Participants & Partners

The Empowerment Network is a united group of leaders, community members and organizations working to facilitate positive, measurable change in our community. Launched in September 2006, the Network works collectively to improve the quality of life for African-Americans, North Omaha and the Greater Omaha area. The movement is based on 13 Covenant Areas and a strategic plan that focus on individual, leadership, and community empowerment. The Network has helped gain significant financial commitments to help with rebuilding efforts in North Omaha and assisted with the launching of several new non-profit organizations.

Over 2,000 leaders and community members, representing over 500 organizations, churches, groups, community-based organizations, social agencies, and businesses, have already participated in some way with this initiative. Originally launched by African-Americans, the Empowerment Network has grown to include participants of all races and socio-economic status and gained support locally, regionally, and nationally. The Network effort includes Pastors, Business Owners and Corporate Senior Managers, Community Representatives, Elected and Appointed Officials, Entrepreneurs and Investors, Educators, and other non-profit executives and specialists in Social Services, Health, Crime Prevention, Legal, Accounting and other Professionals.

Leaders and proactive citizens from the following areas have come together and worked collectively: Business, Communications, Crime Prevention & Justice, Economics, Education, Environment, Faith, Healthy Families, Health, Housing, Neighborhoods, Politics, Technology, Cultural Arts, and others. Leaders and citizens from across the community have joined in to help make the covenant a reality.

Empowerment Network Partnering Organizations – (partial list)

Over 500 organizations have participated…

African-American and North Omaha Organizations
100 Black Men
Aframerican Bookstore
African-American Achievement Council
African-American Pastors and Ministers Network (over 50 Ministries)
Benedict Club
Boys Club Alumni
Charles Drew Health Center
Center for Holistic Development
Church of God in Christ
Coalition of 100 Black Women
Coleman Construction
Corporate Black Employee Networks
Cornhuskers Golf Club
Davis Companies
Delta Sigma Theta
ENCAP (Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership)
Evergreen Capital Management
Family Housing Advisory Services
Hayes & Associates
Herbert Davis Foundation
Holy Name Housing
Hope Center
Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
John Beasley Theater
Juneteenth Nebraska, Inc.
Malcolm X Foundation
Mid-American Council-Boy Scouts of America
National Council of Black Women
Native Omaha Days
Nebraskla Center for Healthy Families
New Era State Baptist Convention
North Omaha Contractor’s Alliance
North Omaha Foundation for Human Development
North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
North Omaha Voters Participation Project
Omaha Black Firefighters Assoc.
Omaha Economic Development Corporation
Omaha Star
Purpose-Driven Leadership Academy
UNO Black Studies Department
Urban League of Nebraska
Williams Prepared Place

City-wide Organizations:

Abide Network
American National Bank
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Bright Futures Foundation
Christ for the City
City of Omaha
City-wide Churches
Coventry Health
Creighton University
Douglas County Health Department
Embrace the Heartland in Prayer
Heartland Family Service
Holland Foundation
Iowa West Foundation
Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties
Lozier Foundation
Lutheran Family Services
Justice Journey
Office of Violence Prevention
Omaha Housing Authority
Omaha Mayor’s Office: Mayor Jim Suttle
Omaha Chamber of Commerce
Omaha Police Department
Omaha Public Schools
Metropolitan Community College
Nebraska Arts Council
Nebraska Investment Finance Authority
NE State Board of Education
Sherwood Foundation
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Weitz Foundation
William and Ruth Scott Foundation