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Open Sky Policy Institute

History and Mission


In 2008, several Nebraska organizations recognized the need for a non-partisan organization dedicated to fiscal research and analysis. Encouraged by a feasibility study revealing broad support from advocacy groups, policy makers and educators, a diverse group of funders from across the state provided the start up funds needed to make OpenSky Policy Institute a reality.

OpenSky Policy Institute incorporated in Nebraska, with our Board of Directors legally appointed in September 2011, and has received IRS tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3). Our Executive Director, Renee Fry, started in October 2011.

OpenSky’s mission is to improve opportunities for every Nebraskan by providing impartial and precise research, analysis, education and leadership.