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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is considered one of the best zoos in the country and also known worldwide. Its mission is to inspire, educate and engage people to serve as lifelong stewards for the conservation of animals and their habitats.

In 1997, 15-year-old D.J. Sokol was diagnosed with cancer. His mother tells the story of his illness, treatment and death at age 18, and she shares what came next as she still copes with grief and how she keeps D.J.’s memory alive today.

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GRATITUDE AND GENEROSITY are integral to the holiday period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, and the spirit of the season creates a heightened awareness of nonprofits and inspires a welcome surge of giving. However, the start of a new year also serves as a reminder that organizations serve year-round and need the support of the community all 52 weeks of the year.

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In 2020, metroMAGAZINE explored how the COVID-19 pandemic affected our local nonprofits’ operations and how they continued to serve the community despite unforeseeable demands on staff and resources. Now we look at how they are moving forward in 2021.

These five women stand on incredible achievements in very different areas, but they have one thing in common: their leadership is pioneering the way for others to follow.

Jill Orton’s two-decade American Red Cross career has been diverse and interesting and she’s had the opportunity to grow as a leader as she helps execute the organization’s life-saving mission to alleviate human suffering.