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For years, the Iowa West Foundation has been known as a “grantmaking” organization. However, we also invest in initiatives. Are you aware of the differences between the two? Learn more.
On August 20, 2014, the final draft of a new community study coordinated by the City of Council Bluffs’ Community Development Department was released. It was shared at a public hearing to gather additional input from citizens prior to becoming final. You may view the report at www.bluffstomorrow2030.com
To gain a better understanding of the challenges currently facing our most vulnerable neighbors, United Way of the Midlands (UMW) partnered with the Iowa West Foundation, Omaha Community Foundation and with the support of the ConAgra Foods Foundation to conduct a comprehensive community assessment in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. In total, nearly 4,700 community members participated in various portions of the study, resulting in collection of qualitative and quantitative data through surveys, focus groups and interactive world café discussions.
After nearly a year of unprecedented, broad-based community outreach, Iowa West Foundation officials have identified three areas on which they will focus over the next three to five years in the effort to make a significant impact on the toward our vision.
Extensive community input, including leadership interviews, community surveys, listening sessions, and focus groups resulted in 15 input themes.
An independent study of the local cultural arts sector — including recommendations to strengthen, sustain and stabilize that sector — was conducted by Louise Stevens, founder of ArtsMarket and who has written more than 150 cultural plans for cities and counties in the United States and Canada.
An independent, county-wide community needs assessment in late 2007 was integral in the launching many Iowa West Foundation programs over the past five years.
Check back later for information on community needs input being gathered for 2013.
In 2012, a study was conducted with recent and current grant recipients on the grant process. Click the links below to see the results.
In 2011, Iowa West Foundation commissioned a 12-question survey targeting the youth of Pottawattamie County to determine their needs and priorities.
In 2011, Iowa West Foundation commissioned a county wide needs assessment on Parks, Recreation and Related Leisure Facilities. A brief overview of essential findings can be found in CEO Pete Tulipana’s letter. For more details, you can read the full report.