The Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha
Since our very foundation, Scottish RIte Masons have served the community through our philanthropies. In 1921, the Scottish RIte Welfare Association was formed to provide loans to young men and women pursuing higher education. In 1972, the Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha was formed, consolidating various philanthropies. The Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) with the mission of helping "young people to talk who could not speak, to write who are not literate and to assist them in becoming part of the community."
This is done through the RiteCare Speech and Langauge Clinics at the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute. Additionally, RiteCare Clinics provide therapy and services for Nebraska children through the Barkley Memorial Center on the UNL East Campus in Lincoln, the Hastings Masonic Center, and beginning in 2012, the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In the past year, 1,097 children received services through 5,598 sessions of therapy. Scottish Rite Masons underwrite over $650,000 in RiteCare services each year. The Foundation also supports a $10,000 donation each year in support of a professorship in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Nebraska.
The Foundation endeavors to provide scholarships to assist in educating those who will provide service through leadership for the future. Each year, 13 merit and need-based scholarships are provided to tomorrow's leaders through the University of Nebraska at Omaha. As one student recently told us, "This scholarship has helped give my dreams wings, and I will forever be thankful for that."
In the past few years, the Foundation has supported the Scottish Rite's mission to serve as a center of ethical thinking and action. We supported Ethical Literacy education in area public schools, which provides students with the tools to make critical judgements when faced with difficult choices. In the past several years, the Foundation has partnered with the Business Ethics Alliance to host Ethics on Trial. This innovative program focuses on an ethical issue with a real-life Judge and lawyers debating the issue in a courtroom setting, with professional actors playing the roles of plaintiff and defendant. We have focused on journalism, medical, and political issues in past Ethics on Trial programs. The audience themselves serves as Jury, deciding the innocence or guilt of the parties or issues on trial.
Additional charities the Foundation annually supports include:
- Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children – Fremont
- Masonic Home - Plattsmouth
- Nebraska Masonic Youth Foundation
- DeMolay, Jobs Daughters, Rainbow
- Omaha Home for Boys
- American Legion Boys State
- Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership
- Scottish Rite Foundation of Nebraska
- Reimbursement for Omaha Valley’s share of RiteCare Clinicians salary and fringe benefits
If you would like to help support the charities listed above you can call 402-342-1300.