Delivering Infinite Book Shelves (DIBS) for Kids
🏆Winner of the National Book Foundation's 2020 Innovations in Reading Prize🏆

Mission and Vision

DIBS FOR KIDS IS A 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT HEADQUARTERED IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA. WE BUILD SOFTWARE THAT SUPPORTS TEACHERS TO SEND MORE BOOKS HOME WITH THEIR STUDENTS AND, IN TURN, MAKE SIGNIFICANT LITERACY GAINS IN THE CLASSROOM.

MISSION STATEMENT

Our Mission locally is to support Omaha to become the nation’s first large, urban community to ensure that every child, regardless of income, has two things: (1.) Access to a great book to take home every night and (2.) A desire to read that book for fun as a path toward achieving third grade reading proficiency.

VISION STATEMENT

Our Vision is to bring in-home reading opportunities to all 46 elementary schools in the Omaha Public Schools district that have a poverty rate over 70%. We believe this would position Omaha as a national leader, taking a unique approach to improved literacy outcomes for students.

Meet Our Team

David

David Orrick

Founder & Executive Director

David is an Omaha-native and a former 1st grade teacher. He is adamant that schools must rethink the way they support teachers. He designed DIBS to serve as a model for the support they need.

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Marie (2)

Marie Kovar, Ed.S.

Director of School Support

As a former School Psychologist and DIBS parent, Marie has been involved with the DIBS program since 2015. She supports our schools to ensure they have what they need to be successful.

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Board of Directors

ASHLEY KUHN

Board Chair

Scott Brown

Board Vice Chair

Maria Malnack

Board Treasurer

Jeff mcguire

Board Secretary

CY WAKEMAN

Board Member

DANITA WEBB

Board Member

Connie Saunders

Board member

Katy Spratte Joyce

Board Member

Tom Hoy

Board Member

Katie Lessman

Board Member

DIBS Community Champions

Rose Edzie

University of Nebraska Foundation

Director of Development

Lisa Gotsdiner

Gallup

Senior Business Solutions Consultant

Blake Hoogeveen

Mindset

Co-Owner

Mike Joyce

QLI

Director of Development and Public Relations

John Nania

LEARNING FOR ALL

CHIEF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

EMILY PRAUNER

OMAHA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

DONOR SERVICES SPECIALIST

Our Supporters

Our partners