An investment in our community
The Landscape is a project organized by the Omaha Community Foundation (OCF) that incorporates publicly-available data, policy review, and insight gathered from direct engagement with residents in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties.
We believe that to invest in the community, we must first know the community. To that end, OCF has built a strategic operating model of community knowledge and investment that provides understanding to the issues community members are facing today.
Together, we can use this data and insight to invest in the most vital areas of community life, so that the Omaha metro is a great place to call home and raise a family for all people—regardless of who you are or where you live.
Click here to download The Landscape Community Listening Report.
understanding the landscape
Community indicator projects help communities make connections between issues and trends in different areas. The findings are a snapshot of a community's vitality and quality of life. Publicly available, community-level data is used to build this snapshot, but it’s only one side of the story; people are the other side. Data gives us indicators and people give us meaning to understand what is most important and where we need to act.
While we’ve started with six areas of focus; health, neighborhoods, safety, transportation, workforce and education we are adding two additional focus areas in the fall to expand our findings and understanding of need in our community.
To gain insight to how our community can move forward, we need you, your friends, your neighbors, and your family to help us understand how this data represents people and what is most urgent in your lives. We’re here to listen and learn—to hear from the community about what is most important.
listening to our neighbors
As a part of our learning efforts, OCF organized a listening campaign in 2017, in which we gathered insight through direct engagement with over 1,000 residents in targeted areas. With the help of our six partners, Family Inc, inCOMMON, Completely KIDS, Financial Hope Collaborative, Heartland Workers Center, and Heart Ministry Center, we were able to gather insight from a diverse range of community members. Additionally, Voices of the Landscape, an online storytelling platform, gathered more than 600 additional responses from community members.
Our purpose was to hear from residents in order to understand the barriers that prevent people from accessing the many opportunities in our community. The findings are guiding OCF’s investments and furthering the on-going work of The Landscape; we invite you to read the report to better understand what stands in the way of opportunity for some in our community, as well the existing strengths and assets we can build on.