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Sternhill Park Sign Pays Homage to Former Brick Factory

Artist Jason Manley was inspired by the park’s history to use brick as the core material for the new signage for Sternhill Park.
“Art in the Park” is an Iowa West Foundation initiative to replace weathered park identification signs at six community parks. The project is being coordinated by the…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/sternhill-park-sign-pays-homage-former-brick-factory/

Multi-Year Funding Approach Expands to Regional Arts Organizations

Because it’s worked so well, our Board of Directors recently approved the expansion of Multi-Year Funding to incorporate several regional arts and culture organizations.
Each grantee who applies to the Iowa West Foundation for funding goes through the same process. It starts with submitting a letter of inquiry (LOI) which is like a…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/multi-year-funding-approach-expands-regional-arts-organizations/

Joslyn's Mentoring Program Sculpting this southwest Iowa Artist

Joslyn's Kent Bellows Mentoring Program is dedicated to developing young artists’ “creative capital,” so they can imagine, adapt, invent, and re-think the old ways.
It’s a beautiful spring Friday afternoon in March and teenagers across the metro are pouring out of their respective high schools’ front doors. One would assume they’d…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/joslyns-mentoring-program-sculpted-southwest-iowa-artist/

Angels Grant is a Blessing for Family of Council Bluffs Boy with Leukemia

The Iowa West Foundation has given more than $125,000 to Angels Among Us over the years to help Pottawattamie County families battling cancer.
Normal. It’s exactly what 6-year-old Sebastiano Fidone’s life seems like when you first meet him. The Kindergartener is engrossed in a game on his Kindle where he’s…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/angels-grant-blessing-family-council-bluffs-boy-leukemia/

Iowa West Field House Marks 1 Year

One year ago this month, Hunter Pearce cut the red ribbon at the Iowa West Field House, signaling the grand opening of the facility. Just 365 days later, several statistics showcase the success of this Iowa West Foundation initiative and its two main goal…
One year ago this month, Hunter Pearce cut the red ribbon at the Iowa West Field House, signaling the grand opening of the facility. The then 12-year-old spoke in favor of the…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/iowa-west-field-house-marks-1-year/

We are in this together

This blog post identifies ways nonprofits and foundations can work together to create greater outcomes as partners.
 Nine nonprofit executives recently published a widely-circulated letter about how to strengthen philanthropy. Titled “We are in this together: a letter to philanthropy”…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/we-are-together/

CB Community Chimes in to make Bell Tower Project Possible

The Foundation awarded a substantial $85,000 toward the project and encouraged the applicants to invite the community to support the effort as well.
The grant application started with this simple sentence: The City of Council Bluffs has a historical treasure stored in a warehouse, out of public view. The Council Bluffs…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/cb-community-chimes-make-bell-tower-project-possible/

Update on West Broadway Reconstruction Project Funding

The Iowa West Foundation Board voted on Tuesday, March 21 to fund Phase I of the West Broadway Reconstruction Project as planned. The Foundation is unable at the present time to reach a decision on whether or not it can make a funding commitment beyond Ph…
The following letter was sent to the Council Bluffs City Council on March 22, 2017. On November 15, 2016, the Iowa West Foundation approved a $9 million grant initiative…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/update-west-broadway-reconstruction-project-funding/

Children's Mental Health Initiative Helps Boy Get Back in the Classroom

Funded by the Iowa West Foundation, the children's mental health initiative, in partnership with Lewis Central School District and Heartland Family Service, offers therapeutic services for K-12 students; teacher training to help identify mental and behavi…
When talking to Jennie Scivally about the trials of raising her middle son, the first thing you notice is her steady demeanor. For a mother who has had a front row seat to…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/childrens-mental-health-initiative-helps-boy-get-back-classr/

Iowa West Field House: A Commitment to the Community

From the beginning, our goals for the field house were not only to provide access to southwest Iowa sports teams but also to drive economic development in the Mid-America Center and tourism in Council Bluffs.
As you may have seen in the news lately, the Iowa West Field House is officially open for league and tournament play! Opening weekend Jan. 13-15th was a huge success, with…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/iowa-west-field-house-commitment-community/

Without Meals on Wheels, Council Bluffs Resident Would Go Hungry

Thankfully, the former teacher is one of more than 200 recipients of Connections Area Agency on Aging, “Meals on Wheels” program. Earlier this year, the Iowa West Foundation awarded a $70,000 grants to ensure homebound seniors in Pottawattamie County …
Every morning without fail, Jeannie Grim-Ford wakes up and makes two lists. Both are “to-do” lists, however, one is a “have to” and the other is a “want to.” For the…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/without-meals-wheels-council-bluffs-resident-would-go-hungry/

2015 Annual Report

In preparing for this year’s annual report,it became clear that there were a number of major projects started in 2015 that are still in the works (at the Mid-America Center, the Riverfront, and West Broadway to name a few). Because the work on these tra…
In preparing for this year’s annual report, it became clear that there were a number of major projects started in 2015 that are still in the works (at the Mid-America…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/2015-annual-report/

Grantee Disbursement Process Gets Easier

In the past, we have asked for transaction-level information about how our funding was used. Moving forward we are going to be asking grantees to provide summarized information in the form of an updated budget. For the majority of our grantees, this means…
Recently, the Iowa West Foundation’s Grants Team took a look at a piece of reporting that we know is a pain point for a number of our grantees. The process in question relates…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/grantee-disbursement-process-gets-easier/

Call for Support of Fieldhouse/Hotel Project

The City Council voted at last Monday’s City Council meeting to postpone the Fieldhouse/Hotel Project at the Mid-America Center so that they could receive additional public input. We would encourage you to contact your City Council members within the ne…
The City Council voted at last Monday’s City Council Meeting to postpone the Fieldhouse/Hotel Project at the Mid-America Center so that they could receive additional public…
http://www.iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/call-support-fieldhousehotel-project/

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