In the Omaha area and throughout the Midlands, generosity is a given.
But this Wednesday is an especially good time for people to give it up and donate to nonprofit groups the first Omaha Gives! And the number of donor accounts has increased nearly 250 percent.
A 1970 Creighton University graduate, Leighton then worked at Creighton for 32 years, including as chief fundraiser, before joining the community foundation.
Few things in the Omaha area, he said, are not affected by philanthropy, which has helped build major, visible projects.
Beyond that, he said, are things you don't see the people who are being sheltered and fed, the children being protected, the tremendous arts and cultural activities underwritten to a very large extent by philanthropy.
People elsewhere, he said, are beginning to notice what's going on here.
As we travel around the country, Leighton said, people say, 'What's in the water in Omaha?' This Wednesday is an especially good time for people to give it up and donate to nonprofit groups the first Omaha Gives! day. Its part of BTNs Games Nobody Else Wanted series. Omaha again leads the nation, with the least financial stress on households in 77 metropolitan areas. Without missing a beat, he told the people on the tour who were also swallowed whole "Now, we're inside the hippo's intestine..." Take the Omaha World-Herald with you and you could the next Travel Snaps winner. The 2011 Goodfellows fund drive provided holiday meals to nearly 5,000 families and their children, and raised more than $500,000 to help families in crisis year round.