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Welcome to the Iowa West Foundation. The purpose of this website is to share ideas as we work together to transform our community. Through this blog I’ll share my thoughts and ideas and invite your feedback. Please check back frequently. Your thoughts are important to me, and to creating the community we all envision.

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From Ivory Tower to Open Book

July 6, 2020

Iowa West Foundation Earns National Transparency Designation An ivory tower. These are the words people used when referring to the Iowa West Foundation in a survey conducted by an outside vendor nearly a decade ago. The phrase references a metaphorical place where people are cut off from the rest of the world. Looking back, I […]

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How Iowa West is Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis

April 28, 2020

It’s been one month since the COVID-19 crisis began. While sometimes it seems like the world we once knew was a lifetime ago, on a positive note it’s truly inspiring to see how our community has come together. Still, so much changed for the Iowa West Foundation in just the past 30 days. First, we […]

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Iowa West Foundation is more than just a funder

March 11, 2020

PACE showcases what IWF can make possible More than eight years ago in my first few months as the President and CEO of Iowa West Foundation – I started to hear the same story repeated over and over: the arts were in trouble in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County. Providers were operating on shoestring budgets, […]

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Advisory Committees: What They Do and Why It’s Important

February 13, 2020

A Leadership Note Blog Post by Pete Tulipana In January of this year we welcomed five new members to the Iowa West Foundation Advisory Committees. There are three committees total, each one with expertise in one of our focus areas: Education, Healthy Families and Placemaking. In an effort to uphold our standards for transparency, we […]

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The Iowa West Foundation’s efforts in placemaking

December 22, 2019

To all of us at the Iowa West Foundation, it is important that the community understand our perspective on how the investments of the Iowa West Foundation are dramatically transforming our community. We want to invite the community to examine our efforts based on facts. In the past three editorials I have talked about the […]

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The Iowa West Foundation’s efforts in healthy families

December 15, 2019

To all of us at the Iowa West Foundation it is important for the community understand how the investments of the Foundation are instrumental in transforming our community.   We want you to examine our efforts and our impact on facts. In the past two editorials I have discussed the $237 million dollars that has been […]

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The Iowa West Foundation’s efforts in education

November 12, 2019

The response that I have received from the first guest editorial I wrote Partnership with City of Council Bluffs is the Linchpin of Transformation and published in The Nonpareil on Oct. 23, has been gratifying and enlightening. The most common response I have heard has been “I had no idea.” Most people had no idea […]

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2018 Year in Review

December 20, 2018

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on all the successes of the previous 12 months. Several Iowa West Foundation initiatives were launched and expanded upon, a number of impactful grants were awarded, and major milestones or anniversaries were marked by partnering organizations in 2018. Here are the highlights month by […]

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Top 10 Arts Rank No Accident

November 12, 2018

In case you missed it, the National Center for Arts Research recently ranked Council Bluffs-Omaha in the top 10 of all mid-sized US cities for arts vibrancy. The metro was awarded the number six spot for the overall strength of its arts community. While the report notes that Omaha “is home to an abundance of […]

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