Gary Steiner – New Board President

Gary Steiner - New Board President

The First Responders Foundation is pleased to announce Gary Steiner, as Chairman of the Board in 2020.  Gary will be instrumental in helping the Foundation fulfill its mission to serve and honor all our First Responders and their families, build appreciation and respect for their work, and to enhance public safety.

Gary formed Steiner Consulting, Inc. in 2014 after 20 years of nonprofit management and fundraising work. His firm works with mid-sized nonprofits to develop visionary plans and to secure the resources needed to turn those visions into realities.

Gary Steiner – New Board President

Gary’s last position was serving as Executive Director of the Millard Public Schools Foundation where he oversaw fundraising and managed a staff of more than 275 employees.  Prior to that, he was Senior Development Officer for the American Red Cross where he managed fundraising staff in states west of the Mississippi River. Gary also held several management and fundraising positions with the Boy Scouts of America in 35 Nebraska and Iowa counties.

Other civic and professional activities include:

  • past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Nebraska Chapter
  • the current president of the Millard TeamMates Mentoring Program
  • member of Keep Kids Alive: Drive 25 Foundation

Gary has been a Rotary member for 15 years. He is a frequent presenter at state, regional and national conferences. Gary is an Omaha native and graduated from Roncalli High School and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He takes over for Jim Hanson, Jr. owner of InTouch Communication, who has dedicated over ten years to the Foundation and will continue to serve in 2020 as Chairman Emeritus.

Click here to read an article about Gary Steiner in the Strictly Business Magazine

Supporting First Responders

Our mission is to serve and honor all our First Responders and their families, build appreciation and respect for their work and enhance public safety. We partner directly with police and fire departments in the greater Omaha area, and accomplish our mission by creating and supporting unique and educational programs and events, inspiring our community, and providing necessary resources and services to first responders and our citizens.

Donations to the First Responders Foundation support our key programs and provide additional funds for other initiatives for the police and fire departments. We work directly with police and fire departments to fulfill wish lists and prioritize resources so donations go where they are needed most.

Our efforts have included:

  • Mental & Emotional Well Being Program

To assist First Responders and their families in handling job-related stress and trauma. Learn More »

  • Home Safety Program

To prevent in-home tragedies and keep children, families, and the elderly safe in their homes. Learn More »

  • K-9 Unit Campaign 

To recognize some of the hardest working members of a police force: the canines! Learn More »

  • Alley the Arson Dog Campaign 

To support Alley, the area’s only Arson Dog who is a top-notch detective sniffs out accelerants helps deter intentional arson fires and educates the public. Learn More »

  • Mounted Patrol Campaign

To support Omaha’s 8 police horses that share all the same duties that a cruiser officer has, including patrol, traffic stops, citizen contacts, traffic control, crowd control, search and rescue, parking enforcement, parades, and formal events. Learn More »

  • Action Day

To educate the public about all the great things that our police and fire departments do and provide a fun opportunity to see, touch, and experience what it’s like to be a first responder!

  • #SupportBlue Campaign

To recognize and show support for our brothers and sisters in law enforcement who put their lives on the line for us each and every day to make the community a better, safer place to live. Learn More

  • 9/11 Luncheon Of Honor

To offer our donors the opportunity to come together to learn about the great ways we’re upholding our mission over lunch with a keynote speaker and a ceremony honoring those who have made a difference for the foundation and the community. Learn More

As a nonprofit, the programs and resources we provide are privately funded and not connected to any city budget. Donate Today!