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The Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation seeks to encourage innovation and collaboration among nonprofits to best impact the communities they serve. This vision of our founders to be a catalyst in fostering creativity and efficiencies throughout the Omaha community has established a unique opportunity for funding. Applications are by invitation only.

Why the Omaha Award Exists


The Omaha Award aims to energize Omaha's philanthropic spirit by encouraging nonprofit organizations to improve the community collaboratively. Striving to stretch the mileage of each charitable dollar spent, annual grants can be used to improve any facet of community life from education to the environment as long as they propose a creative way to resolve an unmet need in the Omaha area. Grants may be awarded for both new and existing programs and services. Omaha Award founders Suzanne and Walter Scott seek non-profit organizations that will approach and enact solutions collaboratively and with undying innovation.

Past Winners


Launched in 1998, the Omaha Award empowers collaborative nonprofits to create real and lasting community change. A lengthy lapse in Award offerings has given way to a renewed effort to energize efficient, effective charitable giving in the Omaha area.

Omaha Career Network

The first recipient of the Omaha Award embodied its essence. Intensely collaborative, The Omaha Career Network helped young people who didn’t attend college select a suitable, enjoyable and profitable career track. A consortium of educational institutions and business and employment agencies won the first grant to implement job training and placement for high school dropouts and non-college attenders in search of careers.

The Omaha Cultural and Academic Cooperative

The second recipient of the Omaha Award expressed the innovative approach to community service that the Award seeks to ignite. Seven organizations (the Durham Western Heritage Museum; Joslyn Museum; Omaha Botanical Gardens; Henry Doorly Zoo; SAC Museum; Metropolitan Community College; and the University of Nebraska at Omaha) proposed a program to create internships at all organizations to teach high school and college students about possible careers in volunteer work.

Lutheran Family Services

The third recipient of the Omaha Award, Lutheran Family Services, has long served the Omaha community and helped families in many ways. In 2000, it received a $1 million grant for its Strong Urban Neighborhoods (SUN) proposal, which expanded sex offender treatment services for victims.

Catholic Charities & Child Saving Institute

From protecting children to developing new small business owners to feeding the hungry, the Child Saving Institute and Catholic Charities of Omaha serve many in the Omaha area. In 2001, the charities received the Omaha Award and a grant to uplift the community in a collaborative way.

Outlook Nebraska

The most recent recipient of the Omaha Award, Outlook Nebraska, is campaigning to raise $2.3 million for facility renovations and expansion that will allow it to conduct outreach programs and deliver skills to individuals with vision loss. Grant funds will expand the reach and effectiveness of ONI programs and employment opportunities.