Mutual of Omaha Foundation Grants Nearly $1.1 Million

August 4, 2017

For the first part of 2017, Mutual of Omaha Foundation granted nearly $1.1 million to 31 local non-profit organizations.

The largest grant awarded this period was a general operating grant to Food Bank for the Heartland for $150,000.

According to Susan Ogborn, President and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland, the grant will allow the organization to fulfill its statewide mission this year – something they weren’t sure they would accomplish without the support. Ogborn said recent changes in private and federal funding have created challenges for Food Bank for the Heartland.

“The most recent statewide numbers of hungry people actually went down this year,” Ogborn said. “I think that’s a sign that what we are doing is truly making a difference. Because of the support of the Mutual of Omaha Foundation and our community at large, we can continue to feed the hungry in Nebraska and western Iowa. The only way we can help people get out of hunger is as a collective community of public and private foundations and volunteers. It takes a multi-pronged approach.”

Gail Graeve, Executive Director of the Mutual of Omaha Foundation, said the Foundation embraces its role in this collaborative effort. “Poverty continues to be a serious issue for our community. We are proud to support organizations that are providing the resources to empower our most vulnerable citizens to reach their full-potential by breaking this cycle.”

Following is a complete list of grants from the Mutual of Omaha Foundation this period:


Project Title

Grant Amount

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands

Community-Based Mentoring Program


Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council



Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Education and Career Development Program


Child Saving Institute Inc.

Child Saving Institute Triage Center


Community Education Foundation Inc.

Teen Parents Graduate


Completely KIDS

General Operating Support for OST Programs


Food Bank for the Heartland

Operating Grants


Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska

Omaha Outreach


Heart Ministry Center

General Operating Expenses


Heartland Family Service

Professional Counseling for Families and Children


Iowa Legal Aid

Family Stabilization Project


Kids Can Community Center

Bridging the Cliff


Legal Aid Of Nebraska

Omaha's A2J Clinics: Client Empowerment through Access to Justice


Literacy Center for the Midlands

Adult Education for Self Sufficiency


Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

International Center of the Heartland


Magdalene Omaha Inc.

General Operating Support


Mercy Housing Midwest

Housing Stability Program


MICAH House Corporation

Emergency Shelter Support Services


Nebraska Children and Families Foundation

Project Everlast Central Navigation


Nebraska Families Collaborative

General Operating Support


Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation

Methodist Mobile Mammography


Omaha Home for Boys

Jacobs' Place Transitional Living Program


OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.

Behavioral Health Care for Children


Pottawattamie Arts Culture & Entertainment

Arts & Culture Center


Rebuilding Together Omaha

Healthy at Home


Siena/Francis House

Rehousing and Reintegration Services Program


St. Augustine Indian Mission School

Sponsor a Child


TeamMates Mentoring Program

Relationship Building Through Match Support and Strengths Training



Horizons Program


Urban League of Nebraska

"Stop the Summer Slide" Initiative


Women's Center for Advancement

Safety and Self-Sufficiency


The Mutual of Omaha Foundation was established in 2005 to continue the company’s longstanding tradition of supporting efforts that impact individuals and families throughout the community. The Foundation’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty and invest in major capital projects that strengthen our community.

Grant applications are currently being accepted through August 15. Applications are accepted twice a year. For more information on the Mutual of Omaha Foundation and its funding priorities, visit