The mission of the Women's Fund of Omaha is to examine issues and conduct research to provide informed support for initiatives that improve the lives of metropolitan area women and girls.
Community Impact Grants
Each year, grants are awarded to local agencies for programs that encourage the economic, educational, physical, emotional, social and personal growth of women and girls in the Greater Omaha Area.
2013 Funding Areas
The Board of Directors of the Women’s Fund identified specific programmatic priorities for its 2013 community impact grants. Applications outside these interest areas will not be considered. The Women’s Fund will support new and existing programs benefiting women ages 18 and up in these interest areas:
The Women’s Fund also will support programs for girls and young women ages 13 and up in the following area:
- Economic self-sufficiency
Examples: Programs focusing on financial literacy, home ownership, employment, etc.
- Domestic violence
Examples: Programs for prevention, advocacy, coordination, intervention, education, etc.
Learn more about the 2013 Community Impact Grants and how to apply.
- Sexual literacy programs
Examples: Programs on awareness, education, prevention and/or intervention; programs to enhance self-esteem, etc.
A $25,000 grant will recognize excellence in programming for women, and a $20,000 grant will go to a girl-serving agency. The award monies may be used for general operating expenses or programming. In making these awards, the Women's Fund seeks to recognize programs that can demonstrate successful outcomes in measurable and concrete terms.
Learn more about the Excellence Grants and how to apply.
Special grants are awarded on behalf of groups that are affiliated with the Women’s Fund, or to honor individuals through a charitable contribution made in their name. These grants currently fall into three categories:
The Changemaker Grant is awarded annually to an organization selected by a vote of Women's Fund Changemakers - donors who give $200 or more in a calendar year. Find out how to become a Changemaker.
WomanSpirit Grants are given to recognize the contributions of outstanding women role models and mentors who have been honored with a prestigious WomanSpirit Award. A gift is given to a designated charity in the name of each recipient every year. Currently, eight grants are awarded every fall: Margre Durham (memorial), Marian Ivers, Dianne Seeman Lozier, Gail Walling Yanney, Mimi Waldbaum (memorial), Mary Heng-Braun, Barbara Weitz and Maryanne Stevens.
The Little Women’s Fund was started in 1994 with the objective of introducing the concept and practice of philanthropy to girls at an early age in order to inspire them to take action for social change and to form the habit of giving back to the community. Young members are eligible to participate in Little Women through a donation to the Fund. The group then votes annually to award a grant to a program that is designed specifically to benefit girls.