End of Year Checklist: Gifting & Tax Advantages

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Before this 2020 planning begins in earnest, we at Enable encourage you to take a moment to focus on the last few weeks of 2019. In today's blog, we provide an end of year checklist to help make sure you're getting the most out of your Enable Savings Plan account-both today and for years to come.

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Gift Giving with Enable Savings Plan

Gifting into an Enable Savings Plan is the one size fits all gift that allows the account owner the ability to choose how your generous contribution can best benefit their life. Give today!

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Thankful for Enable

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

It is gratifying and energizing to hear what Enable can do for so many people, each with unique needs, goals and plans for the future. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I am delighted to share just a few of the reasons why I and so many Account Owners are thankful for Enable.

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Tips to Better Manage Your Enable Account

Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Since founding the Enable Savings Plan, our goal has been to provide individuals with disabilities and their families with a reliable and easy-to-use savings option. To support this mission, Enable offers a host of relevant and simple tools that Account Owners can use to optimize their savings experience.

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Spina Bifida Awareness Month: Q&A with Nebraska Spina Bifida

Author: Nia Karmann, President, Nebraska Spina Bifida

To celebrate Spina Bifida Awareness Month this October, we reached out to Nia Karmann, President of Nebraska Spina Bifida, to learn more about how she and her colleagues support the disability community through programming, financial support and spreading awareness about spina bifida. Read on to learn more about their organization.
 

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Take Advantage of the Enable New Account Bonus

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

If you're new to the Enable Savings Plan community, welcome! The second annual Enable New Account Bonus Program kicks off this fall, and there's no better time to learn more about the Plan's many benefits. Read on for everything you need to know about the bonus, and about saving with Enable.

 

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Enable video blogs are here!

In the first episode we ask: what is ABLE to Work, and what can it offer Enable Account Owners? Join Enable Outreach Specialist Diane Stewart as she discusses these questions and more.

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National Preparedness Month: Four Tips for Financial Success

Author: Terry Severson, Director of Marketing, First National Bank

September is National Preparedness Month, and here at the Enable Savings Plan we are doing our part to help ensure you are prepared when it comes to your finances. Read on for our favorite tips to help keep you accountable and set you up for financial success in the long term.

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ABLE to Work Act: Bringing Disability Inclusion to Labor Day

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

At Enable, our job is to help individuals with disabilities save for qualified expenses, providing a path to financial independence and opening doors to disability inclusion. This Labor Day we are celebrating these efforts, and the many benefits that Enable provides for individuals with disabilities in the workforce and beyond.

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Answering Common Account Owner Questions

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

Our mission at Enable is to make our Account Owners’ savings journey as simple and transparent as possible. To help you stay on track with your savings goals and keep you informed about your account, we’ve highlighted a few of the most common questions we receive from Account Owners.

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National Simplify Your Life Week: How to Simplify Your Savings

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

It can often be easy to get caught up in the hubbub of the everyday, and forget to keep the big picture in mind. But National Simplify Your Life Week is a reminder to do just that – take a break from all the commotion, evaluate your options and use the features and tools Enable offers to make life a little easier. Taking a moment to focus on your Enable Savings Plan account is a great way to start. 

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Honoring the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Author: Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante

Though it seems like a given that individuals with disabilities ought to have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else, discrimination based on ability was not federally illegal until the passage of the ADA in 1990. Prior to 1990, accessible parking spaces were few and far between, restaurants, business and recreational areas were not accessible and sensory impairments often went overlooked and unaccommodated.

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A Celebration of Financial Independence

Author: Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante

Independence Day celebrates what makes this nation so special. It is a time for individuals from coast to coast to appreciate the freedoms that those before them have secured, as well as look towards the future to discover how we can expand those freedoms and build upon our independence. On the third anniversary of the Enable Savings Plan, I can’t think of a better time to celebrate financial independence, a freedom every individual deserves.

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Parent’s Perspective: Why the Enable Savings Plan is So Important to Me

 

Author: Leah Janke, Executive Director, Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands

When I first found out about the passage of the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (better known as the ABLE Act), I was ecstatic. I was thrilled for the disability world, for the national Down syndrome groups who had become the face of the campaign, and for my son – who could now have a savings account in his name.

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Enable’s Top Five Tips for Smart Summer Finances

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

Spending can often increase in the summer months, and forethought and planning are key tools to keep you on budget and worry-free. To help you coast through the summer, we’re sharing our top five strategies for smart summer spending:

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Motherhood – A Beautiful Journey

 

Author: Mary Sweeney, Marketing and Development Director, Down Syndrome Association for Families of Nebraska

On March 17, 2014, our beautiful son Henry Lucas Sweeney was born. It was the evening of St. Patrick’s Day, we had green shamrock lights hung in the labor and delivery room and Dancing with the Stars was playing on the TV in the background. Family was waiting just down the hall for the exciting news of whether we had a baby boy or baby girl.

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Why Enable Accounts are an Important Element of Disability Inclusion

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

From well-rounded employee recruitment processes to accessible commuter transportation options for people of all abilities, disability inclusion creates a better standard of living for us all. At its core, disability inclusion means access—that is, access to the same opportunities and activities that those without disabilities are privy to.

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Financial Literacy Month: Tips to Better Navigate your Finances

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

When it comes to saving and planning for disability-related expenses, financial literacy is an integral part of the journey. In honor of April’s Financial Literacy Month, we drew up a plan of action to help Account Owners navigate their finances with even greater confidence.

