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Family Philanthropy

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Vanessa Denney joined the Omaha Community Foundation in January of 2020.  As Director of Philanthropic Services, Vanessa supports foundations through a comprehensive suite of customizable services, which allows the donor to focus on the rewards of giving.  Prior to joining the Omaha Community Foundation, Vanessa was the Director of Corporate Relations at the University of Nebraska Foundation and a National Sales Manager at the Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Vanessa graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a master’s degree in Critical and Creative Thinking with emphasis in Organizational Science and Leadership.  Vanessa is also a 21/64 Certified Advisor and pursuing the Chartered Advisor In Philanthropy designation through the American College, enhancing her effectiveness when working with philanthropic individuals and families.

Within the Omaha community, she is passionate about supporting women and youth.  Currently she serves on the Girls Inc of Omaha board and is Chair for the Grant Committee of the collective giving organization Women Investing in Nebraska.  Vanessa is a graduate of Leadership Omaha Class 40.


Stacey Goodman currently serves as the Iowa Foundations Director of the Omaha Community Foundation, where she is responsible for administration, fund development, program and public relations/marketing activities for the nine county affiliates that make up the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa. Additionally, she serves as the staff supporting the Nelson Family Foundation and the Southwest Iowa Foundation. Stacey has been with the Omaha Community Foundation since 2014, having previously served as a Donor Services Specialist within the organization. Prior to joining the Omaha Community Foundation, she served as a Development Officer with the Alegent Health Foundation (now CHI Health).

Stacey has been an active member of several professional associations, currently focused on service on the national board for the Advancement Network (which seeks to strengthen the capacity of community foundation professionals in fund development, philanthropic advising and donor services roles), and involvement with the Iowa Council of Foundations and the Omaha Estate Planning Council. She has completed the Certificate in Fundraising Management program through the Lilly Family School of Philahtropy at Indiana University, the Madison Institute’s Certificate in Major Gifts through the Association of Healthcare Philantropy, the Disney Insitute’s Leadership Excellence Course coordinated through Catholic Health Inititaties, and is recognized as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy by the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Stacey is passionate about serving her community and is an active participant in several organizations within the community. Stacey is an alumnus of Leadership Iowa and Leadership Council Bluffs. She was recognized as a 40 Under 40 Award Recipient by the Midlands Business Journal in 2020, and she was the 2017 recipient of the Young Nonprofit Professionals of Greater Omaha Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Council Bluffs Public Library, and she has been elected for three terms on the West Pottawattamie County Extension Council for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She is a community board member for CHI Health Mercy Hospital, and she has been active on the United Way of Midlands Community Investment Review Teams since 2014.