The need is greater than ever for leaders who can work in their communities to spark conversations on difficult issues and to work to reach real solutions to problems.
You can do something to help fill that need — donate to the Institute for Public Leadership during its Holiday Campaign and your tax-deductible contribution will immediately get put to work. The IPL Board has set an ambitious yet reachable goal of $20,000 for the Holiday Campaign.Your donation, large or small, can help reach that goal by Dec. 10.
With your support, IPL can continue to empower diverse and emerging communities by developing leaders with skills training, research and organizing support. IPL, with its affiliate organization Omaha Together One Community, then helps those leaders act for justice and the common good.
With your support, IPL can continue efforts such as
Training refugees to be leaders in their communities on the rights and responsibilities of being tenants
Working with Omaha and neighborhood leaders on projects such as the Land Bank to make our city a better place to live
Organizing forums where citizens can get information on issues
Bringing together diverse communities with events like the Interfaith Solidarity Service and Refugee Culture Night
Donating is easy. You can click on the button below that will take you to the secure online donation site or you can mail a check to Institute for Public Leadership, 3624 Lafayette Ave., Omaha, NE, 68131-1363.
IPL has teamed up with OTOC and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance to organize an Interfaith Solidarity Service on Thursday, August 4th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church (3647 Lafayette Ave).
This will be an evening that will include song, reflection and prayer from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faith communities in Omaha. Leaders from diverse congregations will gather together to reflect on our common humanity, appreciate our different faith traditions and customs and re-commit to working together toward creating a peace-filled community for all families.
The Interfaith Solidarity Service will be led by Rabbi Steven Abraham of Beth El Synagogue, Rev. Jan Peterson of Augustana Lutheran Church, Rev. Tony Sanders of Koinonia House of Worship and IMA, Rev. Marshall Johnson of St. Luke United Methodist, and other clergy and lay leaders.
Following the service, there will be refreshments and an opportunity to create new friendships in the Church Hall. Please let us know you will be attending by clicking this link.
IPL helped OTOC leaders organize an Issue Conference on February 27 at First United Methodist that was attended by 150 people from 41 congregations and community organizations. IPL helped OTOC leaders prepare eight different workshops. Twenty five to 40 people attended each of the leader lead workshops.
All of the workshops invited those present to take “next steps” to improve our community. Five of the workshops were organized by leaders of existing OTOC Action Teams and these leaders distributed information to participants about what they have learned about the issues they are working on together. The Five existing OTOC Actions Teams are:
Housing and Community Revitalization
Health Care for the Working Poor
Support for Immigrants and Refugees
Improving Behavioral Health Care in Omaha and the State
For a copy of some of those handouts, click on the link below:
IPL is helping Leaders of Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) organize an Issues Conference on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at First United Methodist Church. OTOC and Community leaders will lead eight interactive workshops that will focus on issues affecting Omaha families. Each workshop will end with practical Next Steps that we can take to make progress on the issue.
There is no cost to attend, but to register for the Issues Conference, please click on the link below:
OTOC leaders at the 2014 Issues Conference briefly explained their workshops to 150 people who attended
Death Penalty: supporting repeal of the death penalty in the November referendum
EPA Clean Power Plan after the Supreme Court Intervention: How to advance clean power in Nebraska while the CPP is on hold due to the Supreme Court action. Duane Havorka and OTOC leaders will lead this information discussion and generate strategies.
Mental Health: filling the gaps in behavioral health services in Omaha
Violence in the Community: seeking potential solutions for neighborhood safety
Neighborhoods and Housing: determining property tax values, abandoned property
OTOC and OPPD: organizing within OPPD to assure a sustainable, smart energy future
Refugees and Immigrants: advocating for fair treatment of immigrants and refugees
Health Insurance for Working Poor: using Medicaid funds to insure workers in the coverage gap
The schedule for the Issue Conference is:
8:30 am to 9:00 am Gathering and registration, coffee, juice and light snacks
9:00 am to 9:30 am Meeting information and short training on organizing
IPL worked with leaders of Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) to hold three summer training sessions about the principles and practices of community organizing. Over 90 people over 35 congregations and community organizations attended at least one of the sessions and average attendance was over 50 for the three sessions which occurred on the 2nd Monday of June, July and August. The final training session was led by IPL Director Joe Higgs and several OTOC leaders including Carol Beaty, Kevin Graham, Gloria Austerberry and Karen McElroy. The final session focused on:
Developing a Core Team of Leaders: How you identify and develop a team of leaders in your own church or organization so you can work with them for the common good.
Preparing for a listening campaign: How can we organize a series of small group meetings to listen carefully to the issues that affect the families in our congregation and community? OTOC plans to engage in a listening campaign this Fall and will hold a meeting in each member institution to review the work of OTOC Action Team and determine if there are new issues and new leaders who want to work for the common good.
