Human Services


Helping families be families

Omaha, NE


PromiseShip tirelessly spans boundaries bringing powerful partners together to provide innovative solutions that transform life's uncertainty into family well-being. We serve nearly 5,000 abused and neglected children and their families every year in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, which comprises the Eastern Service Area of Nebraska's child welfare system.

Ruling Year


President & CEO

Mr. David Newell

VP of Programs

Ms. Melissa Nance

Main Address

2110 Papillion Parkway

Omaha, NE 68164 USA


foster care, child welfare, adoption, kinship, guardianship, independent living, prevention, permanency, child abuse, child neglect, child abuse and neglect





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Family Services (P40)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

In Nebraska, nearly 1 out of every 2 cases of child abuse and neglect occur within Omaha and its surrounding communities. Every year, PromiseShip helps more than 5,000 children and their families navigate rough waters when abuse and neglect occurs. We help children heal from the trauma they've endured, while helping their families put the pieces of their lives back to together so they can be a strong, resilient, and thriving unit. Every day we make families our priority. PromiseShip works tirelessly to provide innovative solutions that transform uncertainty into wellbeing. PromiseShip supports families through tough times that no one can truly understand. Helping them regain self-sufficiency and the strength to stay together. As a catalyst for positive change, PromiseShip relentlessly advocates in the best interest of those we serve…helping families be families.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Family Preservation Services

Foster Care & Kinship Care Services

Adoption & Family Finding Services

Transition, Independent Living & Prevention Services

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

PromiseShip's 2017-2019 Strategic Plan goals include: GOAL 1: Strengthen capacity to more effectively assure the health and well-being of children and families. GOAL 2: Increase and diversify revenue to increase effectiveness in services for families and children. GOAL 3: Increase public awareness of PromiseShip's commitment and capacity to strengthen families and children.

To achieve the three goals of the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, PromiseShip will implement the following strategies: GOAL 1 OBJECTIVES: 1.1 Meet or exceed the targets for Round Three of the Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSR). 1.2 Increase front line staff recruitment, development, and retention. 1.3 Develop and implement and integrated information technology system to support staff and document effectiveness. GOAL 2 OBJECTIVES: 2.1 Secure contracts with additional independent entities to broaden PromiseShip's influence and community impact. 2.2 Increase charitable funding to strengthen PromiseShip's service capacity and community impact. GOAL 3 OBJECTIVES: 3.1 Implement a branding/marketing campaign to inform the public of PromiseShip's mission and commitment to families and children.

For nearly a decade, PromiseShip has delivered innovative services and strategies that have helped make significant improvements in how we help families be families. We use evidence-based and promising practices, and employ a workforce of nearly 400 employees dedicated to the success of every family PromiseShip serves. We built and manage a connected network of 40+ community-based service providers who ensure that every child and family receives the right services at the right time. Annual marketing and fundraising plans help engage donors in our mission, and help attract volunteers, advocates and future employees. Annual recruitment and retention plans are also developed and implemented to ensure we not only attract high quality talent, but that we also retain that talent year-after-year.


- Meet or exceed all 7 CFSR Round 3 Federal outcome measures
- Decrease front line staff turnover by 1% each quarter


- Increase charitable donations by 5% each quarter


- Increase social media followers by 5% each quarter

The 2017-2019 Strategic Plan was launched in January 2017. It is too early yet to report on progress towards these goals and strategies.

External Reviews

Awards & Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA)

Affiliations & Memberships

Alliance for Children and Families - Member




Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?