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First National Bank of Omaha Awards $1.04 million in Community Development Grants

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Contact: Kevin Langin, 402-602-3541
Release Date: October 15, 2019

FNBO Awards $1.04 million in Community Development Grants

–Funds Support Programs Related to Educated Workforce Initiatives –

OMAHA, Neb.  October 15, 2019 – First National Bank of Omaha has awarded a total of $1.04 million in community development grants to 58 organizations in Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas and South Dakota, announced Alec Gorynski, Vice President, Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy. The grants, which support programs focused on educated workforce initiatives that will help strengthen individual core competencies and lead to improving personal economic self-sufficiency, mark the bank’s final disbursement of grant funding for the year. First National Bank of Omaha awarded a total of $1,862,000 in community development grants in 2019 to 103 organizations across its seven-state service area. 

“At First National Bank of Omaha, we are committed to helping individuals live prosperous lives,” said Gorynski. “Our Community Development Grant program is dedicated to improving economic self-sufficiency by partnering with community organizations that provide education, training and life-skills improvement that help individuals across our footprint gain employment, advance their careers and improve their financial well-being.”


First National Bank of Omaha awarded $717,000 in community development grants to 33 organizations across Nebraska and western Iowa. Grants supporting educated workforce initiatives will enable a projected 18,555 individuals to move closer to self-sufficiency. These include:

  • $10,000 – Autism Action Partnership (Omaha): provides funding to place and support individuals with autism in permanent employment.
  • $20,000 – Boys Town (Omaha): provides education and experience in high-demand occupations.  
  • $15,000 – Child Saving Institute (Omaha): provides independent living skills for youth, including employment and educational support.
  • $15,000 – College Possible (Omaha): provides college preparation and support for students from low-income backgrounds to successfully complete 4-year post-secondary education.
  • $15,000 – Completely Kids (Omaha): provides funding to increase family self-sufficiency by building skills and improving employment for parents.  
  • $45,000 – Credit Advisors Foundation (Omaha): provides budgeting assistance, credit report education, debt management and action plans to achieve goals.
  • $45,000 – Family Housing Advisory Services (Omaha): provides financial and homeownership services and education at the Village Empowerment Center at Omaha Home for Boys.
  • $40,000 – Financial Hope Collaborative (Omaha): supports comprehensive financial education and coaching program for single mothers that changes financial behaviors. 
  • $20,000 – Heart Ministry Center (Omaha): provides job training and placement, life skills and soft skills needed to maintain employment.
  • $15,000 – Hope Center for Kids (Omaha): provides young people in Northeast Omaha access to educational support and employability training.
  • $25,000 – Latino Center of the Midlands (Omaha): provides adult basic education and workforce development programs.
  • $30,000 – Lutheran Family Services (Omaha): provides Omaha’s refugee and immigrant community with basic knowledge and tools to access, trust and use the finance and banking system in the U.S.
  • $60,000 – MCC Foundation (Omaha): supports personalized adult basic education activities, including enhanced coaching, tutoring, GED and English language courses.   
  • $20,000 – MICAH House (Council Bluffs, IA): provides support services along with access to resources to gain permanent housing and employment while addressing barriers to stability.
  • $10,000 – Nebraska Maintenance Academy Inc. (Omaha): provides funding for 12- week intensive skills trade training program to become maintenance technicians entering the multifamily housing industry.
  • $20,000 – New Visions Homeless Services (Council Bluffs, IA): supports employment training and placement for those experiencing homelessness.
  • $30,000 – No More Empty Pots (Omaha): provides culinary instruction, life skills support and workforce development for individuals with employment barriers.
  • $20,000 – NorthStar Foundation (Omaha): supports intensive college and career readiness curriculum for high school-aged boys enrolled in NorthStar’s out-of-school time programs.
  • $20,000 – Omaha Home for Boys (Omaha): provides workforce readiness, educational assistance and life skills development for youth.
  • $15,000 – Outlook Nebraska (Omaha): provides skills to assist visually impaired workers to sustain employment, gain promotions and achieve independence.
  • $25,000 – RISE (Omaha): helps individuals reentering the workforce from incarceration obtain employment or create their own job through entrepreneurship.
  • $20,000 – Siena Francis House (Omaha): provides job training, placement and employment case management for individuals transitioning out of homelessness.
  • $30,000 – Together, Inc. (Omaha): provides housing stability through increased employment, workforce training and placement.
  • $40,000 – Urban League (Omaha): supports a career boot camp that provides job readiness and skills required to attain a career in high growth industries. 
  • $30,000 – Women’s Center for Advancement (Omaha): provides self-sufficiency services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking to gain and maintain independence.
  • $10,000 – Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties (Lincoln): supports financial education and coaching, and matched savings opportunities for asset-specific purchases.
  • $10,000 – Nebraska Children’s and Families Foundation (Lincoln): supports academic enrichment and workforce readiness for young people with foster care experience.
  • $12,000 – Platte Valley Literacy Association (Columbus): provides educational opportunities for adults to improve their literacy skills. 
  • $10,000 – Care Corps/Life House (Fremont): building job readiness through hands-on training while offering life skills. 
  • $10,000 – Fremont Public Schools Foundation (Fremont): provides dual credit tuition assistance for low-income students. 
  • $5,000 – Literacy Council of Grand Island (Grand Island): provides multifaceted literacy instruction to increase employment opportunities. 
  • $12,000 – Multicultural Coalition (Grand Island): provides funding to equip Central Nebraska's workforce with skills crucial to attaining employability or reaching the next level in upward career advancement.
  • $13,000 – Deborah’s Legacy (North Platte): provides support and educational services including social enterprise opportunities for women. 


