Creating a fun, safe, creative and inclusive Omaha drives almost fifty percent of The Weitz Family Foundation giving each year. We are proud to have been founding supporters of several art programs and institutions, including The Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha Girls Rock, and Great Plains Louder than a Bomb. We are particularly inclined to fund organizations and projects that reach a broad swath of our community. Joslyn Art Works is one such example; it is an intergenerational space that is free an open to the public and is a fantastic place to not only take our own children, but for families across and beyond Omaha.
Additionally, we support programs that promote and facilitate conversations and greater understanding of others within our community. This is demonstrated by operational support to Film Streams where education and community conversations are a regular occurrence on a variety of topics ranging from gang violence and police brutality to urban design and healthy living. We have also funded conferences such as Theater of the Oppressed or Transgender Professional Summits at the University of Nebraska at Omaha bringing folks together to address pressing issues of understanding. Sometimes it takes the form of funding a capital campaign such as supporting the purchase of land for the Tri-Faith initiative campus.
Using our Beloved Community application, we hope that grantees will be innovative in how they promote and bring together our community through programs and cultural institutions that make Omaha a truly great place to live for all of us.