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The Foundation’s Role in Responsibility

April 11, 2016

“With great power comes great responsibility.” This adage comes to mind because I was recently asked: “Isn’t your job just to give away money?” Well, yes and no. Yes, our primary “job,” is to award funding three times per year. But along with that comes the responsibility to be good stewards of our investments all […]

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Field Trip to the Omaha Children’s Museum

March 31, 2016

In my position as the Director of Communications for the Foundation, I am privileged to tell the stories of how our grantees benefit southwest Iowans. In the past two years, I’ve written about a single mom who earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees thanks to a STARS scholarship, the Food Bank for the Heartland’s backpack program that sends meals […]

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Iowa West Elects New Members, Officers

February 26, 2016

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Board of Directors of Iowa West recently elected four new board members to serve a 3-year term. In addition, four current board members were re-elected to serve another 3-year term. They are Amy Crawford, Matt Gronstal, Susan Miller, and Phil Reed. The newly elected members include: Jason James of Council Bluffs […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards $6.4 Million in Grant and Initiative Funding

February 10, 2016

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors recently approved $6.4 million in grants and initiatives funding to 21 nonprofit organizations and government entities with projects and programs that directly impact southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. For the first time ever, the Foundation awarded multi-year funding to seven nonprofit organizations in Pottawattamie County. […]

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Registration Now Open for Second Annual “Pottawattamie Gives!”

January 26, 2016

Pottawattamie County-based Nonprofits eligible for “Challenge Funds” from IWF  Council Bluffs, IA – A charitable giving day that raised more than half a million dollars for Pottawattamie County nonprofits in 2015 will return again in 2016. Registration is now open for “Pottawattamie Gives!” a 24-hour online fundraising event to be held on May 25th in conjunction […]

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River’s Edge Park Phase II Plans Revealed

November 20, 2015

Including Pavilion, Water Features, Play Elements, Plaza and Tilted Lawn The City of Council Bluffs, in partnership with the Iowa West Foundation, announced $5.5+ million plans for Phase II of River’s Edge Park. Major funding for the project is provided by the Iowa West Foundation and the City of Council Bluffs, with additional funding provided […]

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New tenants will bring vibrancy to the MAC

November 17, 2015

Since the opening of the Mid-America Center and surrounding plaza, the hope was that the area would be bustling with shoppers and diners, both from Council Bluffs and Omaha, as well as visitors from across the region and country. Unfortunately, the development that the community desired never materialized. The empty storefronts and limited activity have […]

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Election Key to Progress in CB

October 30, 2015

For more than 20 years, the Iowa West Foundation has worked with the City of Council Bluffs to bring about transformational revitalization projects to our community. One need not look far to see the impact this powerful partnership has made on the citizens of the city. From Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park where Loessfest draws […]

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