Stronger Together. For Good. For Ever.

Bravo Greater Des Moines

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

An innovative partnership between Bravo Greater Des Moines and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines provides funding for "Connecting Kids and Culture." Each year, the program provides some 39,000 elementary students with the opportunity to experience the area's arts and cultural offerings.

 

 

Burlington Educational Foundation

Community Foundation of Des Moines County (an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend)

The Burlington Educational Foundation recently faced an enviable challenge: how to best manage growth. The challenge spurred Burlington's board to investigate partnering with the Community Foundation of Des Moines County.

 



Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Siouxland Community Foundation

For the past 20 years, requests for services at the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (CSADV) have grown with each year. The continual funding concerns prompted the agency's board of directors to establish an endowment at the Siouxland Community Foundation about eight years ago. 

 


Friends of Lakeside Lab

Okoboji Foundation

In 1999, Friends of Lakeside Lab, launched a 10-year, $2 million endowment campaign to ensure that Lakeside Lab's important work could continue. As the campaign came to a close, the organization sought incentive for existing donors to "give a little more." Through a partnership with Okoboji Foundation, Friends of Lakeside Lab saw $40,000 raised in the first six months.

 


Froelich Foundation

Clayton County Community Foundation(an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque)

Celebrating the rural heritage of Froelich and the legacy of John Froelich, an inventor after which the tiny town is named, was a key component of the Froelich Foundation vision for a stronger community. That goal prompted the organization to establish an endowment at the Clayton County Community Foundation in 2009.

 

 

HELP Legal Assistance

Community Foundation of the Great River Bend

When HELP Legal Assistance in Davenport received an unexpected bequest in 2005, the organization debated how to best put the gift to use, eventually deciding to use it to start an endowment, rather than to meet everyday operating expenses.

 



Holy Trinity Catholic Schools Educational Foundation

North Lee County Community Foundation (an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend)

When the Marquette and Aquinas Catholic school districts in southeastern Iowa merged, becoming Holy Trinity Catholic Schools, the two districts' foundations joined forces, too. As the foundations worked through the challenges of merging, they realized that partnering with the North Lee County Community Foundation would help them reach their goals more effectively.

 

Indian Creek Nature Center

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

The recession of the early 1980s forced the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids to "live on a hand-to-mouth budget." Today, the Nature Center has 19 separate funds at The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, totaling about 20 percent of the center's budget.

 


Maquoketa Valley Dollars for Scholars

Foundation for the Future of Delaware County (an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque)

Keith Kramer's vision was clear when he spearheaded Maquoketa Valley Dollars for Scholars to serve the Maquoketa Valley School District communities of Delhi, Hopkinton and Earlville. An endowment partnership with the Foundation for the Future of Delaware County is helping fulfill that vision. "I always wanted a scholarship program that touches everyone, not just the top two or three percent of students," says Kramer.



 

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque has played a major role in the museum's ambitious goal to increase its endowment by $5 million as part of a $40 million expansion.

 



Princess Theater

Ringgold County Fund (an affiliate of South Central Iowa Community Foundation)

For seven decades, the Princess Theater in Mount Ayr drew people to this south-central Iowa town for vaudeville, movies and other shows. When the Princess Theater Troupe decided to launch a capital campaign to restore and reopen the charitable venue, the group established the Princess Theater Endowment at the South Central Iowa Community Foundation.


 

ROCCS Youth Pod

Decatur County Fund (an affiliate of the South Central Iowa Community Foundation)

It's never too early to learn about the power of endowment and giving back to your community. Just ask the students involved in ROCCS Youth Pod. ROCCS partnered with the South Central Iowa Community Foundation to establish two endowments: a granting fund and a scholarship fund.

 


The Spectrum Network

Winneshiek County Community Foundation (an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa)

The Spectrum Network "fell into" an endowment partnership at the Winneshiek County Community Foundation, says Toni Smith, executive director of the Decorah nonprofit organization. The agency provides customized employment services and living assistance to adults who face a variety of barriers, such as disabilities, substance abuse and mental illness.

 

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa

To ensure its longstanding tradition, supporters of Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony established an endowment in 1986 with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, and in 2004 the Symphony focused on growing the endowment as part of its 75th anniversary fundraising campaign.  

 



Wright Medical Foundation

Wright County Charitable Foundation (an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines)

Even with a "good, solid base of donors" itself, Wright Medical Foundation finds value in partnering with Wright County Charitable Foundation because of the new giving options it offers. In just a few months, the Endow Iowa Tax Credit spurred several new donors to take action and meet the growing needs of the organization.

 

Youth & Shelter Services Inc.

Story County Community Foundation

Youth & Shelter Services (YSS) serves more than 8,000 young people each year through its residential, treatment and educational programs, and supporters want to make sure that work continues for generations to come, notes Dennis Peterson, YSS Planned Giving Officer.