The Foundation is a Nebraska corporation that is qualified as a tax-exempt organization under federal and state income tax laws.
In the early 1960’s, a group of compassionate women began the Omaha Sight Center Nursery at the Beth El Synagogue. To better meet the needs of these families, these women incorporated the Nebraska Foundation for the Visually Handicapped so that they could receive a $10,000 grant from the Eppley Center. This money was used to start a pre-school at the Omaha Sight Center. During this time, Ruth Sokolof initiated an annual Christmas party for blind and visually impaired children.
Although changes in federal and state law and policy eventually made the pre-school uneccessary, the Foundation continued the party and expanded its activities to include a variety of programs designed to stimulate the intellectual, social, cultural and emotional growth of visually impaired and blind children. Over the years, the Foundation has:
The Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 with a fundraising event that raised over $50,000 for Foundation activities.
In 2011, the Board of Directors of the Foundation approved a restructuring plan to refocus Foundation activities primarily on the programs described in this website, with a special emphasis on the provision of adaptive technology to blind and visually impaired children.
The Foundation’s activities are supervised by and conducted through a Board of Directors. All Board members are unpaid volunteers. Current board members are:
President: Nancy Flearl
Omaha District Supervisor, Nebraska Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Vice-president: Matt Johnson
Retired teacher, parent of blind student
Secretary: Howard Kutler
Business Owner, Nova Health Equipment
Retired teacher, parent of blind students
Karen Sokolof Javitch
Song Writer, JMR Productions
Wells Fargo Bank
Vice-president, University of Nebraska Foundation
Director of Sales, All Makes
Partner, Kutak Rock LLP
Please feel free to contact our Board President or Vice-President at the e-mail addresses listed above, or any other member of the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about or requests of the Foundation.