Philanthropy is catalyst for greater good in metro area

United Way of the Midlands’ Third Annual Day of Action. 

Greater Omaha has a legacy of giving. It’s in our DNA.

Private citizens, corporations and foundations donate and-or distribute millions of dollars each year to help the needy, fund medical research, build hospitals and universities, educate youths, beautify our neighborhoods and enhance our culture and lifestyle.

Thousands of residents support their favorite nonprofits with monetary gifts and volunteer services, too.

Here’s a sampling of major organizations dedicated to the greater good.

United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has served the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro for more than 95 years. Guided by best practices and community input, it approaches poverty in a specific way — a “united” way. With the support of volunteers, community partners and donors, UWM invests more than 91 cents of every donated dollar in the local community. These dollars fund 110 nonprofit programs that create a support circle for people in need. UWM’s spokesman says, “When our neighbors have access to basic needs, education and financial stability supports, they can start down the path to independence and happiness.”

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