One Omaha: Where We’ve Been

Since 2015, One Omaha has focused on addressing the lack of knowledge and resources available to community leaders. 

We believe that by engaging and connecting people to their communities and improving participation in general, we will enrich the prosperity of our community. 

For over a decade, Omaha’s six neighborhood alliance organizations have been meeting to discuss how to fill the gap in available services to support and educate resident leaders. This task force commissioned a needs assessment, which identified the opportunity to facilitate assistance, development, and education of neighborhood and community groups whose purpose is to advance the quality of life. One Omaha was born to meet this opportunity.

Unsure if One Omaha could be a nonprofit organization, one community leader approached Civic Nebraska with a proposal to add our work under their organization through a fiscal sponsorship agreement. Civic Nebraska agreed to the proposal. One Omaha was formed in 2015 through funding from the Peter Kiewit Foundation and the City of Omaha.

People who live within our community need support and development to create a high quality of life. High quality of life is not simply given to people; instead, we see people as playing an essential role in determining the outcomes of their community to reach sustainability. When community leaders work together, they can establish sustainable solutions driven by people and not institutions.

In 2020, One Omaha worked with 31 neighborhood and community groups, helping them secure more than $20,000 in funding from the Omaha Community Foundation. One Omaha also directly dispersed $8,500 in mini-grant funds to support up-and-coming community organizers’ events and community development projects. 

One Omaha is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Learn more about our future plans here.

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