In June of 2017, the Foundation awarded a $1.5 million grant to support the Clubs and You Capital Campaign. One year later, the Foundation awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands a three-year $600,000 general operating support grant.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) is one of the largest youth-serving agencies in the Omaha metropolitan area. The non-profit aims to provide kids from ages 6 to 18 with impactful, fun, and educational opportunities in a safe environment outside of school hours.
A few years ago, the BGCM board members set a goal to double the number of youth they serve. Prior to 2016, BGCM served 1,400 children daily in various locations. Today they project that by the end of 2019, they will be serving 2,800 children a day. Expanding their facilities was a crucial factor in achieving this goal.
The foundation’s capital campaign grant helped BGCM with the construction of two new locations — one at Millard Central Middle School, the other at Florence Elementary School.
“A bond issue came forward for Florence Elementary School so we were able to align our construction with their upgrades,” said Ashley Winans, Chief Development Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. “We were able to update their existing club and add new space.”