Omaha Businesses Value a Philanthropic Culture

Giving Tuesday, led locally by SHARE Omaha, is November 28th. This global day of giving is critical to local nonprofits whose ability to help those in need has been greatly challenged in the past few years by the pandemic, inflation and a rise in the numbers of individuals and families they serve.

Desmond Tutu said, “Do little bits of good where you are. It’s those bits of good put together that will overwhelm the world.” SHARE Omaha is encouraging those “bits of good” from businesses and corporations across the Omaha metro for Giving Tuesday with a goal of raising 5 million dollars for local nonprofit organizations. In a recent survey of area nonprofits, a majority of those responding said their fundraising is flat or down, and 38% said their fundraising is down more than 25-50%.

Businesses across the metro can change this dynamic in a day.

The SHARE Omaha website has over 675 nonprofit profiles across hundreds of areas of need from food insecurity to health and wellness, arts, youth, education, homelessness and many more. These nonprofits need new donors, and businesses can encourage philanthropy. Collectively, every gift large or small makes a difference. And, if giving dollars isn’t possible, a volunteer hour is worth $31.80 to an organization and boosts their capacity to serve others.

The holiday season is a time, when across the community, we celebrate and share gifts, food and time with each other, but there are greater needs too. Mike Cassling, CEO of CQuence Health, a lead sponsor of #GivingTuesday402 said, “Our passion for serving others and giving back aligns with SHARE Omaha’s commitment to connecting neighbors, families and businesses to local nonprofits, which is why we are proud to support Giving Tuesday 2023 in the Omaha metro area.”

Medical Solutions is also a lead sponsor of #GivingTuesday402. “Our partnership with SHARE Omaha is an investment in the betterment and vitality of the Omaha community we call home,” said Craig Meier, CEO of Medical Solutions.

Lead sponsors CQuence Health and Medical Solutions are joined by supporting sponsors Farm Credit Services of America and Kiewit in boosting Giving Tuesday efforts.

Choose a way your business can help on Giving Tuesday.

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Examples of how businesses can help on Giving Tuesday include choosing one of the holiday collection drives posted on the SHARE Omaha website, donating a portion of sales on Giving Tuesday, offering pro bono time and expertise to a local nonprofit, providing a matching gift for every employee who contributes to a nonprofit and donating material items from your business (i.e. art supplies, diapers, toys, sports equipment). 

Spread the joy of giving on Giving Tuesday.

Inspire your staff and teams to get involved. Share company plans on social media pages using hashtag #Giving Tuesday402, in the employee newsletter and across internal channels. Giving dollars, time or needed material items will collectively raise the season’s spirit for employees and the recipients. Giving Tuesday is an investment in the community that is vital.

SHARE Omaha does not keep any of the money given to organizations through its platform and is a free service for connecting to easy ways to do good.

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