People bag school supplies while volunteering at the Open Door Mission.

There are always needs to be met in every community.

Homeless individuals living downtown, patients fighting illness or disability, youths seeking a chance to excel academically or artists wanting to express themselves in inspirational, creative ways.

Private citizens, corporations and foundations distribute millions of dollars each year to help the needy, fund medical research, build hospitals and universities, educate youths and enhance the community’s culture and lifestyle. Thousands of residents support their favorite nonprofits with monetary gifts and volunteer services, too. Here are just a few of the ways you can help.

United Way of the Midlands

Throughout the year, Omaha’s workforce donates to the United Way of the Midlands, an umbrella organization for human service agencies across the metro. The United Way helps the most vulnerable individuals by funding local nonprofits that supply them with expertise in health, safety, housing, food, academic support and financial stability.

Omaha Community Foundation

The Omaha Community Foundation connects people who care about the community with the people and nonprofits who are doing the most good. In 2017, donors gave $170 million in gifts to the foundation, and the foundation distributed $120 million to nonprofits.

Omaha Gives!

This year’s 24-hour online giving day, organized by the Omaha Community Foundation in May, raised $7.4 million for 960 nonprofits. Since its inception in 2013, the giving day has raised more than $42 million for nonprofit organizations throughout Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties.

Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa

Made up of nine counties, the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa minimizes administrative costs by operating as one organization. Each county foundation is governed by its own board, made up of people who live in the county and can recommend ways the foundation can do the most good.


The Omaha World-Herald Goodfellows’ emergency fund is designed to assist people with one-time, urgent needs that cannot be met through other sources. In 2017, Goodfellows assisted more than 2,700 families, providing more than $565,000 in emergency aid and 1,200 grocery vouchers for holiday meals for needy families.

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