Do Good Week April 19-24

Do Good Week 2021

OPSF is asking you to join us in celebrating Do Good Week. Follow us throughout the week to learn more about our mission, the OPS teachers, their students, the OPSF Community Partners and more.

What if we thought about all the different ways we can Do Good… for a whole week? 

Introducing Do Good Week, April 19-24, 2021 – Five days dedicated to meeting a wider variety of needs in our community, followed by a day of celebration.

April 19: Mission Monday
April 20: New Donor Tuesday
April 21: Wish List Wednesday
April 22: Volun-Thursday
April 23: Fund It Friday

Benson Bunny Den

Benson Bunny Den

The Bunny Den was created to alleviate family stress by offering Benson students a safe and confidential place to receive items necessary to meet their basic needs.  We hope by fulfilling these needs students will be able to focus more on being successful in the classroom and being involved in school activities.

By donating, you are helping us provide students with basic non perishable food items, offer basic clothing and coats to students, and provide hygiene items for both males and females.

We also accept new and lightly used coats, hats and gloves in boys and girls sizes S-XL and men’s and women’s sizes S-XL. To donate these clothing items, please email Angela Johanek, Academy Specialist (Health, Business, & Design), Benson High Magnet Coordinator,  or call 531.299.8040, to arrange delivery or pick-up.

Thank you for considering a donation to allow us to continue our mission. You can donate by contributing using the online donation form or making out a check and sending to:

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131

Attention: Benson Bunny Den

By donating you are helping us to fulfill our mission to enrich students’ lives by funding learning experiences that inspire hope, open doors and help students to achieve their dreams.

The Omaha Schools Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law and go directly to the intended program, project or scholarship. Credit card transaction fees (2.2% + $.30) are deducted for each online donation; however, no additional OPSF administrative fees are deducted from any donation made online or by check.

Select a donation amount above or specify your preferred donation amount below. All donations in any amount can make a large impact on our OPS students and families. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.
Your personal information will not be shared and will remain anonymous.
$ 0.00
Thank you for your generous donation to OPSF support OPS schools, students and community.

Rose Hill Elementary School PTO Giving Campaign

Rose Hill Giving Campaign

Our Rose Hill Elementary School PTO exists to support our school, teachers and students. Our fundraising looks different this year in the wake of a pandemic, but our desire to support our school remains the same. Please consider giving a monetary donation to our cause.

The funds collected will be used to provide supplies for classrooms to promote learning as well as support our teachers and students in fun ways- celebratory opportunities, teacher appreciation, parent/teacher conference meal for teachers, fun classroom activities for students in place of general after school events hosted by PTO.

Please consider supporting our school in this way!

Select a donation amount above or specify your preferred donation amount below. All donations in any amount can make a large impact on our OPS students and families. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.
Your personal information will not be shared and will remain anonymous.
$ 0.00
Thank you for your generous donation to OPSF support OPS schools, students and community.

Support E-learning Accessibility

Beveridge Special Education

Sarah White is a special education teacher at Beveridge Middle School. She would like to provide tools for success for the 7th grade students in special education. With the struggles that come with online learning as well as their needs in special education, Sarah would like to make school as stress free as possible. She feels that there are supplies and tools she could provide for her students that would alleviate some of their stress and help them to be more successful in the classroom. These tools would benefit the students in the areas of their IEP goals as well as in their general  education classes.

Overcoming the physical location and access issues in terms of attainment of learning goes only partway to a solution for fully inclusive education options for disabled learners, but it is an incomplete progression if the digital web interface is itself not accessible. Please help Sarah achieve her goal of providing these important tools to her students.

Sarah’s Goal is to raise $6250.00

$3000.00 will buy 30 ipad styluses.
$1700 will buy 30 ipad keyboards.
$640 will buy 30 headphones.
$120 will buy 30 ipad chargers.
$80 will buy calculators.
$50 will buy additional tools to make accessibilty a reality.

The Omaha Schools Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law and go directly to the intended program, project or scholarship. Credit card transaction fees are deducted for all online donations. No additional administrative fees are deducted from any donation made online or by check. Donate using the form below, or send a donation check to:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131
Attention: Sarah White-Beveridge Middle School

Select a donation amount above or specify your preferred donation amount below. All donations in any amount can make a large impact on our OPS students and families. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated.
Your personal information will not be shared and will remain anonymous.
$ 0.00
Thank you for your generous donation to OPSF support OPS schools, students and community.

Bruce Dale Memorial Fund

Bruce Dale Memorial

Stewart Bruce Dale, 71, died peacefully in his sleep on July 27, 2020. He was born October 12, 1948 in Omaha, NE. He graduated from Benson High School in 1967 and attended Kearney State College.

