years.
- Omaha Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) was recognized on Nov. 12, 2018, with the Investor in America Award, presented by Partners for Livable Communities (Partners), a Washington-based nonprofit.
OPSF Board of Directors
The Omaha Board of Education created the Omaha Public Schools Foundation in 1984 as a vehicle for enriching the educational experiences of Omaha Public Schools' students.
The Foundation exists to raise funds for projects and programs which cannot be funded by tax dollars. The initial "start up" funding for the Foundation was a gift of $1,155.71 from the Omaha Public Schools Instruction Department.
The Omaha Public Schools Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of community leaders dedicated to raising funds and dispensing them for educational projects and programs that are not included in the regular operations of the Omaha Public Schools. The Foundation's funds have and will be used to encourage the development of new and innovative projects, scholarships for students, teacher recognition awards, Kids Club, and extended day care programs for students.
In addition to funding learning opportunities that exceed the financial capability of the general budget, the Omaha Public Schools Foundation encourages broad-based community support and active interested citizens. The teacher awards and classroom grant projects funded directly by the Foundation provide a catalyst for raising teacher morale by providing a resource for developing innovative instructional practices. Many of these projects have later become part of the school's regular curriculum.
Through these projects, awards, and programs, the Omaha Public Schools Foundation seeks to sustain this community's tradition of excellence in education.
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Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to accept allegations regarding non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131, (402-502-3032). The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-0307).
Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacionalidad, religión, sexo (incluyendo el embarazo), estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad, edad, información genética, identidad de género, expresión de género, estatus de ciudadanía, condición de veterano, afiliación política o condición económica en sus programas, actividades y empleo y se proporciona un acceso equitativo a los niños exploradores (boy Scouts) y otros grupos juveniles. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para aceptar las alegaciones en relación con las políticas de no discriminación: el Superintendente de Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-502-3032). Las siguientes personas han sido designadas para manejar las preguntas con respecto a las políticas de no discriminación: Director de la Oficina de Equidad y Diversidad, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-0307).
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