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OVG Funded Groups

Omaha Venture Group has granted to over 100 nonprofit organizations since its establishment in 2003. Each year, members seek out emerging nonprofits that fit into the selection criteria. Below is a complete list of past recipients.

OVG Funded Groups

2012 Grant Night

Thank you for all those who participated in the 2012 OVG Grant Night on May 24th.  It was an incredible evening of celebration!  10 years of OVG grantmaking in the Omaha community has made quite an impact and it was awesome to see past grantee orgnaizations and past members come together to celebrate the organization.

A special thank you to inCOMMON for allowing us to celebrate in their 13th Street Facility – as a past grantee, inCOMMON was truly the perfect setting!


  • Aetherplough
  • Banister’s Leadership Academy
  • Great Plains Black History Museum
  • Hear Nebraska
  • Heart Heroes, Inc.
  • Metro Area Volunteer Guardians & Conservators
  • Omaha Chamber Music Society
  • Quiet Light Foundation
  • WhyArts?

Grant Night 2011

At our end-of-season Grant Night celebration, Omaha Venture Group members presented $37,500 in grants to nine organizations:

Apollo’s Prep School: $4,150 for online reading and math testing program

Emerging Terrain: $4,800 for Phase 2 of the grain elevator project

Foster CARE Closet: $4,550 to start up Omaha Foster CARE Closet operations

LifeChronicles: $3,350 to sponsor life legacy videos for clients in need

Neighbors United: $4,300 for the Park Avenue Community Center

No More Empty Pots: $4,600 for the Gifford Park Teen market Basket

Omaha Jitterbugs: $3,400 for equipment, outreach, and special events

The Union for Contemporary Art: $4,100 for summer youth programming

Wright Care Dentistry: $4,250 to purchase IT infrastructure

We would like to thank our members and Interest Group leaders for a fantastic year, the Pizza Shoppe Collective for hosting our celebration, and the nine grantees for the good work they do in our community.

To learn more about Omaha Venture Group and to be contacted when our recruiting season begins again in the fall, contact us.

2011 Vote Night

On April 28, OVG grantmaking members met to talk about the nine nonprofit applicants in the 2011 grant book. Over tacos and beer, we heard from Interest Group members who had done the site visits and could offer their own personal observations on the nonprofits. Members also asked questions, such as “What community need is this nonprofit addressing?” to “How would this grant help this group grow in the future?” Members will submit their funding recommendations, which are then averaged to calculate the final award amount, to be announced at the celebratory Grant Night at the end of May.