2016-17 Excellence in Impact Recipient: Marian Anderson
We held the “Excellence in Impact Celebration” in Spring of 2017, with the purpose of honoring those in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area who go above-and-beyond to strengthen United Way’s work, and ultimately, its impact on local poverty. The event was hosted by Campaign Chairs Dr. Ken and Annie Bird.
Speakers included Dr. Ken and Annie Bird and 2016 Excellence in Impact recipient, Ken Stinson.
Marian Andersen and her late husband, Omaha World-Herald Publisher Harold “Andy” Andersen, were local founders and inaugural members of United Way’s Tocqueville Society, a leadership giving group whose members give $10,000 or more annually. Their first year, they increased membership from three to 10. By the end of their term as Tocqueville chairs, there were 49.
Mrs. Andersen has made a measurable impact in many areas within the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro from the state of Nebraska and at the national level in the areas of education, health, history and the arts.
In accepting the award, Mrs. Andersen stated she is “absolutely dazzled with approximately 250 Tocqueville members.” From their founding of the local Tocqueville Society to today, the group has invested more than $84 million which has resulted in the delivery of 1.9 million human services to neighbors in need right here in our community.