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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. She is eager to braid together her work experiences, which include serving multiple counties in southwest Iowa, in support of the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Iowa West Foundation team,” Franks said. “As someone who has worked in the nonprofit sector my whole career, I’ve seen firsthand how the Foundation has positively impacted the people and places of southwest Iowa. It is a privilege to be a part of that legacy, and to help shape the future for the region.”

As a program officer, Franks will handle due diligence for grant applications, community initiatives, and lead the management of the multi-year funding portfolio. Her success as a grant writer as well as a grant maker, program monitor, and contract manager will serve her well in her new role.

“I’ve had the honor of working across the table from Michelle over the past eight years and am excited to welcome her to the Foundation,” said Matthew Henkes, Vice President. “Michelle has deep ties in many of our rural counties, where she is known as a servant leader. During her career she has successfully developed and implemented programs in each one of our focus areas. Her commitment and energy will be a great addition to our grants team.”

The Iowa West Foundation now accepts Letters of Inquiry (the first step in the grant application process) year-round with deadlines of Jan. 1, May. 1 and Sept. 1 prior to each of the three grants cycles. For more information, a virtual grants workshop will be held on Friday, April 22. Details and registration can be found at:

Nicole Lindquist

Written by Nicole Lindquist, Director of Communications

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Nicole Lindquist
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