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Congratulations to 2018 OVG Grant Recipients

This spring marked the completion of another tremendous grant season for the Omaha Venture Group, with $45,000 being awarded to ten local nonprofit organizations. The Omaha Venture Group is an established giving circle whose members are working to make a difference in our community through a venture capitalism model of investing their charitable dollars.  Members make small personal or employee-assisted donations – then come together to research and award grants to smaller, grassroots nonprofit agencies. 

The Omaha Venture Group (OVG) is pleased to congratulate the 2018 OVG Grant Recipients: 

– Big Muddy Urban Farm 

– Keipos 

– Lady Cougar Softball 

– Mindfulness Outreach Initiative  

– MS Forward 

– Nebraska Adaptive Sports  

– On Cue 

– Survivors Rising 

– Wear Yellow Nebraska 

– Young Nonprofit Professionals of Greater Omaha 

Big Muddy Urban Farm

With a mission of making sustainable agriculture accessible to all, Big Muddy Urban Farm’s curriculum unites theory with practice. The Aspiring Farmer Residency program sets a monetary goal based on prior farm performance and develops a new, unique business plan around this goal. While developing a business plan and executing the plan on growing sites, residents are guided in agricultural, business, and social topics via virtual education platforms.  OVG grant funding will be used to assist in facilitating mentorship experiences for aspiring farmers. 


Keipos is a nonprofit organization that uses food, farming and education to transform lives. Key offerings include youth programs, distribution of produce from their five community gardens and farm, events, internships and tours.  OVG grant funding will support the installation of raised bed gardens, a sign and benches at the Sarpy Community YMCA. 

Lady Cougar Softball

As a nonprofit consisting of six softball teams for girls ages 8 to 18, Lady Cougar Softball seeks to promote strength, confidence, compassion and teamwork through softball.  Their goal is to provide young, talented female athletes in our area an opportunity to play softball competitively, along with learning the importance of leadership, teamwork, character values, and giving back to the community.  The OVG grant will be used for renovation and improvements to a practice field for use by the Lady Cougar Softball program. 

Mindfulness Outreach Initiative

Mindfulness Outreach Initiative (MOI) is a nonprofit organization working to promote skillful living and make meditation instruction accessible to all. MOI leadership consists of individuals who share in the commitment to equip individuals with the skills needed to bring about positive changes through the cultivation of kindness, compassion, and wisdom.  The OVG grant will support the three primary services of the Mindfulness Outreach Initiative: Outreach Programs, Retreats, and Professional Development for local meditation teachers

MS Forward

MS Forward seeks to keep those diagnosed with a chronic illness on a path to lifelong health as a search for a cure continues. This is accomplished through events such as athletic competitions, education and awareness curriculums, and quality of life enrichment programs.  The OVG grant funding will be used to provide financial scholarships to assist underserved populations diagnosed with a chronic illness through the Day Achievement Program, In-Gym Health Program and Tele-Health Program. 

Nebraska Adaptive Sports

Nebraska Adaptive Sports provides athletic opportunities for disabled children and adults. These opportunities include instruction, team organization, practice facilities, athletic equipment, registration fees, uniforms, travel expenses, and team and individual awards.  There are many benefits associated with participation in wheelchair athletics including aerobic and muscle-building activities, building self-esteem, making life-long friendships, and travel to play teams from other areas. This year’s OVG Legacy Grant will be put toward the purchase of adjustable sports chairs to be used by Red Dawg members. 

On Cue: Rehearsal for Real Life

On Cue: Rehearsal for Real Life strives to teach life skills to underserved students through participation in the performing arts. The program encompasses dance, music, and drama instruction, with curriculum specifically designed to teach students about independent thinking, public speaking, creative problem solving, and more.  By partnering with community mentors, On Cue also gives students the opportunity to learn about the business of theater, working in teams to develop a production budget, a publicity plan, and produce all of the design elements needed for a musical.  OVG grant funding will be used to assist On Cue in moving their end-of-the-year production to a professional theater and provide financial support to assist the organization in hiring a part-time office assistant. 

Survivors Rising

Survivors Rising is a nonprofit dedicated to advocacy, education, and support for survivors of sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking. Their mission is to ensure that the survivor voice is represented in legislation and holding offenders accountable.  As an organization, they are committed to working with survivors to provide hope and tools for healing and to providing survivor engagement in all aspects of our community.  The OVG grant will be used to assist in strengthening the Survivor Advisory Council Network. 

Wear Yellow Nebraska

Wear Yellow Nebraska’s mission is to provide service, support, and community for Nebraska’s cancer survivors.  The signature program is the Wear Yellow Cab Ride Program, which is designed to provide free transportation to cancer patients receiving treatments. This program fills a gap and provides a ride when needed so that no treatments are missed.  OVG grant funding will provide financial support to assist the organization in hiring a grant writer and support the organization’s license of a cloud-based fundraising solution.