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2009.06.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Gouveia to Chair Futuro Latino Fund Committee

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) faculty member Lourdes Gouveia will serve as committee chair for the newly announced Futuro Latino Fund, which will support civic, cultural and socio-economic initiatives within the Latino community in the greater Omaha metropolitan area. The Omaha Community Foundation launched the fund in late May.

Gouveia, director of UNO’s Office of Latino and Latin American Studies, will lead a 13-member grant committee made up of leaders from the Latino community.

“The creation of this fund speaks volumes about the vision of private philanthropies in Omaha, which clearly understand that investing in the future of a growing and vibrant Latino community is investing in the future of all Nebraskans,” Gouveia said. “I am honored to serve as chair of the committee and am privileged to work with these generous funders and an impressive group of Latino community leaders.”

Three area foundations have provided funds to start this initiative: the Sherwood Foundation, the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation, and the Lozier Foundation. Although the fund was established by these donors, and is administered by the Omaha Community Foundation, anyone can contribute.

The Futuro Latino Fund Grant Committee will award $150,000 in grants to small nonprofits that serve greater Omaha’s Latino community. The deadline for proposals will be August 1, 2009. More information, including eligibility criteria, the application process, and details about a grantwriting workshop open to the public, will be available in early June on the Omaha Community Foundation website: www.omahafoundation.org .

For more information, please contact Kali Baker, Omaha Community Foundation Director of Communications, at 402-342-3458, or kali@omahafoundation.org.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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