In Colorado, First National Bank of Omaha awarded $135,000 in community development grants to 12 organizations. Grants supporting educated workforce initiatives will enable a projected 6,600 individuals to move closer to self-sufficiency. These include: 

  • $15,000 – Bridge House (Boulder): provides employment opportunities for adults experiencing homelessness.
  • $15,000 – Project Self-Sufficiency (Loveland): assists single parents in creating and accomplishing career/education goals tied to living wage employment.
  • $10,000 – The Matthews House (Fort Collins): teaches economically disadvantaged youth the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment.
  • $10,000 – Thrive (Boulder): provides training, education and relational support to help individuals secure and sustain employment.
  • $15,000 – Homeward Alliance (Fort Collins): provides secure and sustain employment for individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • $10,000 – Attention Homes (Boulder): provides education, career development and self-sufficiency programs for homeless and at-risk youth.
  • $10,000 – I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County (Boulder): supports college and career readiness programming for low-income youth.
  • $10,000 – Front Range Community College Foundation (Loveland): provides funding for adult GED prep, English language instruction, basic reading, writing and math skills to obtain employment. 
  • $10,000 – Greeley Dream Team (Greeley): provides support for students during the first two years of their postsecondary education and workforce readiness.
  • $10,000 – Boys and Girls Club of Weld County (Greeley): provides consulting and resources to small businesses and entrepreneurs. 
  • $10,000 – Larimer County Foundation (Fort Collins): supports paid manufacturing internships, technical and employability skills for low-income youth.  
  • $10,000 – Family Learning Center (Boulder): provides college/career prep and adult basic education to low-income youth and adults.  


In Illinois, First National Bank of Omaha awarded $75,000 in community development grants to six organizations. Grants supporting educated workforce initiatives will enable a projected 1,425 individuals to move closer to self-sufficiency. These include:

  • $10,000 – DeKalb Behavioral Health Foundation (DeKalb): assists individuals with a mental health diagnosis to secure and sustain employment.
  • $10,000 – Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley (St. Charles): provides funding to help adults read, write, speak and understand English. 
  • $10,000 – Pioneer Center for Human Services (McHenry): expands vocational services for individuals with intellectual and developmental challenges. 
  • $10,000 – Turning Pointe Autism Foundation (Naperville): provides employment skills for individuals with autism. 
  • $10,000 – Kishwaukee College (Malta): provides tuition for students pursuing specific non-credit, short term training programs. 
  • $25,000 – The Neighbor Project (Aurora): supports financial education, counseling and coaching to drive economic self-sufficiency. 


In Kansas, First National Bank of Omaha awarded $70,000 in community development grants to four organizations. Grants supporting educated workforce initiatives will enable a projected 336 individuals to move closer to self-sufficiency. These include:

  • $25,000 – Credit and Homeownership Empowerment Services (Kansas City): helps 100 low-income city employees within the Kansas City metro area eliminate credit issues and purchase homes.
  • $18,000 – Connections to Success (Kansas City): provides workforce readiness training and job search assistance for formerly incarcerated individuals entering the workforce. 
  • $17,000 – Inclusion Connections (Olathe): provides skills training and job placement program for individuals with disabilities. 
  • $10,000 – The Mission Project (Mission): assists with securing and maintaining employment for individuals with disabilities. 

South Dakota

In South Dakota, First National Bank of Omaha awarded $25,000 in community development grants to two organizations. Grants supporting educated workforce initiatives will enable a projected 375 individuals to move closer to self-sufficiency. These include: 

  • $10,000 – Abbott House (Mitchell): provides case management and housing for youth aging out of foster care.
  • $15,000 – Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota (Yankton):  provides financial education workshops at area employers.


  • $20,000 – National Foundation for Credit Counseling: provides funding for a pilot to explore effective debt management solutions.

First National Bank of Omaha also awarded $820,000 in community development grants to 45 organizations in Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas in May of this year. The grants support programs focused on increasing access to affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods and building strong local economies.

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