This presentation is intended to provide information and examples of how the Omaha Public Schools Foundation has raised over $90m in funding for special projects in collaboration with our public/private partners. There is often a negative connotation associated with this concept because there is sometimes the feeling that wealth can influence policy. What we have found is completely opposite. Private funders often bring both parties to the table when this would otherwise not occur. There is less "influence" and more "collaboration." Philanthropy in Omaha is unique and several of the top funders regularly meet with the Omaha Public Schools Superintendent to discuss emerging needs/concepts/issues and in turn projects are realized through their generosity. Our mantra in the Omaha Public Schools Foundation is to "level the playing field with our suburban counterparts." Over the last 15 years, more than 30 baseball, softball, soccer fields and some school stadiums have been renovated in partnership with the City of Omaha Department of Parks and Recreation. This is often no small task and would not be possible without the assistance of local funders.
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