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Omaha Venture Group

February 2010 YP Connections: Organization of the Month

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The Omaha Venture Group is a giving circle designed to allow young professionals to make a difference and impact smaller, grassroots nonprofit agencies.



Young professionals make personal or employee-assisted donations that are matched 3:1 by private family foundations in Omaha. Members of OVG then solicit proposals from small nonprofits, conduct site visits, and make group decisions on funding.

But the idea isn't just about giving. Members are invited to monthly social and educational events that introduce them to small, vital organizations in the community. They also get to hear how past grant recipients were impacted by the OVG grant. This member-driven organization is extremely hands-on, giving members a first-hand look at the issues facing Omaha and providing them with the means to bring about positive change in the community. It's a way to learn about philanthropy, make connections with like-minded young professionals, and strengthen the bond between individuals and their city.

The OVG calendar generally runs from winter through the late spring. If you are interested in learning about upcoming events that are open to the general public, email Sarah Gilbert at the Omaha Community Foundation.

Contact: Sarah Gilbert, sarah@omahafoundation.org

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