Bruce served in the Marine Corps Reserves and was deployed to Vietnam in 1970 for 13 months. After completing his reserve obligations in 1976, he earned his education degree and began teaching special education with OPS. He earned two master’s degrees from UNO in special education and educational administration. He taught at several elementary schools and eventually moved to secondary at North High Magnet. There he taught special education, coached girls’ soccer, became Dean of Students and then became an assistant principal at Morton and King Science Magnet. 

Bruce’s sense of humor, commitment to students of all backgrounds, lover of all things outdoors, his beloved pets and Lisa made him the wonderful human being that he was. He will be missed.

A Memorial Fund has been established at the Omaha Public Schools Foundation. Friends and family wishing to contribute can use the secure payment gateway below.

* Donations are administered by The Omaha Public Schools Foundation which is a 501 (c) 3 organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law and go directly to the intended fund, program, project or scholarship. No administrative fees are deducted from any donation.

Building Communities Donor Story

Creating Bonds-How Donors Make an Impact in the District

 

Imagine 200 of your neighbors coming home one day only to find they no longer have a place to call “home,” not knowing where they will go, not having any of their belongings – only left with uncertainty.

Imagine your child needing help with anxiety, depression, bullying, trauma or other behavioral health issues, but their school nurses not having the resources and tools to help them during the school day.

These are just some of the situations and issues that our Omaha Public Schools (OPS) students face. Luckily, Omaha Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) is in the heart of a generous community that comes together to make gifts toward emergency situations, like when 600 supporters came together in 48 hours to raise $69,000 for families displaced by the Yale Apartment closing. Our donors also fund on-going needs like resources for mental health counselors in schools throughout the district so they can provide critical behavioral health care to OPS students.

There are many ways that people and businesses can support students, teachers and staff throughout the district. By donating gifts of stocks, bonds, cash, checks, online donations, gifts in kind, planned gifts, charitable bequests and more, donors make learning opportunities and essential resources possible and accessible for students, teachers and staff. At OPSF, our role is to ensure that the contributions are distributed through the programs that the donors choose to support.

“I can’t imagine a better place to make a contribution because funds donated quickly find their way to those in need,” Ray Dewaele, OPSF donor, said. “It’s been nearly ten years since my wife, Amy, and I began contributing and have found that it was one of the better decisions that we’ve ever made.”

After 40 years with the OPS district as a Special Education Teacher at Benson High School, Ray recently retired but stays connected as a substitute teacher. Familiar with needs of youth in the district, Ray and Amy know that OPSF directs their contribution to the specific students they want to support.

“Several years ago, we were asked to distribute some funds from a recently deceased relative’s estate in a manner to help students in need,” Ray said. “OPSF is just one of the groups we selected to receive those funds; however, it is the one organization that best addresses the immediate physical and material needs of students.”

Recently, Ray’s brother, Robert, connected with OPSF to set up his own giving plan. Robert decided that the best way to make a widespread impact was to invest in mental health resources and tools that OPS counselors needed to provide critical care for students of all ages.

“I’ve seen the impact on students’ lives which funding from OPSF has provided,” said Robert. “I’m now comfortable in investing my own funds which will be earmarked for mental health purposes.” Addressing mental, social and emotional health and well-being can be a challenge for schools. Through his donation, Robert is helping to bridge a gap in resources so students have a built-in community of support when emotional and behavioral needs arise during in-school hours.

“The Dewaeles’ contributions will provide services that are currently not available to a majority of OPS students,” Roxanne Nielsen, Development Director at OPSF, said. “That is the mission of OPSF. Working alongside donors like Robert, Ray and Amy ensures that we can really do what we are in the business of doing—helping those students, families, teachers and staff in our district who have no other avenues to the services, programs or aid that they need.”

Robert, Ray and Amy trust that their contributions are well-managed through OPSF and know that 100 percent of the funds reach students. If you and your family are considering year-end contributions or working on estate planning, Ray wants you to know this: “Previous donations we have made through OPSF have changed and impacted the lives of others to the degree that we want to keep giving. We encourage you to reach out to OPSF to learn how your gift, any gift can make an impact.”

“I am inspired by donors whose goals are to help students,” Roxanne said. “It’s gratifying work and makes me consider what ways I can be of better service. Many OPSF donors give without asking for any recognition or benefits of any kind. It’s pure philanthropy at its best!”

OPSF makes the giving process convenient and easy. By working with our team, you have the freedom to tailor how your contribution is distributed. Whether your gift impacts all 53,000 OPS students’ learning experiences or provides one student access to resources that helps them lead a healthier life, every gift matters.

Please contact Roxanne at the OPSF office to discuss your giving goals. She is happy to discuss ways to tailor your gift so it reaches those students and teachers you want to support. You can also Donate online.