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Answering Common Account Owner Questions

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Knowledge is power—especially when it comes to your savings journey. The most successful monetary strategies are those grounded in a comprehensive understanding of what your choices are and how you can utilize your savings plan to maximize your potential for growth.

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Tax Reform Refresher

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director of Marketing, First National Bank

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was passed in 2014 to better provide individuals and families with a tax-deferred savings option for qualified disability-related expenses. As a refresher, the following tax reforms affecting ABLE accounts have provided Enable Savings Plan Account Owners with added flexibility.

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What I Love About Enable

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

I’ve found a community with the Enable Savings Plan. Since joining First National Bank of Omaha as the Enable Outreach Specialist in 2017, I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with our Account Owners and partners to develop relationships that extend beyond discussions of finances and savings.

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The ABC’s of the Enable Savings Plan

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist, First National Bank of Omaha

From building your savings to managing your finances, the Enable team is here to help you get the most out of your account. To keep you informed about all things Enable we’ve created a list of Enable ABC’s – because understanding key terms should be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

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Keep Up with Your Resolutions to Save

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director of Marketing, First National Bank

While we at Enable are confident that you can do whatever it is you set your mind to in the coming year, know that you’re not alone if you encounter some obstacles while trying to achieve your savings goals in 2019.

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Looking Back at the Enable Savings Plan’s 2018 Milestones

 

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer, Director of Enable

As one of the first national ABLE savings plans offered in the United States, Enable’s impact has touched the lives of individuals with disabilities far and wide, and I am proud of the continued success and improvements that we have demonstrated in 2018.  

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Why I’m Thankful for Enable

 

Author: Don Stenberg, Nebraska State Treasurer

Nearing the end of my tenure as Nebraska State Treasurer, I have the opportunity to step back, reflect on the accomplishments of the past eight years and give thanks. In particular, I am thankful for the Enable Savings Plan and the economic independence it offers Nebraskans with disabilities.

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Don’t Be Tricked by These Common Enable Myths

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

To shed light on some of the most common Enable Savings Plan questions, we pulled together some tips that will alleviate your most haunting fears. 

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Disability Organization Spotlight: Q&A with the Arc of Nebraska

 

We spoke with Edison McDonald, executive director of The Arc of Nebraska, a local disability advocacy group. Edison shed light on the organization's goals and discussed the many ways that the Arc of Nebraska serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

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Humanitarian Spotlight: Helen Keller

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Here at Enable, we believe that anything is possible, and that opportunities should be afforded to individuals of all abilities.

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Summer Fun for Every Ability

 

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

One exciting way to make the most of summertime is to enroll in a summer camp or program, opening up a host of opportunities to try something different, form friendships and build new skills.

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Recognizing National MS Education and Awareness Month

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month (MS), a time centered on raising awareness for the 2.3 million people with MS worldwide, illuminating research efforts, and working to spread hope and support for those affected.

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Spreading the Love this Valentine’s Day with Enable

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

My love for non-profit organizations began when I started my career at First National Bank in 1994. It was immediately impressed upon us that making a difference in our community and in the lives of others is the true measure of “success.”

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Enable 2017: A Year in Review

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

One of my favorite sayings has always been “Celebrate what you accomplish, but raise the bar each time you succeed.”

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Giving Thanks for the Ability to Save

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

With Thanksgiving two short days away, I have not only been pining to gather with my family, but I’ve also been reflecting on the many things, people, and experiences I am thankful for.

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Starting My Own Life

Author: Addison Jordan

Hi, I’m Addie. I’m 22 ½ years old and I have Down syndrome. That half really is important to me because it means I'm getting older and becoming more mature.

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This Month, We Celebrate Being #ABLEtoSave

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer, Director of Enable

I am excited to announce the Enable Savings Plan is teaming up with the ABLE National Resource Center and ABLE plans across the country this August to kick off #ABLEtoSave month.

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Reflecting on Homer’s Heroes

July 18th, 2017
Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

As one of the greats, Babe Ruth once said, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

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Travel Tips for Your Summer Vacation

Author: Amelis Long, Enable Outreach Specialist, First National Bank of Omaha

Summer is a popular time for families to travel-school is out, the weather is warm, and vacation days are ready to be used...

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Happy Fourth of July

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

On behalf of the entire Enable team, we want to wish you and your families a safe and happy Fourth of July! Put an extra spark in your Enable Savings Plan to help celebrate the holiday.

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Summer Savings Tips

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

Happy first day of summer! Here at Enable, we hope your summer is...

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Macy’s Story

Author: Sherri Harnisch, President, Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands

My daughter is brave. I wish I were half as brave as she. I have...

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What's New with Enable?

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

Here at Enable, we have exciting updates to share with our investors!...

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Becoming Disabled

"Becoming Disabled" — An Inspirational Life Account Featured in The New York Times

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing...

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Tomorrow is Finally the Day!

It was a little over a year ago when our team at First National Bank of Omaha first sat down to begin designing our ABLE Program, which became the Enable...

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First Enable Account Opener

Hello. My name is Jacob. I am 20 years old. I am in my 2nd year of vocational training. I work on teaching pre-schoolers numbers and letters, supporting...

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Special Olympics

Special Olympics Nebraska transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through programs in Sports, Health and Education. We are excited...

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