OTOC is an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation and leaders who are active in OTOC member institutions are welcomed to go to regional and national training programs in community organizing.
The next IAF National training program scheduled is set for:
Monday, Nov. 16th at 3:30 p.m.
Until Friday, Nov. 20th at 12:00 noon
Loretto Spirituality Center Littleton, Colorado
Cost is $700 for room and board for those staying at the Spirituality Center
Seminars for Leaders involved in Organizing
IPL is affiliated with the Interfaith Education Fund which organizes educational seminars with leading academics about topics that are relevant to leaders involved in community organizing. The next scheduled seminar is February 5 and 6 in Dallas, Texas with two leading theologians:
Charles Mathewes is Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia where he teaches religious ethics and religious thought. He is the author of Evil and the Augustinian Tradition and A Theology of Public Life, The Republic of Grace, and Understanding Religious Ethics.
Luke Bretherton is a Professor of Theological Ethics and Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics at the Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Hospitality as Holiness: Christian Witness Amid Moral Diversity. His recent work has focused on faith-based organizations, the church’s involvement in social welfare provision, community organizing, the treatment of refugees, and fair trade.
Contact the IPL office is you are interested in attending either of these great opportunities to learn.
Thank you so much for your great support to the Institute for Public Leadership (IPL) during OmahaGives. May 20 was a bit cool and dark outside but the McLaughlin-Gomes home was warm, lively and full of 140+ friends who attended our After Work Gathering.
Over 180 people contributed to IPL during the day, and over 110 people gave during the last 8 hours, helping IPL win one of only 15 participation awards given to the mid-sized organizations with the most donors!!!
Together we raised over $23,000 so that IPL can continue our work providing leadership training to emerging leaders from refugee and immigrant communities, school parents and leaders of OTOC member institutions. Thanks
Here is how your contributions to IPL came in
$16,893 from 182 on line donors
$ 3,600 from IPL Board and friends in Extra Bonus $$ to boost your gift
$ 690 Cash and checks contributed at the After Work Gathering
$ 1,500 Participation Award from Mutual of Omaha
$500 Expected matching dollars from Omaha Community Foundation
Thanks for your great support to Institute for Public Leadership
Attached is a pdf of a brochure about the leadership training by IPL which we made available last evening. We would love to hear from you if you want to learn more and participate in this ongoing work to improve our community.
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Over 50 Board Members and friends of Institute for Public Leadership are inviting friends, colleagues and family to attend an After Work Gathering on Wednesday, May 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the historic home of Mac McLaughlin and Heather Gomes located at 38th and California.
You are invited to Drop in for Conversation, Appetizers and Spirits.
The IPL Board invites you to come learn about IPL’s leadership development with Omaha’s immigrant & refugee families, school parents and members of OTOC member congregations.
Please consider a donation of any size to IPL, a tax-deductible 501(c)3 organization. If you cannot attend, please donate by check or at iplomaha.org from May 1st- through Midnight of May 20th.
To give to IPL, go the IPL home page donation page, click on the OmahaGives logo or click on the following link:
IPL held our first session of the Refugee Women Leadership Academy with 22 refugee women and their allies on Thursday, April 25th at Augustana Lutheran. Tanya Good, Nurse and Care Coordinator at Florence Clinic, discussed women’s health issues and accessing care when you lack insurance.
This session and each of the upcoming sessions will begin with time for making new friends over a dinner from one of the refugee cultures. This will be followed by a presentation and discussion led by an Omaha woman who is an expert in the topic and interested in helping refugees succeed. Each session will end with discussion about how the women can take this information back to their communities and work together to make changes in policies and laws that would benefit women and their families.
Child care and interpretation will be provided for those who register by calling 402-344-4401 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next three sessions will all be at Augustana Lutheran (3647 Lafayette Ave) from 6:00 to 7:45 pm :
Thursday May 7 –How to resolve conflicts in the best way
Thursday May 21—Housing and how to deal with landlords
Thursday, June 4 –How to use Consumer Credit, Credit Cards and buying a car
Despite heavy snow fall, over 100 young adults from ten refugee communities shared their dance, song and music with a lively and diverse audience of over 300 people on Saturday, November 15 at the 3rd Refugee Cultural Night.
The dance performances ranged from highly stately traditional dances by the ethnic groups from Myanmar to a very upbeat traditional dance number by young women from the Acholi community of South Sudan. Performance included the traditional leaping dance of the Darufuri men as well as sizzling contemporary dance numbers by Bhutanese youth who were dancing to Nepali tunes.
There was great ethnic food before including Noodles from Mynamar, Mandazi from Burundi, Namkin from Bhutan and tapioca from Burma. Generous sponsors and those who donated at the door helped raise $3000 which was distributed to the groups to help them continue their cultural education and performances.