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Iowa West Hires New Program Officer

April 20, 2022

Former Nonprofit Director Joins the IWF Grants Team Iowa West Foundation leadership is pleased to announce the hiring of Michelle Wodtke Franks as a new program officer. Franks brings to the team more than 30 years of nonprofit and fund administration experience, most recently as the Executive Director of Golden Hills Resource Conservation & Development. […]

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Iowa West Foundation grants more than $5 million to local nonprofits

March 29, 2022

Multi-year funding accounts for nearly half of total dollars awarded The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $5.1 million in grants and initiatives to nearly 30 nonprofits in the region. Approximately $2.4 million went to nonprofits with missions centered on healthy families, education, and arts enrichment for youth in southwest Iowa, in the […]

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Two rural Pottawattamie County residents appointed to Iowa West board

February 18, 2022

(Council Bluffs, IA) Iowa West’s Board of Directors recently appointed two new board members to serve 3-year terms. Travis Castle of Treynor and Joanie Poore of Underwood will fulfill two board positions reserved for rural representatives of southwest Iowa. “We are pleased to welcome to the board two community-minded individuals with unique perspectives who will […]

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Iowa West Foundation funnels $3 million + into southwest Iowa communities

November 22, 2021

Grants & initiatives bolster education, economic development, placemaking and healthy families (Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $3.2 million in grants and initiatives, bringing the total funding awarded in 2021 to approximately $16 million. Causes that received financial support ranged from bolstering entrepreneurs and workforce development to providing more accessibility […]

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One Year Later: Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund A Lifeline for Local Arts & Culture Nonprofits

March 28, 2021

Pottawattamie County museums grateful for IWF, PCCF support From shutdowns to sanitizing to social distancing, pandemic protocol has forced local arts and culture nonprofits that rely on visitors to repeatedly adjust and adapt over the past year. Even though their buildings were often closed down, expenses didn’t stop piling up. Therefore, the nonprofit continuity of […]

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Iowa West Foundation awards more than $9 million in grants and initiatives

March 7, 2021

More than a dozen southwest Iowa communities receive funding for education & wellness (Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded $9.4 million in grants and initiatives to several area nonprofits. Missions fueled by this cycle of funding include alleviating poverty, providing essential equipment for volunteer firefighters, supporting infrastructure and amenities in […]

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Foundations Fuel Hospitals’ Joint Effort to Combat COVID-19

February 16, 2021

(Council Bluffs, IA) – In a world full of competition, four distinct, yet like-minded organizations in the heartland have come together for the common good. The Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund, a collaboration between the Iowa West Foundation and the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, recently awarded $150,000 – approximately $75,000 each – to the two […]

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A Community Responds to COVID-19

A Community Responds to COVID-19

January 28, 2021

It’s never a good idea to declare victory prematurely, but as we head into a new stage of COVID-19 – the vaccination and recovery phase – let’s take a minute to thank those who helped our community pull through the overwhelming challenges of 2020. Last March, the Iowa West Foundation announced we would commit $1 […]

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