Educational Institutions

CHILDRENS SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF OMAHA

  • Omaha, NE
  • www.csfomaha.org

Mission Statement

Children's Scholarship Fund of Omaha (CSF) provides partial tuition K- 8 scholarships to qualifying low income families so they can access the private or parochial education of their choice. CSF empowers parents at a time when their children educational foundation is being built.

Children's Scholarship Fund of Omaha serves the Omaha and surrounding communities, along with northeast Nebraska.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarships for Low-Income Families
Service Areas

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Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Burt, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Holt, Knox, Madison, Merrick, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Sarpy, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne and Washington Counties in Nebraska, including the metropolitan Omaha area, Columbus, Fremont and Norfolk.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2011

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Mrs. Sandra Reding

Keywords

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Omaha Nebraska elementary scholarships private parochial

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EIN

47-0822724

 Number

0101753276

Physical Address

7101 Mercy Road, Suite 3052 Suite 305

Omaha, 68106

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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CSF goal is to continue to provide scholarships for students currently in the program who continue to meet eligibility requirements, and to award scholarships.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarships for Low-Income Families

Provide low-income families with K-8 scholarships for private and parochial schools.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    CSF's goal is to continue to provide scholarships for students currently in the program who continue to meet eligibility requirements. While awarding new scholarships. For the 2016-17 school year we awarded over 1,800 K-8 scholarships. CSF was able to fulfill scholarship commitments to all new families, as well as all other re-qualifying families.

    Our program focuses exclusively on children in grades K-8, where very few scholarships exist, and when the foundation of a child's education is most critical.

    Our goal to make the program successful is to have parents involved financially and personally. Not only are they responsible for paying at least $500 of their child's tuition, no small amount considering all of our families qualify for free and reduced lunch, they also must ensure that their child attends school at least 90% of the time.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Children's Scholarship Fund is a unique program for many reasons. Scholarships are awarded by random lottery. Once a family is awarded a scholarship all siblings in that family can receive a scholarship if adequate funds are available. This is a policy that we know helps stabilize families and provides all siblings access to a better education, not just one child.

    CSF is destination neutral and we have no religious or political affiliation. We have children enrolled in 80 private, parochial schools throughout Omaha and northeast Nebraska

    CSF's strategy is to award scholarships that are need-based, using guidelines similar to the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    One aspect of the development plan is to develop a partnership program with community mentoring and college preparation organizations. By providing additional opportunities, CSF can help families succeed as well as promote scholarship opportunities to new families in the community.

    CSF's first collaboration is with Creighton University's Talent Search program. Talent Search is a grant-funded, college preparation program funded through the U.S. Department of Education that targets potential first-generation college students and students who are considered low-income by federal guidelines. The program provides students with leadership workshops, educational and cultural activities, academic advising, career exploration activities, college campus visits and financial aid and college admissions assistance. Its goal is to help students reach their potential and encourage them to stay in school, graduate and eventually enroll in the college of their choice.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    CSF Omaha recently completed a study of alumni who graduated from eighth grade between the years of 2002-2007 and were eligible for graduation from high school by the year 2014. The study confirmed that 99.63% of our alumni graduated from high school. Of those high school graduates, 86% attended or graduated from some type of post-secondary institution while 64 % are currently enrolled or have graduated from a 4-year college.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since 1999, CSF Omaha has been providing partial tuition scholarships to children of low-income families. Scholarships that make it possible for parents to make one of the most important choices in their children's lives – where they will receive their K-8 education. Since our inception we have awarded more than 29,000 scholarships and valued at more than $27 million.
Service Areas

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Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Burt, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Holt, Knox, Madison, Merrick, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Sarpy, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne and Washington Counties in Nebraska, including the metropolitan Omaha area, Columbus, Fremont and Norfolk.

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CHILDREN'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF OMAHA
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Sandra Reding

BIO

Sandra Reding was hired in September 2011 as the first full-time Executive Director for CSF Omaha. Her previous experience includes serving as the President of the Joslyn Art Museum Foundation for eight years. Prior to joining the Museum she served as Director of Development at Lauritzen Gardens and as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at College of Saint Mary. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Briar Cliff University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Terry Kroeger Sr.

Omaha World-Herald

Term: June 2015 - June 2018

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