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Dulce Sherman

Women of Color Leadership Program

March 9, 2023

Women of Color Leadership Program  The second year of Women of Color kicks off this month. WOC is a leadership program to enhance professional development through mentoring opportunities for women of color who live or work in Pottawattamie County. Building off a pilot program that launched in 2022, the initiative is designed to provide access […]

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Iowa West Foundation Welcomes New Faces

January 26, 2023

Goodman hired as program officer; James elected to Iowa West Board The Iowa West Foundation recently added several new faces to the organization. Council Bluffs native Stacey Goodman began her role as program officer on Jan. 2nd, Rod James was elected to the board on Jan. 17th, and four southwest Iowans have joined the advisory […]

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Grants Announcement

Iowa West Foundation funds $3.9 million to improve lives for southwest Iowans

November 22, 2022

Grants & initiatives will support nonprofit partners addressing financial stability, housing, and services for vulnerable populations (Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $3.9 million in grant and initiative funding for more than 20 nonprofits in the southwest Iowa region. The funding will address several of the needs voiced by local […]

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Iowa West Foundation awards $3.5 million in funding to benefit southwest Iowans 

July 28, 2022

Programs and projects support quality of life, infrastructure, and housing  in Council Bluffs and surrounding communities (Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved approximately $3.5 million in grant and initiative funding for more than 20 nonprofits in the southwest Iowa region. The funding will improve and enhance the lives of residents […]

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Michelle Franks

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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Grants Announcement

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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FIRST AVE

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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