A Message from Pete Tulipana

As President and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation, I am privileged to lead an organization with such an exemplary record of serving southwest Iowa communities. Since our inception, we’re proud to have awarded more than $500 million in grants that have improved the quality of lives of thousands of our neighbors in over 100 southwestern Iowa and eastern Nebraska communities. Our transformational initiatives have had a significant impact on our communities in the areas of public education, historic renovation, community beautification, and art, just to name a few.

We are committed to improving lives and strengthening communities for today and future generations. We do this by providing leadership, creating partnerships, leveraging resources and serving as a catalyst in identifying and supporting community needs. We have a special interest in community development and beautification, economic development, education, and healthy families. Through our grants and initiatives, we strive to foster thriving communities where families choose to live, and where businesses choose to locate.

Along with a committed group of volunteers who serve on the Iowa West Board of Directors, and our staff, I am committed to leadership that finds partners to identify and address the most urgent of our needs.


Pete Tulipana, President, and CEO


Pete Tulipana, MPA, ACSW, CFRE

Pete Tulipana began his duties as President and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation on March 8, 2012.

Pete has 35 years of professional experience working in administration of and consulting with nonprofit organizations. He excels at facilitating the growth and development of the organization and the staff he serves. He is especially successful at forging new and creative collaborations within the community; and he has served in a variety of national and local advisory positions.

Pete served 30 years as President & CEO of not-for-profit health and human service organizations, and has extensive experience in organizational leadership, operational management, program design and implementation. Pete has experience in all areas of fund raising, including annual giving, planned giving, capital campaigns and grant writing.

Tulipana served as executive director of Heartland Family Service for 21 years. He administered the large, multi-faceted agency with keen insight into the changing future of social services. He is credited by staff and colleagues for transforming Heartland Family Service into one of the most respected social service leaders in the metro area.

He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, teaching nonprofit leadership and board development and supervision. He has also served on a variety of local, regional, and national committees in the field of human service and philanthropy.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) accredited Pete as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). He is a skilled facilitator with extensive training in facilitation through the Institute of Cultural Affairs.

Tulipana received his bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1973 from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas; a Master of Social Work in 1976 from the University of Kansas at Lawrence; and a Master of Public Administration degree in 1984 from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Missouri.

His family includes his wife, Mary Anne, son, Paul, daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah, and grandsons, Finn and Ollie Pete.

OUR VISION is a community where families choose to live, and businesses choose to locate, because of its quality of life and standard of living.


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