Girls Incorporated of Omaha
Developing a long-term plan to support Girls, Inc. fundraising, marketing and planning efforts
Creating and implementing a year-round development plan including major gifts, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and special events
Raising approximately 1.3 million annually for operating, plus assistance with capital needs and more than $200,000 each year through the annual Lunch for the Girls fundraiser
In 1998, VGA assisted Girls Inc. with a unique fundraiser: Warren Buffett donated his wallet, complete with a stock tip, for auction to the highest bidder. The auction raised more than $200,000 for Girls Inc. and attracted national media attention and bidders from throughout the country. VGA went on to assist Girls Inc. with developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program.
Since that auspicious beginning, VGA continues to provide marketing, media relations and planning assistance services for Girls Inc.’s annual Lunch for the Girls fundraiser. Past featured speakers have included President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Barbara and Jenna Bush, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai.
In addition, VGA is currently assisting Girls Inc. with raising $4 million for the renovation of the Poor Clare Sister's convent. When complete, the renovated building will be a 16 bed dormitory-style housing unit for girls aging out of foster care but lacking critical familial supports for a successful transition to adulthood. This new building, called Protege House, will help Girls Inc. teen girls - 50% of whom are in the foster care system, by providing additional programming on topics such as financial literacy, reproductive health, and career and college preparation.