Giving Back

Individually and collectively, idea5 believes in giving back. Each of the organizations below benefits from the volunteered time, expertise, or financial contributions of a member of our team.

idea5 believes in providing value and contribution to our communities and we will continue to seek opportunities to do just that. We also make it easy for our employees to do the same with paid time off each quarter to give back to the non-profit organization of their choice.

Volunteer Contributions

Bill Goedken, left, with an Angel Flight patient and her parents.

Throughout the country, Angel Flight chapters help transport people who are in need of non-emergency medical care and who cannot fly commercially, either because of financial constraints or weakened immune systems. These patients are served through the volunteer efforts of pilots who donate their time, aircraft, fuel, etc. idea5’s founder and CEO, Bill Goedken, has been a volunteer pilot for various Angel Flight Chapters. In 2009, he was named “Volunteer Pilot of the Year” by Angel Flight Central. Bill also donates the proceeds of his speaking engagements and book royalties to various Angel Flight chapters.

Paul Prusa looks on as a student puts a robotics project into action.

For over 8 years, Paul Prusa, idea5 Senior Data Analyst, has been volunteering his time with the Competitive Robotics Enhancing and Advancing Technology Education Foundation. “It has been such a neat effort that I have continued to support it even though my son has moved on,” Paul says. The Nebraska participation originally included approximately a dozen high school teams and 50 kids. Today, the program has evolved to include over 250 teams with nearly a 1,000 kids participating.

Bill Sukstorf assists a Pack member with his Cub Scout project.

Scouting is a worldwide youth movement focused on certain values and beliefs, with a focus on enriching the lives of boys today and helping them establish a foundation for the person they will become. There are Scout Packs throughout thousands of communities across the United States. Locally, Bill Sukstorf, idea5’s Chief Technology Officer, has spent much of his free time volunteering with Pack 565. Through Pack meetings, camping, or the Pinewood Derby, Bill offers his time to lead and mentor Pack members.

Students learn personal finance skills using the web-based simulation program, JA Finance Park.

With volunteer-delivered programs, Junior Achievement helps school-age children develop work-readiness, entrepreneurial, and financial literacy skills. Since 1994, idea5’s CFO Brian Hasson has been a classroom volunteer for high school seniors, middle school, and elementary school Junior Achievement programs. Brian has presented courses on personal economics and success skills, as well as organizing student-run companies and piloting JA Finance Park, a web-based simulation. Brian has also served on his local JA Board of Directors since 2001.

Martin Webster, right, and family regularly volunteer at the Open Door Mission.

While idea5 is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, in the heart of our country’s breadbasket, hunger, homelessness, and poverty are real parts of our community. Martin Webster, idea5’s COO, and his family regularly volunteer with the Open Door Mission, an organization “providing basic needs and life-changing programs for the homeless and the needy.”

Bobby Barber, center, and fellow volunteers with rescued passengers.

Pilots N Paws is a non-profit organization that provides a website which serves as an meeting place for those who rescue, shelter, or foster animals, and volunteer pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of animals. Bobby Barber, network administrator and web designer at idea5, is one such pilot that works through Pilots N Paws to provide lifesaving transportation for animals in need of rescue and relocation.

Other Contributions And Causes

In addition to organizations listed above, the following also receive support from one or more individual members of the idea5 team or from our organization as a whole. Helping others brightens the human spirit of all involved. We encourage our staff to support the organizations that matter to them.

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Anthony Robbins Foundation
  • Children International
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Nebraska Children’s Society
  • Nebraska Humane Society
  • Omaha Food Bank
  • Project Harmony
  • Salvation Army
  • United Way
  • Wounded Warrior Project